health and wellbeing
Sport at Newcastle
Sport is important at Newcastle, and performance, participation and
health and wellbeing are part of everything we do. We have an extensive
portfolio of sports facilities, a wide range of sports programmes, and over
50 sports clubs, all supported by a team of dedicated professional staff.
The University recently finished ninth in the British Universities Sports
Association (BUSA) 2006–07 rankings, with outstanding performances
by our rowing, rugby and lacrosse clubs.
In the region, £1.2 billion is being spent over the next five years, aiming
to have at least 10 major sporting events in the North East by 2010.
So however serious you are about sport, there’ll be something
to suit you at Newcastle.
Sport at Newcastle 1
Health and Wellbeing 7
Athletic Union 7
Sport in the City 9
Thea Hoffmeister, Elite Athlete 2006/07.
Our varied programme of competitive and recreational activities sees
more than 6,500 students participate in sport and exercise, and around
2,500 involved in University sports clubs. Our excellent facilities enable
our students to participate in traditional sports such as football, rugby
and hockey, as well as a huge variety of those you may never have
thought of trying, like ultimate frisbee or canoe polo.
The Centre for Physical Recreation and Sport
Membership of the Centre for Physical Recreation and Sport gives you
access to the University Sports Centre and means you can take part
in the extensive recreational class and intramural sports programmes.
An annual fee is charged, with prices ranging from £47 depending
on the type of membership chosen.
The University Sports Centre
Indoor sports take place in the University Sports Centre, a
£5.5 million building that opened in July 2005. The Centre houses
a state-of-the-art 125-station health and fitness facility, two large
multi-purpose areas, a dance studio and a multi-purpose sports hall.
Outdoor Sports Venues
In addition to the indoor sports facilities on campus, students also
have access to more than 25 outdoor pitches. These include facilities
for rugby, football, cricket, tennis and lacrosse at Cochrane Park near
Henderson Hall of Residence; a floodlit, all-weather pitch for hockey;
water sports at the City Pool; track and field facilities at Gateshead
International Stadium; and even a boathouse on the River Tyne!
Newcastle University students also have access to preferential
membership rates at an 18-hole golf course situated 10 miles
west of the city.
The University Sports Centre.
Emma, BA Classics
‘The high level of sporting
performance the University
offers is one of the reasons
I chose Newcastle. The
University Elite Athletes
Squad is very supportive.’
Left: Chris Graham, GB Bouldering Team.
Newcastle is one of the top universities in the UK for competitive
sport. We aim to maximise the performance of Newcastle University
representative teams, building upon our BUSA ranking and the past
achievements of our Athletic Union clubs.
Athletes representing the University in a performance sport receive
preferential support through enhanced team funding, professional
coaching and sports science support. It is our intention that all
performance sports will compete at the highest leagues eg BUSA
Premier leagues and National Governing Bodies (NGB) leagues.
Individual sports people who show outstanding potential will receive
enhanced privileges in an effort to promote them to national and
international representative standards.
Elite Athletes Squad
The Elite Athletes Squad is a specific support organisation for up to
20 high performance athletes. Former squad members have excelled
in a wide range of sports including: archery; lacrosse; skiing; netball;
rugby; rifle shooting; rowing; orienteering; badminton; and athletics.
Squad selection criteria is based on past, current and potential sports
performance as well as attitude and determination to improve in
your chosen sport, whilst maintaining high academic standards in
your chosen subject.
Squad members attend a tailor-made lecture programme covering
topics such as: sports physiology; sports nutrition; sports psychology;
vision screening; injury prevention and management; strength and
conditioning; and lifestyle management skills. The squad is supported
by a team of personal tutors providing sports science support, fitness
assessments, personal training programmes and pastoral support.
Former elite squad members include: Ed Coode, Olympic gold
medallist (Athens 2004); Tom May, professional rugby player with
Newcastle Falcons; Ivy Taylor, GB Snowboarding Team (2007);
Hannah Wootton, GB Senior Ladies Orienteering squad and World
Student Games gold medallist (2002 and 2004).
For more details about the Elite Athletes Squad see
If you would like to speak to someone about performance sport
at Newcastle, or about the Elite Athletes Squad, you can contact
Mr Fraser Kennedy, Performance Sport Manager, 0191 222 7224,
Recruitment Sports Bursaries are offered across a range of sports
on the Performance Sport Programme. They are aimed at recruiting
quality student athletes who want to achieve sporting excellence
and academic success whilst at Newcastle University.
Ivy Taylor, GB Snowboarding Team 2007 and TASS Scholar.
The Recruitment Sports Bursaries are awarded at three levels of
£750, £1,000 and £1,250, and can be offered to students who
gain either an unconditional offer or a conditional offer from the
University for their degree programme. The Recruitment Sports
Bursary will be awarded conditionally and confirmed once you
formally register at the University.
Each year we award up to 40 sports bursaries to support talented
sportsmen and sportswomen. Selection criteria is based predominantly
on representative honours at senior or age group level at regional
and/or national level, and/or individuals who are part of NGB
Successful Sports Bursars will be expected to represent the
University in their sport and be an ambassador for the University.
Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme
The University is an approved TASS (Talented Athlete Scholarship
Scheme) Centre. This is a government-funded scheme that
represents a unique partnership between sport and higher and
further education which offers Sports Scholarships to the value
of £3,000. Full details of TASS are available at: www.tass.gov.uk
Ed Coode, Olympic Gold, Athens 2004.
Performance Sports Bursaries are aimed at elite athletes who are
already studying at the University. These bursaries, worth £750,
are available for each year of your course and can be applied for
once you have taken up your place at the University. Further details
can be found at: www.ncl.ac.uk/performance
If you want to play sport with friends, and
to meet new people, our intramural sport
programme allows you to form teams and
play recreationally. The intramural sport
programme is one of the most extensive in
university sport, with eight sports on offer
and over 2,000 participants. Sports available
are 11-a-side, five-a-side and seven-a-side
football, rugby union, seven-a-side rugby,
netball, mixed hockey and volleyball (3v3).
There is a league and cup programme in
these sports each academic year. For more
information about the intramural sport
We offer a comprehensive range of exercise
classes designed to provide you with the
opportunity to participate in our exciting
timetable without having to worry about
your exercise background. Classes cover
a full range of activities from aerobics and
spin-cycling to yoga, pilates and dance. The
majority of classes are designed to ensure
beginners through to advanced participants
can attend and work at a level most suited
to their current level of fitness. For further
You can gain valuable experience through
volunteering, coaching, officiating, event
management and administration through
the University Sports Centre. You can
benefit by working alongside qualified
coaches and enhance your skills in
leadership, teamwork and communication.
You will also be able to gain National
Governing Bodies qualifications in a range
of sports to assist you in your volunteering.
For further information see:
Intramural football at Cochrane Park.
Will, BSc Pharmacology
‘Intramural sport has been one
of the best and most enjoyable
aspects of my time at University
and through it I’ve made some
Newcastle University is committed to the health and wellbeing
of our students, and we offer a variety of services which help
you to keep fit, healthy and happy!
The Fitness Suite in the University Sports Centre boasts a diverse
range of state-of-the-art exercise equipment. All members have
an induction to ensure safety and effectiveness. Our fully trained
staff are also available to devise personal exercise programmes
and to carry out a wide range of health and fitness assessments
to suit the needs of any members.
The Sports Massage and Holistic Therapy Clinic uses a highly
qualified professional therapist to deliver sports massage,
Swedish massage and Indian head massage. Run at a subsidised
cost to University Sports Centre members, this is accessible to all
participants whether they are recreational, competitive or elite.
Throughout the year the University Sports Centre run a variety
of activities including campus walks, vacation exercise classes
and taster sessions.
The Athletic Union (AU) is the central body that organises and
supports the Union Society’s sports clubs. However, sport at
Newcastle is not just about representing teams; it is very much
about participation. This is why we provide different levels of sport
throughout the University for everyone from outstanding athletes
who compete at national or international standard, to those who
are simply interested in getting fit or looking to have a bit of fun.
Most clubs within the AU meet up socially as well as providing an
opportunity to play. If mainstream sports are not for you there is
still a wide range of alternative sports clubs available to you as a
Newcastle student. If these still aren’t quite what you had in mind,
the AU will provide you with the support and facilities needed to
set up and run your own sports club.
Full details of all University sports clubs and societies can be found
on the Athletic Union’s website at: www.unionsociety.co.uk
Exercise class, University Sports Centre.
Hapkido Championships, March 2007.
Keira, BSc Mathematics
‘The sports clubs cater for
a range of abilities and
commitment levels so there
is something for everyone –
and most clubs have an
excellent social side too,
so it is a great way to make
Sport in the City
St James’ Park and the city of Newcastle.
St James’ Park is home to the Premiership’s
Newcastle United FC. Unlike most football
grounds, St James’ Park is situated right
in the heart of the city. The ground, with a
capacity of 52,000, is one of the country’s
largest football stadiums, and there are few
clubs that can rival the atmosphere created
by the ‘Toon Army’ on match day.
Managed by former England rugby star
Rob Andrew, Newcastle Falcons is the city’s
rugby union team. Recent refurbishment
of the ground has made it one of the best
equipped in the Premiership, attracting huge
crowds to watch the likes of Jonny Wilkinson,
Colin Charvis and Matthew Burke.
The Newcastle Eagles is the North East’s
top basketball team. Their home fixtures
at the Metro Radio Arena are a popular
night out for sports fans.
Playing in the Elite Ice Hockey League, the
Newcastle Vipers have a growing fan base
and their games are becoming a popular
choice for sports enthusiasts who like their
entertainment more edge-of-the-seat!
As well as being one of the busiest turf tracks
in the country, Newcastle Racecourse is
located only three miles from Newcastle
city centre. Home to 29 race meetings
and set in 812 acres of estate, some of the
top meetings staged here include the wellknown
Northumberland Plate, Beeswing
Ladies’ Day and the Blaydon Races.
As well as hosting major international
events, the Stadium offers many activities
and courses to the public. The English
Institute of Sport has built facilities on
the site to provide first-class training
opportunities and sports science support
for the region’s high-performance athletes.
The Great North Run
The Great North Run is the world’s largest
half marathon, attracting thousands of runners
and spectators in the autumn of each year.
Just a short trip from Newcastle city centre,
Tynemouth beach is becoming increasingly
popular with surfers and was the venue for
the 2005 National Surfing Championship.
The region’s rugby league team,
Gateshead Thunder, plays at the Gateshead
International Stadium, otherwise known
as the ‘Thunderdome’.
Surfers at Tynemouth Longsands.
For more information about sport at
Newcastle University and in the city visit:
The Centre for Physical Recreation and Sport:
The Athletic Union:
For further copies of this brochure
and enquiries please contact:
Newcastle upon Tyne
Telephone: (UK) 0191 222 5594
(International) +44 (191) 222 5594
Details contained in this brochure are correct
at the time of printing (September 2007) and
are for information and guidance purposes only.
Up-to-date information can be found on the
University’s website at: www.ncl.ac.uk
We would like to thank the following for the
use of their illustrative material: Airfotos;
Jim McAdam; Newcastle Racecourse;
Keith Pattison; Graeme Peacock; Vesa Rahkola;
Designed by GDA, Northumberland.
Printed by Potts.
© Newcastle University, 2007.
The University of Newcastle upon Tyne
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