The Sky’s The Limit: The Lionesses 2022 European Championship Win

By Georgina Procter “The Lionesses have brought football home. Now it’s down to the rest of us to make sure it stays here. You think it’s all over? It’s only just begun.” Momentous closing words from legendary sports commentator, Gabby Logan, as she rounded off the European Championship final, with England’s Lionesses crowned Champions of…

It’s Birmingham’s time to shine, Bab

By Henry Columbine It’s rare for self-deprecating Brummies to celebrate their city, their history and themselves. Two thirds of Birmingham residents, polled by biscuit-makers McVitie’s, said their own city was a miserable place to live – more than residents of any other UK city. A separate survey found that 80% of Brummies wished they had a different…

Premier League TV could be on its way

By Robin Tozer The Indian Premier League (IPL), the world’s biggest cricket competition, recently announced a TV rights deal worth a record US$6.02bn (£5.13bn), doubling the previous deal. The IPL is now one of the most valuable global sports leagues alongside the NFL in the US and the English Premier League. The biggest sporting properties…

The NFL is going global

By James Surallie After arguably the most exciting rounds of playoff football in NFL history, the 56th edition of the Super Bowl take places this Sunday. For NFL enthusiasts in the UK like myself, this will mean a familiar late-night stint to watch the game live, but it is set to be a true spectacle….

Could sport be the catalyst for new relations with China?

By George Esmond Francis Fukayama’s infamous book The End of History argued that the ascendancy of Western liberal democracy following the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, meant that humanity had reached the endpoint of mankind’s ideological evolution and the universalisation of Western liberal democracy would be the final form of government. But hindsight…

After 889 days, it is time for the return of the London Marathon

By Polly Warrack This Sunday – 889 days since it last took place – the Virgin Money London Marathon returns to the streets of the capital. Whether you count it as 26.219 miles, 42.195 kilometres, or eight parkruns with a bit extra on the end – you would absolutely be forgiven for asking who on…

New Zealand Rugby – a little too sweet?

By Richard Bicknell In New Zealand there is a famous Māori whakataukī (proverb): “Kāore te kūmara e kōrero mō tōna ake reka”  Translated it means “the kūmara (New Zealand’s indigenous sweet potato) does not brag about its own sweetness”, a dictum to humility and modesty. Its pervasiveness speaks volumes to the New Zealand psyche where humbleness and…

The Paralympic Games – my experience of being a Games Maker

By Laura Griffiths The moment that London was announced the host of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games is a moment from my school days that I will never forget. We all celebrated loudly and proudly the fact that our capital city was going to be hosting the Games for the third time, the first…