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Ryder Cup, Verstappen, and Pardew on the brink?

posted 01.10.14 at 12:00pm

On the first Tuesday show of the new semester, Simon was joined by Elliott, Jack and Ollie to discuss the latest stories dominating the world of sport.

First up was Europe's success in the Ryder Cup. Up for discussion was the lack of harmony in the USA's squad.

Next up the guys turned to boxing and dissected Paul Smith's defeat by Arthur Abraham.

Max Verstappen will become the youngest ever driver to participate at an F1 grand prix weekend during Friday's first practice in Japan. The panel discussed the up-and-coming driver as well whether the championship is now Lewis Hamilton's to lose.

In football, Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew is under increasing pressure as the club lie bottom of the Premier League table. While Ollie said that Pardew was not a bad manager, Elliott claimed that the Magpies' boss has no plan b.

For more national sports discussion, tune into URN Sport this Tuesday from 6pm.

Nottingham named City of Football

posted 26.09.14 at 5:00pm


Nottingham has been chosen by Sport England as England's first 'City of Football', meaning it is set to receive £1.6 million to help increase the numbers of 14 to 25 year olds playing football regularly.

The money will fund initiatives such as pop-up facilities and an electronic 'playbook' that will monitor football participation in the city.

Reacting to the news, UoNSU Sports Officer Kiri Madhani said she hoped the award will help develop links to reduce drop-off in football participation after students finish university.

Nigel Cooke, head of the bid team One Nottingham, told URN that he hopes the City of Football initiative will reduce post-university drop-off. Mr Cooke also said that traditional means of getting people to play football had failed, and that the strength of Nottingham's bid was its "non-footballing solutions to a footballing problem".

Open Play: An investigation into LGBT participation in University sports

posted 21.06.14 at 3:10pm


Open Play: An investigation into LGBT participation in sportsOpen Play: An investigation into LGBT participation in sports

Throughout 2014, the URN Sports Team have been conducting an investigation into LGBT student participation in sport. We spoke to students, the SU Sports Officer, local teams and national figures in order to discover what the obstacles are to increasing LGBT participation in sport.

This was based upon the 2011 NUS 'Out in Sport' report, which provided reccomendations to all Universities as to how to increase the number of LGBT students participants in sport on campus. As the University of Nottingham has not implemented these reccomendations, this lead us to consider the broader local, national and international obstacles to increased participation - before presenting our findings to the incoming SU Sports Officer here at the University of Nottingham, Kiri Madhani, to hear how she is going to tackle the issue next year.

Take a listen to the full investigation here:

Here are some of the comments we recieved during the show:

Loving hearing more about this and I think lad culture encourages mocking which can subconsciously put lgbt students off teams like that.

It seems that the SU aren't prepared to take action! I hope they change after this!

Uni Take 7-5 Varsity lead after Hockey

posted 31.03.14 at 4:18pm

Beeston hockey club was the location of perhaps one of the most one dominant victories in Varsity series. Uni would take on Trent in 9 games over the course of the day winning, incredibly, all 9.

The two most important of these victories came in the Mens and Ladies first teams victories over their trent counterparts, securing UNI 2 points in the Varstiy sereis.

The ladies game was up first and the UNI team were dominant right from the off taking control of possession and terrority. It didnt take them long to turn this domination into points taking the lead after just 7 minutes. UNI never looked back and extending their lead at regular intervals running out 7-0 winners.

We spoke to the UNI captain Lucy after the game.

The men were also dominant in their game looking far too powerful and skillful for trent right from the early stages. It was only the Trent keeper who was in great form that kept the score 0-0 in the early stages. UNI would break the deadlock from a short corner which was impressively hit and extended their lead to 2-0 on the stroke of half time. The second half was a slightly more even contest, however Trent could not get back on level terms UNI running out 3-1 victors.

Next up in the Varsity series is Football at Meadow Lane just after easter.

Varsity Tied at 5-5 after Lacrosse and Women's rugby

posted 24.03.14 at 2:34pm


This Saturday saw the return of Varsity with the men's lacrosse and women's rugby fixtures taking place back to back at Trent's Clifton Campus. With the overall Varsity tied at 4-4 before the day both Uni's were looking at taking a commanding two point lead with only three fixtures left.

Men's Lacrosse was up first and Uni started slowly with Trent racing into a 3-1 lead early in the game. After some dominating play from Uni star play Oli Tozer UoN pulled the score back to 5-4 early in the second quarter however this would be as close as they got to their opposition with Trent extending their lead at regular intervals for the rest of the game running out 14-6 winners.

UoN had better luck in the Women's rugby though, an event historically we are very good at. The ladies ran out 32-17 victors leaving the series tied at 5-5.

Next up is Varsity Hockey this Friday at Beeston Hockey Club. Live updates from both the men's and ladies game from 17.00 on @urnsport