The lifeblood of any sport is at its grassroots – the football that is played on local playing fields between teams of all ages, and even sometimes with jumpers for goalposts. And there are social benefits to any sport, over and above the benefit to the individual – an argument economists have always used to make the case for government support for certain activities. Here Economist James Reade and Sports Scientist Daniel Parnell review the landscape for grassroots football once the current COVID-19 lockdown is behind us.
Business as usual post-pandemic? Reshaping relations between the state and the private sector in light of COVID-19
The unprecedented support that governments around the world are providing to business in light of the COVID-19 emergency means the introduction of a social contract between governments and the private sector must now be given serious consideration. Philosopher Emma Borg argues that society needs a mechanism via which it can assess and, if necessary, redress, moves by firms which have taken state aid.
Everyday we are bombarded with metaphors of war from the media reporting on COVID-19. Dr Sylvia Jaworska from the Department of English Language and Applied Linguistics, asks whether the differences in language used by different nations is an indicator of how countries are dealing with the spread of the virus.
As people remain confined to their homes, options for what we do with our free leisure time has become restricted. Associate Professor Nicola Wilson from the School of Literature and Languages explores popular reading choices during the second world war and what this tells about how we get through a crisis in a recent post for The Conversation.
As the Coronavirus lockdown continues, many UK Councils have decided to ban funeral ceremonies to observe social distancing rules, opting to carry out ‘direct cremations’ instead. Social and cultural geographer, Professor Avril Maddrell, discusses the need to ensure funeral preparations respect and meet the needs of diverse communities in a recent blog for HERA.
Two weeks into home-schooling, and the Easter holidays may come as a welcome relief. Here Dr Holly Joseph reminds us of the joys of reading with young children and how it supports other, more formal, learning.
Many parents are still struggling. Juggling work, domestic responsibilities and educating your child may feel overwhelming. With so much information available about structuring the day, staying positive and making learning fun, have we forgotten about something much simpler but equally worthwhile?
As many of us fill the void in live sport by watching repeats of the FA Cup Quarter Finals, or dipping into documentaries on Maradona and Sunderland FC on streaming services, we are all wondering when will football be back, and importantly, how will it return? Reading Economists James Reade and Carl Singleton explore the options in a new post for The Conversation.