Sport / 04/08/2020 A pandemic has come – and not yet gone – but short-termism in football remains

The COVID-19 pandemic has offered those in the world of football a chance to sit back and think about the wider, long-term implications of decisions made in football’s backrooms. Arsène Wenger, FIFA’s Chief of Global Football Development, said a few months ago that games taking place in empty stadiums must only be a short-term solution...

Sport / 04/08/2020 The Canaries may be down, but they will soon be singing again

After a less than underwhelming season, Norwich City find themselves back in the Championship, finishing with a measly 21 points. There was early season speculation that Norwich would be the ‘surprise package’ team. After all, they were credited for playing an attractive brand of football under German manager Daniel Farke who helped them win the...

Sport / 04/08/2020 Ensuring diversity behind the wheel: How can F1 do more?

When I watch F1, I love that I can see a mix of drivers from all over the world. But could the organisation do more to support the seeds of racial inequality present in the sport?  Today’s political climate has seen a huge rise in support for the BLM movement and on the 25th June,...

Sport / 04/08/2020 The 2020 Ballon d’Or: A missed opportunity to recognise greatness

“No man is truly great who is great only in his lifetime. The test of greatness is the page of history”. This quote, made famous by literary critic William Hazlitt, popped into my head recently when I heard of the cancelation of the 2020 edition of the Ballon d’Or Ceremony.  I could not help but...

Sport / 04/08/2020 The importance of being you: recognising race in society and sport

Shaunagh Brown has lived quite the life. From representing her country at the hammer throw in the 2014 Commonwealth Games, to being a firefighter and a diver, the now international rugby union player has a list of achievements longer than most. She inspires so many, yet in a recent revealing interview, she admitted she only...

Sport / 30/07/2020 Another Step on the Road Back to Normality: The Re-Opening of the UEA Sportspark

On Monday 27th August, the moment many of you have been waiting months for finally occurred; UEA’s Sportspark re-opened. All areas are available, with the sole omission of the climbing wall, which will open later, for additional checks are required. Understandably, in order to monitor and successfully manage the return of the site, a number...

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One Huge Step for Man, One Giant Leap for Diversity

At the 1968 Olympic Games, Tommie Smith, setting a world record, came first in the 200m sprint, with John Carlos placing third. After the event, the duo wore black socks and no shoes to protest Black poverty and made the Black power salute on the podium. Avery Brundage, President of the International Olympic Committee had…

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Being brave off the pitch: Football’s new generation

Marcus Rashford is the latest of a wave of young footballers using their immense online presence to affect change off the pitch. It was announced recently that the Government would make a U-turn on cancelling the school meal voucher policy after Rashford wrote an open letter to MPS calling for exactly that. It is clear…

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Tokenism and Taboo: Football’s response to BLM

“As a football club, Arsenal has always adhered to the principle of not involving itself in politics”. In December 2019, the club made this press release in order to distance themselves from midfielder Mesut Özil’s criticism of re-education camps in China’s Xinjiang region, where up to 1,000,000 Uyghur Muslims have been detained. The relationship between…

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Why the B in BLM is so important

‘White Lives Matter Burnley’. That was the message flown over the Etihad Stadium shortly after kick-off between Manchester City and Burnley. To some, this may not seem problematic. Indeed, few would argue with the individual words of that statement whatsoever. White lives should matter, not just in Burnley, but everywhere. Yet Jake Hepple, the Clarets…


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