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Hockey club's anti-homophobia video

posted 21.11.14 at 1:23pm


This week a video of the University of Nottingham men's hockey club stripping off to help campaign against homophobia in sport went viral.

Sam Boyle reports:

On Thursday's URN Sport, Sam Barker was joined by Calum, Elliott and James to discuss the story and the wider issue of homophobia in sport and how it can be addressed.

Elliott said that tackling homophobia in sport has to come from the top. The panel also discussed the Play with Pride match between the Universities of Loughborough and Nottingham.

Sam asked the panel whether they thought the Voice Your Rights group's attempts to have a zero tolerance to homophobia clause written into the manifesto of university sports clubs would be effective.

Tweet your views to @URNSport on whether enough is being done to tackle homophobia in university sport, and how you think the issue can be best tackled. You can view the hockey club's video here.

Tennis season review and Pointless: Three lions edition

On this week's show Simon was joined by David, Bradley and Adam. They began with the ATP World Tour Finals, which Novak Djokovic won by default on Sunday after Roger Federer had to withdraw from the final through injury.

The boys also previewed the finale to the F1 season in Abu Dhabi.

The panel also looked at another successful Qatari bid to host a sporting event, with the news that the country has been selected to host the 2019 World Athletics Championships.

Finally, after it emerged that quiz show Pointless Celebrities attracted higher average ratings than England's Euros qualifier against Slovenia, the team decided to combine the England national football team with the BBC programme.

For more debate about the biggest sports stories of the week, tune into URN Sport from 6-7pm every Tuesday.

England's defeat by New Zealand, and Moyes moves to Spain

posted 11.11.14 at 11:10pm

On this Tuesday's URN Sport Adam was joined by panelists Danny, Jack and Ben. They began with a chat about Andy Murray's losing start in the ATP World Tour Finals.

In rugby union, England were beaten 24-21 at Twickenham by New Zealand at the weekend. The boys discussed how the All Blacks' dominance was not reflected in the final scoreline. The defeat leaves England on a four-match losing run.

After Nico Rosberg's win in the Brazilian Grand Prix, the panel looked forward to the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi.

Finally, ex-Everton and Manchester United boss David Moyes has made his managerial comeback after being appointed the new manager of Real Sociedad. The boys discussed whether the move is right for the Scot.

For more discussion of national and international sport, tune in to next Tuesday's URN Sport from 6pm.

F1 boycott, ATP World Tour Finals preview, and the Manchester derby

posted 04.11.14 at 8:57pm

On this week's URN Sport Simon was joined by Nick, Adam and Joe to discuss the latest events in the world of sport.

They began by covering the US Grand Prix. After the race Lewis Hamilton said he had outsmarted his teammate and Championship title challenger Nico Rosberg.

Some of the teams had threatened to boycott the race in Austin because of the financial crisis in the sport, and an inequitable split in the sport's revenues...

Andy Murray's qualification for the ATP World Tour Finals was also on the agenda, and Simon asked the lads what they made of his chances.

Finally, the panel looked back on Manchester City's 1-0 win over United on Sunday.

For more discussion of national and international sport, tune into URN Sport next Tuesday from 6-7pm.

New sports village announced

posted 31.10.14 at 1:17am

The new sports village will be named after alumnus and project supporter David RossThe new sports village will be named after alumnus and project supporter David Ross

The University of Nottingham has announced it is to build a new £40 million sports village on University Park campus.

The village will be a redevelopment of the current sports centre, which will triple in size, and will include an all-glass squash show court, an indoor sprint track, and a sports hall with seating.

Speaking to URN, Students' Union Sports Officer Kiri Madhani described the project as "fantastic news for the university and fantastic news for the students".

Construction is expected to start in February 2015 and conclude in June 2016. A temporary facility will be erected on Nightingale Field next to the current sports centre.

Kiri Madhani admitted that there would be a "rocky patch" while the University is in between facilities, but said she was working with sports clubs presidents to minimise any negative impact.

The Sports Officer also told URN it would not be possible to incorporate all clubs currently operating in the University Park sports centre into the temporary set-up, meaning clubs such as basketball will move to Jubilee campus.