Inclusive Sport Week 2019

 

 

Taking place between the 2nd - 6th December, we have over 1480 spaces next week for you to give these 4 inclusive sports a go for both disabled and able-bodied students. Everyone is welcome to come to get involved with Inclusive Sport Week 2019. Check out what sessions you want to get involved in below.

 

Next week we want to celebrate the diversity of our student-athletes here at Newcastle and that sport is for everyone and give students the chance to play disability sport, with casual sessions in Boccia, Goalball, Sitting Volleyball and Visually Impaired Cricket. All of these give the chance for both disabled and able-bodied students to play together.  We are holding non-stop sessions in all 4 sports throughout the entire week - with plenty of spaces for individuals or large groups to be able to take up a new inclusive sport for a bit of fun. Help us challenge perceptions of disability sport. Anyone is welcome to come along to our free sessions. Spread the word. 

 


 

 

What's happening?

Throughout the week (2nd-6th December) there will be casual sport sessions in Boccia, Goalball, Sitting Volleyball and Visually Impaired Cricket taking place in the Sports Centre. There will be a quiet hour in the gym every day as well as the chance to play disability sports such as table cricket. To finish the week will be hosting a talk from the inspiring Clarke and Carrie Carlisle on Mental Health and there will be posters all around campus celebrating the diversity of our student-athletes.

 

For help and guidance on how we can support you in getting involved in sport at Newcastle, follow the link below.

 

 

Inclusive Sport Week 2019

 

 

 

 

Free Goalball Sessions

 

Goalball is a team sport designed specifically for athletes with a vision impairment. Participants compete in teams of three, and try to throw a ball that has bells embedded in it into the opponents' goal. The ball is thrown by hand and never kicked. All athletes play with a blindfold so visually impaired and sighted athletes can play together.

 

What to expect: Fast paced, challenging and a great test of your hand-ear coordination.

What to wear: Long trousers/leggings are recommended and long sleeves as some defensive plays are made by sliding on the floor.

 

Location: Sports Centre. Ask the front desk which room your session is being held in.

 

Full Timetable

 

 

 

 

Free Boccia Sessions

 

Boccia (bot-cha) is a Paralympic sport with no Olympic equivalent and is similar to bowls.It is a target ball sport which tests both muscle control & accuracy. From a seated position, players propel balls using their hands, feet or by use of a ramp to land as close as possible to a white marker ball, known as the Jack.

 

What to expect: This is a great sport to play if you want to give something a go in a break between lectures and not get sweaty.

What to wear: Whatever you’re wearing, no sports kit/special clothes required.

 

Location: Sports Centre. Ask the front desk which room your session is being held in.

 

Full Timetable

 

 

 

 

 

Free Sitting Volleyball
Sessions

 

Sitting volleyball has grown to be one of the more popular Paralympic sports due to the fast and exciting action. When hitting or attacking the ball, the player must have one "buttock" or an extension of the torso still in contact with the floor. Teams have three passes, to form an attacking play, before the ball has to go over the net.

 

What to expect: Fast paced, tiring and great fun, this will test your communication skills and your teamwork.

What to wear: Sportswear would be best but anything goes whilst playing sitting volleyball.

 

Location: Sports Centre. Ask the front desk which room your session is being held in.

 

Full Timetable

 

 

 

 

 

Free Visually Impaired
Cricket Sessions

 

Combined teams of blind and partially sighted players play visually impaired cricket. There are 2 versions of cricket for people with visual impairments. A size 3 football with ball bearings is used to allow partially sighted players to see it and blind players to hear it. For sighted athletes we have goggles that allow them to experience a variety of visual impairments and feel how this changes the world around them.

 

What to expect: A game of skill and teamwork. Less active than Sitting Volleyball and Goalball but just as fun.

What to wear: Whatever you’re wearing, no sports kit/special clothes required.

 

Location: Sports Centre. Ask the front desk which room your session is in.

 

Full Timetable

 
 

Talk: Francesca Martinez

Join us for an engaging and entertaining talk and Q & A by Francesca Martinez as part of the NU DIG celebration of diversity for International Day of People with Disabilities. Francesca is a wobbly comedian, writer, speaker and activist (she has mild cerebral palsy, but much prefers the word ‘wobbly’). She has guested on Channel 4 News, BBC2's Newsnight, BBC1’s Today’s Politics, and was voted most popular guest on BBC3's Free Speech. Her recent debut on BBC1’s Question Time was described as the show’s “best ever moment” and went viral with 11 million views in the first week alone.

 

See full event details

   
 

Talk: Mental Health & Sport

As part of the Inclusive Sport Week we have Clark & Carrie Carlisle coming in to discuss the relationship between sport and mental health. This is free for all students and staff members to attend.

 

He and his wife Carrie deliver powerful, emotional, educational and inspiring speeches together as they offer the dual insight to what it is like to live with a mental illness and what it is like to live with someone with a mental illness.

 

See full event details

 
 

 

Inclusive Sport Week 2019

 

Will you join the NUSU family? Will you hang in the NUSU Hall of Fame?

Every year for the past 45 years, NUSU holds a Student Election to determine which students will take on the responsibility and position of our Officer Team. We have 7 paid, full-time Sabbatical Officer positions & 10 part-time voluntary Liberation Officer & Chair positions available for the 2020-21 academic year. From the President of the SU to the Athletic Union Officer, Welfare & Equality Officer to Postgraduate Officer, our full-time positions will become your dedicated job at the Students' Union for the entire 2020/21 academic year. If you want the highest responsibility of representing students & aspects of student life on campus, these roles are for you. Find out more about our Sabbatical Officers & Liberation Offices and Chairs by following the links below.

 

The Student Elections is one of the most exciting parts of the year at the Students' Union. Students will nominate themselves for any of the roles, then run their own election campaigns using a small budget we provide to rally students behind them. Once nominated and manifestos are in, we hold election training for the candidates and then they launch their campaigns & election videos during the Campaigns Week. All students will then have the chance to vote for whichever students they want to see in the Officer roles during this week. At the end of the week, during Elections Night the results are announced and a new Officer team (& family) are added to the history books.

 

The deadline for nominations is 12midnight Thursday 21st February. Find out all the Election Dates here.