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Women's football: Look how far we've come

As we enter the final stages of the World Cup 2019 it is worth spending some time reflecting on how far the women’s game has come.

From France 2019 to 'Monday night footy'

Football – ‘the beautiful game’ – should be a sport everyone can play and enjoy.

Demanding more from match analysis in the women's game

As a football fan, it is hard not to get excited about a World Cup, and this Women’s World Cup has certainly been a fascinating event to follow.

 Alice Harkness-Armstrong

Against the Run of Play: An Investigation into Women Footballers' Negotiation of Gender

The 2019 Women’s World Cup showcases the growing interest in women’s football, with over 6 million people watching England play against Scotland and Cameroon.

Thinking sociologically when comparing women's and men's football

In the build up to any major women’s football tournament, popular debate often inevitably turns to comparative discussion of women’s abilities in the context of their male counterparts.

It’s not about flooding the market but building a pipeline: Improving gender diversity in football coaching workforces

As we celebrate this final week of the 2019 Women’s FIFA World Cup it is worth shining the spotlight on the coaches.

Professor Leanne Norman
 Marina McGoldrick

FiFA World Cup (1) - Wimbledon (Love): Sport fandom in a crowded marketplace

Is there room for two major sporting events on the same day? Kacy Mackreth, Senior Lecturer in Sport Marketing at Leeds Beckett University's Carnegie School of Sport, examines the sports market.

Three Lions roar: the mixed fortunes of England’s football anthems

Rio Goldhammer talks about football anthems and their influence.

 Rio Goldhammer

Sport may be an opium of the people but it matters

Senior Lecturer Dr Jon Dart, from Leeds Beckett University's Carnegie School of Sport, talks about the importance sport.


Why is the World Cup so hard on the knees?

Professor Nick London, Visiting Professor of Sports Medicine talks about the World Cup and how knee injuries happen.

ECB Reaching Out to South Asian Communities

Four Leeds Beckett University academics have produced a report - South Asian Communities and Cricket (Bradford and Leeds) - on behalf of Yorkshire Cricket Partnership.

 Professor Kevin Hylton
 Professor Jonathan Long
Dr Tom Fletcher
Dr Neil Ormerod

In terms of discrimination in football we have a long way to go

In this post, Dr Dan Kilvingon, Senior Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies, looks at the misjudged comment of Football Association Chief Executive, Martin Glenn, who was forced to apologise for an offensive comment in relation to the FA’s rule banning political symbols.

Sport Injury: Tackling Life in a Competitive Society

In this blog post, Stephen Wagg, Professor of Sport and Society in the Carnegie School of Sport, reflects on the recent debate over injuries incurred by junior rugby players.

 Professor Stephen Wragg

Football Welcomes Refugees

This weekend the broadcast and print media gave coverage to the Football Welcomes campaign. Amnesty International won the support of over 20 professional football clubs to mark the 80th anniversary of the Guernica bombing. Importantly though, the campaign extends to grassroots football and the press release from Amnesty featured the work of Yorkshire St Pauli in Leeds.

 Professor Jonathan Long

Beyond targets and tick boxes: The challenge is set to create sustainable organisational change to support greater equality

A new report this week by Women in Sport has shown that the number of women getting top jobs at UK sporting bodies is down by 6% since 2014 and that around half of the 68 Sport England and UK Sport-funded national governing bodies have fewer than 30% of non-executive director roles filled by women. In today's blog post, Dr Leanne Norman, Senior Research Fellow in the Carnegie School of Sport at Leeds Beckett, gives her views on what needs to be done to go 'Beyond 30%'.

How can befriending support people with a learning disability take part in leisure activities?

Dr Kris Southby, a Research Officer in the Centre for Health Promotion Research at Leeds Beckett, is set to work with Mencap on a new project to find out how befriending people with learning disabilities can support them in taking part in leisure activities. In this blog post, which originally appeared on Mencap's blog, he explains more about the research and its importance.

Governance and Poppies

Professor Simon Robinson, Director of the Research Centre for Governance, Leadership and Global Responsibility at Leeds Beckett, shares his thoughts following the recent FIFA poppy saga.

 Professor Simon Robinson

Managing the England Football Team - A Permanently Poisoned Chalice

In this blog post, Professor Stephen Wagg explores the challenge that Gareth Southgate faces as he is confirmed as the England football manager.

 Professor Stephen Wragg

Social Media: a new site for racism in football

Irrespective of the credibility of claims that racist abuse has been largely eradicated from football stadiums, there is growing evidence of a large volume of abuse circulating among the ‘prosumers’ (producers and consumers) of social media, say Professor Jonathan Long and Dr Dan Kilvington in today's blog post.

 Professor Jonathan Long
Dr Daniel Kilvington

Homophobia in sport - a response

In this post, Professor Kevin Hylton and Professor Stephen Wagg respond to a recent BBC survey looking at whether sports fans would be comfortable with their club signing a gay player and comments made by Football Association chairman Greg Clarke.

 Professor Kevin Hylton
 Professor Stephen Wragg

Digital Transformation - a sport marketing educator’s perspective

In this blog post, Angela Green, Senior Lecturer, Sport Marketing, in the School of Sport at Leeds Beckett, reflects on some of the digital developments changing the education landscape.

Bradford home to the new Rugby League museum

In this post, Professor Karl Spracklen, Professor Jonathan Long and Dr Carol Osborne reflect on the announcement of a new National Rugby League Museum in Bradford.

Professor Karl Spracklen
 Professor Jonathan Long
 Dr Carol Osborne

How Close are Sport and the Arts?

In this blog post, Professor Jonathan Long reflects on a recent event held in Bristol, as part of a national research network led by Leeds Beckett University examining the potential economic, social and cultural benefits of bringing together sport and the arts more effectively.

 Professor Jonathan Long

Tackling discrimination in sport

Leeds Beckett University recently hosted the second annual Sport and Discrimination conference, which brought together academics, campaigners and practitioners specialising in examining and challenging racism, sexism, homophobia, disability and class within their sports and fields. Organiser, Dr Dan Kilvington, blogs about the successful event and looks forward to next year’s conference.

The Road to Rio: Some Thoughts on Olympic Politics

In this blog post, Professor Stephen Wagg in the School of Sport at Leeds Beckett, offers his thoughts on the politics of the Olympics ahead of the Games in Rio this summer.

 Professor Stephen Wragg

Mental preparation key to helping the Red Dragon roar

In this blog post, Dr Andrew Manley, Principal Lecturer in Sport & Exercise Psychology at Leeds Beckett, explores the recent success of Wales at Euro 2016 and the importance of sports psychology in their approach to the tournament.

"The ripples are big": Storying the impact of doping in sport beyond the sanctioned athlete

Dr Kelsey Erickson’s new research has examined the experiences of elite athletes personally affected by other athletes’ doping behaviours, revealing that the effects are both far-reaching and enduring. Dr Erickson interviewed high profile competitive and retired track and field athletes from multiple countries and used the findings gathered to compose two creative non-fiction stories. In this blog post, she reflects on the purpose of her research and the stories she uncovered.

 Dr Kelsey Erickson

Serial winners - Leeds Beckett study gets to the bottom of why some coaches get to the top... and stay there

Winning is not the Holy Grail of sport, winning consistently and repeatedly is. Even this week, José Mourinho, in the wake a poor start to the season, openly questioned his Chelsea players at a press conference for not being ‘serial champions’.

Governance under questions following FIFA corruption arrests

With Fifa hit by a corruption scandal that saw a number of arrests earlier this week and Fifa president Sepp Blatter under increasing pressure to resign, Simon Robinson Professor of Applied and Professional Ethics, and Director of our Research Centre for Governance, Leadership and Global Responsibility assesses the situation from a governance perspective.

 Professor Simon Robinson

Consumption and Class: The Curious Case of Golf

In this blog post Dr Paul Widdop and Dr Dan Parnell, researchers in the Carnegie Faculty at Leeds Beckett University, assess a worrying trend regarding the consumption of Golf, one of the nation’s favourite sports.

 Dr Paul Widdop
 Dr Dan Parnell

Culinary Master Classes with Yorkshire Carnegie

In this post, Carnegie PhD student and Leeds Rugby nutritionist Debbie Smith, discusses how her research into the dietary requirements of adolescent rugby players fits into an applied environment with Leeds Rhinos and Yorkshire Carnegie.

Local authority sport and leisure vital to health of the nation

In this blog post, Dr Dan Parnell, senior lecturer in Sport Business Management at Leeds Beckett, urges government, local authorities and public health professionals to consider the importance of retaining local authority sport and leisure provision.

 Dr Dan Parnell

Coaches role crucial in fighting doping

In this blog post, Dr Laurie Patterson reflects on the recent news that Jon Drummond has received an eight year ban and explores how education needs to be at the centre of coaches engaging with anti-doping resources.

English Football is a White Institution

In this blog post, Professor Jonathan Long and Professor Kevin Hylton from the Carnegie Faculty at Leeds Beckett University, assess the potential benefits of introducing the Rooney rule to the UK.

 Professor Jonathan Long
 Professor Kevin Hylton

Mega-sized sporting events too often fail to deliver health legacy

In this post, Dr Daniel Parnell, Senior lecturer in Sport Business Management assesses how mega-sized sporting events often struggle to deliver a health legacy.

 Dr Dan Parnell

Integration of Commonwealth Games key to its success

As the Commonwealth Games gets underway in Glasgow, Dr Lynne Hibberd, Lecturer in Media, Communication and Cultures takes a look at how Parasports will be featured by the media.

 Dr Lynne Hibberd

Education strategies key as anti-doping testing results rise by 20% in 2013

Dr Lisa Whitaker, Research Officer in our Institute for Sport, Physical Activity and Leisure reflects on a report published this week by the World Anti-Doping Agency which indicates the number of abnormal test findings recorded by anti-doping authorities worldwide is on the increase.

 Dr Lisa Whitaker

How will we use media during the Tour de France?

The Tour de France is coming to town tomorrow and Lynne Hibberd is reflecting on the way that we now use media to document such moments in time and place, leading up to Leeds Met's Media and Place conference next weekend and the launch of the new masters degree in Media.

 Dr Lynne Hibberd

Just who is responsible for Suárez?

Following the now infamous behavior of Suárez within the World Cup 2014 and the ensuing media frenzy, Dr Daniel Parnell, Senior Lecturer in Sport Business Management considers who is responsible for helping ensure that football reduces the risk of this happening again.

 Dr Dan Parnell

Education key to preventing doping in sport

As news breaks that cyclist Daryl Impey (the first South African to wear the yellow jersey in Tour de France history last year) has failed a drugs test, Professor Susan Backhouse reflects on the importance of education in preventing doping in sport.

Gender matters? Murray & Mauresmo prepare for Wimbledon defence

As Andy Murray begins the defence of his Wimbledon title this week, Dr Leanne Norman from the Institute for Sport, Physical Activity & Leisure at Leeds Met, takes a look at the appointment of Amelie Mauresmo as his coach.

From protests to England’s early exit, Brazil 2014. Has anyone even mentioned the health legacy of the World Cup?

Following the exit of England in the World Cup 2014 and in the backdrop of the performance related narrative engulfing media attention, Dr Daniel Parnell, Senior Lecturer in Sport Business Management considers whether this mega-event can offer any hope for a health legacy.

 Dr Dan Parnell

Le Grand Départ: A cycling legacy?

With less than a month now to go until the Grand Départ, we're continuing our series of academic expert blog posts around this highly-anticipated event. This week, Professor Jim McKenna writes about the idea of sporting legacy and considers the likely impact that the Tour de France coming to Yorkshire will have on our cycling habits.


Cycling, Bread and Circuses? Le Tour comes to Yorkshire

With just one month left to go before we welcome the Tour de France to Yorkshire, we begin a series of blog posts inspired by cycling. In today's post, Professor Karl Spracklen shares his plans for spending the day of the event and how we can tie it in with traditional ideas of leisure and freedom.

Professor Susan Backhouse

A new kind of drug problem

With the news that a leading charity has reported a 645% increase in steroid users, Professor Susan Backhouse in the Institute of Sport, Physical Activity and Leisure considers this emerging issue and what the consequences can be.

Analysing the role of stress in elite sport

In this post, Dr Faye Didymus from the Carnegie Faculty assesses the impact of stress in professional sport, following the news that England's Jonathan Trott has left the Ashes tour of Australia because of a long-standing stress-related condition. Batsman Trott scored 19 runs in two innings during England's first Test defeat and struggled against the bowling of Mitchell Johnson.

Coaches cannot survive on reputation alone

Following the news that Sunderland have sacked their manager Paolo Di Canio, Leeds Metropolitan University sports psychologist Dr Andrew Manley looks at the impact that a coach's reputation can have on the attitudes and behaviour of players.

Is there such a thing as nice abuse?

In this post Professor Jonathan Long assesses the use of the term "Yid" by Tottenham Hotspur fans, following the FA's threat that any fan caught chanting the word could face criminal charges.

 Professor Jonathan Long

Education key in changing doping culture in sport

Following the latest revelations of doping in rugby surrounding Sam Chalmers admitting to using steroids, anti-doping researcher Dr Lisa Whitaker assesses why sportsmen and women consider prohibited substances in the first place and how sport can ensure that both athletes and coaching are properly educated in relation to doping.

 Dr Lisa Whitaker

Doping in sport

In this post, Dr Susan Backhouse discusses the backlash in the sporting world after sprinters Asafa Powell and Tyson Gay failed a drugs tests.

International Opportunities for Students and Staff in Sport, Leisure and PE

As Leeds Met prepares to host a conference which explores international sport and leisure opportunities within UK higher education, Professor Jonathan Long looks at the benefits of international exchanges in higher education.

 Professor Jonathan Long

Following in Sir Alex's footsteps...

Dr Andrew Manley, Senior lecturer in Sports Psychology at Leeds Metropolitan, comments on Sir Alex Ferguson's impending retirement, and the impact on the team and his successor.

Dealing with the Masters pressure

Sports Psychologist Adrian Schonfeld assesses the mental challenges facing golfers participating in this weekend's Masters tournament at Augusta.

 Adrian Schonfeld

Buyer beware: Supplement false claims and contamination

Dr Susan Backhouse is an expert in the field of doping in sport and nutritional supplement use. In this blog she looks at the false claims of dietary supplements and contamination within the industry.

Lance Armstrong doping scandal

Following Lance Armstrong's admission to doping, it is evident that detection-based deterrence is not effective in deterring all athletes from using performance enhancing substances. More emphasis is needed on prevention.

Livestrong or Liestrong

"The United States Anti-Doping Association (USADA) claims that Armstrong and his US Postal Service Team (UPS) Team "ran the most sophisticated, professionalized (sic) and successful doping programme the sport has ever seen." And as we know he has been stripped of his seven Tour de France titles.

 Robert Minton-Taylor