September 15, 2021, by Mathilde Tighe

Get ready for Welcome Week and your year at UoN Sport

What will Welcome Week 2021 look like?

University of Nottingham Welcome Week looks very different to last year, spanning two weeks from 20th September to 1st October, with a whole host of events you can get involved with!

UoN Sport will be hosting Welcome Fair at David Ross Sports Village, where you will get the chance to chat to all the sports clubs and societies the university has to offer, as well as representatives from our Leadership Academy, Intramural Sports and more.

Welcome Week is also sponsored by Ocean, one of Nottingham’s most notorious clubs, which will be hosting a number of events so make sure to book your tickets through the SU!

We know that moving to university can be daunting, so we have some tips to help you get settled in quickly and make sure you are fully prepared to make the most of our sporting opportunities!


What do you need to bring?

If you want to get involved in any form of sport, whether that’s club level, IMS or simply using our facilities, you’re going to need active wear. Bring clothes you feel comfortable exercising in and make sure you have enough that you don’t have to do your washing every day- doing laundry is expensive!

You could even get into the #GreenAndGold spirit straight away and kit yourself out with some UoN Sport stash, available in our facilities or online at PlayerLayer. If you need sport-specific clothes such as for cycling or swimming, don’t forget to bring those with you too.

On a similar note, you might need to bring sport-specific equipment, such as tennis rackets, hockey sticks or golf clubs. If you are planning on joining a club, it is usually expected that you have your own equipment, but you can check with each club individually by visiting their SU page or messaging them on social media.

However, if you are planning on playing sport casually, such as through our Just Play initiative, you will be provided with any equipment needed for the session you’re attending.


What should you expect in the first few weeks?

 We have lots on offer throughout Welcome 2021 and beyond! Whether you want to play competitive sport, develop your leadership skills or just play for fun, there is something for you.

We have over 70 sports clubs, several of whom compete at the highest university level in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) leagues, as well as other national and regional competitions.

Some clubs run trials at the beginning of the Autumn term to select squads, but many welcome new players at any point- just check out each club’s individual page or social media to find out if you have to try out or not.

A lot of our clubs are running taster sessions this year too, to give new students a chance to have a go at the sport before trying out or joining the club. You can find a list of trials and tasters here, under the ‘Find a club trial or taster’ section.

There are a number of other events going on across Welcome 2021, so make sure to check out the UoN Sport and UoNSU websites for full details. For those looking to get involved straight. away, you can represent your halls in the Halls Sports Day, or try out a range of inclusive sports at our Inclusive Sports Day! If you’re interested in volunteering in sport, we have a Leadership Academy Welcome Evening where you can learn about all the volunteering opportunities on offer.


So, what should you do in your first few weeks?

The first thing you should do is head to our website and purchase your Student Sport and Fitness Membership for the year, which allows you access to our incredible facilities among many other benefits. You will also need a UoN Sport membership if you want to play for a sports club. Make sure to act quickly though and buy your membership before the 4th October to make the most of our Early Bird offer, saving you £20 on the full year price!

Make the most of all the taster sessions on offer from our sports clubs, as they are a great way to try out a new sport or get to know members of the club and learn some tips and tricks.

Don’t miss out on trials for your sport, as although some clubs re-trial throughout the year, many clubs such as Cheerleading only have one tryout period per year.

To get involved in a variety of challenges, including walking, running, cycling and swimming, download the UoN Sport Moves+ app on iOS or Android. We have a range of prizes up for grabs, so start earning points now!

Most of all, enjoy trying new sports, making new friends and getting used to university life. Remember to keep active, and get involved with as much as possible!


We can’t wait to see you around! #GreenAndGold


Get active and make the most of Moves+ by tracking your activities to earn points and prizes.

To download the app, visit the iOS App Store or Google Play Store.

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