Universities have long been recognized as the backbone of their local communities, providing rewarding jobs, quality education, and a hub for exciting events to those who live nearby.
The contribution of universities to the health and well-being of their neighbors is perhaps less well known, often providing quality access to facilities and expertise inaccessible to groups not served by sports clubs and gymnasiums. traditional.
To help defend the great work universities do for the well-being of their community and the country as a whole, Universities UK launched this week MadeAtUni: Energizing places, a new initiative that shows how local universities can help their region get back on its feet as it emerges from the coronavirus pandemic.
âFor years, universities have improved the health and well-being of the country through their science, research and community projects, including the public use of sports facilities,â said Professor Julia Buckingham CBE, vice -Chancellor of Brunel University in London and President of the UK.
âBefore the pandemic, over 80% of college sports facilities were used by local grassroots football clubs, and we want to make it clear to the government that universities can help address the impact of the pandemic on activity levels. physical by filling in the gaps left by the closure of recreation facilities. “
So today we are celebrating just a small selection of the great work currently underway at Brunel aimed at building a healthier and happier community.
Active club 50 years Plus
Since 2006 Brunel has been running the Active 50s Plus Club, a weekly sports and recreation club that helps people over 50 maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Now with more than 170 members, the club offers its members the opportunity to participate in a range of fun and engaging activities, including badminton, tennis and table tennis, as well as use the sauna and fitness facilities. Lancaster hotel hammam on campus. – all for the small annual membership fee of just Â£ 30.
Twice a week Brunel hosts the Brunel Bulls Wheelchair Basketball Club, a race to help physically disabled people in West London participate in team sports.
Started by Brunel academics Dr Mellissa Prunty and Dr Meriel Norris, the club runs sessions for adults and children, providing a fun and competitive sporting environment for those who often struggle to find a team at a sports club. traditional.
Ealing Trailfinders Rugby Scholarship Program
Brunel and the local professional rugby team Ealing Trailfinders run a fully funded scholarship program that allows aspiring young players to study for a degree while pursuing a professional sports career.
The fellows – 150 men and 40 women – will soon have access to a new Â£ 2million rugby performance center under construction in Brunel, which will include a new artificial field to ‘World Rugby’ standards, a sports hall high quality interior of 1200 m2 and a global gym. specialized sports and rugby equipment in the classroom.
How music boosts athletic performance
Professor Costas Karageorghis is one of the world’s leading researchers on how music improves athletic performance, maintains focus and improves recovery after training.
His research, which has been covered by many of the world’s most popular newspapers, has shown that music is like a legal drug that improves performance, deceives fatigue, and elicits vibrations of well-being.
Using sport as a tool for community engagement
Professor Louise Mansfield’s research has revealed that developing and designing sports activities in partnership with the local community could be key to meeting the government’s goals of increasing activity levels – and improving the good. -being making them happier.
The study, funded by Sports England, involved co-designing sports programs with locals in Hounslow, west London.
Make sport safer
Dr Misia Gervis has shown that injuries are a major cause of mental health problems among top footballers, according to a study of advisers working with the Professional Footballers Association. Dr Gervis led the review alongside the PFA, recommending that an increase in the use of sports psychologists could help injured footballers on the road to recovery.
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