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					Sport and fitness opportunities at the University of Birmingham
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                          How to find us                                                                                                                                                                                                   University of Birmingham Sport:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Be part of it


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          University of Birmingham Sport (UBSport) is a top three University for sport in the UK. The power of
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The hub for most activities is the Munrow
                                  Y7                                        D                                                                                                                                                             Sports Centre on central campus, which                There are many other ways to get involved,
                                                                                                       Sports Pitches                                                                                                                     includes a broad range of indoor facilities           with many active lifestyle programmes,
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          alongside excellent floodlit and grass pitches        intra-leagues and the new ‘JustPlay’ scheme.
                                                    Road                                                                                                                                                                                  and our own athletics track. Find out much more       All offer a great way of getting fit and healthy,
                                                    Gate                                                                                                        South                                                                     by visiting our website,,        as well as meeting new people.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          or please drop in and visit us – UBSport staff
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          will be happy to answer all your questions.           I’m here to represent students in sport, making
                             A        Munrow Sports Centre                                                  C         Old Gym                                                             F   Gillet Centre                                                                                     sure you have the best experience possible, and
                                        Raising the Bar                                                                  Martial Arts Dojo                                                        Rowing training room                    One of the highlights of Welcome Week is the          acting as the main contact between you and the
                                        Active Lifestyle classes                                                         Active Lifestyle classes                                                 Archery                                 Sports Fair in the Munrow Centre on Wed 24            University concerning the provision of sport.
                                        Performance Sport services                                                       Fencing                                                                                                          September, showcasing all the opportunities
                                        Gym                                                                              Strength and Conditioning                                        G   Selly Oak Pitches                           available with all the advice you need to get         With the 2012 Olympics just around the corner,
                                        Swimming, Triathlon, Life-saving,                                                                                                                        Football                                 involved. Also look out for the UBSport ‘Big          I encourage all students to get involved, as
                                        Water Polo, Kayaking                                                D         Sports Pitches                                                                                                      Events’ which happen throughout the year.             there is something for everyone. Your University
                                        Badminton, Squash,                                                              Rugby                                                            Further a-field                                                                                        experience will be all the better for it.
                                        Table tennis, Tennis                                                            Hockey                                                              Edgbaston: The Edgbaston Priory Club          Please come and explore what’s on offer.
                                        Netball, Basketball, Volleyball                                                 Football                                                            – Tennis                                      You never know what talents and new interests         Email:
                                        Gymnastics                                                                      Intra-Leagues                                                       Worcester: Rowing Boathouse – Rowing          you might uncover. You will probably never            Tel: 0121 251 2339
                                                                                                                        Big Events                                                          Lake District: Raymond Priestley Centre       experience the same opportunity to try
                             B        Running Track                                                                                                                                         – Outdoor Pursuits                            something entirely new. Whether playing,
                                        Athletics                                                           E         Metchley Lane Sports Pitches                                                                                        learning a new sport or activity, coaching,
                                        Football                                                                        Football                                                          Munrow Sports Centre opening hours              or supporting the university teams, sport
                                        Lacrosse                                                                        Rugby                                                             Mon-Fri: 7.00am – 10.00pm                       has so much to offer at Birmingham, so
                                                                                                                        Lacrosse                                                          Sat: 8.00am – 8.00pm                            come along and be part of it.
                                                                                                                        American Football                                                 Sun: 8.00am – 10.00pm term time
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    The feel good factor                                                                                                                    Stretch yourself

    Active Lifestyle: Exercise Classes and Sports Courses                                                                                   Coach education and volunteering:
    When it comes to concentration and studying, the benefits                                                                               Development opportunities
    of sport and exercise are well documented. But if top-class
    competitive performance sport, or sweating it out in the gym
    aren’t for you,that in no way means you have to miss out.
    Far from it!

    Active Lifestyle is the largest programme of      Dance, including: Bollywood, Breakdancing,                                            UBSport Volunteers                                An exciting new international coaching project
    its kind in the country, with over 90 classes     Hip Hop, Salsa and Belly Dancing.                  ‘The varied timetable means        Volunteering is a fantastic way to meet people,   to South Africa has been set up with UKSport
    each week to choose from. As well as a            And a number of styles of Yoga                                                        develop your personal skills, benefit the         involving students travelling to rural communities
                                                                                                         its easy to find something
    wide variety of fitness classes there’s a         including: Astanga, Hatha, Iyengar,                                                   community, and it looks great on your CV.         to coach and use sport to educate people
    comprehensive range of sports courses             Pranayama and Yogalates.                           that fits around my course’.                                                         about HIV/AIDS. We look forward to further
    on offer, giving you the chance to learn a                                                                                              UBSport, in partnership with the Guild of         developing this work in the future.
    new sport or improve your existing skills.        No matter what your ability, the Active                                               Students, can offer fantastic opportunities
                                                                                                         ‘I’ve really enjoyed
    Whether you want to tighten your abs and          Lifestyle programme gets you enjoying                                                 to gain voluntary experience in sport with        UBSport Coachforce runs a wide range of
    improve your posture with pilates, dance          taking part in physical activity. All courses      learning how to fence;             placements ranging from coaching in schools       awards and workshops throughout the year.
    your way to fitness through salsa or turn         are suitable for beginners, catering for           it has been such fun and           to marshalling at large events. You can even      Courses range from first aid certificates to
    your doggy paddle into a strong front crawl,      intermediates and advanced where                                                      get free training and gain certificates and       vocationally recognised qualifications and
    there really are opportunities for everyone.      indicated. Go on…give it a go!
                                                                                                         a great opportunity to             University awards for your voluntary hours.       specialist coaching workshops. Discounts
                                                                                                         try something new’.                                                                  are offered to students whenever possible.
    Choose from…                                      Our classes are reviewed and updated                                                  If you are interested in any voluntary work
    Fitness classes, including: Aerobics,             regularly, see                                               in sport contact us on 0121 414 2274              To put your knowledge straight into practice,
    Aquafit, Back to Abs, Body Conditioning,          for details, come to Munrow Sports                 ‘The instructors are very          or              UBSport can also help with coaching and
    Boxercise, Bums and Tums, Circuits, Hula          Centre reception, call 0121 414 2259               experienced, knowledgeable                                                           work experience placements.
    Aerobics, Fitness Yoga, Fitball, Pilates, Step,   or email                                                  ½ Marathon 2008 sees Birmingham stage its
                                                                                                         and loads of fun!’
    Pole Dance for Fitness and Studio Cycling.        for more information.                                                                 first ever half marathon in the city centre and   To find out more go to
                                                                                                                                            around 500 volunteers are needed! To be one
    Sports courses, including: Aikido,                Beat the queues – book online                      ‘It’s such good fun; it’s really   of them register at or contact   or email
    Badminton, Basketball, Fencing, Football,         Register your interest in our Active Lifestyle                                        Tony Colville on        to receive regular updates.
    Golf, Gymnastics, Kick-boxing, Lacrosse,          programme and we’ll send you a PIN number
                                                                                                         got me active. The variety
    Self Defence, Squash, Swimming, Tennis,           so you can book Active Lifestyle classes online!   of dance, fitness and sports
    Trampolining and Volleyball.                      See for details.              classes on offer means
                                                                                                         I can try something new
                                                                                                         each term!’
                                                                                                         Quotes from participants
                                                                                                                                            Fitness services:                                 Personal training                                    Fitness assessments
                                                                                                                                            Health and wellness for all                       Get motivated and maximise your exercise             A fitness related assessment tailored
                                                                                                                                            Whether you’re an exercise expert or an           results with one to one tuition and guidance         for you, followed by a goal review.
                                                                                                                                            aerobics amateur, everyone’s fitness goals        with one of our qualified instructors.
                                                                                                                                            are important to us, and our friendly and                                                              Nutritional consultation
                                                                                                                                            supportive staff can provide help and advice      Lifestyle consultation                               An assessment of your dietary intake and
                                                                                                                                            to suit your individual needs. We offer a full    For those who are thinking of making a change.       provide you with recommendations relating
                                                                                                                                            range of services.                                A chance to discuss your current lifestyle with      to your requirements.
                                                                                                                                                                                              a qualified member of the team and identify
                                                                                                                                            Our services include the following:               any health risks.                                    Learn more
                                                                                                                                            Exercise programs                                                                                      From absolute beginner to elite athlete,
                                                                                                                                            Our qualified staff will tailor a programme       Health assessments                                   our team is here to help you achieve your
                                                                                                                                            to suit you – a great tool to structure and       A consultation involving assessment of blood         potential. For more details or to book call:
                                                                                                                                            monitor your progress.                            pressure, resting heart rate, body composition,      0121 414 2581
                                                                                                                                                                                              cholesterol, coronary risk potential and
                                                                                                                                                                                              nutritional review.
Fun with a competitive edge…                                                                                                                     Got a taste for the outdoors?

                                                                                                                                                 Get away from city living for an action packed weekend
                                                                                                                                                 of adventure in some of England’s most beautiful scenery.

                                                                                                                                                 Sitting on the western shore of Coniston
                                                                                                                                                 Water in the Lake District is the University’s
                                                                                                                                                 very own Outdoor Pursuits Centre – The
                                                                                                                                                 Raymond Priestley Centre for Outdoor Pursuits.

                                                                                                                                                 It is 100m from the shore and you can walk
                                                                                                                                                 from the Centre into the picturesque hills.
                                                                                                                                                 Activity weekends are self catering with a
                                                                                                                                                 fully equipped kitchen and dining room available
                                                                                                                                                 for you to use. Bedrooms offer either lake or
                                                                                                                                                 forest views and accommodate 4 or 6 people
                                                                                                                                                 in comfortable cedar wood bunks.

                                                                                                                                                 The Centre staff offer expert tuition and
                                                                                                                                                 depending on the time of year and weather
                                                                                                                                                 conditions, activities include mountain biking,
                                                                                                                                                 canoeing, sailing, windsurfing, rock climbing,
                                                                                                                                                 mountain walking, gorge walking and high
                                                                                                                                                 and low rope courses.

                                                                                                                                                  Learn more
Whatever you’re into, you too can be part of UBSport                                                                                              To find out when the next trip
                                                                                                                                                  is call 0121 414 3781 or see
and reap the benefits of keeping fit and staying active.
It’s all about having a good time!                                                                                                                for more details.

                                             You can sign up with a group of friends, a        Summer Sports Festival
                                             department, a team from your hall of residence    The pinnacle of the intra-league year is the
                                             or join one of the existing teams to play         Summer Sports Festival that takes place after
                                             against others in the league. The emphasis        exams in the summer. The festival runs over
                                             is on playing for fun and getting fit – so if     five days and involves a variety of sports from
                                             you’re a gallant winner, or a good-hearted        netball, cricket and rugby 7’s, to ultimate
                                             loser you’re bound to widen your social circle.   frisbee. This is a great chance to relax and
Intra-leagues                                                                                  unwind with friends after a year of hard work.
Don’t want the commitment of regular         League competitions all conclude with a           Festival winners receive medals, prizes and
training and still want some competitive     knockout competition and all winning teams        of course gloating rights for the whole of the
fun? Then the Intra-Leagues are definitely   receive winner’s medals and prizes. With          next year. This is a must to get involved in,
for you.                                     over 2000 students and staff members              so don’t miss out!
                                             playing every week and 27 leagues to
Choose from:                                 choose from there is no better way to              Learn more
  Men’s 6-a-side football                    get active, socialise and enjoy yourself.          Tel: 0121 414 3781
  Women’s 6-a-side football                                                                     Email:
  Men’s 11-a-side football                   Sports festival days                               or visit
  Basketball                                 A range of one-day tournaments take place
  Mixed netball                              throughout the autumn and spring terms in
  Mixed hockey                               sports including squash, volleyball, and rugby.
                                             Check the website for up and coming events!
The Power of the Pride

University of Birmingham Sport is one of the most recognised
brands in Higher Education sport in the UK today, attracting
athletes from across the country to study, train and compete.

For the past 17 years UBSport has                      Sport is about more than just playing.                                                                  The Power of the Pride is already            Performance Sport                                     Sports psychology, nutrition advice
consistently finished in the top three of the          It’s about belonging. At UBSport, you                                                                   impressive, the following achievements       If you’re part of The Pride or a Sports Scholar,      and video analysis.
140-odd institutions that compete in the               will belong to an exclusive club of men                                                                 being just a few examples from 2006–07.      our Performance Sport team are there to               Workshops – with special guest speakers
British Universities and Colleges Sports               and women who have represented their                                                                    What will you bring to The Pride?            ensure you’re always at your best. Housed             from the world of sport.
(BUCS) competition. We call it the ‘Power              University at the highest level.                                                                                                                     within the Munrow Sports Centre, the                  Sports Medicine Clinic – physiotherapy
of the Pride’. When you’re part of The                                                                                                                           Squash – Our mens 1st team are             team incorporates Physiokinetic – our                 and sports massage.
Pride, you’re part of something big.                                                                                                                             BUCS champions for the 5th consecutive     on site physiotherapists, sports massage,
                                                                                                                                                                 year and our womens 1st team for the       an accredited laboratory, and a strength           Our programmes provide a one-stop shop
                                                                                                                                                                 3rd year. Both 2nd teams are also          and conditioning gym.                              for all your performance needs. Services are
The Athletic Union                                        Lacrosse / lacrosse                                                                                    Trophy Champions                                                                              available to all AU members and external clients.
With over 40 clubs representing the University            Netball / netball                                                                                                                                 We aim to educate and deliver integrated,
in regional, national and inter-varsity competitions      Ninpo-Budo / ninpobudo                                                                                 Athletics – The women’s cross-country      cutting edge support and advice to all              Learn more
there’s going to be something to satisfy your             Orienteering / orienteering                                                                            team are BUCS champions. We won            our clients.                                        For more information on all of these
competitive streak.                                       Rowing* / rowing                                                                                       a total of twenty two medals at the BUCS                                                       services contact Eleanor Rogers on
                                                          Rugby League / rugbyleague                                                                             Outdoors and Indoors last year. Stacey     Typical support for members includes:      or visit the website
Each club has a qualified coach, provides                 Rugby Union* / rugbymens or                       To join any AU Sports Club you must be               Johnson and Andrea Woodvine helped            Access to triage and recovery          
regular training and fitness sessions, has                / rugbywomens                                     a member of the Athletic Union, which                the GB University cross country team          sessions staffed by sport scientists and
access to sports science support and                      Sailing / sailing                                 costs just £5 a year regardless of how               to gold at the World University Games.        physiotherapists who can give free advice.
affiliation to the sport’s governing body.                Ski and Snowboarding / ski-snowboard              many clubs you join. Each club then has                                                            Open access to circuit training and
                                                          Squash* / squash                                  its own fee (ask individual clubs for details).      Rowing – The club collected 17 BUCS           speed sessions.
You can choose from:                                      Swimming* / swimming                                                                                   medals across the season and both our         Fitness support – laboratory and
   American Football / americanfootball                   Table Tennis / tabletennis                        For more details on the Athletic Union               novice and senior IV crew won titles at       field-testing, strength and conditioning,
   Archery / archery                                      Tae Kwon Do / taekwondo                           in general please see                Women’s Head of the River. We’ve also         programme design, body composition
   Athletics and Cross Country* / athletics               Tennis / tennis                          or call 0121 414 3870.                      had 17 athletes selected to represent         analysis and much more!
   Badminton / badminton                                  Triathlon / triathlon                             For specific information on each sports              GB at the European Universities
   Basketball* / basketball                               Volleyball / volleyball                           club go to                      Rowing Championships.
   Cheerleading / cheerleading                            Water polo / water-polo                           followed by the associated links above
   Cricket / cricketmen or / cricketwomen                 Windsurfing / windsurfing                         eg,                      Golf – Our first team are BUCS
   Cycling / mountainbike-cycling                                                                                                                                Champions, and the fourth team
   Equestrian / equestrian                             Clubs in orange denote those which are either        Whilst some clubs have impressive                    Shield winners. Player Sam Riddell
   Fencing* / fencing                                  current BUCS Champions, National or BUCS             development programs and welcome                     won silver at the BUCS individual
   Football / footballmens or                          league winners, have won medals, or had              members who’ve had limited or no previous            Championships and gained selection
   / footballwomens                                    members gain national or international               participation, others do require a certain           for the BUCS Home Internationals.
   Golf* / golf                                        competition selection this season.                   level of prior experience. Trials take place
   Gymnastics and Trampolining                                                                              in the first few weeks of term one; contact          Olympics – Three past members of the
   /gymnastics-trampolining                            *Denotes our ‘priority sports’ – those supported     the club or keep an eye on the UBSport               Pride competed in the 2008 Olympics.
   Hockey* / hockey                                    to a higher level by UBSport, often in conjunction   website for more details.                            Simon Mantell (hockey), Paul Manning
   Jujitsu / jujitsu                                   with a national performance centre.                                                                       (cycling) and Naomi Folkard (archery)
   Judo / judo                                                                                              More clubs are available to join                     all represented Great Britain in
   Karate / karate                                     Most AU clubs compete in BUCS fixtures,              through The Guild of Students. See                   Beijing, adding to the list of other
   Kayak and Canoe / kayak                             which provide inter-university sports competition for details                  alumni Olympians.
   Korfball / korfball                                 across 147 universities throughout the UK.           on Dancing, Diving, Ice Hockey, Motor Racing,
   Kung Fu (Black Dragon) / kungfu                     BUCS competitions work in different ways             Mountaineering, Muay Thai Boxing, Paintball,
   Kung Fu (Wing Chun) / wingchun                      for different sports, individual clubs will be       Powerkite, Sky Diving, Surfing, Ten Pin Bowling,
   Lifesaving / lifesaving                             able to give you more detail.                        Ultimate Frisbee and much more.
Something for everyone                      UBSport Merchandise

University of Birmingham Sport enjoys       University of Birmingham Sport proudly presents its new range of sports clothing.
some of the best sports facilities of any   On and off the playing fields of Great Britain, our teams have been cutting a striking image
redbrick University in the country. The     that reflects the power of a Top Three University for sport. Now you can show your loyalty
Munrow Sports Centre at the University’s    and support with our new range of UBSport clothing. It’s casual, comfortable and stylish
main Edgbaston Campus is the hub            and you can wear it with pride knowing that our athletes will never let it rest, until our good
of UBSport, where many facilities are       is better and our better is best. And why not get one of our cuddly mascot lions too!
based and where you can find out
how to get involved.

Membership options
The following membership types
are currently available:
   Gym and Swim
For details on current prices,
please call 0121 414 4117

To register an interest in Munrow
membership go to
or pay for membership via telephone,
call 0121 414 4767.

These services are only available
to students that have registered
with Student Records.

              Fancy a Knockabout?

Students – No need to be a member!
If you feel like a game of badminton,
squash, tennis, table tennis, basketball,
five-a-side football, plus more –
book, pay and JustPlay!                                                                                        Think of it as fuel for your day...
                                                                                                                 Licensed bar
You don’t have to be an accomplished                                                                             Good food
or even an average player, just come                                                                             Starbucks coffee
along with a friend, have a bit of fun
                                                                                                                 Large screen Sky Sports
and JustPlay. To book a pitch or court
call 0121 414 4117 or pop into the
                                                                                                                 Located in the Munrow Sports Centre
Munrow Sports Centre reception                                                                                   Open to everyone                                                                    For more details contact Raising the Bar on 0121 414 4768.
Be Loud. Be Proud. Support UBSport

                                                                 You are my Birmingham,
                                                                 my only Birmingham
                                                                 You make me happy,
                                                                 when skies are grey
                                                                 You’ll never know dear,
                                                                 how much I love you
                                                                 So please don’t take my
                                                                 Birmingham away away away

Be part of it,
be part of something big
UBSport hosts exciting Big Events throughout the year with crowds of thousands
turning out to show their support. Support your University. Support UBSport.

                           Big Event dates for your diary:
                           8.10.08 UBSport v Manchester (Rugby)
                           29.10.08 UBSport v Leeds Met (Basketball)
Munrow Sports Centre       8.11.08 UBSport Lions v Bath Killer Bees (American Football xpLosion)
Edgbaston, Birmingham,
                           26.11.08 UBSport Hockey Festival (8 home hockey matches)
B15 2TT, United Kingdom
Tel: 0121 414 4117
                           28.01.09 UBSport v Loughborough (Lacrosse and Football)             Check the website for forthcoming Big Events.

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