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Scholar Insight | Cerys Attends 'Pro Week'

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Published: Thursday, 26 November 2020 10:44 Written by Michelle

The University of Brighton were proud hosts of Brighton & Hove Albion’s Women’s Football Dual-Career Academy (DCA) for a ‘pro-week’. The week aims to give squad members a taste of what the training week requirements are like for a professional football athlete.

Held during October half-term this training camp allowed the student-athletes an opportunity to make the most of our Falmer facilities utilising the artificial turf pitch, gym, sports hall and seminar spaces whilst also giving them a taste of campus life.

Read more: Scholar Insight | Cerys Attends 'Pro Week'


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.


Running Tips During Isolation

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Published: Thursday, 26 March 2020 15:23 Written by Michelle

Ben who is a Sport Brighton Duty Officer gives us his running tips for running during the Coronavirus pandemic. 

Ben is an experienced runner with a personal training background. He has ran 7 marathons, 2 ultramarathons, countless half marathons (including the recent Brighton half as Pete the Panther) completed various OCR races and has completed a handful of triathlons, up to an Ironman 70.3. 

Ben RunningHere are his tips:

I highly recommend taking advantage of the Boris approved daily exercise to get outside. We all know that being outside and regularly exercising is excellent for our physical and mental wellbeing, however please be responsible as the priority, over your training. See my tips and today's run below. 

  • Keep hydrated throughout the day, avoid large amounts of water just before your run. You'll only generally need to take water with you if you run for 40 minutes or longer. 
  • Think about the route. Try and choose one that will generally be quieter, or a cycle path that is wide, to allow for space to overtake/pass people 
  • Go through a dynamic warm up outside, away from others 
  • Run from your home (avoid extra travel)
  • Run by yourself (running with people you live with is fine)
  • Track your run on a tracking app and connect with people virtually
  • Keep away from other pedestrians as much as possible. If it is safe to do so, cross the road or run in the road to overtake them, then rejoin the pavement. Only do this if you have full visibility
  • Only wear sunglasses if they are secure, because you want to avoid constantly touching your face to push your glasses back up. Same principle for your headphones.
  • Avoid pressing the button on road crossings. The roads should be quieter so I recommend just waiting for it to be clear to cross. The buttons are gross anyway and we're not going for PB's. 
  • Cool down, including stretches in your garden or street, away from others. 
  • You shouldn't have needed to touch anything, but still wash your hands as soon as you get inside. 

Stay safe and enjoy. 

Sport Brighton