UCFB News

17th January 2017

In Focus: The psychological demands of a professional footballer – Alan Tonge

In the latest in our UCFB In Focus series, lecturer Alan Tonge gives an insight into his ongoing research on the psychological demands faced by professional football players. He hopes his research will help players navigate the rigours of professional football so that they have a longer playing career, and to then aid their transition into the game when their playing careers are coming to an end.

Alan, a lecturer in sport research at UCFB Etihad Campus, is a former professional himself,...

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2nd January 2017

In Focus: How Brazil can break into China – Gustavo Spanholi

In the third and final entry of his UCFB In Focus series, Brazilian Gustavo Spanholi, a lecturer in Football Business and Sport Management, takes a look at how Brazil can fit into the Chinese football market and affect it on and off the field.

Gustavo’s blog has been split into three sections, which will be published week-by-week over the Christmas period, looking at what Brazil knows about China, where it...

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28th December 2016

In Focus: Where can Brazil fit into Chinese football development? – Gustavo Spanholi

In the second of his UCFB In Focus series, Brazilian Gustavo Spanholi, a lecturer in Football Business and Sport Management, takes a look at how Brazil can fit into the Chinese football market.

Gustavo’s blog has been split into three sections, which will be published week-by-week over the Christmas period, looking at what Brazil knows about China, where it can fit into the market, and finally, how it can affect goings on and off the field.

In his book ‘About China’, former US...

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21st December 2016

In Focus: What does Brazilian football know about China? – Gustavo Spanholi

In the next installment of our UCFB In Focus series, Brazilian Gustavo Spanholi, a lecturer in Football Business and Sport Management, takes a look at the Chinese football market and how the biggest football country in the world, his homeland, can break into the Asian powerhouse similar to clubs in Europe.

Gustavo’s entry has been split into three sections, which will be published week-by-week over the Christmas period, looking at what Brazil knows about China, where it can fit into the market,...

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12th December 2016

In Focus: Female sport participation numbers are up but more encouragement is needed

Sport England’s announcement that more women than ever are now participating in sport is a welcome one but there is still big room for improvement.

That’s the view of UCFB Wembley’s Desislava Goranova following the publication of Sport England’s Active People Survey (APS), which showed that more than 7.2 million women now take part in sport in England and do regular physical activity – 250,000 more than when the This Girl Can campaign was launched in 2014.

The reported increase means the...

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24th November 2016

In Focus: Researching primary physical education – Dr Gerald Griggs

In the first of a new series of In Focus articles from UCFB Academics, Dr Gerald Griggs, Head of Academics at UCFB Etihad Campus, reflects on his key research into primary physical education in England.

Gerald has worked in education for over twenty years and brings a wealth of higher education experience to UCFB. He is a globally recognised figure in the field of primary physical education and to date has published four books and over thirty international peer reviewed journal...

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28th September 2016

In Focus: Could London sustain an NFL franchise?

By Neil Hawkins

It was originally billed as a 15-year project with the aim of having a fully established franchise based in London by 2022. Now nine years into the plan, and with Wembley Stadium about to host the next set of NFL International Series matches, it’s looking increasingly likely America’s national game will soon have a team with a distinctively British identity.

What started as an international gamble, when the New York Giants and Miami Dolphins played the first game at...

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25th August 2016

In Focus: Team GB rule in Rio – but what next for our golden athletes?

By Neil Hawkins

Rio was an Olympics of firsts for Team GB.

A first ever diving gold was followed by a first ever gymnastics gold. Great Britain and Northern Ireland then became the first country to ever increase their medal total four years after playing hosts.

The team was set a target of at least 48 medals for Rio, 17 less than London, but a total that would surpass Beijing in 2008 and result in Britain’s best ever away Games performance.

The final total...

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3rd August 2016

In Focus: Is there such a thing as an Olympic legacy?

By Neil Hawkins

Legacy. It’s a word that we hear often around the Olympic Games, but what does it actually mean?

Is it the revitalisation of cities which, after being at the centre of the world for a month, are left with state-of-the-art facilities at the cost of billions? Residents of Atlanta, Athens and Beijing would potentially contest that.

Or is legacy seeing more people take part in sport? At London 2012, the tag line was ‘Inspire a Generation’. No one can argue...

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