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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

Preview Interview for Varsity Netball

posted 13.03.14 at 7:41pm


Varsity Netball takes place tomorrow night, URN Sport interviewed 3 members of the UoN netball team ahead of the clash

If you can't get down to the event follow @urnsport for live updates from the clash.

Uni win Varsity Swimming

posted 13.03.14 at 12:03pm


The University of nottingham are now 4-2 up in this year's Varsity series courtesy of a 143-77 victory in the swimming. We met up with two of the triumphant swimmers after the match

The next Varsity match is this Friday where it is the turn of the Netball. Check out @urnsport on twitter for updates from the game.