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15 August 2017

Dave pedals for underprivileged young people in nine-day challenge

Filed under: Latest news, People pages, Sport — Tags: , — Nerissa Blower @ 4:33 pm
Dr Dave Parry

Dr Dave Parry

Our Director of Sport Dr Dave Parry will be cycling 969 miles in nine days and hopes to raise £2,000 for IntoUniversity, a charity which helps children and young people from a poor background achieve their potential.

Explaining why he chose this charity Dave said: “Having come from a working class family, and being the only person in my family to go to University, I am particularly passionate about giving young people life chances and opportunities. I visited an IntoUniversity centre in Hackney and the staff there were really dedicated and enthusiastic and the work that they are doing is really making a difference to the lives of those young people.”

Dave, who lives in Brightlingsea, will be joining over 800 cyclists for the Deloitte Ride Across Britain, starting at Land’s End on 9 September and finishing at John O’Groats on 17 September.

Although he has taken part in a few triathlons and multi-day cycles in the past, this sponsored cycle will be his biggest accomplishment to date.

“Time is a challenge, as I have a busy work schedule and a young family. I am definitely ‘under-cooked’, but hopefully will ride myself into fitness as the event progresses (fingers crossed anyway!)”

To make a donation to the sponsored ride, please visit Dave’s fundraising page.

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28 July 2017

Discount ticket offer to see GB’s top basketball stars

Filed under: Latest news, Sport, What's on — Tags: , — Communications Office @ 10:09 am
GB Basketball in action

Photo credit: Mansoor Ahmed/Ahmedphotos

The University is partnering up with British Basketball for the GB vs Greece Senior Men’s International game next month at the Copper Box Arena in London.

And as an official partner for the game on Saturday 19 August, staff and students at the University can enjoy a third off the price of the tickets.

The University is also extending its relationship with British Basketball as a training venue for its Under 20 Men’s team.

British Basketball Chief Executive, Lisa Wainwright, said: “The University of Essex has always provided us with outstanding facilities and services whenever we host camps or events there. We’re looking forward to working with them on the game.”

The University’s Director of Sport Dave Parry added: “The University of Essex is proud to be a commercial partner of British Basketball for the match against Greece. We are committed to supporting the game of basketball from grass roots to elite performance, through our community projects and junior teams, up to our basketball scholarship programme.

“We are delighted that we are again hosting Great Britain teams for training camps at our facilities, and hope to continue to do so in future, particularly when our new £11m three-court facility opens later this year.”

• Check the British Basketball website for further details of tickets with the discount code.

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6 February 2017

We are the champions

Filed under: People pages, Sport, Student experience — Tags: , — Communications Office @ 6:19 pm
Our men's and women's volleyballl squad

Our men’s and women’s volleyball squad at the Volleyball England National Student Cup finals

Our men’s volleyball team have been crowned Volleyball England National Student Cup Champions.

The competition started with teams being whittled down to the top 32 university and college men’s and women’s teams during several qualifying matches held across the country. The 32 student teams then battled it out over the weekend at the finals tournament at the University of East Anglia.

Both our men’s and women’s teams progressed through the group stage on Saturday without dropping a set, and then progressed further through the knock-out stages on Sunday with both teams reaching the final.

The women won silver after losing 2-0 in the final to last year’s runners-up Newcastle University, but the men won a thrilling final 2-1 against Bournemouth University, who have won the cup for the last three years.

Delighted Essex volleyball performance coach Alex Porter said: “I’m very proud of the athletes at the University of Essex and pleased to see all their hard work pay off.

“We set out in September with the goal of winning the double and they have pushed themselves to the limits to make this happen. We strive to improve each day and take every opportunity to develop as athletes, teams and as a programme. Final year student Toby French had an excellent performance in the final which is a testament to his three years of hard work. And fellow final year student Amelia Stamp dominated the passing unit in the women’s squad throughout the weekend, bringing a calming figure to the team.”

 

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29 February 2016

Children’s tennis course served up

Filed under: Campus news, Sport, What's on — Tags: , , — Heather Leathley @ 3:09 pm

University Tennis Co-ordinator Toby Bawden has successful applied for funding from the Lawn Tennis Association to run an introductory junior tennis course at the Colchester Campus.

Following Britain’s success in the Davis Cup last year, the Lawn Tennis Association invited coaches to apply for Legacy funding to run a free six week introductory tennis course for up to ten children aged from five to eight.  Children who attend for at least four weeks will be given special Davis Cup rackets.

As coach,  Toby gets to attend a training day with an inspirational coach, a GB Davis Cup kit, six week course lesson plans and a bucket of red tennis balls to use.

The lessons will run after school next term.  For more information please contact Toby on tbawde@essex.ac.uk.LTA

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11 January 2016

Colchester fitness classes expand.

Filed under: Campus news, Sport, Student experience, What's on — Tags: , , — Heather Leathley @ 11:30 am

Kickstart your 2016 fitness plans with a week long guest pass to the Colchester Evolve Gym which includes access to 10 new fitness classes.

Introducing early bird classes every weekday morning at 7.05 am, the line-up of more than 30 sessions each week now includes Cycle Fit and Stretch and Mobility. Sign up here for the guest pass and book your place on a class through the Sports Centre reception on 3250.

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18 December 2015

Tickets now on sale for national basketball final

Filed under: Campus news, Latest news, Sport, What's on — Tags: , , — Heather Leathley @ 10:31 am

The first 50 tickets to see the Essex Blades women’s team in the Basketball England National Cup final are on sale at just £10 including coach and match ticket.In their first season in the national league the undefeated team is heading to Sheffield on Sunday 24 January to play Reading Rockets at the English Institute of Sport for this prestigious title. The Men’s National Cup final is held on the same day so it’s a chance to see some world-class basketball. More details available here.

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7 December 2015

Big win takes Essex Blades to national final

Filed under: Campus news, Latest news, Sport, Student experience — Tags: , , — Heather Leathley @ 10:34 am

Essex Blades Women’s basketball team is off to the final of the Basketball England National Cup after a resounding victory over Mansfield Giants.

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12 November 2015

Double dose of basketball this weekend

Filed under: Campus news, Latest news, Sport — Tags: , , , — Heather Leathley @ 5:07 pm

Two more top basketball showdowns take place at the Colchester Campus this weekend, with both the men’s and women’s Essex Blades teams in action. On Saturday in the Sports Centre at 7.00 pm the men play Hertfordshire Warriors in the Basketball National League and there’s a local derby at 5.00 pm on Sunday for the women against Ipswich Basketball Club in the quarter final of the Basketball England National Cup. It’s free for spectators on Sunday, £3 for adults on Saturday and £2 for under 18s.

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27 October 2015

Watch basketball live on campus this weekend for free

Filed under: Latest news, Sport, Student experience, What's on — Tags: , — Communications Office @ 11:38 am
Essex Blades in action

Essex Blades women’s team in action

If you enjoy the drama of watching sport live don’t miss the chance to watch top-class basketball at Colchester Campus on Saturday for free.

With the Essex Blades men’s team now playing in the National Development League, their fixture list features some premier clubs from around the region all battling for the top spot and the equally talented Essex Blades women’s team face an impressive line-up of clubs at home and away.

There is a double-bill this Saturday when the Essex Blades women’s team play London United at 5pm in the Sports Centre, followed by the men playing Northants Tauras at 7pm. The women will be back in action at home on Saturday 7 November when they play Hertfordshire Warriors at 5pm. The Herts men’s team head to Colchester on Saturday 14 November for their match against the Essex Blades.

The women’s team took a step closer to the final of the National Cup last weekend when they beat the West Herts Flyers 76-36. The quarter-final match against Ipswich will be held in the Sports Centre on Sunday 15 November.

If you like your entertainment with a competitive edge just take your student card with you to the Sports Centre on any of these dates to take up this free offer.

 

 

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6 June 2014

Essex set to host GB Basketball training camp

Filed under: Latest news, Sport — Tags: , , — Communications Office @ 9:47 am
Harriet-Ottewill-Soulsby who is part of the Under 20 squad

Harriet Ottewill-Soulsby who is part of the senior women’s squad as well as the Under 20 squad

GB Basketball is bringing its Under 20 training camps to the University’s Colchester Campus this summer.

The elite young men and women will be making full use of the University’s sports facilities and expertise as they prepare for the European Championships in July. The University has invested heavily in its basketball programme and is attracting talented young players from around the world through its attractive sport scholarship programme.

Mark Lloyd, the University’s Basketball Performance Coach, who also manages the GB senior men’s team, said: “It’s fantastic that the Great Britain U20 teams are coming to undertake their preparation camps here at the University. We have excellent facilities and resources that will help shape the best possible preparation for their European Championship campaign.

“With our own ‘Performance Basketball Programme’ being launched this summer it really is an exciting time for the sport at the University and in the East of England.”

National Teams Director Warwick Cann said: “British Basketball is pleased to be offered the opportunity to base the U20s programmes at the University of Essex. We think it’s a great venue because it has all the facilities to run a high-performance programme.

“The expertise of the university staff offers another compelling reason to base the camps there and we are looking forward to our stay.”

The Under 20s men’s team head to Crete in July where they face Latvia, Hungary, Greece and Lithuania in Group with the top three going to the next phase.

The women’s team will be playing their Division B games in Sofia, Bulgaria in July. Their round robin format sees them facing Bosnia, Bulgaria, Hungary, Germany, Romania, Portugal, Israel, Lithuania and Norway over a ten-day period. The top two teams will be promoted to Division A.

Sports scholarships at the University of Essex are available to talented basketball players.

 

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