With sports clubs, the gym, classes, recreational sports teams and competitive national leagues, sport at University can often seem a daunting beast. How do you know where to start? What if you just want to try something out to see if you like it? What if you don’t get into a team? These are all thoughts that cross our minds when we hit the hustle and bustle of campus during Welcome Week – and that’s without all the additional information about societies, courses, events…
We thought we’d have a closer look at all the different ways – from beginner to competitive – that new and returning students can get involved with sport and fitness at the University of Birmingham. With factors like the £55m Sport & Fitness club, 55 sports clubs, a 50m pool and different ‘try a sport’ options, there really is something for everyone, from simply keeping fit to competitive team sports! See the full Welcome Week timetable here.
Whether you’ve never been inside a gym before or you’ve sussed out a regime that works for you, Sport & Fitness has a variety of opportunities to keep fit on campus. There are over 150 classes timetabled each week in the building, ranging from the ever-popular Body Pump (using a bar and weights to strengthen your body to music) to the more relaxed, hollistic classes like Hatha Yoga, to Indoor Cycle and Tone – so you’ll never run out of classes to try. Birmingham’s first ever 50m pool is also located in the building, and has different sessions scheduled daily, to accommodate for both lane lengths and depths – and there’s the option to have swimming lessons too. If you just fancy booking out a squash court, or a football pitch to have a game with friends, that’s also an easy way to keep fit without the commitment. The best thing is, you can experience a whole range of free class tasters throughout Welcome Week to see what suits you. Register your interest below now for the free class tasters on Thursday 27 September, or check out our Class Timetable for more information.
On campus, there’s options of ten-week Try a Sport courses in activities such as tennis, boxing or weightlifting. Taken by a coach to lead you through new skills, it’s also a great opportunity to meet new training partners and hopefully discover your new sporting passion! If signing up to a course isn’t for you, there’s the super-flexible Pay As You Go Social Sport sessions, where you can pick and choose when to go to the weekly sessions, also directed by a coach or volunteers.
On Thursday 27 September, free Social Sport and Try a Sport sessions will be held on both the indoor and outdoor courts, so come along if you’re keen to find out a bit more. Plus – all Try and Sport and Social Sport is FREE in the first week of term!
A great way to fuel that competitive spirit is by getting involved with our on-site leagues, open to all students. You might have a group of friends from your course or halls who all want to sign up, or you can enter as an individual and meet new teammates! The sports include netball, football, hockey and basketball – with touch rugby in the summer – but places are limited, so secure your place by signing up on the website, or chat to our Campus League reps at the Campus Tasters, or at Sport & Fitness Fair on Wednesday 26 September to find out more!
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At our Sport & Fitness fair on Wednesday 26 September, you’ll have the chance to meet the clubs, sign up for trials and see the vast range of sports clubs that compete for UoB. As well as a great way to keep fit, make friends and challenge that competitive spirit, and from Ultimate Frisbee to Korfball – there really is a club for everyone on campus. Come and see a select few of them in showcase games on Tuesday 25 September to see what sport at university is all about, and check out some sport demonstrations in the Slater Hall at Sport & Fitness on Wednesday 26 September.
Wednesday 10 October will see the first big day of BUCS home fixtures on campus, so for a true taste of what sport at UoB is about, come down to campus and support your Birmingham Lions! Full details of the matches can be found here.
Don’t worry! Come to Sport & Fitness Fair on Wednesday 26 September to see the Sport & Fitness club, meet the teams and speak to student representatives who can help you suss out how you want to get involved.
Plus, keep an eye out for our Campus Club Tasters – a chance to try free football, basketball, hockey or netball sessions (without the pressure of official trials!) and chat to our Campus League reps and club members, who will help you find the best pathway for you.
So whatever your sport, motivation or curiosity, keep an eye out for all the Sport activities on campus between 22 – 28 September, and see how you can become Part of the Pride. See the full Welcome Week timetable here, and download our Sport & Fitness app on the App Store or Android now to keep up to date with all the activity, book your classes or sessions, and read the latest news!