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Futsal: the thinking player’s game that doesn’t hurt the head

With a smaller, heavier ball, the game is played on the ground, which means less worry about head injuriesGone are the days when primary-school children were condemned to wincing, eyes shut tightly in fear, as a heavy leather football smashed against t…

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Croatia wrongly deports Nigerian table tennis players to Bosnia

Organisers of competition students travelled to attend demand their return to Nigeria The organisers of an international student sports competition have called for two Nigerian table tennis players to be returned to their own country after Croatian pol…

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England’s Kyle Sinckler: from school with no rugby to World Cup semi-final

Prop forward attended state school in London and is now a role model for others on similar pathIn a sport where private school alumni still hold sway, Kyle Sinckler is something of an exception. Raised in Furzedown, near Tooting in south London, he joi…

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‘You could be Dina’: teach children physical literacy, says Sport England

Successes of athletes such as Asher-Smith is inspiring but take-up of activity is more complexChildren should be taught “physical literacy” in the same way they learn to read and write if the gold medal successes of athletes such as Dina Asher-Smith an…

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Women’s football: how girls are moving the goalposts

With young players joining grassroots clubs and England’s Lionesses preparing for their World Cup run, the sport is finally getting the recognition it deserves‘Izzy, to me, to me,” the cry comes from many voices. Izzy, two brown pigtails flying out beh…

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Former Texas tennis coach admits to $100,000 bribe in college admissions scandal

Michael Center pleads guilty to taking bribe from fixerCase has ensnared wealthy parents across AmericaThe former men’s tennis coach at the University of Texas at Austin pleaded guilty on Wednesday to accepting a $100,000 bribe in the college admission…

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James Cracknell shuts out media scrum to focus on Boat Race

Oldest rower to compete in famous race has earned his place in Cambridge boat, colleagues sayFor someone about to battle the tides of history as well as the Thames in the 165th Boat Race, James Cracknell looked remarkably calm on Friday as film crews b…

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The Guardian and Football School launch Young Sportswriter competition

We have joined forces with the Football School series of books for a writing competition for seven to 12-year-olds in the UK and IrelandThe Guardian is teaming up with the Football School series of books to launch a Young Sportswriter of the Year compe…

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The Guardian and Football School launch Young Sportswriter competition

We have joined forces with the Football School series of books for a writing competition for seven to 12-year-olds in the UK and IrelandThe Guardian is teaming up with the Football School series of books to launch a Young Sportswriter of the Year compe…

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When Old Etonians won the FA Cup | Brief letters

Football in private schools | Welsh history | Police as protectors | Plastic bag recycling

On Cup final day, I enjoyed reading DJ Taylor’s article on the football novel (Review, 27 May). However, in discussing the first wave of football fiction, largely describing boys’ school stories, he noted that their “real-life, public-school attending equivalents would, of course, have played rugby”. This perpetuates the error, which I thought had been laid to rest, that independent schools shunned football. As an example, before professionalism took hold, Old Etonians contested no fewer than six FA Cup finals, winning two of them. One of their losses was against Old Carthusians.
Ed Lilley
Bristol

• Comforting though it is to see that Oxford students will have to study for exams on “non-British, non-European” topics (Report, 29 May), I wonder whether they might consider studying non-English “British” topics? What does the average student know, for instance, about the Rebecca Riots, the Treason of the Blue Books, Tryweryn, Senghennydd, Pont Trefechan? But then it’s only Wales, so it doesn’t matter, does it?
Dr Meg Elis
Caernarfon, Gwynedd

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Baylor football players raped woman as ‘bonding experience’, lawsuit alleges

Lawsuit filed in federal court claims players took part in gang rapesBaylor accused of violating Title IX and fostering culture of violence on campusThe latest lawsuit against Baylor University alleges that its football players took part in gang rapes …

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Cardiff Met: the student football team with sights set on the Europa League

The university team won promotion to the Welsh Premier League last May and their success this season means they are in the playoffs for a place in Europe

By Tom Coleman for In Bed With Maradona, of the Guardian Sport Network

If you were to ask a football fan to describe their ideal player, “well educated” is unlikely to be near the top of the list of attributes. Even the most gifted footballers are mocked for their perceived lack of brain cells afterwards. Then again, the demands associated with making it as a professional footballer, combined with a general disdain for education within the game, mean we don’t really have a right to complain when some superstars sometimes appear a little dense.

But with figures suggesting that around two-fifths of footballers will file for bankruptcy within five years of hanging up their boots – mainly because they lack the training and qualifications for another career – there’s clearly an argument for change. One man who has seen the value of combining football with academic achievement is former Wales international Dr. Christian Edwards. “You have to be bright to be a footballer,” says Edwards, but he has enjoyed a unique perspective on the game since bringing his playing days to a close.

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Schoolgirls say FA paper on football treats them like ‘brainless baby Barbies’

Students criticise document saying female players might be encouraged by stamps and nice-smelling bibs as ‘absolute rubbish’

A group of indignant primary schoolgirls have written to the Football Association complaining that a document aimed at increasing female participation in football treats them like “brainless baby Barbies”.

The pupils from Lumley junior school near Chester-le-Street, County Durham, took exception to the FA paper, titled Considerations for Increasing Participation in Women and Girls Football, which they studied during a school writing project looking at gender equality in football.

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Harvard ends men’s soccer team season over lewd rankings of female players

University says ‘extremely offensive report’ on female soccer players was produced over several years by male players, who had been leading Ivy League

Harvard University has suspended its men’s soccer team for the remainder of the season because of sexual comments made about members of the women’s soccer team.

University president Drew Faust said in a statement on Thursday night that an investigation into the 2012 team found their “appalling” actions were not isolated to one year or the actions of a few, but appeared to be more widespread across the team and continued through the current season.

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Baylor fires football coach Art Briles and re-assigns president Kenneth Starr

  • Baptist university in Texas rocked by sexual assault scandal
  • School shakes up leadership after report finds serious failures

Baylor University announced on Thursday that it has suspended football coach Art Briles with the intent to fire him, and has re-assigned president Kenneth Starr to a separate role, as America’s biggest Baptist school attempts to deal with a high-profile sexual assault scandal that has rocked campus.

Briles, 60, will be fired. Starr has been demoted from his role as university president, but will remain a professor at Baylor’s law school and has been given the position of chancellor. Athletic director Ian McCaw has been placed on probation.

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Choice of English song as French anthem for Euro 2016 ‘concerning’

Use of I Was Made for Lovin’ You ‘incomprehensible’, says French minister, arguing tournament is chance to promote French language

A French minister has described the choice of a song in English as the official anthem for French supporters at Euro 2016 as “incomprehensible”.

Andre Vallini, the secretary of state for Francophony, said the French Football Federation’s decision to choose a cover of I Was Made for Lovin’ You, performed by French group Skip the Use, was “very concerning”.

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Choice of English song as French anthem for Euro 2016 ‘concerning’

Use of I Was Made for Lovin’ You ‘incomprehensible’, says French minister, arguing tournament is chance to promote French language

A French minister has described the choice of a song in English as the official anthem for French supporters at Euro 2016 as “incomprehensible”.

Andre Vallini, the secretary of state for Francophony, said the French Football Federation’s decision to choose a cover of I Was Made for Lovin’ You, performed by French group Skip the Use, was “very concerning”.

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Romania players change squad numbers for maths problems before Spain game

  • Initiative designed to combat poor school dropout rate in Romania
  • ‘Football and mathematics are not mutually exclusive,’ says RFF president

In preparation for their friendly match with Spain on Sunday night, Romania’s players have swapped their normal squad numbers for maths problems in a bid to help their country’s children with their education.

Related: Chelsea’s Diego Costa left out of Spain squad to play Italy and Romania

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Some teenage rugby injuries as bad as in road crashes, study finds

Researchers suggest rule changes or size restrictions at youth level to avoid serious harm, but disagree with tackling ban

Teenage rugby players have started to suffer serious injuries of the type normally seen in road crashes, according to medical research which recommends rule changes in order to prevent “potentially devastating consequences”.

The study, which appears in the latest issue of the British Medical Journal (BMJ) Case Reports journal, coincides with the publication last week of an open letter from more than 70 doctors, health experts and academics to the government, calling for a ban on tackling in school rugby.

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School rugby tackling ban campaigners receive ‘vile’ abuse

One signatory of the open letter from health experts and academics has received homophobic abuse while another has been asked not to attend an eventCampaigners for a ban on tackling in school rugby have been on the receiving end of a backlash which inc…