University signs up with Brazil sport chiefs

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ELITE athletes from Brazil will benefit from Sheffield sports expertise after a historic agreement was signed.

Sheffield Hallam University is to work closely with The Ministry of Sport of Brazil on sports science services after agreeing the official partnership for the next four years.

Athletes will benefit from sports psychology, physiotherapy and more services Hallam provides to UK stars.

Academic staff and students from Sheffield will also have opportunities to work in voluntary roles at the Brazil FIFA World Cup in 2014 and at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics which will be held in 2016.

Brazilian sports minister Aldo Rebelo and the Vice-Chancellor of Hallam, Professor Philip Jones, signed the agreement. Guy Masterman, chair of the academy of sport and physical activity at Hallam said: “Since the Brazil judo team came to Sheffield last year, we have developed an increasingly close relationship with Brazil. This is a way to extend our support to other Brazilian sports teams.

“It’s recognition of the strategy been pursued by Sheffield to become a leading sport destination.”