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Welcome to UoM Sport's Staff Sport page! Here you'll find all the information regarding the Staff Sport programme and upcoming events that you can take part in. All sessions will provide the necessary equipment and will have a qualified instructor/coach on hand. Hopefully you will build some friendships across departments and maybe some friendly rivalries too!

Active Manchester

As part of the sport departments commitment to staff wellbeing, we run a timetable of fitness classes throughout the year to promote physical activity and a healthy lifestyle. We run sessions such as Pilates, Yoga, Zumba and Hula Hoop to name just a few activities you could get involved with. Typically classes run during your lunch hour or after work to fit around you. Full a for list of classes, and a link to book, please visit the Active Manchester webpage


You may or may not have heard about it, but Sporticipate is not just for students, it's fully open to staff too. The Sporticipate programme runs weekly 'drop-in' sessions with no commitment required, 'learn-to' programmes where you sign up to a structured introduction to a sport or activity, and 'one-off' events throughout the year. These all come at little to no cost and all equipment is provided. Many sessions run during lunch times or after work at facilities on, or close to, campus.

Sporticipate is aimed at beginners but absolutely anybody is welcome. To look at what's currently on offer, and to sign up (it's free) to take part, please visit the Sporticipate webpage.

Squash Ladder

UoM Sport have launched a Squash Ladder aimed at increasing staff participation in physical activity by matching people with similar interests and at similar levels. To support this, UoM Sport provide a free 2 hour session each week for you to come down and play your matches.

Sports ladders are a simple ranking system that allows players to play other people to move up and down the league table, or 'ladder'. Whilst the ladders will always have a competitive element, our main objective is simply to get more staff playing sport and so we will be giving out prizes to those who play the most games regardless of your ladder position!

There are no expectations of number of games, but we advise players to try to arrange a match around once a week. Rackets will also be supplied to use at these sessions if required, although you are able to arrange your game directly with an opponent at any point you like.

The free session is on Tuesdays 12.20 – 2.20pm Sugden Centre Squash Courts - to register your interest, please email

Campus Sport Leagues 

All Campus Sport Leagues are open to staff and it would be great to see more staff getting teams together to take part in the 5 different leagues we run from October to April. Currently our leagues are in Football, Rugby, Futsal, Hockey, Basketball and Netball, with the view of adding more to our programme. For more information on Campus Sport and how you can join or register a team please visit the Campus Sport website or email

Uni Fit 

Uni fit is the affordable alternative to personal training with the convenience of classes held on-campus. Uni Fit can help you start a healthy lifestyle program that you will actually commit to, so you can finally start achieving the results you have always wanted. 

  • Train with like-minded, supportive people in a friendly environment
  • Exercise at a convenient location and time at your work place
  • Start living a healthy lifestyle with our simple healthy eating plan
  • Lose weight and keep it off
  • Finally tone up those areas you’ve always wanted
  • Increase your energy, reduce your stress levels and re-discover your confidence 

For further details please visit the Uni Fit website

Next Events...

Staff Softball

We are running Softball taster sessions on Thursdays over August (4th, 11th, 18th & 25th). These sessions will take place 5-6pm at Trinity Sports Centre, M15 6HP  All equipment is provided and sessions are coach led. Please come along, everyone welcome! Even if you already play Softball we encourage you to 'bring a buddy' from your office or department who has never played before. We are hoping to deliver a University of Manchester staff Softball tournament off the back of these sessions.

There is also one of the largest Softball Leagues in the UK - The Manchester Softball League, which is played on Tuesday evenings at Parrs Wood High School and Wednesday evenings at the University's Wythenshawe Sports Grounds (more information). We will link very closely with these leagues and support people who want to get involved. 

Please email if you have any further questions.


Morrisons Great Manchester 10K run

Whatever drives you, run with us

Sunday 22nd May saw the biggest Purple wave ever take part in the Great Manchester 10K with over 900 University finishers!

Those of you who stood on the start line with hundreds of others in purple shirts were no doubt moved by the occasion.

We have had loads of great messages from you following the event and have been so pleased to hear how being part of the event has really changed some people’s lives. 

If the urge is still with you, you may be interested to register your interest for 2017 so you can be kept up to date with details on next year’s purple wave. Yes, we are going to do it all over again. Planning and targets were being discussed before the dust had even settled on our trainers, so if you want to hold off on registering with the Great Run with a view to joining us again next year, then please register your interest on the linked form and offer details will follow. 

To see photos of our colleagues and students in action, visit:

Want to continue running?

Don’t forget that the UoM running groups will be continuing to support those of you who want to fit in a lunch time run with a group of friendly like-minded people. All details of these groups can be seen on the attached poster and on the SPORT website.

Don’t forget there are a number of other activities that all staff and students can get involved with in the New Year, which will help with your fitness and make the run more enjoyable:

More information

We hope you join us for some fun, free, sport!

If you have any questions about Staff Sport, please email

Mailing list

Sign up to our mailing list to be contacted about upcoming events. Please note this will NOT automatically include you in any events, those need to be signed up for separately.

If you would like more information on SPORTICIPATE please visit

Sport Manchester - SPORTICIPATE

staff 5-a-side

Staff 5-a-side tournament