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Brighton graduate completes British athletics double

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Published: Friday, 11 September 2020 15:35 Written by Michelle

Photo: British Athletics via Getty Images


University of Brighton graduate George Mills claimed the 1500m title at the British Athletics Championships in Manchester at the weekend, adding to his indoor success over the same distance earlier this year.


Mills, a Sport Brighton Sports Scholar who studied BSc(Hons) Sport and Exercise Science, claimed victory in the final in 3:51:39 at the event which would normally have served as trials for the Olympic Games.


It makes him a double British champion over the distance, having claimed the 1500m title at the British Indoor Athletics Championships in Glasgow back in February.


Asked if he expected such a year, Mills said: “Not at all – I knew if I worked hard I may be in a position to challenge for a couple of medals, or even reach a final at the outdoor championships, but with how everything’s turned out, I can’t complain at all – I’m over the moon.


“For all of my successes, it’s a massive thank you to my family, my coach and my whole support team – they’ve been an integral part of all this. You’ve got to enjoy those moments, and there’s no better feeling than winning, especially in the national championships.”


Mills plans to stay in the area and to continue representing local club Brighton Phoenix. He currently trains under renowned coach Jon Bigg at the Phoenix Track Club, an elite setup which includes British Olympians Charlie Da’Vall Grice and Elliot Giles among its athletes.


The son of ex-England, Leeds United and Manchester City footballer Danny Mills, George joked in a post-race interview with BBC Sport that his dad was “on holiday at the moment so I don’t know if he’s going to be that bothered”, but says he did catch up with him as soon as he could: “I rang him after the interviews and he just said, well done, you’ve earned that one, you’ve worked really hard and you executed that plan really well. All of my family were delighted”.

Mills puts much of his success down to the sport science he’s learnt at the university and the support he was given as a sports scholar. He said: “Whether that’s recovery, adapting things slightly, everyone I’ve met along the way, including my lecturers, have been such a big help.


“I was a sports scholar and that helped make the course adaptable. If I needed to miss a lecture, or required a slightly prolonged period of time off to attend a training camp, the lecturers and Sport Brighton would have a chat and talk to me so that we could come up with a plan and continue to compete at a high level”.


Rob Nitman, who looks after the sports scholarship programme at Sport Brighton, added: 

“Everyone at Sport Brighton is incredibly proud of George's achievements in 2020. This is credit to his path as a student-athlete over the past few years. Having had an injury troubled 2017/18 campaign, his persistence, dedication and humility since then have laid the foundation for his recent success.


“George’s victories highlight the growing success of our Talented Sports Performer Programme (Sports Scholarship), which supports athletes in many different ways including Strength & Conditioning, Lifestyle Support, Physiotherapy and arguably the most important factor - Academic Flexibility; allowing student-athletes the ability to train and compete whilst still completing their studies.”


Watch the full interview with George Mills and follow him on Twitter and Instagram.



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Published: Friday, 11 September 2020 08:09 Written by Michelle

We are pleased to say we are continuing to operate as normal following the latest Government 'Rule of Six' announcement. Classes and our existing activities will all be taking place as planned as fitness and leisure facilities can remain open as we operate with COVID-secure protocols in place. This is following further details being released around the announcement. 

Members, students and staff can book classes here.
Our contract hirers continue to be able to book our facilities once COVID-secure measures are in place and in line with their relevant NGB guidelines.


Details of how we are operating and the measures we have put in place for you can be found here. Thank you for continuing to protect yourself and others when visiting our centres. 



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Published: Wednesday, 12 August 2020 10:12 Written by Michelle



Welcome to new and returning students. Here is information on Sport Brighton services for 2020/21. We offer services to keep you active, play sport and a chance to socialise. Whilst this academic year may be a little different due to the current pandemic we are working hard to ensure you can access our services as safely as possible and within the industry and government guidelines. The nature of the situation means that our most up to date information can be found on our website and social media channels. Be sure to follow us online to keep up to date. Check out the video above for an overview of our services. 







The university has three gym locations. Initially we will have open our Eastbourne and Falmer gyms from the start of term. We offer a great rate for gym access for students. Just £13.50 per month with a £21 joining fee (cancel at any time). Alternatively you can sign up for an academic year membership for £140 that will give you membership valid until the 30th June 2021. Our membership package include inclusive gym access, classes and swim access during set times (Sport Brighton pool in Eastbourne and Virgin Active in Falmer). Our Moulsecoomb gym is currently closed due to its size and the current pandemic, once open then you will be able to access this facility too with your membership. In the event of government guidelines changing and we are unable to offer services at your chosen centre your membership will be frozen / direct debit members will not be charged. 

Useful links: 

Membership information

Covid-19 update

Timetable and booking information








As students you can access our class programme on a pay as you go basis. Non-member students can book using their university login details on our website. You can also book badminton courts, table tennis, basketball rings and other sports areas for a low rate. Contact our sports centres for details. All the above can be booked up to 48 hours in advance. If you are a member you can book classes and facilities 7 days in advance. 








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The university offers 31 sports in its student club programme. Student clubs are led by students with the support of Sport Brighton. Clubs range from just giving things a go to competitive opportunities. The University of Brighton clubs go under the name of the Brighton Panthers. Check out our club page for details of these. New this year is an exciting partnership with Nike. The University of Brighton is just one of two universities to work with the global sports brand. Our new clothing range will be online shortly so you can access all your Brighton Panthers Nike apparel.

As well as the student club programme we also offer a recreational sports programme called Parklife. This offers turn up and play low cost sports sessions. Details of the term one programme will be announced shortly. 

Sport Brighton also offers a range of performance sport services. Some of our clubs are classed as performance sports, these receive specialist coaching and strength and conditioning support. Furthermore we have a scholarship programme that offers mentor support, facility access, funding and other supplementary services. If you compete at a representative level (National) then get in touch via our performance pages.


COVID-19 | Sport Brighton Service Updates

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Published: Wednesday, 08 July 2020 10:17 Written by Michelle

UPDATE: Wednesday 16th September

We are pleased to inform you we are now permitting use of our showers at Eastbourne and Falmer. Follow the capacity numbers shown on the entrance to these areas. Please sanitise your hands on entry and exit of the showers. Please ensure you keep your distance from others when using the changing area. Those exiting areas should have right of way. 


Opening dates: 



See our guide as to what to expect:


Confirmed: Eastbourne Sports Centre | Monday 3rd August 2020 

All our core services are now operating. Members can now book gym, swim and classes. 



Confirmed: Falmer Sports Centre | Saturday 5th September

Brighton based members should have received an email on Thursday 27th August, if you have not received this then please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and state you have not been receiving emails from us and to check the email we hold for you. 

We currently do not have a date for our Cockcroft facility. Given its size and nature the current guidelines do not make it viable to open currently. Existing Cockcroft users should use our Falmer Sports Centre as an alternative. 

Updates will continue to be on this page. We look forward to welcoming you back to our facilities from September 5th at Falmer. 



Read more: COVID-19 | Sport Brighton Service Updates