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…
To try and make it clearer, have a look at our guide to 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, the new Tiverton Gym, 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! Welcome Week is where it all starts, and you can see the full Welcome Week timetable here, or visit the web page.
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. Why not try out a few sessions at our Be Active day on Wednesday 25 September – we’ve got introductions to Body Balance, Tai Chi, Yoga and Pilates in the Wellbeing Marquee in the Green Heart. Plus, you can register your interest below now for the free class tasters on Thursday 26 September, or check out our Class Timetable for more information.
We also have our new satellite gym-only facility, Tiverton Gym. Conveniently located in Selly Oak, the neighbouring village, Tiverton Gym offers students an alternative fitness option, with a free weights room, cardio and resistance equipment, cable room and more.
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 and Go Social Sport sessions, where you can pick and choose when to go to the weekly sessions, also directed by a coach or volunteers. Come down to our Sport & Fitness Fair on Tuesday 24 September to see a range of sport demonstrations in the Arena, and check out our website for a full list of courses and sessions available throughout the term – all Try a Sport or Social Sport sessions in the first week of term are free!
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 Sport & Fitness Fair on Tuesday 24 September, or at our Campus Tasters on Wednesday 25 September. Campus Tasters are your chance to try free sport sessions without the pressure of official trials, and are a great opportunity to chat to our knowledgeable Campus League reps and club members, who will help you find the best pathway for you. On Wednesday 25 September, free Campus League sessions will be held on both the indoor and outdoor courts, so come along if you’re keen to find out a bit more.
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At our Sport & Fitness fair on Tuesday 24 September, you’ll have the chance to meet the clubs, sign up for trials and see the vast range of teams 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 Campus Tasters on Wednesday 25 September to see what our friendly, recreational league at university is all about, and check out some sport demonstrations in the Munrow Arena at Sport & Fitness on Tuesday 24 September, or throughout arrivals weekend (21 – 23 September).
Kicking off the fixtures on campus is the UoB Men’s Rugby team, who will face Reading in a friendly on the Bournbrook pitches on Wednesday 25 September at 4pm. Wednesday 9 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!
Don’t worry! Even if you can’t come to Sport & Fitness Fair to see the club, meet the teams and speak to student representatives who can help you suss out how you want to get involved, you can sign up online to register your interest in the sports that you’d like to know more about. Sign up before the end of Tuesday 24 September and you’ll be added to our mailing list, where you’ll receive information and details about your chosen activities.
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!