New Year Gym deal Extended!


*** Due to the success of the offer, we have given students one last chance to make the most of this amazing deal!

Just £69 will see you through the academic year!

Make the most of our fantastic new year gym membership offers! But act fast, prices go up from the 28th January 30th January 2019.

Peak Membership – £69 until August 31 2019

*Gives you unlimited access to both Clifton and City gym facilities, fitness classes, blast sessions and priority venue booking. Not to mention, discounted packages and free access to all Play for Fun sessions.

Off-Peak Membership – £55 until August 31 2019

*Gives you access to both Clifton and City gym facilities between the hours of 7am – 3pm Monday to Friday and unlimited access at weekends. Includes fitness classes, blast sessions and priority venue booking. Not to mention, discounted packages and free access to all Play for Fun sessions.

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Both the City and the Clifton fitness suites are newly refurbished and looking better than ever!


Don’t fancy an annual membership? Get peak or off peak monthly memberships anytime for just £13.99 and £9.99 a month!


NTU Sport Christmas Opening Hours

With the University Christmas break fast approaching, we would like to make members aware of the following key information regarding opening times.

NTU Sport would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas.

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#TrentThisGirlCan – This Girl Can play NTU Hockey!

As part of the This Girl Can nation-wide campaign, designed to engage more women and girls in sport, our women’s hockey team tell us what’s to love about playing at Nottingham Trent University…


Chloe Prentice – Women’s Hockey President, 4th XI Player

Women’s hockey is one of the largest societies at NTU, with five BUCS teams, an intramural team and two weekend teams which compete in local leagues.

With hockey being a team sport, the benefits it provides are extensive. Hockey can be seen as a second family, it improves our fitness as well as mental health and provides us with many laughs along the way.

We play matches on Wednesday’s and Saturday’s and often the games bring lots of support from the rest of the club.


Bella Fisken – 1st XI Captain, Scotland U21 International

The 1st XI Women’s Hockey team have had a great start to the season with our new arrivals or “freshies” playing a key part.

With five wins, 18 goals and one draw we are currently sitting top of the Prem B, and hope to continue this after the festive season.

We have been having fun off the pitch too, whether it’s in Ocean or having movie nights, curry nights and of course…lots of karaoke!


Nicole Burns – 2ndXI captain

The 2nd XI have had their best season to date. Hoping to continue our unbeaten run this week, our team includes a range of freshers to masters students from a variety of backgrounds – all coming together as a little family.

We’re partial to a dip in the ocean each week, while looking forward to our bigger team socials at Boatball, our Christmas dinner and a “Come dine with me” team special!


See Women’s Hockey in action Wednesday 21 November:

Women’s 1st V University of Liverpool 1st, 14:45-16:00
Women’s 2nd V University of Warwick 2nd, 13:00-14:15
Women’s 4th V University of Leicester 2nd, 16:30-17:45
Women’s 5th V Coventry University 2nd, 18:15-19:30

Sport changed my year into a story of success

For me, sport has always been a release – something to give me some peace – but when you are at your lowest nothing like that really matters.

I played a fair bit of sport prior to University, and I tried to attend tennis practice a few times a week as well as playing badminton for Nottinghamshire when I became a student.

Over time, I slowly stopped playing and threw myself instead into my degree. I was attending lectures and doing coursework every day, Monday to Friday, and working on the weekends. I started to devalue the idea of sport and became less and less enthusiastic as lack of time took its toll.

Final year can be stressful, you can lose sight of all aspects of health and well-being when those final deadlines are looming.

I for one cut myself off from the world and, if I am being honest, felt incredibly sorry for myself. But I came to discover that these are the moments where sport, exercise and finding a sense of well-being is the most important.

I first heard of the access to sport scheme through an NTU support worker, I was still sport-mad, so I decided to give it a go. Plus, I knew I needed a break – there is only so much Trump and Obama drug policies you can research in one sitting!

I decided to attend a Basketball Play for Fun because it wasn’t on too late. I did find the whole idea quite daunting, I hadn’t played for over four years.

I probably hit the target once every half an hour – if I am honest with myself I didn’t even know all of the rules.

But everyone there was really kind and helpful. Some of my teammates who played regularly explained the rules to me in a way that didn’t make me feel conscious of not knowing them. They understood I was new to the sport – but everyone is new to the sport at some point.

I was paired up with a helper, he was supportive and was lovely to talk to. He helped me see sport as a source of joy and realise that it doesn’t have to be serious and competitive. Especially when you first begin.

The session itself was great fun, not massively competitive and allowed everyone to learn and develop in their own time. I came out later on with a big smile on my face, and a will to continue.

From that point on I was hooked. I began to attend play for fun sessions weekly as well go with friends twice a week as well. It massively helped my mood, allowing me to socialise at the same times as running off some steam.

It even got me through the long and arduous road to handing in my dissertation. I have put sport on the back burner over summer as I intended to have as many lazy days as possible.

Three years of working / attending Uni seven days a week takes its toll! However, now the new academic year has resumed I’m straight back to playing sport.

The moral of this story, if there is one, is to give sport a shot. When you feel like you want to lock yourself away and curl up into a ball that is when you need to throw yourself in at the deep end – get out into a new sport or environment.

Sport may not be the solution for everyone, but it changed my final year into a story of success. It was an experience I wholeheartedly enjoyed, and still do.


Contributor – NTU Student.

Four reasons to watch Nottingham free of charge!

Thanks to FHP Student Living, student tickets are available free of charge for Nottingham Rugby’s home game v Ealing Trailfinders on Friday 26th October at Nottingham Rugby Club, West Bridgford.

It’s the perfect way to start the weekend and all for free! Here are the top four reasons why you should head down to Lady Bay to watch the game.


1. The Thrill of Friday Night Lights

The crisp cold air, the atmosphere; you just can’t beat the feeling of watching a live game under floodlights. Watching the game on a Friday night is the perfect way to start the weekend off in style.

2. Top Entertainment, Free of Charge

A big game, and it’s totally free! Watch top class rugby free of charge – with two top teams in action it’s sure to be a great one, packed with top quality game-play! Nottingham take on Ealing Trailfinders, who currently sit top of the table and we can definitely expect a fast paced, action-packed game.

3. Watch Current and Past NTU Students in Action  

NTU and Nottingham Rugby have strong links, this means a number of NTU students can be seen both on and off the pitch as players and supporters. Players currently in the Nottingham squad who also study and play at NTU include: Will Sutton, Cecil MacCarthy, Jake Farnworth, Alex Goble, David Williams and Seb Cecil to name just a few. What could be better than watching your own fellow NTU students pulling on the green and white Nottingham shirt.

4. Support Your Local Rugby Team

Currently sitting 4th in the championship, Nottingham are looking good. As they continue to build on their success both on and off the pitch there has never been a better time to get involved and support your new local rugby team while you are University. Situated in West Bridgford, Nottingham’s ground Lady Bay is easily accessible and with tickets from just £6 for students (and this week they will be completely free) you would not want to miss out!


To claim your free ticket just follow this link, and use the code FHPSTUDENTS

You will need to show your student ID and e-ticket on entry to the ground.


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NTU Student and Hockey umpire Harry Collinson Pitch side

NTU Student Harry umpires in Malaysia

First Year NTU Student Harry Collinson has had quite the month. He travelled to Malaysia as the GB umpire at the Sultan of Johor Cup. The under 21s international tournament is a major pathway for future professional hockey players. We asked him to give us the low down on the whole experience.

What do you study? (Course, year)

Business Management and Marketing

Do you play Hockey yourself? If so for who?

Yes, I have played since I was eight. I played at Thirsk School and Thirsk HC until moved to NTU, and now I am playing for NTU M3’s on a Wednesday in the BUCS league.

How did you get involved with being a hockey official?

I got involved in Hockey umpiring when I was 13. After completing a few courses and officiating some tournaments. From there I was put onto the North RYUAG (Regional Young Umpiring Action Group). I did more tournaments and worked up the “Panels” until I was 15, where I was promoted to the NYUPL (National Young Umpires Promising List).

This is the best 25 umpires in the country between the ages of 16-25. I was put on this list a year young, being the first umpire to do so. From here, over the past 2 years I have umpired multiple national finals.

Then, this year in May, I did the National Finals for U16 Boys Clubs at Nottingham Hockey Centre. I was watched by a senior figures in the world of Hockey umpiring who fast tracked me into the world of men’s hockey umpiring.

This gave me the opportunity of going to Malaysia to do the Sultan of Johor Cup, which is an under 21 international tournament, as the GB umpire.

What was the highlight of your time in Malaysia?

There are so many highlights of my time in Malaysia! From meeting umpires from all over the world, we had umpires from Japan, Australia and Singapore to name a few. 

 As well as an umpire manager from Holland, who has umpired at two Olympic Games! Another highlight was the hospitality shown to us. We were put up in a 5* hotel, I even had all my laundry done for free (a bonus as I don’t have to do any now at uni!). The local schools were given a team each which they would support for the tournament, the noise they created for the whole game was incredible! They treated us like celebrities, even asking us for photos with them, bizarre! My main highlight though was getting a top mark in my report and having a good tournament in my first international event!

What was it like officiating being so young and why do you think it is important that the game has young officials?

Being younger than most of the players (it was an under 21s tournament) is always difficult. Since I have 

started nearly every match I umpire people of the same age or older than me. 

The guys playing in Malaysia are international players. This makes it difficult as it is often deadly serious, if they perform well, they can make a profession out of it. Therefore, being the youngest and most inexperienced, I can often find myself a little bit intimidated by some of the players.

This is something which I have worked on and become a lot more relaxed with, having played myself. As the youngest, I needed to prove myself to my colleagues and umpire manager. These are the challenges of umpiring so young; however, there are many upsides. One of them is the fact I am 18, just started university and I have had the chance to have an 11 day all expenses paid trip to Malaysia, in a continent I have never visited before. I also have umpired on many occasions at the Olympic Hockey Stadium in London.

I think it is important that the game has young officials for many reasons; the main reason is that Hockey is fast becoming a young person’s sport. With the arrival of the new “World league” I believe the age of umpires will need to drop.

The age is lowering because of the sheer pace and athleticism shown in the game at the top level. This means that younger umpires will get more opportunities. Having new young umpires in the game, we can learn from the more senior umpires and have a younger, more knowledgeable umpiring generation.

What do you want to achieve in the future as a Hockey official?

The ultimate goal for me is to get to the highest level possible in the umpiring world. Olympics, Commonwealth Games and World Cups are the best tournaments, in which I aspire to umpire one day. In the near future, I hope to get my Level 3 and umpire National League in England.

 Contributor – NTU 1st year student Harry Collinson

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Five ways to make the most of NTU Sport this year

With so much on offer here at NTU Sport we have something for everyone to get involved with!

  1. Volunteer

If you want to get involved in sport without playing it, then why not get involved in Sports volunteering with NTU Sport? Current opportunities to get involved include sports coaching in schools, media volunteering, and leading play for fun sessions. Volunteering with NTU Sport is a fantastic way for you to boost your CV and have fun at the same time. Whether you would prefer to volunteer in a school or gain experience as a performance analyst with one of NTUs sports teams there is something for everyone. Find out more about sport volunteering.

  1. Join a club

Here at NTU we have over 60 amazing sports clubs for students to get involved with, and there is something on offer for every level of experience and ability. Our sports clubs range from football and tennis to pole dancing, cycling and surf. Joining a sports club is a great way for you to learn a new sport, keep fit and make new friends. Find out more about joining a club.

  1. Intramural

Want to play sport with a group of friends, course mates or anything in between? Intramural is for you! All you need is a group of people who are all interested in the same sport and you can play in one of the many leagues we have on offer including;

  • Football (11-a-side, 6-a-side, 5-a-side)
  • Rugby
  • Netball
  • Badminton

There is also one off Intramural events including UV volleyball, Futsal World Cup and much more! You can read what Conor had to say about his experience of Intramural football here. To find out more about Intramural click here.

  1. Play for fun

With Play for Fun you get to choose from any of the amazing opportunities on offer that provide a great alternative to just going to the gym. Play for fun allows you to try something new, get back into a sport you love, make new friends and most importantly of all, have fun! To find out more about Play for Fun

  1. Join the gym

Get active at one of our two state of the art gyms. One at City campus and one at Clifton campus. Both facilities have had upgrades and refurbishments in 2018 and are equipped with the best equipment to ensure you reach your fitness goals. You can get an NTU Active Peak membership right now for only £110 for the whole year, or just £13.99 per month! To join click here.


With an NTU gym membership you get access to all of our incredible facilities. You’ll be able to book slots to use a court at our brand new tennis centre, sports halls, squash courts or 3G to have some fun with mates and all for no extra cost as it is included in your membership!

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NTU Welcome David Ellis as New Rugby League Coach

NTU Sport are proud to announce that International Rugby Coach David Ellis has joined us as a Lead Coach for our Rugby League Programme for the coming season.

David joins us with a wealth of experience and knowledge of Rugby League, both as a player and a coach. With outstanding experience on both the international and domestic stage, David is sure to bring real quality to the NTU Sport setup.

David will lead our Rugby League Programme with the view to helping the team grow as a club and achieve more success over the coming years.

When asked about what he hopes to achieve in his role, David said: “I am very much looking forward to the challenge of working with the students to make the NTU Rugby League team, and the programme, successful.”

David will use his experience to bring stability to the Rugby League Programme at NTU. He is looking to push the club to its maximum potential, with the first team currently playing in the Premier South Division.

David has made over 700 appearances over the course of his career in English and Australian professional Rugby League, having played for clubs such as Castleford Tigers, Doncaster and Brisbane.

He has a deep understanding of the game, which will be invaluable to the team. David’s first major coaching role was in Australian Rugby League with Northern Queensland and then in South West Queensland.

He then moved to France at U.S Villeneuve X111 in French Rugby League where he continued to see success. Wins in the cup and league during his time at U.S Villeneuve X111 further developed David’s expertise, and during this time he was also drafted in as a coach for Super League Club Paris St Germain in the competition’s first season.

While in French rugby, David was chosen to work with Racing Club in Rugby Union. He then worked with a number of clubs, before turning his attention to the National Team as a defence coach under Bernad Laporte.

With the French National Team he won 6 Six Nations victories, including three grand slams. He was also involved with the French setup that lost 8-7 in the 2011 World Cup Final, to hosts New Zealand.

During that time he worked with a number of English premiership clubs on a consultant basis and also as a coaching consultant with the New Zealand All Blacks in their 3-0 2005 series win against the British and Irish Lions.

Everyone here at NTU Sport are delighted to welcome David to the team and look forward to supporting him in pushing the Rugby League programme on to more success.