Sport / 07/12/2021 Freddie Steward: former Norwich schoolboy and the new star of English rugby

Freddie Steward’s rise from captaining Norwich school’s first XV to playing for England rugby is mesmerising. Having only made his debut for the England national team in July, the 20-year old has already lit up the international rugby scene during the Nations Cup this Autumn. Steward put on a world-class display in England’s 27-26 enthralling...

Sport / 07/12/2021 The complicated relationship of Covid-19 vaccinations and the sporting world

Like the rest of the world, sports people are facing the question of whether or not to take the Covid-19 vaccine. Sports and leagues have had differing responses both in uptake and what to do with those who choose to stay unvaccianted. As the global pandemic situation intensifies once again, the pressure for sports people...

Sport / 07/12/2021 Safe standing: a new era for Premier League fans

For many years, standing during games in British football has been banned. However, from 1st of January 2022 four top Premier league clubs are going to be pioneering change. These clubs are Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur, all of which have been granted permission to trial safe standing in certain areas of...

Sport / 07/12/2021 Sport Editor Oscar Ress in conversation with UEA Ballet President Ella Matthews

For issue 384 of Concrete, I spoke to UEA Ballet President Ella Matthews. This was to discuss the important campaigns that she is leading to improve inclusivity in ballet and dance, as well as what’s to come for UEA Ballet as we hopefully emerge from a Covid-19 disrupted year.  Ella in describing her role as...

Sport / 07/12/2021 Enes Kanter refuses to back down in his fight for global human rights

The Boston Celtics’ Enes Kanter is making headlines not just for his performances on the court, but for his denouncement of the social injustices committed worldwide by corrupt government regimes and global conglomerates alike.  Whilst a man of Turkish origin, Kanter’s Turkish passport was invalidated in 2017 after he called President Erdoğan the “Hitler of...

Sport / 07/12/2021 A look into UEA Sport performance as the semester draws to a close

Almost two months have passed since the start of competitive BUCS fixtures and it is safe to say that our University has started the 2021-2022 academic year strongly.  Currently, UEA is ranked 40 out of 137 institutions in the BUCS table with 628 overall points. The Dodgeball team is our highest-scoring sports club so far...



Newcastle Takeover: Is it good for football?

To the jubilation of its supporters, Newcastle United Football Club is no longer under the gruelling ownership of the infamous Mike Ashley. Rather, the new majority shareholders of the club, owning an 80% stake and with assets totalling an estimated £350 billion, are Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF). Newcastle United’s supporters may well have…


Meet your Sports Executives for the 2021/22

The Sports Executives role is “to support and represent all of our sports clubs”. They are important people to be able to contact throughout the year for those who are joining sports clubs at UEA. A number of them explained their role and what they are looking forward to most for the upcoming year.  The…


UEA netball announce exciting partnership with Norfolk United netball club

The formal partnership between UEA Netball and the local Norfolk United Netball Club was announced last week and signals an opportunity for both clubs to further their development in this joint venture. The partnership will commence instantly ahead of the new season. The excitement surrounding the relationship was obvious in various statements from the involved…

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