Club Committee Roles Available

Want to volunteer within one of our Sports Clubs next year? As part of the Athletic Union transition, we have introduced a new engagement role to club committees. We’re still looking for roles for the University of Portsmouth Football, Badminton and Squash Clubs. These roles will be delivering social sessions and or leagues within the clubs.

You do not need to be part of the club to apply, just have a keen interest in organising and delivering sport. You’ll have the chance to join the club in 2019/20, but this will not be compulsory. Each role will support the committee and ease the workload on them. A role on a club committee can look great on your CV when applying for future jobs, and can be difficult to achieve. To apply for a role please complete the google forms below. The following roles are available to club and non-club students and easy to apply for! For more information please email alex.cole@port.ac.uk.


University of Portsmouth Football Club

Football league coordinator (5&6aside) – https://forms.gle/ZLKAWAdexsvE6d6w9
Football league coordinator (7&11aside) – https://forms.gle/nq3FCYxPsPtAg4Ls9
Football social session coordinator – https://forms.gle/5M9v3PVC6hAQa8659

University of Portsmouth Badminton Club

Badminton social session and league coordinator x2 – https://forms.gle/CSTT8Q3k3J8GDXAY9

University of Portsmouth Squash Club

Squash social session and league coordinator – https://forms.gle/TMbnsdQgvSokwieo8

Club Sport Coaching Roles 2019

We’re looking for qualified coaches to join our team. We’ve recently taken over 25 competitive student clubs that compete in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) and are looking for coaches for some of our clubs.

The University of Portsmouth is currently within the top 50 nationwide, for overall BUCS points across all sports. 49 University of Portsmouth teams were entered into the BUCS leagues for the 2018/19 season. So far we have secured 258 wins, 30 draws and 243 losses this year. We have a win percentage of 49%. We’d like to improve on these numbers for 2019/20.

If you are passionate about sport and are keen to develop a sport you are passionate about, please apply below.


University of Portsmouth Hockey Club

The University of Portsmouth Hockey Club comprises of 4 Men’s teams and 3 Women’s teams and we’re looking for coaches to improve our performance. We’re looking for a coach to lead the mens 1st team as well as a coach to lead the women’s 1st team.

We’re looking to recruit a coach to lead the Men’s 1st team next season. The team currently play in the BUCS 1A league against other Universities in the South East. The successful candidate will be available to deliver weekly training sessions from September – April, and attend matches to manage the squad where possible. Training sessions take place on Monday evenings, 8.30pm – 10pm at Langstone Campus. Fixtures take place on Wednesday afternoons (times and locations vary).

 

We’re looking to recruit a coach to lead the Women’s 1st team next season. The team currently play in the BUCS 1A league against other Universities in the South East. The successful candidate will be available to deliver weekly training sessions from September – April, and attend matches to manage the squad where possible.

 

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University of Portsmouth Basketball Club

The University of Portsmouth Basketball Club are looking to recruit a coach to lead their Women’s team for the season. The successful candidate will be required to deliver weekly training sessions from October – April, and attend fixtures if/when possible. The Women’s team currently compete in BUCS 2A South East league, competing regularly against other Universities.

 

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University of Portsmouth Futsal Club

The University of Portsmouth Futsal Club are looking to recruit a coach to lead their teams for the season. The club formed in 2015, with just one team competing in BUCS South East 2A league. After expanding the club and gaining promotion last season, they now have their 1st team in 1A, and a 2nd team in 3A.

 

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University of Portsmouth Athletics Club

The University of Portsmouth Athletics Club are looking to recruit two coaches to lead the delivery and development of training sessions for their long/middle distance and sprint athletes. We’re looking for the successful candidate to deliver weekly sessions between October and April.

 

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University of Portsmouth Lacrosse Club

The University of Portsmouth Lacrosse Club are looking to recruit a coach to lead the delivery of training sessions for the Men’s and Women’s team. We’re looking for the successful candidate to deliver weekly sessions between September and April. Ideally we’d like the successful candidate to manage one of the teams at fixtures if available.

 

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University of Portsmouth Rowing Club

The University of Portsmouth Rowing Club are looking to recruit a coach to lead the delivery and development of training sessions. We’re looking for the successful candidate to deliver weekly water based sessions between October and April. Ideally we’d like the successful applicant to lead team on race days at competitions throughout the year.

 

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University of Portsmouth Ultimate Frisbee Club

The University of Portsmouth Ultimate Frisbee Club are looking to recruit a coach to lead the delivery and development of weekly training sessions. We’re looking for the successful candidate to deliver weekly sessions between October and April. Ideally we’d like the successful candidate to attend tournaments and fixtures when possible.

 

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University of Portsmouth Women’s Rugby Club

The University of Portsmouth Women’s Rugby Club are looking to recruit an Assistant Coach and a Head Coach for the 2019/20 season. We’re looking for the successful candidate to deliver, develop and lead weekly sessions between September and April. Ideally we’d like the successful candidate for the Head Coach role to attend and manage fixtures.

 

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University of Portsmouth Men’s Rugby Club

The University of Portsmouth Men’s Rugby Club have an exciting opportunity for any aspiring or established coaches, to join their coaching team as a voluntary Assistant Coach and support their teams for the 2019-20 season. The club consists of 6 teams who compete against other Universities – the 1s, 2s, 3s and 4s are in British University and Colleges Sport (BUCS) leagues, with the 1s in Premier South B; and the 5s & 6s compete in a local development league. The club prides itself on providing a friendly, inclusive environment, offering playing opportunities to students of all ability levels.

 

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To apply for any of the roles, please complete the expression of interest form and email the club you’re applying to and rachel.robilliard@port.ac.uk outlining your relevant experience and availability. Club email addresses can be found on the job descriptions.

Friday 24 May – University of Portsmouth Students vs Staff Charity Football Match

The annual University of Portsmouth Students vs Staff Charity Football match is back for 2019 at the home of Portsmouth FC, Fratton Park!

Now in its 4th year, the students versus staff football match demonstrates how the University can come together to give back to the local community and beyond. The game will be played on Friday 24 May, which can be the perfect break from revision, or the perfect way to celebrate the end of exams.
This event is made up of two teams who have been carefully selected and will represent different areas of the University community. Each player aims to raise at least £250 for charity. Last year, this event raised over £16,000 and we’re hoping to raise more this year!
Players have been revealed and tickets are now on sale! All funding raised from ticket sales will be donated to charity.

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When: Friday 24 May, 6:00pm – 10pm (Kick-Off at 7pm)

Where: Fratton Park, Portsmouth

Price: £5 (free for children aged 16 and under)

Tickets are available on the door from 6:00pm. Please bring a cash payment.

Alternatively they can be purchased in advance.

 

This event is not-for-profit and all proceeds will be split 50/50 for Pompey in the Community and Brain Tumour Research.

Join us for a football match in aid of charity! Last year, this event raised over £16,000, with students defeating staff 4-0. Who will you be supporting?

A small sided game will take place at half-time for children from our community football partnership.

Parking will be available for free at Fratton Park, but spaces are limited.

Food and drink will be available to purchase within the stadium.

A raffle will also take place, with all proceeds going towards charity! Our prizes are listed below.

Click to join the Facebook Event!

For more information, please email charityfootball@port.ac.uk or call 02392 84 5555.

We’re looking for volunteers!

Want to help out on the day? Want to see how events like this are run behind the scenes? We’d love to hear from you!

For more information, please email charityfootball@port.ac.uk or call 02392 84 5555.

 


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Staff Team

Anton Barnwell

Javier Alcaraz

Jack Collins

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jake Alford

Dr Stephen Pearse

Kev Pogorzelski

 

 

 

 

 

 

Matt Diffey

Michael Cushway

Tarek Fergani

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ben Heather

Teodor Zhelyazkov

Tom Ward

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jonathan Williams

Shaun Searle

Radoslav Iliev

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kieran Young

Matt Knight – Team Coach

Ben Man – Team Coach

 

 

 

 

 

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Student Team

Yaseen Abdou

Noah Bedford Henry

Jordy Betts

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jack Boxall

Ross Williams

Connor Crofts

 

 

 

 

 

 

Digby Hayden

Arrun Johal

Michael Reith

 

 

 

 

 

 

Phil Samuel

Iestyn Williams

Steve Saunders

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tom Knifton-Smith

Dan Sutton

Ali Shioui

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sam Chance

Antony Lewendon – Team Coach

Charlotte Beaney – Team Coach

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Raffle Prizes:

Our staff and volunteers will be selling raffle tickets on the day! All proceeds will go to our chosen charities and count towards our fundraising total.

  • One ticket for £1
  • Strip of five for £5

We’ll be drawing winners after the match at 9:30pm.

We’d like to say a big thank you to all our sponsors and to the businesses who have kindly donated and supported this event so far.

  • Ace Tennis Academy – rackets and lessons
  • Belle Beauty – voucher and testers (worth £25)
  • Boots – voucher
  • Brittany Ferries – travel voucher (worth £200)
  • Chichester Golf – 4 ball voucher (worth £80)
  • Conor Chaplin – signed football boots
  • Crossfit Box – 1 month free (worth £55)
  • D-Day Museum – family ticket (worth £30)
  • Fare-Port Airport Transfers & Executive Cars – voucher (worth £50)
  • Hair Ott – voucher (worth £20)
  • Hovertravel – 2 adult return tickets (worth £48)
  • Jamie Carragher Foundation – signed and framed photo
  • Leilamezze – voucher (worth £40)
  • Kassia – goodie bag
  • Mayfield Recording Studio – 2hrs free recording time, including use of equipment
  • New Theatre Royal – 2 tickets
  • Next – various gifts (worth over £50)
  • No6 Cinema – 2 tickets (worth £18)
  • Peter Ashley Activity Centre – climbing voucher (worth £6)
  • Playzone – 2 kids tickets (worth £14)
  • Pompey in the Community – 2 PFC match tickets (worth £46)
  • Rock Up – 2 child climbing vouchers (worth £16)
  • SnowTrax – adventure park, ski bob and ringos family tickets
  • South Central Festival – 2 adult weekend tickets (worth £140)
  • The Marmion – vouchers
  • UOP Marketing – signed PFC shirt, signed PFC ball
  • UOP Sport and Recreation – 3 month membership (worth £45)
  • UK Paintball – 5 tickets; full day, equipment hire, lunch (worth £75)
  • Yates – weekend VIP booth for 10
  • ZWILLING J.A.Henckels, Gunwharf Quays2 x Knife Skills class tickets (worth £40)

Activator and Referee of the Month – Oliver and Luc

Congratulations to our Volunteers of the Month: Oliver Munday and Luc Howell

 

Oliver Munday – Referee Activator and Activator of the Month (February)

In his role as Football Referee Activator, Oliver recruits, deploys and supports the development of student referees. There have been a few challenges this year with recruitment and commitment. This month, Oliver has supported 7 new students in gaining their referee qualification. Oliver has assigned experienced students as their mentors in order to provide the newly qualified referees support and ensure they stay engaged with the Referee Hub. Oliver has also introduced a ‘Fair Play’ award system and process within Campus Sport, whereby the referees rate teams on their sportsmanship / fair play for weekly fixtures – winners of this award get reduced cost for entry into the next leagues. Well done Oliver!

Luc Howell – Referee of the Month (February)

Luc has been a credit to the Referee Hub since joining last year and completing his referee qualification. He has officiated on a range of Campus Sport leagues, and youth football fixtures, gaining a wealth of experience and not missed an allocated fixture this year. Since January, Luc has taken on the role of a referee mentor, providing support and guidance for some of our new student referees, and really impressed with his own refereeing performance this month. Keep up the good work Luc!

Interested in becoming an Activator?

Our Activators and Coordinators are a team of student volunteers who help to run the ‘Get Active, Stay Active‘ programme. The programme is available all year round to students and staff at the University of Portsmouth. The sessions are either free-of-charge or at reduced costs. There are over 50 sessions a week in 25 sports available – and membership is free!

If you’re interested in becoming an Activator for a particular sport, or want to know more about our Get Active programme, please contact alex.cole@port.ac.uk.

Interested in becoming a Referee?

Our Referee Hub is one of the many sports development opportunities available to students at the University of Portsmouth. We help qualified coaches gain valuable experience through paid roles and placements within our leagues and local communities. We also help students to gain FA Basic Referee qualifications by covering all costs. In return for a few hours of referee volunteering you’re qualified and have experience.

If you’re interested in becoming a referee, or looking to help out officiate at our matches, please contact rachel.robilliard@port.ac.uk.

Lauren – Strictly star excels but just misses out on final

Lauren narrowly misses out on the final.

Lauren Steadman, has narrowly missed out on getting to the final of Strictly Come Dancing. Our previous sports scholar, World Champion Paratriathlete and Silver medal Paralympian went out last night in a well fought dance off. With competition hotting up for the glitterball trophy, the dancers performed two dances, a Tango and a Salsa. Lauren found herself at the bottom of the leaderboard with a combined score of 54 for her two performances. Lauren scored of 31 for her Tango and 23 for her salsa. Ashley and Pasha, were top of the leaderboard but found themselves in the dance off with AJ and Lauren. She chose to perform her tango again, but the judges chose to save Ashley and Pasha at the end of the dance off.

Lauren, who trained for the two dances within our facilities in Spinnaker Sports Centre, and attacked each dance they performed. It was great to see Lauren’s journey from strong Paralympian to strong dancer. Coming off the back of winning Gold in the ITU World Championships in Australia she jumped straight into the competition. 12 weeks of ups, downs, progression and learning Lauren glided through dances and into the semi-final. Over the 12 weeks Lauren and AJ trained in studio 2 where they could practice uninterrupted and a familiar environment. Lauren has inspired so many people during her time in the competition, proving that anything is possible. AJ’s choreography worked beautifully with many of the lifts and dances needing to be slightly adapted.


What did Lauren think of her Strictly Journey?

Lauren had this to say when asked by host Tess Daly “I have absolutely loved my Strictly journey and it has been so much more than anyone ever tells you it’s going to be and that you thought it would be. Down to the smallest things. I mean outfits, hair, makeup, this man [AJ], the judges, all the choreographers. It’s just, I can’t tell you just how magical it is.”

AJ then had this to say about their experience: “Lauren has been fantastic. Honestly at the beginning of the series I couldn’t have expected to make the semi-final which was just beautiful but honestly I’m so proud of you as a person. You have changed so many people’s opinions and it has always been about ability not disability. You have attacked everything, you have always been stubborn, you have always been, ‘I will be able to get this lift’ even though it’s not going to work but we’ll get there somehow by Friday and Saturday. But for me honestly it’s been a fantastic journey and you’ve done yourself proud.”

Lauren went on to say: “I think it goes without saying that for you AJ everybody can think you’re an amazing dancer and sometimes you’re a bit hard on the outside but you’re so squishy and marshmallow like on the inside. I’ve got a lot of resilience and determination but I’ve never met somebody quite like you, as a pair I didn’t think we would be partnered and I’m so grateful I got you as a partner, words can’t explain how much I appreciate it.”


What’s next for Lauren?

Lauren may be out of the competition but her dancing will not end there. Lauren will be going on tour with fellow Strictly Come Dancing celebrities. Excited about the next stage of her dancing experience, Lauren had this to say: “This whole experience has been life changing and I’m beyond excited to now dance in some of the country’s biggest arenas and meet all the fans who have supported us.” Lauren will continue with her paratriathlon training in preparation for the next season. If you want to see Lauren dance in the Strictly Come Dancing tour you can buy tickets here.


Sport Scholarships

Our aim is to help student athletes balance their training and competition schedule, along with the pressures of achieving a high quality degree. We do this by providing support through our Sports Scholarship Scheme. If you are competing at a regional or international level in your sport, you may be eligible for funding. We provide scholarships for around 20 talented student athletes every year. Our scholarships are worth between £2,000 and £6,000 each. The scheme is open to all students, irrespective of nationality, year of study or academic course. Applications open in the summer, with scholarships awarded at the start of the academic year in September. Focus is given to sports within the BUCS programme and Olympic and Paralympic sports, with other sports considered on a case by case basis. We offer three levels of scholarship; Development, Elite and Podium Scholarships. Applications re-open in the summer so check out our sport scholarships page for information about when applications re-open.

Volunteers of the Month – Sam and Frank

Congratulations to our Volunteers of the Month: Sam Robinson & Frank Hampton!

Sam Robinson – Campus Sport Activator and Activator of the Month (November)

Sam has co-ordinated the Campus Sport football leagues since the beginning of the semester, engaging 64 teams & 578 students through the programme. This month has been extremely busy for Sam, with time spent communicating changes to fixtures, the generation of play-offs, attending leagues, completing administration, and dealing with discipline issues. In addition to this, he has been appointed Chair to our Student Football Management Group. The leagues take place 5 days a week, and Sam has worked hard to ensure that they run smoothly, as well as continuing his other role as a referee on one of the Campus Sport leagues.

Well done Sam lets hope for the same in semester 2, keep up the good work!

 

Entries to our 2019 Campus Sport leagues are now open, head to our Campus Sport page to register.

 


Frank Hampton – Referee of the Month (November)

Frank qualified with us last January through our referee hub and has since been keen to referee as much as possible. His passion for officiating is clear, he’s always one of the first people to provide availability for the following week. He has officiated in a wide range of different campus sport leagues, showing his understanding of the different rules. During an observation, Frank showed his strength as a referee, with excellent communication and application of the law. Finally, this month Frank completed his first game as a linesman, showing that he wants to try different areas within officiating role. Frank has also expressed a keen interest in pushing for promotion, which on his current level of performance, he will easily gain.

 

Well done Frank, keep up the good work!

 


Interested in becoming an Activator?

Our Activators and Coordinators are a team of student volunteers who help to run the ‘Get Active, Stay Active‘ programme. The programme is available all year round to students and staff at the University of Portsmouth. The sessions are either free-of-charge or at reduced costs. There are over 50 sessions a week in 25 sports available – and membership is free!

If you’re interested in becoming an Activator for a particular sport, or want to know more about our Get Active programme, please contact alex.cole@port.ac.uk.

Interested in becoming a Referee?

Our Referee Hub is one of the many sports development opportunities available to students at the University of Portsmouth. We help qualified coaches gain valuable experience through paid roles and placements within our leagues and local communities. We also help students to gain FA Basic Referee qualifications by covering all costs. In return for a few hours of referee volunteering you’re qualified and have experience.

If you’re interested in becoming a referee, or looking to help out officiate at our matches, please contact rachel.robilliard@port.ac.uk.

Staff vs Students Charity Football Match 2019

The Department of Sport and Recreation are inviting all staff members at the University of Portsmouth to formally register their interest in being apart of the 4th Annual Staff vs Students charity football match, taking place on the hallowed turf of Fratton Park in May 2019.

The annual Staff vs Students Charity football event has raised over £25,000 for various charities including Brain Tumour Research. The staff team were unlucky to lose last year, but are still 2-1 up overall with two years of dominance. Since the events inception in 2016 staff have won 2-1, 3-1 and lost 4-0. We’re looking to get the trophy back this year and need your help.

 

How do I get involved?

If you’re interested in being part of this exciting match please register your interest through the google form. The form should be completed and submitted by Monday 7th January 2019 to confirm your attendance to the open trials. To find out more, or if you have any questions please email charityfootball@port.ac.uk.

 

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The trials will be taking place on Thursday 17th January 2019 at 21:00 and Friday 18th January 2019 at 20:00. Trials will be held at the University’s sports campus located on Furze Lane: Langstone Sports Site, Furze Lane, Portsmouth, PO4 8LW. Please arrive 15 minutes before the trial is due to start. If you are a student looking to register your interest, you should in the first instance speak to the students union: hello@upsu.net

 

This years charities are again Brain Tumour Research and Pompey in the Community.

 

Jackson Davies – Global Digital Marketing Officer

Jackson Davies

“Taking part in the Staff vs Students match was a fantastic experience! As a lifelong Pompey fan, it was incredible to be able to run out onto the pitch at Fratton Park and experience a full match. It’s something I’ll remember forever, even if we got beat 4-0! I raised a lot of money for charity in honour of my dad, who died from cancer the year before. I was honoured by the amount of money that my friends and family donated for this brilliant cause. I’d honestly recommend this experience to anyone.”

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James Quinn – Student Finance Centre

James Quinn – Student Finance Advice Officer

“I cannot recommend applying to play in the charity game enough. It’s not just about the day itself, but the build up with training, weekly matches and experiencing the team camaraderie. One of the best bits was the fact that we raised so much money for charity which is something I am very proud to have been a part of. In terms of the game, it will be something I will never forget. I’m a Pompey fan and to lead out the team as captain and play at Fratton Park was just unbelievable, especially in front of my family and friends. You do need to be committed though, it’s not just about the training but also about raising money for the chosen charities. Promote it through social media and contact family and friends and get them on board. You will not regret it!”

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David Wands – Director, Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation

Prof. David Wands – Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation

“The staff vs student match is a fantastic event to be involved in. Playing at Fratton Park is a great experience. I really enjoyed the build-up to the big match, getting to know the other players from around the university, training together and playing as a team. I didn’t have any clever ideas for fundraising, I just asked everyone I knew and took every opportunity to tell them of the work we were putting in to the training, and the good causes their money was going to. Setting up a JustGiving page makes it easy for people to donate online.”


Not only is this a massively enjoyable end of year event for all involved, it raises crucial funds for 2 very important charities. Brain Tumour Research is the charity partner of the University of Portsmouth Sport and Recreation department (the University is the home of the Brain Tumour Research Centre), and we regularly host charity events to help make all of their vital research possible. Pompey in the Community is affiliated with Portsmouth Football Club, who run inclusive coaching sessions, courses, education, health initiatives and community outreach schemes within the city and surrounding areas. All funds raised from the event is split 50/50 between the chosen charities.

Lizzie Palmer – This Girl Can Case Study

Lizzie Palmer – Student 

This Girl Can Case Study

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What activity or sport do you regularly participate in?

Longboarding, and I am trying to attend the gym or a class 3 times a week after the This Girl Can scheme as I love the feeling of working all of my muscles.

 

What do you love most about physical activity?

I used to love the feeling of being a part of the team, and learning new sports. Now I love the feeling that I am trying to improve my health, and that working my muscles helps strengthen them.

 

Can you tell us about your favourite activity or sport you currently do, why you enjoy it and what’s it’s like to take part in?

I have not taken part in sports in a long time, but I used to love to play netball and rounders. I loved working with people and taking part in competitions, the sense of achievement when I performed well. This Girl Can scheme has made me think about that.

 

Can you tell us how you got involved in physical activity?

This Girl Can helped me relive what it is like being involved in physical activity, something that I had forgotten about.

 

What do you think the biggest challenge is for women participating in physical activity?

For all, I believe it is that feeling that you already have to do a lot during university and adding to your ongoing list seems a chore rather than pleasure. But for women, it is this and having a fear that you won’t be able to keep up with others and feeling insecure in a gym session.

 

What motivates you to regularly continue participating in physical activity?

I now feel motivated because I, including most women, want to stay fit and healthy because of how noticeable it is on your body. I want to be able to keep up with others and not being embarrassed of my cardio and I also want to feel the kicks of feeling more energetic and fit on a day to day basis. The feeling of achievement after a gym class is also something that can’t be replaced.

 

How do you balance your studies/work, your social life and your physical activity?

Every Sunday I look at my timetable, and create a list of everything that I want to achieve by the next Sunday. I schedule in my work shifts first, as they are the least flexible then, I pick three gym classes that fit nicely with my lectures and shifts. I look at my spare hours and decided what University work I can do around these hours. This leaves me with some time to spend with friends and my significant other, and I can relax or get on with house chores after I have completed my tasks for the day.

 

If you could give one bit of advice to those thinking of getting involved in physical activity, what would it be?

Don’t over push yourself and don’t set yourself a target that is unlikely to be achieved. Set yourself a few sessions at the beginning, and if you continue to do that then perhaps put more on your list. If you try to do more than you can, you could fail and give up on it altogether.


This Girl Can is a national campaign developed by Sport England, encouraging women of all abilities to get active. Returning between the 19th- 25th of November, the week has loads of ways for you to get involved. Partnering with UPSU for the week, we have a great range of opportunities available. From FREE gym sessions to sport sessions to trying your hand at ‘Strictly’ style dancing, there is something for every girl.

 

The sessions are more focused on breaking down barriers, keeping you happy and healthy than your ability, so give it a go. There’s no judgement, so forget about your face getting red, remembering the steps and just get involved! Because after all #fithappens.

 

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Kate Daniell – This Girl Can Case Study

Kate Daniell – Staff Member

This Girl Can Case Study

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Don’t be fearful, don’t think what will I look like or what if I can’t do it, just do something and if you can afford it, go to a PT, they help you work out how to do new things and the results are much faster, which then motivates you to keep going.

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What activity or sport do you regularly participate in?

I regular do the following PT, gym, pilates, running, walking, and cycling.

 

What do you love most about physical activity?

Being strong – I never thought I’d end up enjoying lifting weights, but I love it.

 

Can you tell us about your favourite activity or sport you currently do, why you enjoy it and what’s it’s like to take part in?

PT is my favourite, Emily and Amber are fun, funny, motivational and tough, they make me want to try harder. They’ve taught me how to lift weights (and other things), which has changed my body and my mindset.

 

Can you tell us how you got involved in physical activity?

I’ve always enjoyed walking long distances, but a few years ago I started cycling with a group of friends and, though I enjoyed it a lot and was giving it my all, I was always the slowest. That was annoying, I couldn’t understand what these other people had going on in their bodies that I didn’t.
I started going to see Emily for PT. I’d never been in a gym before and thought they were for super-fit people, not ordinary people. I was super-intimidated, but that stopped really quickly. Gyms are full of ordinary people, all body types, all ages and everyone’s just getting on with it.

 

What do you think the biggest challenge is for women participating in physical activity?

Getting sweaty, feeling intimidated by gyms, not knowing what to do, and hating the flashback to school PE changing rooms.

 

What motivates you to regularly continue participating in physical activity?

I’d like to be able to say I’ve always been intrinsically motivated to get fit, but that’d be a lie. In truth, I’m motivated by a lot of things: I want to please Emily and Amber, who I do PT with; they’ve shown me how to be strong and I’ve learned being strong makes me happy; having changed shape and dress size and having got rid of all my old (bigger) clothes means I now can’t afford to not keep exercising — the clothes bill would ruin me; I’m not keen to give up the endorphins; I’ve had cancer and trying to get fit and be strong is my two fingers up to that disease; and the more I do, the more I am motivated to keep trying.

 

How do you balance your studies/work, your social life and your physical activity?

It can be hard sometimes. I try to work out a way of fitting exercise in as often as possible, if I can’t get to the gym, I can probably go for a run after work or do some pilates at home. Weekends give me more time for longer exercise, a long walk or cycle. The more I do, the more I want to do. I read somewhere that if you try starting your week with (any) exercise, it’s easier to keep doing it the rest of the week. The trick seems to be to not keep putting it off. Sometimes that’s easier said than done though.

 

If you could give one bit of advice to those thinking of getting involved in physical activity, what would it be?

Don’t be fearful, don’t think what will I look like or what if I can’t do it, just do something and if you can afford it, go to a PT, they help you work out how to do new things and the results are much faster, which then motivates you to keep going.


This Girl Can is a national campaign developed by Sport England, encouraging women of all abilities to get active. Returning between the 19th- 25th of November, the week has loads of ways for you to get involved. Partnering with UPSU for the week, we have a great range of opportunities available. From FREE gym sessions to sport sessions to trying your hand at ‘Strictly’ style dancing, there is something for every girl.

 

The sessions are more focused on breaking down barriers, keeping you happy and healthy than your ability, so give it a go. There’s no judgement, so forget about your face getting red, remembering the steps and just get involved! Because after all #fithappens.

 

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Amy Sanchez – This Girl Can Study

Amy Sanchez

This Girl Can Study

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Be confident to try something new, even if its on your own, as you will quickly make new friends.

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What activity or sport do you regularly participate in?

Gymnastics

 

What do you love most about physical activity?

Physical and mental challenges, socialising with others who share a passion for the same sport.

 

Can you tell us about your favourite activity or sport you currently do, why you enjoy it and what’s it’s like to take part in?

I do gymnastics four times a week, with the university and with a local adult group.  Sessions are flexible and I am free to work on whatever I’d like to learn. There are always lots of positive people around to help me out and to motivate me to do better.  A small group of us like to enter competitions, and I really enjoy taking part in these with other adult gymnasts from around the UK.

 

Can you tell us how you got involved in physical activity?

I started gymnastics as a child and never stopped.

 

What do you think the biggest challenge is for women participating in physical activity?

Finding other women or friends to go with (I am the only girl at some sessions).

 

What motivates you to regularly continue participating in physical activity?

I enjoy always learning something new, and meeting people who share my interests.

 

How do you balance your studies/work, your social life and your physical activity?

I work hard during the day so that I can enjoy doing sport in the evenings, and sport forms a big part of my social life.

 

If you could give one bit of advice to those thinking of getting involved in physical activity, what would it be?

Be confident to try something new, even if its on your own, as you will quickly make new friends.


This Girl Can is a national campaign developed by Sport England, encouraging women of all abilities to get active. Returning between the 19th- 25th of November, the week has loads of ways for you to get involved. Partnering with UPSU for the week, we have a great range of opportunities available. From FREE gym sessions to sport sessions to trying your hand at ‘Strictly’ style dancing, there is something for every girl.

 

The sessions are more focused on breaking down barriers, keeping you happy and healthy than your ability, so give it a go. There’s no judgement, so forget about your face getting red, remembering the steps and just get involved! Because after all #fithappens.

 

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