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Diversity & Women in Sports

Raising the profile of marginalised and underrepresented athletes and sports professionals.

The rise of competitive sports in England: constructing character & national identity

Introduction There is a widespread belief that competition is a ‘natural’ phenomenon in human beings, and that it should therefore be fostered in such subjects as physical education, and certainly within the national sporting context. However, my research rejects this truth claim about competition and competitive sports being ‘natural’ and instead examines how competition has …

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Sana Mahmud plays basketball for Pakistan

Sana Mahmud: Former Pakistan Women’s football and basketball captain

Sana Mahmud is one of the finest athletes of Pakistan. Having captained Pakistan in two sports, she is a dedicated social professional with a love for academia and women’s empowerment. Sana Mahmud is the former captain of the Pakistan National Women’s Football (2010-12) and basketball (2016-2017) teams. She is recovering after injuring her ACL recently. …

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Al-Shams Women's FC playing in the Shamshal Valley

How a women’s football club is breaking boundaries in Pakistan: Al-Shams women’s FC

Al-Shams Women’s Football Club is located in the scenic and breathtaking Shimshal Valley, one of the most remote areas within a remote area, Hunza, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan near the Chinese border. Varying reports state that the literacy rate in the region is approximately 80-90%, which is in stark contrast to the national average of Pakistan, at …

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