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Skin colour impacts football position, Essex study finds

Does the colour of your skin have an impact on your football position? Credit: ITV News Anglia

The colour of your skin still has a big impact on which position footballers play, according to new research from the University of Essex.

It found that players with darker skin were more likely to occupy wide positions associated with athleticism and strength.

Meanwhile, those with lighter skin often filled the central positions - normally thought to require organisation and creativity.

The research is the most thorough investigation of its kind outside of the United States, where the influence of skin tone on playing position has been studied extensively in American football and basketball.

The results showed that although players of a darker skin tone still primarily occupy peripheral playing positions and players of a lighter skin tone central positions, the difference is less prominent than previously reported.

The new study had access to data collated, reviewed, and ratified by Sports Interactive - the makers of computer game Football Manager.

"What sets this research apart is that the research analysed data from 4,515 players, that is, every player in English football's top four professional leagues across five seasons (2010-2015)."

– Lead researcher Dr John Mills

600 new primary school places created in Cambridgeshire

The Shade Primary School in Soham is growing each year as part of a phased entry system Credit: ITV News Anglia

Six hundred new primary school places have been created in Cambridgeshire as the council attempts to tackle the soaring demand.

It's part of an £11 million investment to cope with increasing housing development and a rise in numbers expected over the next three years.

The Shade Primary School in Soham near Ely is one of many in the county which will see a significant rise in numbers over the next few years.

Cambridgeshire county council says by 2022 more than 13,000 additional school places will be needed.

The Shade Primary School is a new school which opened in September 2013 Credit: ITV News Anglia.

"The school is currently at 180 children but we've built a capacity for 420 and that's a good example of what we're going to do across the county in order to make sure that when parents apply for their school places there are enough places for children to be taught."

– Jo German, Cambridgeshire County Council

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Energy scheme saves Cambridgeshire schools £600k

Energy scheme saves schools money Credit: PA

Schools in Cambridgeshire are saving £600,000 a year after joining an energy programme.

The County Council say around 40 schools are signed up to the scheme that encourages energy efficiency and generation projects.

The programme is the most successful of its kind in England and between them the schools annually save enough energy to power a village.


Cambridge University receives £85 million donation

Cambridge University has received one of its biggest ever donations.

£85 million has been given by the estate of Ray Dolby - the man behind Dolby Sound - who did his PhD there. The money will be used to redevelop the Cavendish lab where he studied.

It will be named the Ray Dolby Centre. His son said many of his father's ideas came from his time at Cambridge.

My father's time at the Cavendish provided him with an environment where he got a world-class education in physics, and many of his successful ideas about noise reduction were stimulated by his Cambridge experience.

Our family is pleased to be able to support the future scientists and innovators who will benefit from the thoughtfully designed Ray Dolby Centre.

– David Dolby

Concerns over school pools

There are concerns that too many school swimming pools are closing in Norfolk.

Swimming lessons Credit: ITV Anglia

Many schools are having to find the money for maintenance and repairs themselves since local authorities stopped subsidising them.

Two pools have already closed recently and more are likely to follow.

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