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.
Spring and Summer Review
Our 9th Annual Vice Chancellor’s 5k Fun Run in partnership with DSAS Events was another tremendous success, raising over £500.00 for Kidscan Children’s Cancer Research, with over 50 participants – despite the torrential conditions! The feedback form the event has been overwhelmingly positive, and the event illustrates the appetite on Campus for Running as a popular form of activity. The new route across the park was a popular addition to this year’s event, and this is certainly a course which we will be looking to implement at future events.
We wish to thank everyone who partcipated in such a fabulous event, Salford Council for allowing the University use of the fabulous regenerated area of Peel Park, in addition to the hard work of the Sport and DSAS Staff, whom without their respective contribution’s, the event could simply not happen!
With the Salford 10k upon us in September (delivered by our partners at Sports Tours international) Staff members are entitled to a free one month trial at the Sports Centre, where they can receive a personal program to get themselves fit and ready the big day! The Offer ends on Thursday 9th August, exactly one month before the Salford 10k, so ensure to get in touch with us soon!
The 3rd Annual 2018 DSAS Sports Day was another huge success for the Sports Centre and DSAS Events Partnership, with 16 teams (and 80 Students and Staff members) participating in another exciting day of activities, with the Event now very much established within the University Calendar! This year’s event was in aid of Emmaus Salford, a social enterprise committed to providing a home and meaningful work for formerly homeless people. The success of the 2018 event demonstrated the power of physical activity to bring people and communities together, to help raise money for a tremendous cause.
The Sports Day Concept, which is a modern take on the traditional school sports day format, helps to remove participation barriers to physical acivity, due to the inclusive and social nature of the team based heats. Dodgeball (offcially named Dodging Plagerism!) the Atmosphere Pool Party, and Chasing Graduation made their debut’s as heat’s within the event, and the new activities were incredibly popular! In a fitting ending, the winners on the day were Emmaus, so a huge well done to them, and we await to see if they can retain their crown in 2019!
All photos from both the VC 5K Fun Run and The DSAS Sports Day can be viewed via the DSAS Events Facebook page
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 Academic Year, are all listed here