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Tuesday 27th August 2013

A Wimbledon victory – was science the secret behind Murray's success?

A Wimbledon victory – was science the secret behind Murray's success?
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Andy Murray's Wimbledon victory earlier this week was, in many ways, unsurprising. He was long regarded among many tennis fans and experts as a highly talented tennis player. However, until last year, his talent and incredible determination had proved insufficient to secure a grand slam victory.
Date:
Tuesday 27th August 2013
Categories:
Sport
Friday 26th July 2013

2012 and the 'Legacy' Games: assessing the Olympic Legacy one year on

Description
For many years sport has been viewed by political elites as a panacea of all ills. In particular sports mega-events, such as the Olympics and the FIFA World Cup, are looked upon as opportunities to transform, increase, improve and grow anything from mass participation in physical activity, to urban regeneration, economic growth and a nation's international image. The benefits derived from such events are termed 'legacies,' and the promise of them materialising is often used as the chief justificatory discourse for the investment of large sums of public finance into hosting a sports mega-event at the outset.
Date:
Friday 26th July 2013
Categories:
Life and Environmental Sciences, Sport
Wednesday 17th July 2013

A Wimbledon victory – was science the secret behind Murray's success?

A Wimbledon victory – was science the secret behind Murray's success?
Description
Professor Nikos Ntoumanis' Birmingham Brief about the science behind Andy Murray's success at Wimbledon 2013.
Date:
Wednesday 17th July 2013
Categories:
Life and Environmental Sciences, Sport
Friday 3rd December 2010

Cuts to School Sport Partnerships: A Case of Ideology over Reason?

Cuts to School Sport Partnerships: A Case of Ideology over Reason?
Description
The Coalition Government's proposal to cut £162 million funding for 450 school sports partnerships offers an intriguing case study of this era of new party politics and policy-making. Two points lend weight to the argument that this is a rushed decision made by an ill-informed minister, Education Secretary Michael Gove.
Date:
Friday 3rd December 2010
Categories:
Social Sciences, Sport
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