Freshers fair is the first opportunity that you have to get involved with all aspects of university life. You get accosted by every single stall, all grappling with one another to win your affection, your commitment and ultimately, your skills. Newcastle is competitive in terms of its sports, however there are plenty of different ways to get involved, from casual sports to playing at the highest level. Here are just a few of the options.
The University has over 60 competitive sports teams that are part of ‘Team Newcastle’. This is the most competitive selection of Newcastle’s sportsmen and women who compete with other universities from around the country in British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) competitions. If you take your sport seriously, whether it be Football, Rugby, Weightlifting or Surfing; this is the place to come.
The crowning glory of Newcastle’s sporting prowess is the Stan Calvert Memorial Cup where team Newcastle compete against city rivals Northumbria University. In order to gain the coveted reputation of best sports university, 24 sports are competed in during a hyped up period of the sporting calendar. As an athlete this is really something not to be missed, the atmosphere alone can be worth joining a team for, but the thrill of winning is the real attraction!
If you’re not quite ready to be the next big thing in sport but want to stay fit, then Intra Mural sport is the way to go. This is still league sports but done in a less competitive environment. You can join teams from your subject or your halls, you can even set up your own team to conquer the competitors. There are ten sports on offer including football, various types of rugby, netball and basketball.
Not everyone enjoys team sports, but that doesn’t have to stop you from enjoying exercise. The University gym is an excellent alternative to the competitive league sports. The fitness suite, including an upstairs weights room, is state of the art, however you can also gain entry to the squash, badminton or basketball courts which are all located in the same place. Additionally there are classes that run such as aerobics, power yoga and boot camp. Just like the team sports you can pick your level of intensity and choose what feels right for you.