Sport at Newcastle - Newcastle University

Sport at Newcastle - Newcastle University

Sport at


Performance, participation,

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

Facilities 2

Performance 4

Participation 6

Health and Wellbeing 7

Athletic Union 7

Clubs 8

Sport in the City 9

Further Information

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Thea Hoffmeister, Elite Athlete 2006/07.

Intramural football.



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.



Performance Sport

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 bursaries

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.

Sports Bursaries

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

performance squads.

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:

Ed Coode, Olympic Gold, Athens 2004.

Performance bursaries

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:



Intramural Sport


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

programme, see:

Exercise Class


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

information visit:

Sports Volunteering

and Coaching

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

great friends.’


Health and


Athletic Union

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:

Exercise class, University Sports Centre.



Hapkido Championships, March 2007.

Keira, BSc Mathematics

and Statistics

‘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

new friends.’


American football

Athletics and

cross country




Canoe polo







Freestyle karate

and kickboxing





Ice hockey



Karate (Shotokan)



Mountain biking








Rugby league

Rifle shooting

Sailing and


Ski and




Sub aqua


Swimming and

water polo

Table tennis


Thai boxing


Ultimate frisbee




Sport in the City

St James’ Park and the city of Newcastle.

Newcastle United

Football Club

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.

Newcastle Falcons

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.

Newcastle Eagles

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.

Newcastle Vipers

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!


Newcastle Racecourse

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.

Gateshead International


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.

Tynemouth Longsands

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.

Gateshead Thunder

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 University

Newcastle upon Tyne


United Kingdom

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:

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;

Linda Scott-Robinson.

Designed by GDA, Northumberland.

Printed by Potts.

© Newcastle University, 2007.

The University of Newcastle upon Tyne

trading as Newcastle University.

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