Students Staff

24 December 2013

Have your say on sports

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Have your say on sports by completing our online survey

Have your say on sports by completing our online survey

If you would like to have your say on activities and improvements to our sports provision – take part our online survey.

our JustPlay team would love to hear from you – so complete our quick survey and let us know what sports and activities you currently take part in and those you wish you could!

Your opinion counts so make sure you have your say on sport at Essex.

Take part in our online survey now!

Make sure you stay in touch with our sports provision on our /justplayessex Facebook page.

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11 October 2013

Get in shape for the new term with Passport to Sport and Just Play

Filed under: Colchester, News, Southend, What's on — Tags: , , , , , , — Communications, CER @ 8.54 am
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students taking part in this year’s Just Play activities

Don’t be a couch potato, there are lots of ways to get involved in a range of sporting and fitness activities at both Colchester and Southend Campuses.

It’s easier than ever to get your hands on a great value Passport to Sport and our range of memberships offer you access to our state-of-the-art Evolve gym, activities and aerobics classes throughout the year as well as our climbing wall and all indoor and outdoor facility hire. Whatever sport or type of physical activity you’re into, there’s something for everyone.

Colchester based students should head up to the Sports Centre reception,  near South Towers,  while our Southend based students can get involved at the Evolve Gym at University Square, which is just minutes from campus.

For more information or to find out more details, check out out the sports website.

why not – Just Play?!

If all-out competitive sport is not your thing, but you still want to keep in shape and get all the social benefits of sport, then Just Play is the choice for you.

We offer everything from drop-in, zero commitment sessions to friendly tournaments and leagues for prices that aren’t going swallow your student loan.

Our activities include your mainstream football, netball and basketball; as well as something a little different in ultimate frisbee, handball and cardio tennis.

Just Play requires no commitment; with no previous experience needed and all abilities welcome – so why not give it a go?

Just Play is free to all Passport to Sport members and only £1 per drop-in session for non-members.

Find us on Facebook and on our Just Play website.

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Just Play recognised by Sport England

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Our Just Play scheme, which encourages students to take up sport, has been highlighted by Sport England in an article on the success of the national Active Universities programme.

Just Play

Just Play

Active Universities has helped 102,000 students across the country try sport in the past year, more than 20,000 above its original target and Essex is seen as one of the universities where the initiative has been most successful.

The Sport England report said: “At the University of Essex they developed ‘Take Part Tuesdays’, inviting students to come down to the Sport Centre in the evening to try some new sports or rekindle a love for a sport they played at school. In addition, sessions focused on particular sports, including ‘Frisbee Fridays’, have attracted beginners looking to try something different, while sports such as paddle boarding and wheelchair basketball – making their first appearance in the programme – have proved popular, indicating an appetite for new sports. One-off events have also proven successful, particularly when they are different from the normal sporting offer.”

Sport England said the growth in participation was partly due to new, focused sport sessions at times which suit students, like those pioneered at Essex.

The Higher Education (HE) Sport Survey which measures sports participation at a university level across the country shows more students than ever before are playing sport, with 57 per cent of students at universities with Active Universities funded projects now playing sport at least once a week.

The results from the HE Sport Survey show that 53 per cent of female students are now playing sport at least once a week, an increase of two per cent from last year, and nearly half of all disabled students are now playing sport weekly – a rise of three per cent on last year’s results. There has also been an increase in those playing sport more than once a week.

Find out more about Just Play drop in sessions, leagues and tournaments for Essex students.

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Welcome Week: the action in pictures

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From Zorb balls to Spiderman via a handful of foam fingers, this year’s Welcome Week was a triumph of colourful fun across all three campuses.

A warm Welcome to all our students

A warm Welcome to all our students

In Colchester, students got their first taste of the Ivor Crewe Lecture Hall at the official Welcome Talks, packing out the lecture theatre and learning some important tips to surviving their first week. The squares were full of stalls including a street market while the Arts office entertained with everything from Mexican Morris dancing, to a giant campus map.
In Southend student teams took part in the Befriend Southend Challenge which took them around the town hunting for clues including spotting a familiar-looking Spiderman. Their challenge was rounded off at the Freshers’ Fair, which offered chicken and pizza to the hungry masses while they shopped around finding out about all the myriad clubs and societies on offer.
Our Loughton students have been getting stuck into their studies from the off. Having arrived a little earlier, they have been getting involved in their induction programmes and attending departmental talks.
A big shout also goes out to all our volunteers, helpers, student mentors, ambassadors, frontrunners and everyone who gave their time and energy to help make this one of the most vibrant and well attended Welcome Weeks ever.
See the evidence for yourself in our Welcome Week photos.

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