Keeping Active at University

The countdown to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games is well underway. Watched by millions all over the world, it’s just another example of the global appreciation of sport and how large scale sporting events can encourage even the most unlikely athletes to get active. If you’re a sporting enthusiast who wants to keep active whilst at university, take a look at the ways in which the University of Chester can help you do just that.

Team Chester: all together better

So we’ve all heard of Team GB, but what about our very own Team Chester?

At the University of Chester, we’re committed to providing all students with sporting opportunities at all levels through our on-campus facilities, links with professionals and fantastic support network. So whether you’re a seasoned competitor, or new to sports and exercise, our enthusiastic staff will help motive and inspire you to achieve your goals. As part of Team Chester, you could be coaching, mentoring or volunteering in a number of sporting areas, whilst gaining nationally recognised coaching qualifications in a variety of different sports. And, thanks to our links with local sports clubs and National Governing Bodies (NGB’s), you could be training and competing in local and national leagues, as well as the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Leagues.

By getting involved in the University’s Performance Focus Sports you’ll also benefit from our Athlete Support Programme, which offers such things as specialist coaching, strength and conditioning support, nutritional support and guidance, and sports psychology education.

And, because sport is a great form of therapy, we have introduced an Exercise for Wellbeing scheme. So if you suffer from anxiety or perhaps low moods, our tailored fitness programme with  personal trainer support could be just what you need. As part of the scheme you’ll also receive advice on lifestyle management, sleep patterns, reducing alcohol and smoking and nutritional advice.

Excellent on-campus sporting facilities

Whether you’re studying in Warrington or Chester, you’ll have access to a wide range of sporting facilities on campus, including an AstroTurf and grass pitches, a sports hall (which also provides courts for badminton, volleyball, and basketball), and athletics track. If you’re a fitness fanatic, then you’ll love the fitness classes and personal training sessions over at our fitness centres. And, if that’s not enough, over at our Parkgate Road Campus you can also make use of the tennis courts, squash courts, Floodlit 3-Pitch Multi Use Games Area (MUGA), and a 25-metre five-lane swimming pool. Gym membership is charged at a competitive rate and all of our other fitness facilities are absolutely free, so there’s no excuse to hang up those football boots or ditch the racket just yet.

Students’ Union sports clubs

So, what sports clubs can you get involved in? Thanks to the Students’ Union, you could become a member of a whole range of sports clubs, from football to mountaineering, rowing to cheerleading, or even quidditch, the choice is yours! You can see exactly what’s on offer now at Chester and Warrington by taking a look at the Students’ Union website. The best way to really get a feel for the different options is by heading to the Sports and Societies Fair during Induction Week. Here you can meet the teams and sign up to all sorts of sports clubs, regardless of your experience. University is a great time to start something new, and the Give it a Go scheme will help you do just that; you might realise a hidden sporting potential! Taking place over three weeks, this scheme gives you the opportunity to try out different sports clubs with no commitment or cost.

So as you can see, at the University of Chester there are lots of ways for you to keep active as a student. And it doesn’t stop there. If you’re really passionate about sports and sporting events then why not consider making it your degree? Take a look at our previous blog to see how our different undergraduate degrees can help you get even closer to the action.

Want to know more?

To find out more about our sports clubs and on-campus facilities why not visit us at one of our Open Days?

If you have any questions please feel free to contact us -  we’d be more than happy to help:

E: enquiries@chester.ac.uk, T: 01244 511000.