100 years of sport at Sheffield
This academic year 2018/19 marks 100 years of sport at our University. As one of the original ten founding members of University Sport, now British Universities & Colleges Sport, Sheffield has established a proud legacy of sporting excellence over the last 100 years.
To mark this centenary, Sport Sheffield is hosting 100 events involving alumni, staff, students as well as the wider community. Throughout the year we will be highlighting our sporting heritage and increasing engagement in sport both within our University and in the wider community by launching new activities and promoting existing ones, including Women in Sport, Disability in Sport and International Students in Sport.
The programme of events and activities will include:
- Disability in Sport Week (26 November-30 November)
- Collecting favourite sporting memories
- Our very own Question of Sport event
Many of the events will help to raise funds to support Participation Grants for new students at the University. These grants help our students get involved in sports while studying, which can have a huge benefit for their physical and mental health.
Keep your eyes peeled for updates and news over the coming year! Join the conversation on Twitter #100YearsOfSport
Share your stories on sport
Do you have an interesting sporting memory from working or studying at the University? It might be an activity you did through Juice or an informal five-a-side with colleagues in the park, or perhaps you trained as part of the Scanner team for the Sheffield Half Marathon? Fill in your details via this form to share you memory and be part of our 100 Years of Sport celebrations.
Juice Health and Wellbeing
Juice is the University's Health and Wellbeing service for staff. All employees can access free sessions that are aimed at all levels of fitness - whether you are new or returning to sport, there are options to participate in low, moderate and high intensity activities, such as tai chi, walking group and bootcamps. We have recently added some taster Boxfit, Zumba and Beginners Pilates, and regularly rotate new sessions like these to ensure there is something for everyone.
If you want to get into organised sport we have our very own Juice Netball squad, who are always looking for fresh faces to attend. Alternately if you are interested in running but aren't sure where to start, the couch to 5k sessions we provide are designed to help you improve on your personal bests.
Your sporting stories
Here are the stories of two colleagues who have used the opportunities at the University to get into sport. Be inspired by what they've achieved and start your sporting journey:
Customer Service Assistant, Accommodation & Commerical Services
“When I moved to Sheffield in 2014 I signed up to the 100-day Virgin Pulse Global Challenge, run by Juice, as I thought it would help me to get to know the city. The scheme recruits volunteers from across our University to track their activity with a pedometer. I also decided to take advantage of the free fitness activities offered through Juice such as Bootcamp, little did I know this would lead to inspirational new fitness heights.
The Juice programme is a really valuable resource in making fitness a bigger part of my day. And as with anything in life, you get out what you put into the classes. They can be challenging, but the instructors are fantastic. Without the lunchtime Juice Bootcamp sessions for example, I wouldn't be as physically strong as I am now. In fact, the opportunities to get fitter at work got me into running and then Triathlon training.
Since then, I have finished in the top 10 of the Sheffield Half Marathon two years running, won a Half Ironman challenge and represented Great Britain in the Zofingen Powerman World Championships in Switzerland in 2017.
I want to show people that at 28 years of age it’s still possible to achieve your dreams through passion, desire, grit and a bit of absurdity. This year I’m hoping to try and break into the elite duathlon team, and in time, become at least a semi-pro athlete.
Who knows where your University fitness journey might take you?”
Research Sister and ECMC Lead/Haemato-Oncology Research Team
"Several years ago I tore a tendon in my knee after too much running, coupled with too much rest. This progressively got worse and I was diagnosed with Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS), an inflammation of the ligament on the thigh. My goal was therefore to find a balance with exercise where I could push myself but not be in constant pain.
I found it in Roller Derby and then Weight-lifting. Roller Derby is the fastest growing sport globally and I believe it really champions women. It is a full contact sport on quad skates which provides a sporting community where women (and other genders) are supported for their individualism and skill.
Weight Lifting is where I feel my sporting heart really lies. The strength and stretching required with weight lifting has transformed my body. I could not be prouder of the muscles I now have, nor of the self-confidence that being good at a sport provides.
Taking part in both of these activities has given me the confidence to try new sports including signing up to many activities through Juice including swimming, yoga and Tai Chi.
The combination of the cardio from roller-skating, the weight training, and the yoga/stretching I learnt via Juice have boosted my self-esteem, and meant that I rarely have any knee pain.
Next goal? Bring it on."