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Monday 30 November 2015

Kick It Out course launched and students hear talks from the industry

Kick It Out course kicks off with virtual classroom

The Kick It Out Equality and Diversity Awareness in Football award, a partnership initiative developed between Kick It Out and Southampton Solent University, launched this week with a virtual classroom session. The course, which aims to provide future football leaders with all the skills they need to tackle discrimination in the game, is delivered predominantly online. However, using the latest technology, a virtual classroom was established to allow students studying in the University and drawn from a range of other employers across the country, to interact with course tutors and teaching staff. Discussing the session, LMCFR director, Dr Richard Elliott commented: "The virtual classroom is something that we're currently trialling and we thought that it could enhance the learning experience for students on the new Kick It Out course. Online learners can sometimes feel isolated from their peers, and we thought that bringing as many of them together via this medium might reduce that feeling."

Youth development under spotlight

Fulham FC academy director and LMCFR professional member, Huw Jennings, delivered a lecture to students at the University this week that focused on issues relating to elite youth development in football. Jennings, who is widely recognised for nurturing the talent of players such as Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and the world's most expensive footballer, Gareth Bale, gave examples from a range of sporting contexts before discussing football more specifically. As with all of the guest lectures that are supported through the LMCFR and university, the lecture prompted a range of interesting and thoughtful questions from the audience, providing the basis for a broad range of stimulating discussions.

Senior BBC journalist discusses women in sport

BBC editorial lead for women's sport and former producer of Football Focus, Shelley Alexander, visited the University this week to talk about her role at the BBC and the steps the Corporation is taking to increase the visibility of women's sport in the mainstream sports media. Speaking with a huge amount of experience and enthusiasm, Shelley talked candidly about some of her own experiences, discussing how these and those of others had led to the development of the Women In Sport network. In a lively and interactive session, students were repeatedly challenged in regard to their own knowledge of, and engagement with, women's sport. They were also given the opportunity to ask a range of questions relating to the topics examined, as well as the media and broadcasting in general.