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Welcome Week

WELCOME WEEK 2021

Welcome to the University of Birmingham! This Welcome Week, you can discover everything UoB Sport & Fitness has to offer from classes to Campus League to recreational sport, there is something for everyone.

The power of sport to motivate and inspire goes so much further than sporting ability. From keeping fit and leading healthy balanced lifestyles, to learning a new activity, you will never have a better opportunity to get involved, have fun and make new friends.

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 during Welcome Week. We hope that our wide range of events will give you the opportunity to find out everything you need to know to make your decision.

The majority of activities will take place on campus, however, several activities including Q&As and talks will take place online.

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EVENTS & ACTIVITIES

GENERAL SPORT Q&A WEBINAR (TWO SESSIONS)

Monday 20 September 3-4pm, Zoom
Thursday 23 September 3-4pm, Zoom

Do you have any questions about sport at Birmingham? Join us on Zoom to find out more about sport at Birmingham, or ask any questions you may have! To join the live session, please register below, log into Zoom and join the meeting using the meeting ID and password which will be provided in your registration confirmation email.

AN INTRODUCTION TO CAMPUS LEAGUE WEBINAR

Monday 20 September, 12-1pm, Zoom

Discover more about our popular Campus League series. Join over 2500 students and staff in regular, friendly leagues and one-off tournaments throughout the academic year. You can enter as part of your existing departmental team, society, halls or simply just as a group of friends. There are no training commitments or selection criteria, just come along and play. All leagues and events are mixed, unless otherwise stated.

This session will provide you with further details on how to get involved and join a team.

SPORT & FITNESS FAIR

Tuesday 21 September 10-5pm
Munrow Arena, University of Birmingham Sport & Fitness

Join us at Sport & Fitness to discover how you can start or continue your sporting journey, socially or competitively at the University of Birmingham. With 56 sports to choose from and a huge range of fitness opportunities, there really is something for everyone. Our sports fair will give you the opportunity to meet the clubs, sign up for trials and see the vast range of teams that compete for UoB.

Don’t forget, if you are interested in joining one or more sports clubs, please register your interest on their club webpage. They will then contact you with further info regarding training times, membership details, and trials/taster sessions.

Low Sensory Hour
10-11am

To ensure our fair is as inclusive and accessible as possible to all, the first hour of the fair this year will be a low sensory hour.

Why are we running a low sensory hour?
Over a third of the population are likely to experience something called sensory overload in daily life in the way they perceive sensory stimulation (sound, light, smell, etc.) Equally, after the last year, some people may prefer less noise, less intense lighting, and fewer crowds.

What this will look like?
No music will be playing, lights in the Munrow Arena will be dimmed, and there will be optional interactions with fair stands.

Sports Fair 2021

AN INTRODUCTION TO VOLUNTEERING WEBINAR (TWO SESSIONS)

Wednesday 22 September 12-1pm, Zoom
Thursday 23 September 12-1pm, Zoom

University of Birmingham Sport has a dedicated team offering volunteering opportunities to get involved with during your time here. Volunteering is known to help with future employment, and our Extra Mile programme is the perfect way to get involved. Join the team live on Zoom for a webinar which will give you further information on how to get involved. There are two separate sessions, both covering the same information. Please book onto the session which suits you best.

SPORT & FITNESS CLASS TASTERS

Wednesday 22 September 11am-5pm, Sport & Fitness

Fitness classes are the perfect way to add variety to your workout routine or start exercising in a fun and friendly environment. Our classes are all designed to be mixed ability, so whether you’re giving Body Pump a go for the first time or you’re a Pilates pro, the instructor will guide you through a workout that suits your ability.

Join us on Wednesday 22 September as we host a variety of fitness class tasters which you can get involved with.

How do I book?

You can book this class by logging into our online portal using your registered student email address and a dedicated Sport & Fitness PIN.  If you do not know your PIN, simply click on the ‘forgotten your PIN’ link to receive an email reminder.

Once logged in, head to our timetable using the calendar to select the date (22/09/21) and click on the class, then book and checkout.  You can pay the £1 entry fee online using your debit/credit card.

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SESSIONS AVAILABLE

WEDNESDAY 22 SEPTEMBER

12pm to 12.40pm – Tone – Sport & Fitness Studio 1
12.45pm to 1.30pm – Body Step – Sport & Fitness Studio 1
2pm to 2.45pm – Yoga – Sport & Fitness Dojo

FREE GREEN HEART ZUMBA CLASS

Wednesday 22 September 12:15-1pm, Sport & Fitness

Join us on Wednesday 22nd on the Green Heart as we host a free Zumba class with our expert instructors. This session is completely free and is suitable for all abilities. You do not need to register, simply meet at the Green Heart marquee at the time above to join in the fun!

FREE EXERCISE CLASSES IN WELLBEING MARQUEE

Monday 20 to Friday 24 September, Wellbeing Marquee – Green Heart

Join us in the wellbeing marquee for a variety of free exercise classes. Aimed at improving your wellbeing, classes include Yoga, Mindfulness, and Pilates.

Classes available:

Monday:
12:15-12:45pm – Stretch/Mindfulness
4-5pm – Yoga

Tuesday:
12:15-12:45pm – Stretch/Mindfulness
4-5pm – Pilates

Wednesday:
4-5pm – Yoga

Thursday:
12:15-12:45pm – Stretch/Mindfulness
4-5pm – Pilates

Friday:
12:15-12:45pm – Stretch/Mindfulness
4-5pm – Yoga

You do not need to register for this event, simply come along to the wellbeing marquee and join in! Everyone is welcome.

CAMPUS LEAGUE TASTER SESSIONS

Friday 24 September 12-3pm, Bournbrook Pitches

For individuals or small groups who are interested in playing in Campus League but need a team to join, come along to a taster session to find your new teammates. The deadline to enter a team is Friday 1 October.

Sessions available:

  • Netball: 12-1pm – Bournbrook Outdoor Courts
  • Hockey: 1-2pm – Bournbrook Water-Synthetic Pitch
  • Football 2-3pm – Bournbrook 3G Pitch

Netball - Spex Netball - Cup Winners 2018

GIVE IT A GO FAIR

Friday 24 September 11am-4pm, The Guild Lawn

Meet a variety of societies and sports clubs and discover what they offer by giving it a go! Further details will be released shortly. You do not need to book for this fair. Simply turn up and join in the fun.

TRY A SPORT & SOCIAL SPORT – £1 TASTER WEEK

Monday 27 September to Sunday 3 October

Learn new skills with our 10-week Try a Sport courses, or drop in to our weekly Social Sport sessions. Come along to any session between 27 September – 3 October for just £1 and discover your sport!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

University of Birmingham offers membership at the Sport & Fitness club on campus (gym, swim, squash) and Tiverton Gym, on Tiverton Road in Selly Oak (gym only).

Memberships for the next academic year (2021/22) are released on Monday 13 September.

Student memberships must be purchased online, you will not be able to buy a membership from reception. All memberships are subject to availability.

FIND OUT MORE

You will be able to join and pay membership for all clubs online. Sport and Fitness Fair is happening on Tuesday 21 September, which is your opportunity to chat to clubs and find out more. You can also sign up at the fair to find out more information about training times, how to book on to tasters or trials and find out other key information.

Yes, there will be opportunities across all our clubs to trial a sport before joining. Follow the clubs you are interested in on social media or register your interest on their club page for further information.

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Yes, there will be opportunities across all our clubs to trial a sport before officially joining. There will also be Campus League Tasters if you are not sure whether to trial.

No. Most clubs do where they can, or will have some sessions on Campus as well as using external facilities where this isn’t possible. Some of these include Skiing, Sailing, Windsurfing, Equestrian, Snooker & Pool and Mountaineering. Local facilities are used that are easily accessible/walkable or transport is provided.

Membership fees vary between each club. This covers a range of things including training and match fees, equipment, transport and insurance.

BUCS stands for British Universities and Colleges Sport and is the National Governing Body of University sport in the UK. A lot of clubs compete in BUCS leagues and competitions against other Universities.

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