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Our Mission

" To support the University's vision, staffing and educational aims by promoting the understanding of, and active participation in, sport and physical exercise, with the goal of producing good health and personal well-being for our staff and students.

Sport, Exercise and Health Vision

To ensure that all students and members of staff will enjoy an environment that promotes a proactive approach to health and well-being.

Sport, Exercise and Health Strategy 2010-2016

We aspire to provide a stimulating and supportive environment for all students and staff, distinguished by a commitment to high standards in respect for the individual and a strong sense of collegiality. Sport, Exercise and Health make a significant contribution to the creation and development of the culture of a 'Healthy University'. Please download Sport, Exercise & Health Strategy 2010-2016 document for key aims and commitments fro 2010-2016

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photo montage showing University sports and exercise facilitiesNowadays, many people exercise purely for their health, not with the purpose of becoming fit for sport.  This trend, which perhaps began with a few people jogging, has extended to the point where we have a proliferation of exercise classes and a tremendous increase in the number of people weight training, distance-swimming, and even walking as a means towards lifetime fitness.

Often working in conjunction with.UBU (University of Bristol Union), we provide beginners' courses as well as coaching support for University teams.  We offer guidelines to all students, sports club members or otherwise, on fitness training, nutrition and other aspects of health.  Over 40 exercise classes take place each week, some of which are specifically geared towards "newcomers to exercise" while others are for the fitter sports participant.  Similarly, intramural leagues such as 5-a-side soccer, cater for everybody.

UBU and Sport, Exercise and Health have produced a map to help all students get the most out of the sport, exercise and health activities while studying at the University of Bristol. This map is split between UBU, SEH staff and Sports Executive volunteers who are all full time students.

The Sport, Exercise and Health organisation chart

The sport and exercise facilities

The University of Bristol has invested heavily in facilities for sport and exercise in recent years.  Though they are on different sites, most are within or near the University precinct.

Indoor Sports Centre

Located on Tyndall Avenue the indoor sports centre is situated on the main University precinct, houses a double court sports hall, a sports medicine clinic, large fitness suite (the 'Pulse') and exercise studios.  The fitness suite also has a large free weights gym attached to it.  Inductions are required for all users, and any sports pass holder may receive information about diet, exercise and training.

Swimming Pool

The excellent University pool is attached to University of Bristol Students' (UBU), Richmond Building, 105 Queens, Road located in Clifton.  It is the home for several UBU clubs as well as offering recreational swimming and fitness training.  Swimming courses and aquatic classes are held throughout the year.

Coombe Dingle Complex (Outdoor Centre)

A few minutes walk from the Stoke Bishop University Halls of Residence and just across the Downs, there are 38 acres of superb all year round playing surfaces.  There are two artificial pitches (one water based) for hockey, soccer and club training.  The facility is marvellous for tennis, there being a four-court indoor tennis centre and ten outdoor courts, four of which are floodlit.  There is also an excellent pavilion with bar and catering.

Activity Zone

The Activity Zone incorporating a set of outdoor gym equipment and multi-sport games area for football and basketball has been installed for use by all students between Wills and Durdham Halls.

Langford Gym

For students studying at Langford Veterinary School, £60,000 has been invested on a small gym to provide students who live away from the main campus an opportunity to stay fit and healthy during their study programme. The new gym facility opened in September 2012.

Rowing Facilities

The University has boathouses and rowing facilities on a lovely stretch of the River Avon at Saltford, halfway between Bristol and Bath.

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