Wembley’s scoreboard as VAR is viewed during the FA Cup Fifth Round Replay between Tottenham and Rochdale. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
“Embarrassing”. “Degenerate” “A mockery of the game”. Words you’d probably associate with racism, sexism or violence in football perhaps?
Not in this case. These are terms used by pundits and figures in the football world to describe the use of the Video Assistant Referee, or VAR.
We are in an age where Joe Bloggs at home has a better idea of what happens in an incident than the match officials do. The system is designed to bring increased legitimacy to matches, and to add support to referees in times of confusion and doubt.
A key figure in student development at the University of Essex has stressed the importance of the first six weeks of a student’s experience at university.
Victoria Frost, the head of Residence Life & student support at the University of Essex, spoke of the crucial first few weeks of a student’s life at university, which can define how a student’s university experience will be shaped, and why the Residence Life programme is so important at the university.
Zorb Football. So simple, yet so brilliant. A football match, except the only rule is that essentially there are no rules. You are inside a giant inflatable ball, and you have to score more goals than the opposition. Seems simple right?
Sending an individual to prison is designed to rehabilitate them, to help them realise the error of their ways and to set them back on the straight and narrow, as well as act as a punishment. This is especially important with child offenders. However, the latest release of the prisoner reoffending statistics from the Ministry of Justice, suggests that amongst the UK’s children prisoners, not all are learning their lesson. The stats released within the quarterly bulletin in January 2017 have revealed that the amount of reoffending juveniles has seen an increase of over 4% since 2004.
“It doesn’t seem real that our little Archie Bum has gone to heaven and our little Daniel is in intensive care because of a tragic, tragic incident involving a dog attack.”
So said the parents of four month old Archie Darby, who was killed by their aunts Staffordshire bull terrier-type dog in Colchester in October.
The debate about changes to law regarding dogs have accelerated over the past three years, with an increase in the number of deaths related to dog attacks. While laws have changed substantially, the argument of whether enough has been done to train dogs and prevent further attacks rolls on.
As we draw our year review to a close, we saw the end of the sporting calendar reach its exciting finale. With heartbreak and triumph galore, we began October with the culmination of the Ryder Cup, as Team Europe battled Team USA.