Many argue that in 2012 the London Olympic/Paralympic Games brought our diverse country together in a display of national unity. London was described in the Games’ 2012 report as ‘a world in one city’ and our successful athletes reflected these aspirations. It appears from Sport England that we still have work to do because on Monday 8th October we were invited to join around 60 of the key stakeholders in sport to discuss diversity and inclusion and how we might create impact at all levels of the industry.
Rachel Brown - Senior Digital Account Manager at Banana Kick, Carnegie School of Sport Alumni
Back to where it all began
Last week, myself and Oli, two Leeds Beckett University alumni along with Rob, were invited to Headingley Cricket Stadium to share our insight and give advice to students looking to land themselves a job after graduation.
Armed with questions, the students were given an hour to chat to us about everything from what skills and attributes companies look for in graduate applicants to our day to day roles and responsibilities while at work.
Stress levels from the pressure of competing in a major final, such as a grand slam in tennis, can be extremely high and even a small distraction can have significant detrimental consequences on an athlete´s performance, and potentially their well-being. As an example, this week’s highlights on the US Open appeared to mainly focus on Serena Williams’s code violations during the women’s final.
Why this is a case of sexism rather than sore loser: Understanding the context in which Serena Williams lost points and ultimately the final of the US Tennis Open
There is only one headline emanating out of this year’s US tennis open. For once, it is not a celebration of a man’s tennis prowess, for example, discussing Novak Djokovic’s 14th Grand Slam title. Nor is there much analysis of how Naomi Osaka became the first Japanese tennis player to reach and win a Grand Slam final. Instead, the headlines are dominated by three code violations ‘committed’ by Serena Williams, Osaka’s opponent in Saturday’s final, and the subsequent response by Williams to the umpire’s decisions.
The last Sunday of July saw the final stage of the arduous and most famous three-week pro’ cycling event: Le Tour de France (TdF). France (TdF).
Once France won the FIFA Men’s World Cup a new topic occupied media attention (see BBC, 2018; The Local, 2018) - how ‘French’ was the French team? One commentary stood out; comedian Trevor Noah joked that Africa, not France, had won the World Cup, mostly because of the ethnic origins of its players (see Trevor Noah’s Instagram post).
Different academics propose that the ubiquity of digital devices, and most specifically social media platforms in our daily lives, has had a profound impact on the way we understand and experience culture and society.
What source of information do fans rely on to be in touch with their favourite club or national team?
It is argued by numerous academics that globalisation has altered the way people enjoy and ‘consume’ sport (see Giulianotti and Numerato, 2018). In the last fifteen years a new social phenomenon has emerged: social media.
The World Cup in Russia 2018 is fast becoming a lightning rod for many of the unresolved global issues concerning racism and discrimination in football.
Professor Jonathan Long
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