UoN staff sport update: September 2021

September 10th, 2021

As term approaches and we look forward to students arriving on campus for welcome week, we are already beginning to get excited about the sporting calendar ahead of us this year.

Beginning with Welcome Fair, sport at the University of Nottingham is back in full force and it will only continue to get better throughout the year!

Welcome Fair

Within Welcome Week, we will be hosting Welcome Fair on Monday 20 September and Tuesday 21 September 2021. This will be a brilliant occasion for students to find out about the sporting opportunities available to them at the 2021 Sports University of the Year! There will be a large presence of our sports clubs and societies to provide students with the opportunity to sign up for club taster sessions, as well as meet new friends and likeminded people.

Pre-Season and the return of BUCS

The return of a full sporting programme this academic year means that sport is already underway across our facilities, with many teams returning for pre-season. During this period, teams will be looking to regain their fitness and fine tune their skills ahead of the upcoming return of BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sport) competition. Within BUCS, the #GreenandGold of the University of Nottingham will be taking on over 140 different Higher Education institutions across a wide array of sports. When Coronavirus halted play for the 2019/20 season, the university sat atop the BUCS rankings and we look forward to the start of 2021/22 season on Wednesday 13 October as we attempt to match our previous success.

Olympic and Paralympic Success

This summer the Olympics and Paralympics have been taking place in Tokyo, a year later than planned due to the pandemic. The university has been superbly represented throughout by alumni and associates, as well as current medicine student Tin-Tin Ho. Tin-Tin is a UoN Sport scholar and has combined her studies with training over the last few years. We were also proud to see alumna Katie Snowden perform well on the track, whilst James Gall, Tom Sorsby and Harry Martin represented Team GB in the hockey. You may have also seen that an associate of the university, Emily Campbell made history by winning a silver medal in the women’s weightlifting. You can read more about the university’s representation at the Olympics here.

We have also had former alumni win medals in the Paralympics as Sophie Unwin earned silver and bronze medals in the cycling, whilst UNNC (University of Nottingham Ningbo China) alumnus and former sports staff member Zhao Shuai won his third consecutive Table Tennis Paralympics gold! We were also been brilliantly represented by alumnus canoeist Stuart Wood who won a bronze as well as shooter Tim Jeffrey. You can read a full round-up of our Paralympic representation here.

Staff Sport

Whilst we welcome new and returning students to the university, Staff Sport will be taking a break during this busy period. However the Staff Sport programme will certainly be returning in the upcoming academic year, and sessions will be open to all regardless of skill or ability. You can attend as many sessions as you wish, with no weekly commitment to attend and no requirement to purchase a UoN Sport and Fitness Membership. If you are interested in taking part in Staff Sport with us at UoN Sport, then please keep an eye on this webpage where all updates on the programme will be published.

Staff Sport and Fitness Membership

If you wish to purchase a Staff Sport and Fitness Membership for the 2021/22 academic year, then you can do so by clicking here. For £275 the membership offers excellent value for money as well as the convenience of being based on the same campus as your workplace. Benefits of the membership include access to four fully-equipped fitness suites along with our swimming pool and racket sport courts.

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