Staffordshire University is celebrating a Summer of Sport

“With Stoke-on-Trent being awarded the European City of Sport title, the University is keen to bridge the gap between grass roots sports and benefits of sport and exercise to the individual to those bigger sporting fixtures that everyone's talking about.”

Dr Peter Jones, Head of the School of Psychology Sport and Exercise

A campaign which aims to inspire engagement with the summer's sporting tournaments launches today at Staffordshire University.

The Summer of Sport campaign will provide the expertise of academics across a range of subject areas from coaching, physiology, sports psychology and sports journalism as well as the activities of staff and students.

Academics have formed a 'squad' of experts to provide advice and journalistic comment on all aspects of sports and exercise covering preparation, performance, participation and recovery. You can follow them and their expert knowledge and get the inside track on Twitter at #StaffsSquad and at the Summer of Sport blog.

And a special campaign website will feature blogs on issues ranging from the loss of sporting legend Muhammad Ali to reasons why, in National Bike Week, we should be looking to pedal power as a means of keeping fit.

Head of the School of Psychology Sport and Exercise Dr Peter Jones said: “This really is a massive summer for sport both domestically and internationally with Euro 2016 already underway and the US Open and the Rio Olympics and Paralympics fast approaching.

“With Stoke-on-Trent being awarded the European City of Sport title, the University is keen to bridge the gap between grass roots sports and benefits of sport and exercise to the individual to those bigger sporting fixtures that everyone's talking about.”

“We are ideally placed to be making an active contribution to discussions around sport as we’ve recently been ranked 13th in the 2016 Guardian League Table for our UK Sport and Exercise Courses.  This is the third year in a row we have gone up in this league table!”

The Summer of Sport website features sports reports from students undertaking sports journalism degrees including coverage of the European Powerlifting Championships (pictured) which took place at the Sir Stanley Matthews Sports Centre on campus last week.

And it will follow the progress of sports therapy lecturer Steve Bateman in August as he attempts to complete 10 marathons in 10 days between London and Paris in order to complete the treble – having already rowed and cycled the distance to raise money for local charity the Donna Louise Hospice.

Anyone with an interest in sport is invited to visit the website www.staffs.ac.uk/summerofsport or tweet us using #StaffsSquad.

 

Contact

Maria Scrivens
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L600, Flaxman Building
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e: m.c.scrivens@staffs.ac.uk