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Sport & Fitness: What's going on this semester?

26 Feb 2009

Four sporting chances to get active!

women's football

What's going on around your University campus this spring and summer? Read on for your chance to take part and get active in semester 2:

  1. 'Park rugby'
  2. Summer cricket mini-league
  3. Women's 7-a-side football mini-league
  4. Try Futsal


1. 'Park rugby'

Been watching the Six Nations and fancy giving it a go yourself?

The RFU, in collaboration with The University of Manchester and MMU, are running 'turn up and play' sessions at Birchfields Park every Wednesday, 1-3pm. Both men and women (students and staff) welcome, no playing experience necessary, just turn up and join in for FREE - bring a friend and have a good time! Coaching is provided by Sale Jets and RFU coaches and don't worry if you've never played before, as it will be tailored to your level.

To attend, register your interest with:

then just turn up on the day (Birchfields Park is located in the corner of Birchfields Road and Dickinson Road in the Rusholme area).

2. Summer cricket mini-league

Cricket mad but nowhere to play?

A new cricket mini-league will be running from 20 April with games taking place on Wednesday afternoons, Saturdays and Sundays at Alexandra Park in Whalley Range. The league, run by the University's cricket club, is open to male and female players and both students and staff, so grab some keen people from your department, halls, office or wherever and get involved. Cost per team is £220. If you can't get a whole team together, don't worry, as individual players are welcome too.

For more information, contact:

3. Women's 7-a-side football mini-league

Your chance to take part in the fastest-growing female sport in the country.

SPORT is working with The Manchester College and MMU to organise a women-only football mini-league to begin in March. Games will be played on Monday evenings at Manchester College's Nicholls Campus in Ardwick. Students and staff are welcome so get a few friends together from your department, office, halls or wherever and join in our first ever all-female football league. If you can't get a whole team together, don't worry, as individual players are welcome too.

If you would like to enter a team please register your interest by contacting:

Look out for further information shortly!

4. Try Futsal

Ever wondered how some of the world's most skilful players developed their ability to beat opponents at will? How did players such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Ronaldo and Roberto Carlos develop the skills that have taken their game to the highest level? Futsal! Futsal is the format of small-sided football that is recognised and supported by FIFA and UEFA.

SPORT is working with Manchester Futsal Club to run introductory Futsal sessions for all those who would like to try the sport or who would like to find out how they can continue playing whilst in Manchester. Manchester Futsal Club will be providing coaches who will run a series of taster sessions incorporating both coaching and game time.

Look out for further information and dates shortly!