September 25, 2015, by Mike Munro

A successful summer of sport

Sport doesn’t stop when the academic year comes to an end at UoN. Many of our student athletes and alumni have been competing over the summer and doing us proud:

British high jumper and Biosciences alumna Isobel Pooley got her season off to a flying start, topping the UK all-time outdoor rankings with a 1.97m jump at Sainsbury’s British Championships
in July. Her good form continued throughout the summer, culminating in a first time 1.90m clearance to finish fourth at the Brussels Diamond League.

Second year Mathematical Sciences student Amy Hollick was also in fine form in the canoe slalom, winning a team silver medal for Team GB at the Junior and U23 Slalom European Championships in Krakow, Poland in August.

Maria Tsaptsinos, first year Geography (BSc), has been selected to represent England at the European Championships, taking place in Ekaterinburg, Russia between Friday 25 September – Sunday 4 October. “It’s great to get my first senior call-up,” she said. “It’s the Europeans and it’s much bigger than what I’ve done before so I know I’ve got to get prepared for it.” Maria told Table Tennis England. “There’s a lot more pressure now I’m moving up – I’m not a junior any more so I have to up my game and be prepared for what lies ahead.”

Maria will start her studies at Nottingham after the tournament.

Welfare in Sport

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The summer also saw an exciting development for sport at the University, with the launch of the Welfare in Sport programme. Launched in June, the initiative is aimed at promoting mental health and welfare support within University sports clubs. Students’s Officers James Bramley (Sport) and Sarah Pickup (Welfare and Equal Opportunities) explain the scheme in more detail on the blog.

Active Trail

This latest investment in sport by the University is an innovative 1.7 mile trail featuring five fitness stations which offer small group training facilities for people of all abilities on University Park campus.


Designed especially for outdoor training, the new trail offers a range of body weight training stations including Dip/Leg raises, pull up stations, arc traverses, and press and row stations – to name a few, allowing for upper body, lower body, core and full body workouts.

You can use the Active Trail on your own, with a group of friends or with a sports club. If you would like some guidance on how to make the most of the Active Trail and your workout, then why not try our Beginner Active Trail sessions that form part of our wider Engage programme?

Sessions take place on Wednesdays, 3–3.45pm (From September 30 onwards)

If you would rather be pushed to your limits in more of a boot camp style circuit then join our Active Trail classes on our Fitness Timetable (sports members only)

Tuesdays, 11.15am–12.15pm (From September 29)

Wednesdays, 4–5pm (From September 30)

The above classes start from the University Park Sports Centre reception – please register there 10 minutes before the class is due to start.

David Ross Sports Village

We’re also delighted to share the first look at the David Ross Sports Village via our new virtual tour video. The state-of-the-art £40 million David Ross Sports Village is due for completion in late 2016, and promises to be a fantastic new addition to University Park Campus providing all our sports teams and clubs with a great range of innovative new facilities in a lively and inclusive environment.

While construction is underway temporary facilities are available, ensuring that staff and students can continue to enjoy sporting and recreational activities on University Park. Find out more about these facilities on the University of Nottingham Sport website.

Join now!

With all of the sporting achievement, exciting initiatives and investment in our facilities, there’s never been a better time to join UoN Sport.

Enjoy unlimited access to University sports facilities and classes for just £120. With excellent indoor and outdoor facilities, amazing choice and state-of-the-art equipment available at each campus, getting involved and meeting new friends has never been easier.

All members enjoy unlimited access to:
• three fully equipped Fitness Suites
• all indoor campus sports facilities
• over 100 weekly group exercise classes
• the University’s swimming pool
• online booking and fast track access

To join, call into any Sports Centre reception or visit

* £120 offer price valid for memberships purchased before Monday 5 October 2015, standard fee of £135 applicable from 5 October onwards. Price shown for UoN Students only, cost may vary for other groups. Membership ends on 31 July 2016.

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