508 reasons you should Play for Fun

NTU’s zero commitment Play for Fun programme passed a major milestone in the first week of term, with the number of students taking part exceeding 500.

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A record of 508 people attended the Play for Fun sessions during week one of term

NTU’s zero commitment Play for Fun programme passed a major milestone in the first week of term, with the number of students taking part exceeding 500.

Play for Fun encapsulates a number of different sports, and aims to remove obstacles to get more people active. All the sessions take place in NTU facilities, across every day of the week (bar Saturday), and boast trained and qualified coaches and leaders drawn from the students of NTU. What’s more, price is not a barrier – every one that has an NTU Sports club affiliation or an Active Membership can take part for no extra cost. For those that don’t have either, it’s just £2 per session.

The Play for Fun sessions are the continuation of a three year Sport England funded programme aimed at students that want to be more active, but without a requirement to commit to one session, or a sports club with its associated fees and training. The programme prospers through delivering fun sessions with a strong focus on quality and consistency. If you go to a Badminton session on a Monday at City, you can expect to have as good a time as if you went to the Netball session at Clifton on a Thursday.

Each session is designed to have no strings attached. The programme flourishes with a mix of sports and activities across 34 sessions throughout all three campuses. The students who run the daily events are all drawn from the relevant sports clubs that correlates with the activity – so they know what they’re talking about, and are able to provide students with the next step if they fall in love with that sport.

With this emphasis on student-led sessions, no commitment required to return, and a wide range of choice, the numbers attending the sessions have continued to grow.

In the first week of regular activities from Monday 2 October to Sunday 8 October, the number of times students came to a Play for Fun sessions was 508, with a particular high in attendances at Badminton (139, with 69 on Monday at City), Men’s Futsal (66, with 45 on Friday at City) and Tennis (45 with 21 on Monday at Clifton).

I didn't want to join a sports club because I wasn't sure if it was right for me, but going to Play for Fun sessions helps me keep active. I like being able to go to the sessions in the evenings, and to blow off some steam from my studies.

NTU Play for Fun Participant

This number of attendances is the highest the programme has recorded in its first week. With this many people taking part across a large number of sessions, what are you missing out on?

Look out for our new reward scheme, and find out how to get your hands on the coveted Play for Fun t-shirts!

508 reasons you should Play for Fun

Published on 18 October 2017
  • Category: Sport

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