Brighton Marathon Weekend partners with University of Brighton to strengthen ties with community

Published on
March 11, 2024
Event will provide university students with work placement and volunteering opportunities to gain invaluable industry experience

The Brighton Marathon Weekend and University of Brighton have today announced a three-year partnership which will strengthen ties between two of the city’s major organisations and create exciting opportunities for students.

Organised by London Marathon Events (LME), the Brighton Marathon Weekend comprises the third-largest marathon in the UK, a 10K and a free mile event. The University of Brighton has 18,000 students and 2,000 staff based at campuses in Brighton and Eastbourne.

The partnership begins for this year’s event, which is on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 April, and includes the 2025 and 2026 editions.

As part of the agreement, LME will offer work placements to University of Brighton students consisting of shadowing and volunteering opportunities at the Brighton Marathon Weekend.

The university offers a range of courses across sport and health subjects, as well as event management and sports journalism. The partnership with LME will provide a range of opportunities for students with an interest in working in the sports events industry in the future.

Professor Debra Humphris CBE, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Brighton, said: “This partnership with LME is great news for our students, who will be able to get involved in one of the city’s biggest and most high-profile sports events. We’re really excited about the opportunities available for our students to put the skills and knowledge they’ve learned with us into practice.

“Employability is woven into all our courses, and every Brighton student is encouraged to learn by going on an industry placement, an internship or by volunteering. Our collaboration with LME is another example of how our links with employers locally and nationally benefit our students so they can go on to find work that excites and rewards them.”

Participants in the Brighton Marathon Weekend will also benefit from the partnership, with students helping to add local knowledge and passion to the volunteer groups as well as the atmosphere along the route with extra cheer zones. The University of Brighton will also provide extra parking for participants seeking park and ride options on Marathon Day.

University of Brighton representatives will also be attending the free Brighton Miles event, encouraging their sports teams to take part, and offering engaging activities in the festival zone.

Joe Carter, Event Lead for the Brighton Marathon Weekend, said: “We’re passionate about creating impactful partnerships for the Brighton Marathon Weekend, so we’re delighted to be working with University of Brighton. We’re already looking at some great work placement and volunteering opportunities across the event for students and are engaging with the university’s incredible School of Sport and Health Sciences and Sport Brighton. We’re excited to develop this partnership over the next three years and really make a positive impact for the event, the university and Brighton community.”

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