Sunday, 29 June 2014

UCLan to host International Table Tennis

England's top table tennis players will be on show at UCLan during July, as they face Australia in their final match before the Commonwealth Games.

The England team has been busy preparing for the event, with the likes of Liam Pitchford and Paul Drinkhall producing some excellent performances across Europe during the past few months.

The team will experience the Commonwealth Games Village in Glasgow for the first time on Sunday 13th July, before travelling to Preston to face the Aussies a week later.

The Sir Tom Finney Centre hosted the same fixture just before London 2012, with the teams producing a fantastic advertisement for the sport.

The match takes place on Sunday, 20th July, 2.00 pm, with admission just £3 per person. UCLanSport is delighted to support this event and we hope you'll come and join us.

Monday, 23 June 2014

Funding boost for Sport at UCLan

UCLan students will have more chances to play sport after the University secured a significant slice of National Lottery funding.

Following the award of £97,000 from Sport England’s University Sport Activation Fund, UCLan Students' Union is setting up the 'Get in2' project which will build upon the strong foundations laid down by the University’s successful Sport 4 U scheme.

Get in2 aims to create more sporting opportunities by offering new 'pop up' sessions around campus and within the halls of residence to help overcome different barriers to participation that students face. The project will deliver a diverse, accessible and affordable sporting programme, as well as offering volunteering opportunities for students.

The Union have also teamed up with Preston City Council's Sport and Health Development team to provide affordable swimming opportunities at both Fulwood and West View Leisure Centres.

UCLan is one of 54 universities to benefit from nearly £10 million of funding to help get almost 180,000 new students playing sport. Sam Bloomfield, the Union's Activities and Participation Officer said: "I'm delighted we've received funding from Sport England's University Activation fund for our Get In2 programme.

"We're always looking for ways to improve the student experience and with the support of the Get In2 initiative we'll be able to provide new and exciting projects that should see student involvement in physical activity increase rapidly. This funding will really enable Sport and Activities at UCLan Students' Union go far beyond where they have in the past."

Currently just over half of higher education students take part in sport at least once a week. The funding will support projects to not only maintain this level of participation, but also increase it by trialling new methods of getting students into sport and offering a wider variety of opportunities to keep them playing sport during their time at university.

The projects will particularly concentrate on those that do not currently play. It will also help tackle the issue of many young people giving up sport in their late teens and early twenties.

Sport England Director of Community Sport, Mike Diaper, said: “We know universities play a vital role in maintaining and growing a student's love of sport. They can encourage them to continue playing once they've left school or help those less sporty discover a new sport. By investing in UCLan Students' Union we're helping students develop a lifelong sporting habit while they study."

Friday, 13 June 2014

Arena to host WorldNET 2014

UCLan Sports Arena has been confirmed as the host venue for WorldNET 2014.

Following the success of last year's event, the Internet Football Association (IFA) is bringing the supporter-based football competition back to the Arena from 18-20 July.

A total of 32 teams took part in WorldNet 2013 as the tournament grabbed the attention of both local and national media, with Sky Sports News amongst those who attended.

For full details of WorldNet 2014 please click here.

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre update

Over the summer members and non-members are invited to bring friends and family (over 18s) to play and train with you at Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre.

All activities are available - fitness suite, classes, team games, racket sports and gym challenges.

Your guests must accompany you to the facility and pay the casual fee.

All users must have an Induction to the Fitness Suite before using the equipment, just call 01772 895400 to book yours now.

For further information please email us or check us out on Facebook and Twitter.

We look forward to welcoming you, your friends and family to STFSC soon.