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.
Like teaching and learning at the university, this year we are taking a combined approach to Welcome. The majority of activities will take place online, however several activities including club trials and tasters will take place on-campus.
Be sure to check out the full list of activities below and plan your week! If you have any questions, please contact us on social media (@UBSport). We will also be answering questions throughout the week on our Instagram story.
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.
Join us on Zoom 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 virtual 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.
Sessions include a range of student sport’s club webinars and live Q&A sessions. Sports will either be individually represented or grouped into Zoom rooms. There will also be a general Q&A room. Rooms will be available from 12-2pm and 3-5pm. Sessions will run in half an hour blocks. To join the live session, please register below. Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email which lists full details on how to join including relevant meeting links. Please note, sessions have limited capacity.
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.
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. The deadline to join a team or league is Friday 2 October.
This session will provide you with further details on how to get involved and join a team.
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 which suits your ability.
Join us on Wednesday 23rd as we host a variety of fitness class tasters which you can get involved with. We will be hosting a Yoga taster session in Sport & Fitness, alongside several online classes on Zoom.
Welcome Week Yoga
Sport & Fitness will be hosting an in-person Yoga class located in our large capacity Studio 1 space, where you will be safely distanced from other participants during the class.
This will be a gentle and relaxing Yoga class which is suitable for those new to Yoga or those wanting to continue their practice whilst at University.
You must pre-book this class (£1 for students) as there will be no entry permitted without a booking. You must also bring your student ID card to gain access inside the building.
We recommend bringing your own mat and comfortable clothing. Please note there will be no changing facilities available and spaces are limited so we recommend booking early.
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 (23/09/20) and click on the class, then book and checkout. You can pay the £1 entry fee online using your debit/credit card.
WEDNESDAY 23 SEPTEMBER
10-11am – Body Attack with Helen & Kyle (Zoom)
11.15-11.45am – Abs with Dennis (Zoom)
12-12.45pm – Body Combat with Laura (Zoom)
2-2.50pm – LBT with Natalie (Zoom)
3-4pm – Welcome Week Yoga with Helen (Sport & Fitness Studio 1)
4.15-4.45pm – GRIT with Helen S (Zoom)
5-6pm – Slow Flow Welcome Yoga with Helen (live on Zoom)
Register your interest in classes at Sport & Fitness below to receive a personal link to all our taster classes on Zoom. You will also receive further info about how to purchase class vouchers, and book your class online.
As a member of a college, you are able to play for various college specific sports teams. Find out more about Campus League and how you can get involved in various sports, colleges specific teams and events.
Discover your college webinar by registering below.
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.
College Sport sessions will be take place later this term, offering you the opportunity to play free, organised sport with others from within your college.
Updates on when these sessions are bookable will be made directly on Playwaze. Find out more about Playwaze.
The simple answer is yes – all 56 clubs will be training throughout term one following their relevant National Governing Body and Government guidelines to ensure everyone’s safety.
There will be no BUCS competitions until at least 1st January however as things progress there will be friendly fixtures and tournaments.
Campus leagues and Try a Sport courses will also be taking place on Campus throughout term 1.
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).
Please note, membership sales will only be available online from 10am – 6pm daily.
Student memberships must be purchased online, you will not be able to buy a membership from reception. All memberships are subject to availability.
You will be able to join and pay membership for all clubs online. Virtual Sport and Fitness Fair is happening on Tuesday 22 September to chat to clubs and find out more. You can also sign up to find out more information about training times, how to book on to tasters or trials and other key information.
Yes there will be opportunities across all our clubs to give them a go. You will have to book on to these sessions as there will be strict capacities and we need contact details for Track and Trace. Follow the clubs you are interested in on social media or register your interest on their club page for further information.
No, a lot of the bigger clubs will due to the large numbers of people interested. For some clubs this year trials may take place later in the term during training sessions as they won’t have competitions until at least January. There will also be Campus 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 year it will be paid per term. 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.