Keeping active is always important, not just at university. But while you’re at the University of Suffolk, it’s a great chance to get involved in some sports you may have never thought about before. Maybe you don’t feel as if you’re a very active person, you might not enjoy it or you might not know anybody? Let me reassure you.
There’s so many sports available at Suffolk, there’s bound to be something you enjoy. There’s competitive sports such as football, netball and badminton. These are a great way to represent the University and be part of a team. However, you might not feel as though these are for you. You might just want to play for fun and see what you enjoy. Then you can take advantage of the Social Sports programme available for just £1 a session; a great way to keep active on a budget. You can choose from classes such as HIIT and zumba to social badminton.
As a new student, sports programmes are a great way to get to know new people and find people outside of your lectures. It can be really nerve-wracking to go to a new place and meet new people, so if you’re feeling nervous, contact the Students' Union and they can arrange for someone to meet you and go to a sports programme with you.
Sports are great for wellbeing and improving your mental health. Physical health is also really important, but going to a sports session can be a great way to unwind after a busy day at uni. The Active Wellbeing programme will offer you six free session to social sports programmes to improve your mental health and help you with the benefits of staying active for your wellbeing. Keeping a regular active routine will also help you, so if you find a sport you enjoy, try going every week to keep a routine and improve your skills. Remember, there are loads of sports for you to try out, so make sure you try a few to see which ones you like best.