Sport and Active Lifestyle

Now that we’re well and truly out of the Covid era, self-isolation, mask wearing, binge-watching Squid Game on Netflix and eating our own weight in crisps and chocolate, it’s never been more important to get moving again.

Whatever your fitness levels, interest in sport or experience we have something for you at the University of Chester.

Many of our facilities and programmes are free to use for students including our fitness classes, Active Campus activities, golf simulator, spin studio, squash courts, tennis courts, 3G and Astro pitches and sports hall.

Our facilities include:

  • Large sports hall for badminton, volleyball, basketball, futsal, archery, trampoline, cricket, dodgeball, and netball
  • Floodlit 3G Multi-use Games Area for football, rugby union, rugby league, ultimate frisbee, American football,
  • Floodlit hockey astroturf for hockey, lacrosse, rounders, softball, quidditch
  • Floodlit tennis courts for tennis, netball and basketball
  • Floodlit sprint track
  • Squash courts
  • Studio for dance, cheerleading, mixed martial arts, fencing, pole fitness and HEMA
  • Spinning studio
  • Golf simulator studio
  • Indoor and outdoor table tennis
  • 25m Swimming pool for swimming and water polo
  • Over 100-piece fitness suite
  • Regular fun fitness classes in our studios
  • Grass pitches for football, rugby union, rugby league and American football
  • Access to local facilities for athletics, rowing, equestrian, sailing and canoeing

Athletics’ Union

With over 40 sports on offer at the University and a vast array of facilities to use, our Athletics’ Union is the perfect platform for you to achieve your potential in whatever sport you wish to continue with, renew your love for or even try out for the first time.

From lacrosse to rowing, cricket to archery, we have a sport that you can excel in. If we don’t have a sport that you want to try, don’t panic – we also have links to local clubs that do and can facilitate you joining, so please get in touch.

The majority of our teams play in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) leagues, and we compete against other universities within the North-West such as Liverpool, Manchester, Lancaster and Edge Hill to name a few. We’re proud of our sporting heritage and have risen up the league tables to a record 62nd in the country in 2020.

With alumni such as cycling supremo Dave Brailsford, Olympic gold and silver medallist in cycling and rowing Rebecca Romero, Netball legend Tracey Neville and ex-women’s rugby union captain Gill Burns, Chester is the perfect environment to launch you into your next phase of development.

Active Campus Programme

If you’re not interested in joining a sports team but still want to engage in some team and individual activities, then our Active Campus Programme is just the thing for you. With regular, free, non-competitive activities on offer, our programme gives you and your friends the opportunity to join in and have fun without the commitment needed to join a sports team. Activities include:

  • Ultimate frisbee
  • Urban golf
  • Walk and Talk
  • Couch to 5K
  • Badminton
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Netball
  • 5-a-side football

Virtual fitness

Want to work out at a time to suit you? Our virtual fitness challenges and classes could be the perfect option. Join our communities on our very own Playwaze app and engage in physical activity challenges, link your fitbit to the app and record your step counts or even go for a bike ride and log the highest number of kilometres in your friendship group. Our monthly challenges fit in with our themed fitness months such as MOVEmber, You-Can-Jan, FitFeb, Mindful March, Active April and Move in May. Challenges are fun, engaging and you can see instant results.

Alternatively, as a student you can also access one of our many on-demand fitness classes via Portal.

Additional support

Our Active Wellbeing Programme is designed to support you with mental health issues and uses physical activity as a form of therapy to support you with a range of concerns. Alongside the activity programme we also offer support with lifestyle management, nutrition, quitting smoking, sleeping, organisation and how to look after yourself in general.

For more information on any of our programmes then please visit our Portal pages or follow us on Instagram:

Sport and Active Lifestyle – Portal
Athletics’ Union – Portal
Sport and Active Lifestyle – Instagram
Athletics’ Union – Instagram

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