Why joining a sports club will be one of the best things you’ll do at university

There is a lot going on during your first few weeks of university so don’t worry if you didn’t feel ready to sign up to any clubs or societies just yet – there are still plenty of opportunities to get involved this year. All student clubs run a little differently, however most welcome all abilities and may offer Performance teams that focus on competing, as well as social sessions for those just wanting to play for fun.

In this blog post we’ll be looking at some of the reasons joining a sports club can enhance your university experience!


Bristol Active Bucketlist

It’s that time again where we begin to welcome new and returning back to Bristol! In this post, we are sharing some Bristol-based activities that we think deserve a spot on your active bucket list. If you do try any of our suggestions, let us know, we’d love to see your paddle boarding pictures or your new favorite trail. 

Run the downs

Clifton Downs is a running hot spot. With great routes and amazing views over the Avon Gorge, it’s the perfect place to clock up some miles and explore a bit of Bristol whilst you are at it. New to Bristol? The Welcome Fair will be an opportunity to get to know this iconic Bristol location. Keep an eye on our social media for the launch of the 2022 Bristol Run Series if your keen to set some running goals and join our community.

Visit the Wave

Bristol may not be known for being a surfer’s paradise, but it doesn’t mean you can’t catch some waves.  Just a 20-minute drive out of Bristol City Centre, this inland surfing pool offers a range of sessions, whether you are a surfing pro and just want to get out there or if you are a complete beginner. Surfing your thing? Make sure you check out the University of Bristol Surf Society for surf gear access, socials and weekends away. Surf @ Bristol SU

Get climbing

Bristol students love to climb and luckily there’s plenty of climbing centers  around the city where you can reach some new heights. Climbing is not only great for strengthening, it’s also an effective form of cardio and has several psychological and personal benefits from improved goal setting to increased self-confidence.

Cycle to Bath

If you’ve bought your bike to university (wise choice!) then you must cycle the famous Bristol to Bath Railway Path, a 13-mile off-road route suitable for cyclists and walkers.  It might be a little longer than the 20-minute train ride, but you will spot plenty of wildlife and work up a sweat. Just make sure you stop for tea and cake in beautiful Bath!

Watch a game

You don’t have to go very far to catch a match! On Wednesday nights you’ll be able to watch our #WeAreBristol student clubs compete at our Coombe Dingle Sports Facility. Our Pavilion will be serving food and the bar will be open too for the complete game-day experience. If you’d rather be on the pitch, there will be opportunities at the start of term to ‘Give It a Go’ and trial a range of sports clubs and activities for free What’s On & Events @ Bristol SU

Get paddling

Bristol is famous for it’s picturesque and lively harbourside, but you don’t just have to explore it by foot. Recent years have seen more and more people opting to paddleboard their way along the harbour. Stand Up Paddleboard Bristol offer a Paddleboard Harbourside tour suitable for complete beginners and provide all the kit and instruction you’ll need for a safe and enjoyable paddle.

Climb lots and lots of hills

This is an easy one, you won’t get very far in Bristol without going upwards at some point. It may be steep but you’ll thank all the inclines later. Walking uphill can boost your respiratory and lung function as well as strengthening your circulatory system, not to mention a huge endorphin rush!

Walk and explore

The best way to get to know a new city is to get out and explore. Grab your flatmates, some comfy shoes and a bottle of water and find your new favourite spot whilst getting active too. Just 30 minutes of walking a day can improve your overall health and boost mental well-being. If you like a bit of structure to your walk, check out one of Bristol’s many walking tours and learn about everything Bristol, from Banksy to Blackbeard. Our B:Active Residence programme even offers a walking tour for free – keep an eye out on their social media @bristolunibactive to find out more!

Try a water sport

There may be a few water-based activities on our list but sometimes sport is just that little bit more exciting off dry-land. University of Bristol Sailing are one of our clubs offering social sessions as a chance to learn to sail in a fun and friendly way, with taster sessions happening throughout October as part of ‘Give it a Go’. The University of Bristol Sport app is a great way to find out more about our clubs and find out all you need to know about trial sessions, memberships and more!

Join the Colour Run

Every year in September, University of Bristol Sport and Bristol SU host a 3k, very fun and equally as messy, Colour Run. This year is no different and will be held on 26 September at the Coombe Dingle. It’s a chance to run, walk or skip around the course whilst getting covered in colourful paint (we can guarantee great photos!). Tickets are available to book now! Bristol SU Beta



10 things you can do with University of Bristol Sport that aren’t sport

Despite our name, we are not here to just support students and staff in pursuing competitive sport. In fact, we offer a huge range of activities, events, classes and opportunities for all of our community. Keeping active plays a key part in helping you maintain a healthy, happy life at university and there are more ways than you might think to get involved! In this blog post we’ll be sharing some of these.


Reflecting on Welcome Week 2019: #WeAreBristol Colour Run and Give It A Go!

Over 2,000 students and staff gathered for a fantastic finale to welcome week 2019 by taking part in our #wearebristol colour run and ‘give it a go’ sessions at Coombe Dingle Sports complex!

fantastic number of students came along to ‘Give It A Go’

This year, ‘Give It A Go’ sessions were available across 45 different sports and activities throughout Welcome Week. Sessions on offer included Football, Lacrosse, Hockey and Rugby, to Aikido, Bollywood Dance, Trampolining and Archery.

An incredible 1,673 students signed up to give one or more sessions a try during the final weekend, each of which was hosted by student or staff coaches across our Bristol Uni Sport sites; Coombe Dingle, the Indoor Sports Centre and the Pool.

The ‘Give It A Go’ sessions are designed to give students the opportunity to try a sport or sporting activity that they haven’t done before, and was open to all students no matter your year of study – it’s never too late to try something new!

nothing more fun that a colour run!

What is a Colour Run, you ask? A Colour Run is a fun, family friendly, all-abilities-welcome run (or walk, or jog, or skip) in which, dressed in your white #WeAreBristol t-shirt, you are splashed with coloured powder paint along the course! With six different colour stations, you’ll be sure to cross the finish line rainbowed from head-to-toe!

The event was open to new and current students, staff, alumni and their families – everyone aged four to ninety-four was welcome! We had a phenomenal 332 participants take part this year, starting with a mass-warm-up led by local health and fitness guru, Cat Taylor (who also teaches yoga on our student B:Active programme).

why get involved?

There’s no denying that getting active is good for your health and wellbeing. However, sport isn’t just about the running and scoring goals. Getting active in a group environment like the Colour Run is hugely beneficial for your social wellbeing. Its an opportunity to meet new people and have a laugh with friends, course or flat mates!

Want to get involved in our next mass participation events? There are lots of opportunities to get involved and stay active, whether you’re a super-sporty type or not!

Whether you want to get yourself a challenge, like running the Bristol 10k, or just have fun and get a bit messy, like in our Colour Run, find @BristolUniSport on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter to stay up to date with new events being announced throughout the year.