“Sport Studies’ students exercise the City’s Move More agenda”

By Luke Regan

Sheffield’s flagship physical activity plan Move More, an ambition to transform Sheffield into the most active city in the UK by 2020, was put through its paces during a press conference for the second year BA (Hons) Sport Studies module, Sport Journalism. Move More, which is part of the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine, aims to help people to become more active and make healthier choices in their everyday lives.

The panel included Dr Gareth Jones – Officer for Move More, Glenn Carlin – Operations Manager for the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine, and Mark Rocca of Rocca Creative, which designs and delivers the social technology solutions driving the ambitions of the Move More programme.

The students posed a variety of questions to the panel, highlighting Move More’s role as part of one of the Olympic Legacy projects from London 2012 and investigating how such a wide ranging city-wide strategy can be delivered in collaboration with multiple partners.

Many of the activities are largely facilitated through technological interventions, such as the Move More app, the activity finder on the website, and the schools and workplace challenges.

“The Sport Journalism press conference is a great opportunity for the Sport Studies students to learn the practice of journalism. Over the course of the module, students are taught how to apply the required features of journalistic writing, a process that allows them to develop and improve their own writing styles. The module teaches a number of important skills that are invaluable for the working world.”

Dr Jack Black, Senior Lecturer and Course Leader for BA (Hons) Sport Studies

“It has been a fantastic experience to be involved in the Sport Journalism press conference. It was fun, really well organised and the students had some great questions. These questions have helped to highlight areas that need focus on within the project, as well as offering a new perspective on how the project is viewed from the public – this has been extremely helpful.”

Dr Gareth Jones, Move More Officer

You can find more information about the Sport Studies degree programme at https://sportstudiesshu.com

This project was supported by Sheffield Hallam University’s Venture Matrix scheme.

This article was originally published on Sheffield Hallam’s Venture Matrix Blog.