First Worcester Pitchcroft parkrun a Fantastic Success

Thanks to Sport Development & Coaching Student, Sam Payne

The first Worcester Pitchcroft Parkrun took place on Saturday 10 June 2017 around Worcester racecourse, and was fantastically successful involving 335 runners and 30 volunteers. The new weekly 5k event has been initiated and developed by one of our current 3rd year Sport Development and Coaching students, Sam Payne, who did a brilliant job in the organisation and delivery both before and on the day itself. His pre-run briefing was considered highly professional, thanking all the partner organisations (Worcester City Council, Sport Partnership Herefordshire & Worcestershire, University of Worcester, Black Pear Joggers, Worcester parkrun etc.), and encouraging everyone to continue to support this ongoing family friendly opportunity. In fact his first message out to partners headlining the initial statistics identified the need to “start encouraging specific demographic groups, who may be in need, to join the service we provide each week”.

The event was well supported by University staff both as runners, spectators and volunteer marshals, so please consider getting involved in some way. Sam would like to encourage as many people to attend so please do promote this to all and come along on any Saturday – 8.45am meet at the pavilion to the East of the racecourse (see location on map):

If you are currently registered with parkrun then remember to bring your barcode details on the day, but if not and you would like to register to get an official time, then please visit http://www.parkrun.org.uk/register/ (‘Worcester Pitchcroft parkrun’ would be the home event).

Note:

The event website can be found at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/worcesterpitchcroft/

This is the second parkrun to be established in Worcester. The existing parkrun at the Countryside Centre achieved 489 runners on Saturday so combining the two events, ensured 824 Saturday morning runners within the city. The average finishing time was 27 mins and the course record (not that it’s about that) stands at 16:58 for males, and 20:08 for females.

Sam first developed the idea through his second year Sponsorship & Fundraising module, and has since focused on the initiative for his Sport Development Project (IS equivalent), raising the required funding, linking local partner organisations and undertaking the time consuming and gruelling processes of application, planning and risk management procedures. Well done Sam on a brilliant project, well delivered and for being “a real credit to the University” (anonymous runner!).

Pitchcroft Parkrun Starts Saturday

A new Worcester Pitchcroft Parkrun has been initiated and developed by one of our current Sport Business Management students, Sam Payne. The run launches on Saturday 10 June 2017 at 9am, with a 8.45am meet at the grandstand

Sam first developed the idea through his second year Sponsorship & Fundraising module, and has since focused on the initiative for his Sport Development Project (IS equivalent), raising the required funding, linking local partner organisations and undertaking the time consuming and gruelling processes of application, planning and risk management procedures.

Please do attend and offer your support for this 5k event and for Sam.

If you are currently registered with parkrun then remember to bring your barcode details on the day, but if not and you would like to register to get an official time, then please visit http://www.parkrun.org.uk/register/

Worcester 10k & Half Marathon free places

Please find attached a flyer from the Worcester Samaritans who are co-sponsors of this year’s Worcester 10k & half marathon. They have 50 free places available for runners who raise £100 or more for the charity: Worcester 10k Fun Run and half Marathon flyer

Also on the 30th May I will be running the Events of the North’s “Start Me Up” 6.5km run from the City Campus at 6.15pm. It’s aimed at anyone who may be looking to get their preparations started for this year’s 10k or half marathon.

Richard Dilworth
McClelland Centre for Health & Wellbeing, Operational Manager

Staff Basketball

Dear All,

I am looking to set up staff basketball training sessions but would like to gauge the interest level. This will be aimed at all levels and abilities so anyone would be welcome to participate. It is also a great opportunity to meet people outside of your team or department.

If anyone would be interested in participating or if you have any questions at all please contact r.wheldon@worc.ac.uk

Staff Football

It’s been a while since our last post in the staff blog so it seems a good time to remind people, or to tell new members of staff, about the FREE all staff football that runs on Tuesdays at 5-6pm on the St John’s Campus 3G pitches.

This football is aimed at all levels and abilities so anyone can come along. For any newly joined staff it is a great opportunity to meet people outside of your team or department.

This as an all year (and all weather) football session so it will continue on throughout holidays (excluding Bank Holidays) for those of us who don’t just work during the teaching weeks.

If anyone is interested you can just turn up at 5pm on a Tuesday or if you have any questions at all you can contact James Atkins at j.atkins@worc.ac.uk or on our Staff Football Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/UowStaffFootball

Hope to welcome back some old faces and meet some new ones soon.

Staff Football

It’s been a while since our last post in the staff blog so it seems a good time to remind people, or to tell new members of staff, about the FREE all staff football that runs on Tuesdays at 5-6pm on the St John’s Campus 3G pitches.

This football is aimed at all levels and abilities so anyone can come along. For any newly joined staff it is a great opportunity to meet people outside of your team or department.

This as an all year (and all weather) football session so it will continue on throughout holidays (excluding Bank Holidays) for those of us who don’t just work during the teaching weeks.

If anyone is interested you can just turn up at 5pm on a Tuesday or if you have any questions at all you can contact James Atkins at j.atkins@worc.ac.uk or on our Staff Football Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/UowStaffFootball

Hope to welcome back some old faces and meet some new ones soon.

 

WBA Ticket Offer

Hi all

Due to our collaboration and work with West Bromwich Albion I have been able to access this kind offer:-

WBA FC v Bournemouth FC – Saturday 25 February – 3.00pm KO – please note that fixtures are subject to change.

The Albion Foundation would like to offer you the opportunity to attend the above fixture.

We are offering one pair of tickets per applicant free of charge on a first come first served basis and the offer will be open until noon on 22 February 2017. Unfortunately we will be unable to process any requests after this date.

To claim your free tickets please follow the link below and enter the password;

Link: http://thealbionfoundation.co.uk/?page_id=26521

Password: worc-uni-offer

You will be able to collect your tickets from the University from Main reception on Friday 24 Feb.

Regards

The Albion Foundation

February Holiday Club at Lakeside

February Holiday Club

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Held during the school holidays, treat your children to quality time playing in the great outdoors under the careful guidance of our qualified and friendly instructors. Whether it’s canoeing on the lake, soaring on a zip line or testing your bushcraft skills – there’s something for everyone to enjoy!

Typical activities will include canoeing, archery, raft building, bushcraft

and much much more…

A TYPICAL DAY MAY CONSIST OF:

9.30-9.45am Arrival and sign in
10-11.15am Bushcraft
11.15am-12.30pm Treeless Ropes
12.30 – 1.15pm Lunch
1.15-3.45pm Kayaking
4pm Departure

Please book using the following link: https://ext-webapp-01.worc.ac.uk/lakeside/ UW staff get 10% off.

Details can also be found on the Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/events/1773055626353298/

 

February Holiday Club at Lakeside

February Holiday Club

holiday-camps-at-lakeside

Held during the school holidays, treat your children to quality time playing in the great outdoors under the careful guidance of our qualified and friendly instructors. Whether it’s canoeing on the lake, soaring on a zip line or testing your bushcraft skills – there’s something for everyone to enjoy!

Typical activities will include canoeing, archery, raft building, bushcraft

and much much more…

A TYPICAL DAY MAY CONSIST OF:

9.30-9.45am Arrival and sign in
10-11.15am Bushcraft
11.15am-12.30pm Treeless Ropes
12.30 – 1.15pm Lunch
1.15-3.45pm Kayaking
4pm Departure

Please book using the following link: https://ext-webapp-01.worc.ac.uk/lakeside/ UW staff get 10% off.

Details can also found on the Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/events/1773055626353298/

 

Pilates Classes

Pilates Classes

206 Pilates will be starting a new block of classes from Tuesday the 3rd of January. The classes are held in the Thomas Telford building on the St John’s campus on Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:15-2:15pm. The classes run in approximately 6-8 week blocks, at a cost of £6/class. If you would like more information, or to book a class, please contact Mindy Davey at enquiries@206therapy.co.uk or on 07515723554.

 

Physiotherapy

206 Physiotherapy is based in the McClelland centre on the City campus of the University. Rachel Stevens and Mindy Davey are Chartered Physiotherapists with over 20 years of experience between them. They treat a wide variety of injuries, muscle and joint complaints, and have a special interest in sports injuries. A reduced rate is available for University of Worcester staff. If you have any queries, or would like to book an appointment, you can contact us at enquiries@206therapy.co.uk or on 01905 857521.

 

Workplace Challenge Mixed Netball and Lacrosse

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Following the success of the inaugural Workplace Challenge mixed netball competition in Hereford, Sports Partnership Herefordshire and Worcestershire are delighted to announce their next Workplace Challenge Mixed Lacrosse.

The Sports Partnership are inviting local businesses from across Herefordshire to unite their workforces and take part together in this great team building event as well as benefiting from getting active.

Partnering with English Lacrosse to deliver the event, the competition will take place on Monday 24th October at Halo Leisure Centre, Hereford.

Don’t worry if you have never played, the evening will provide a small coaching sessions and a fun first introduction into the game. We will provide the kit, all you have to do is turn up. Get together a maximum of 8 colleagues; games are 5-a-side but you will want to use your subs. Teams should be mixed with no more than three of each gender on the field at one time.

Cost: £25 per team

For further information around the Workplace Challenge or any of our upcoming events, please contact Bronwyn on b.clifford@worc.ac.uk.


Take to the court for Workplace Challenge Mixed Netball in Stourportmixed-netball-poster

Get your workplace active with our mixed netball tournament taking place on Wednesday 26th October taking place at Stourport Netball Dome, Kingsway, Kidderminster.

All abilities are welcome at the event, whether you play regularly or you’ve never played before, come along!

Teams: Maximum 10 members, minimum 5 – don’t worry, if you can’t get enough players, let us know in advance and we can sort you in to a team!

This is a mixed netball tournament however there cannot be more than 3 men from each team on the court at one time.

Cost: £30 per team

For further information or for any queries please contact Bronwyn on b.clifford@worc.ac.uk

Netball returns to the Arena: U21 September Showdown

England Netball is delighted to invite you to attend the final day of its newest competition. We are bringing together some of the finest young players in the country as they battle it out to be crowned 2016 U21 September Showdown Champions.

Tickets are priced at just £10 for adults and £5 for U16s. This will give you access to four pulsating matches including the Grand Final. Join us in Worcester this September and take your chance to watch the most exciting, upcoming netball talent that the country has to offer. Tickets are available to purchase from the Arena Reception or from Ticketline https://www.ticketline.co.uk/order/tickets/13318891/u21-september-showdown-university-of-worcester-arena-2016-09-11-10-00-00

Teams featuring the best U21s representing Hertfordshire Mavericks, Loughborough Lightning, Manchester Thunder, Surrey Storm, Team Bath, Team Northumbria, University of Worcester and West Midlands Warriors battle it out.

11 September Schedule:

10am – Doors Open
11am – 7th place fixture
1pm – 5th place fixture
3pm – 3rd place fixture
5pm – Grand Final
6.30pm – Presentation

September Showdown flyer

GB Triathlon

Liz Davies-Ward Triathlon final 2Good Luck to Liz Davies-Ward (Acting Head of Science and the Environment) who’ll be representing GB Age-Group at the 2016 Walshee ETU Challenge Middle Distance Triathlon European Championships on 4th September.

The race involves a 1.9k lake swim, a 90k cycle and a 21k run.

Liz qualified for the championships in August 2015 with a time of 5hrs 44mins.

Good Luck Liz

 

Netball returns to the Arena: U21 September Showdown

England Netball is delighted to invite you to attend the final day of its newest competition. We are bringing together some of the finest young players in the country as they battle it out to be crowned 2016 U21 September Showdown Champions.

Tickets are priced at just £10 for adults and £5 for U16s. This will give you access to four pulsating matches including the Grand Final. Join us in Worcester this September and take your chance to watch the most exciting, upcoming netball talent that the country has to offer. Tickets are available to purchase from the Arena Reception or from Ticketline https://www.ticketline.co.uk/order/tickets/13318891/u21-september-showdown-university-of-worcester-arena-2016-09-11-10-00-00

Teams featuring the best U21s representing Hertfordshire Mavericks, Loughborough Lightning, Manchester Thunder, Surrey Storm, Team Bath, Team Northumbria, University of Worcester and West Midlands Warriors battle it out.

11 September Schedule:

10am – Doors Open
11am – 7th place fixture
1pm – 5th place fixture
3pm – 3rd place fixture
5pm – Grand Final
6.30pm – Presentation

September Showdown flyer

University of Worcester Students at the Rio Olympics and Paralympics

University of Worcester Physical Education and Sports coaching student Matthew Hudson Smith will represent Great Britain in the Men’s 400m individual event and 400m relay after competing in a very successful 2016 outdoor season. Matt is no stranger to the world stage having taken gold in the men’s 4x400m relay at the Commonwealth games in Glasgow and silver at the 2014 Europeans in Zurich in the men’s 400m. If you are interested in following Matt’s progress please see the dates below;

According to the Olympic schedule https://www.rio2016.com/en/athletics-schedule-and-results Matt will compete on the following dates;

·       Friday 12th August: Men’s 400m heats (round 1) x7 heats from between 21:05 – 21:47*

·       Saturday 13th August: Men’s 400m (Semi finals) x3 from between 20:30 – 20:40*

*Matt will only compete once on both of these days

·       Sunday 14th August: Men’s 400m (Final) 22:00

·       Friday 19th August: Men’s 4x400m relay (round 1) x 2 heats from between 21:10 and 21:14

·       Saturday 20th August: Men’s 4x400m relay (Final) 22:35

Additionally three of our female students will represent Great Britain Wheelchair Basketball at the Paralympics. Graduating students Sophie Carrigill (Sport and Exercise Psychology) and Jude Hamer (Biochemistry) will guide younger student Leah Evans (Sports Coaching Science with Disability Sport) through the Paralympic games in Rio. The schedule for the Wheelchair Basketball can be found below:

·       Thursday 8th September –  Thursday 15th: Group games

·       16th & 17th September – Medal games

The Olympics have very stringent rules about how events and individual athletes are promoted. The University is restricted in publically reporting on our student’s progress in Rio during the period of the Games by the IOC’s Rule 40. This means there will be no live social media posts from any official university accounts…but please do follow their efforts and share news via your personal accounts.

 

 

Netball returns to the Arena: U21 September Showdown

England Netball is delighted to invite you to attend the final day of its newest competition. We are bringing together some of the finest young players in the country as they battle it out to be crowned 2016 U21 September Showdown Champions.

Tickets are priced at just £10 for adults and £5 for U16s. This will give you access to four pulsating matches including the Grand Final. Join us in Worcester this September and take your chance to watch the most exciting, upcoming netball talent that the country has to offer. Tickets are available to purchase from the Arena Reception or from Ticketline https://www.ticketline.co.uk/order/tickets/13318891/u21-september-showdown-university-of-worcester-arena-2016-09-11-10-00-00

Teams featuring the best U21s representing Hertfordshire Mavericks, Loughborough Lightning, Manchester Thunder, Surrey Storm, Team Bath, Team Northumbria, University of Worcester and West Midlands Warriors battle it out.

11 September Schedule:

10am – Doors Open
11am – 7th place fixture
1pm – 5th place fixture
3pm – 3rd place fixture
5pm – Grand Final
6.30pm – Presentation

September Showdown flyer

Summer activities at Lakeside Campus

University Lakeside Campus to host holiday club for young people

The University of Worcester will provide five weeks of holiday clubs for children aged 8-14 at its new Lakeside Campus.

Starting on the 25th of July and running until the 26th of August, children will be invited to take part in a variety of activities to keep them busy throughout their summer holiday.

From 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday, a team of friendly, qualified instructors will guide children through a packed day of fun.

An exciting selection of outdoor adventure and sport activities are on offer; including bush craft, archery, kayaking and a zip-wire. All making use of the University’s newly improved and refurbished Lakeside Campus.

Children will also have the opportunity to learn new skills and develop their team work and leadership qualities by participating in activities like raft building and a low ropes course.

The cost for 1-5 days is £30 per person, per day but discounted rates are offered for those attending for longer: £27.50 pp/pd for 6-10 days and £22.50 pp/pd for 11+ days.

The club will run no matter what the weather so a classic British rainy summer won’t stop the fun.

For further information contact Rob Delahay by phone on 01905 622 223 or email r.delahay@worc.ac.uk.

Please see attached flyer for details of the Summer Holiday Club at Lakeside.

Summer activities at Lakeside Leaflet