Active Salford 2018
Empowering our Campus Community
2017 was another successful year for Team Salford, with our New Partnership with Matrix Fitness last September; we saw the addition of our new functional training room (our 5th Fitness Suite) and a complete revamp of existing equipment.
As a consequence, we have managed to engage more students and staff in physical activity than ever before, with the new partnership providing even more unique participation pathways into Sport. One of these pathway's is our new MX4 Group Exercise sessions, which we piloted to great success in December. Over the Course of 2018, will see MX4 play a key role within our Fitness Activity provision, with the functional training room providing the setting.
The MX4 Group training sessions will use undulating periodisation, ensuring workouts are holistic in nature, and will look to address the four pillars of fitness – endurance, strength, power and cardio, ensuring our members are engaged for a sustained period of 4 weeks initially, which will then expand to 12 weeks, as our members continue through the program, providing some real structure around their main fitness goals. Ensuring the weekly workouts offer progressions, and introduce the correct proportion of variables at appropriate times, via changes made to exercise selection, tempo load and exercise intensity, The potential outcomes through staying with the 12 week periodisation program are vast, with MX4 an established and proven Group Training platform to improve fitness levels, and provide a complete exercise experience. Most importantly, the sessions will ensure to be adaptable for all abilities and easy to participate within, at any point within the programmes.
Throughout the Spring and Summer period, we will be running the MX4 sessions on a 'drop in' basis, so no booking required!
Early Year Review
Our January Welcome Programme was another great success! The Headline Event, the Powerlifting Masterclass with Team GB's Bobbie Butters, her colleague Ryan Hayes and our Senior Academic Steve Atkins was a tremendous hit with our students. The session, consisting of a practical (science based) Seminar with Steve, then transitioning into the practical Powerlifting Taster attracted around 25 students, and over 400+ views on our Facebook Live Feed! This was a unique learning setting for our students, allowing for the Students gain a better understanding of powerlifting technique optimisation, gaining a solid theoretical understanding of the Powerlifting Big 3 (Squat, Bench Press, Deadlift) which the students who engaged can now look to apply within their own workouts. The huge was hugley beneficial for our students, as we look to break down the barriers to the Gym setting for many, through these accessible and educational pathways.
Bobbie and Ryan will be back in September, so take a look below at this snippet from the February Seminar, as a short taster for what you can expect from the next Masterclass in September! Therefore, these are open setting’s in which we are looking to facilitate on a consistent basis, to educate our students and staff on the value of remaining physically active within various settings, alongside our Academic’s many elite performance contacts.
Other events within the Semester 2 intake Programme, such as the Salford Student Village Pilates Sampling Sessions, and the Tag Archery "Friendly Combat" Activity at Frederick Road were also tremendous sources of activity engagement for our Students. We have plenty more of the same coming up later this year, and we will have more information on September 2018's Welcome Programme very shortly!
As detailed above, our Free Day Pass offer (available to both new and returning students) will provide our students with the opportunity to sample any area of our provision they wish, Whether you wish to sample a fitness class, all of our 5 fitness suites, or the Swimming Pool Area (complete with Sauna and Spa) or maybe all 3 in one day - the choice is entirely yours!
To sign up - just pop into Sports Centre Reception, and we can activate this with immediate effect.*This offer will run from Monday 8th January – Saturday 31st March T’s and C’s apply.
Spring and Summer Events
Our Calendar of Event’s also provide us with more Fun and Inclusive Setting's, with Running one of our most popular activity forms. The Annual DSAS Event’s Vice Chancellor’s 5k Fun Run (in aid of Kidscan Childrens Cancer Research) takes place on Friday 25th May, and 2017’s event saw more than £1,000 raised, and 70 runners participate within the event, which acted as a filter into the UK Fast's September’s Salford 10k, where the University were recognised as the best performing company, with the highest number of best placed finishes! Therefore, we are looking for an even higher level of engagement around 2018’s event, and raise even more money for a tremendous cause!
We also facilitated the largest ever DSAS Sports Day, with 18 teams (across various academic school's and professional service area's) and 90 participant’s, making for one of the biggest event’s within our Sporting Calendar. Again, we are hoping to faciliate a similar scale Event on Friday 28th June this year, with many additions planned, and Team EERC looking to retain their crown – this should make for another fantastic day!
Exercise with Confidence - Accessible Online Resources
We will also be introducing a number of additional educational resources for our students, including the #SalfordSmart Skills for Learning "live well for learning" online resource, developed in partnership with the Library. The methodology behind the development, was to use the online resource as an additional mechanism to engage our students on a wider scale, using the 'live well for learning portal' to help empower our students, and create the conditions for them to better academically attain and develop, both personally and professionally. The finding's from the BUCS Graduate Employability Research indicate that student's who choose regularly engage in sport, develop a wide range of positive attributes desired by employers, which are most notably: team working, communication skills, motivation, competitiveness and resilience. Enhanced employability is not just about playing sport. Employers consider that leadership positions, organisational roles and other positions of responsibility within sports clubs and societies were particularly beneficial in providing 'added value' for graduate employability. This resource will provide our students with nutritional advice, informative blogs, instructional work out videos, and further information around the well being and social value of engaging in Sport.
This will act as a key tool for Team Salford, as we look to faciliate our students through their individual activity journeys, through increased levels of inclusivity, helping to drive resilience (with Sport playing a prominent role within the empowerment of our students) and the accessibility of our activity settings, as we look to make physical activity an intergral element of student life, and the overall student experience. A number of our students contributed towards our Live Well for Learning Launch Video below, which details just some of the skills our students have been equipped with, through engaging in Sport on Campus on a consistent bass.
In addition, our website will also host regular online (beginner, intermediate and advanced) exercise instructional video's, educating our members on correct exercise techniques, which will feed into our free personal programmes. These video's provide a platform for a previously unprecedented internal colaboration, with both the School of Arts and Media (generating the content) and our Sports Science Academic Leaders and Sports Science Student's, providing the coaching points. The Beginner Instructional video'sare now live via the enclosed link, so ensure to stay tuned for this unprecedented addition to our Fitness provision, and further content which will be introduced within the video library very shortly.
Our superb Sport Rehab Team will also be in the Health Hub offering Sports Massage Tasters every Wednesday through Semester 2; this provision is a unique student lead service (delivered in partnership with our Directorate of Sport, Exercise and Physiotherapy.) Sports Centre Members, and Sports Team Members can gain access to the Sports Massage service completely free, which offers an unprecedented value to our respective membership packages. More information on the partnership can be viewed here
So #GetActive this year within many of our fun and inclusive activity settings, and play your part within our #ActiveSalford Campaign this year.
The full price list, which details some slight changes this for the 17/18 Academic Year, are all listed here