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Freshers' 2017

Your need-to-know Freshers' page for everything sport at Manchester Met

Whether you’re a new student about to embark on the next chapter of your life, or are returning for another fun-filled year, there are plenty of ways for you to get involved with sport at Manchester Met.  

And it’s not all about getting your trainers on. We pride ourselves on offering fantastic qualifications and volunteering opportunities so that backstage sport enthusiasts are more than catered for. 

We’ve got all sorts of exciting things lined up for you this term so browse the links below to find out how you can get involved. 

Keep your eyes peeled for us over Freshers’ where we’ll be out and about on campus with lots of fun activities, freebies and exclusive offers to giveaway. We’d love to see you!



Active Campus

What is Active Campus?

Active campus is our programme of FREE sports, activities and classes taking place on and around campus.

What sessions are on offer? 

From football and frisbee, to yoga and meditation. We’ve got something for everyone, and you don’t have to be a regular activity goer either. Our Active Campus programme is a great place to try something different to discover your new hobby. We’re still finalising the timetable for term one which will be available to download online soon – or grab a copy during Freshers’ week.

What should I bring to a session? 

Bring yourself and a smile! You don’t have to worry about kit, we provide all that, just wear whatever is comfortable. Remember to bring your student ID so we can register you at the session. 

Do you provide Womens-only classes?

Yes! Find out more information here. 

I’m not a member of the Sugden Sport’s centre, can I still attend Active Campus sessions there?

Of course! We’ve booked these sessions in their space for Manchester Met participants so just let the reception know what you’re there for and they’ll let you through. If you’re wanting to give the gym a try, speak with reception staff about a free trial.  

How do I sign up to a MMU Sport programme?

You can sign up to programmes by visiting our online store. Here you can sign up to a number of programmes, including: Healthy U Get Into and MMuFit... Click the links to find out more… 

What is the Zone Out? 

Zone Out is our campaign name for our de-stress initiative. You’ll see our ‘Zone out Zones’ pop up throughout the year finishing with a giant tent on All Saints park during exam week.  Keep up to date with Zone Out here.

How do I play competitively? 

We have over 60-student sport clubs including water polo, squash, netball, rugby, football and much more.  Check out the Sports Clubs section for more information. 

We also have our own University leagues that allow course, halls of residence and groups of friends to compete against each in regular fixtures in a number of sports. Find out more details here.

Sports Clubs

How do I sign up for a sports club?

Come along to the fresher’s fair on Wednesday 20th September or contact for more information.

How much are sports clubs?

It depends on the club but the minimum is £20 and the maximum is £160 per year.

When and where do sports clubs train?

Each club has a different training time. Training begins the week commencing the 25th September. Click the link below for dates and times.

Club training

Is there transport provided to get to training?

No. But if your training is not within walking distance contact the club chair and they will be able to assist with getting to training.

What is BUCS?

BUCS stands for British Universities and College Sport and is the university sport governing body where sports clubs play against other universities on a weekly basis throughout term time. This usually takes place on Wednesday afternoons and occasional weekends.

How do I start up a new club?

Please contact    

How do I pay for my club membership?

You can pay online with card on the website here or you can pay in the Opportunities office in the union with met card or cash.

Am I insured to take part in sport after purchasing my club membership?

Yes, after you have purchased your club membership you have public liability cover, which includes personal injury.  For more details, please contact


For any further information please have a look at our sports clubs on the website here.



We have several fantastic sports facilities right on our doorstep, offering a great range of health and fitness activities and exclusive membership deals for students and members of staff at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Platt Lane Sports Complex

Only a short drive, bus or cycle ride away from All Saints Campus, Platt Lane is where many of our sports clubs train and play home games. As well as a fitness suite it also has a performance strength and conditioning suite, used by our scholar students, as well as indoor and outdoor 3G pitches, a grass football pitch, indoor and outdoor American football and rugby pitches. Meeting rooms overlook the pitches, making it a great place to impress sponsors and visitors. Find out more... 

Sugden Sports centre

Located just across the road from our All Saints Campus, the Sugden Centre is well equipped for any athletes and sport lovers looking for an early morning workout, lunch time sweat or an after-hours session. The facility boasts a state-of-the-art fitness suite, sports halls, squash courts and multi activity rooms - from volleyball to dance and 5-aside-football - and much more! Go to the Sugden's website...

Manchester Aquatics Centre

Manchester Aquatics Centre is across from our All Saints campus. The centre was purpose built for the Commonwealth Games in 2002 and is a public facility which also hosts major national and international events. The centre provides discounted membership for students and staff. There are three top-class gyms, a 50m swimming pool, a health suite and an extensive fitness class programme. Go to Better Manchester Aquatics Centre website... 

Cheshire Sports Centre

Our exercise and sports centre at Crewe has hosted a number of international athletes during their training programmes and is available for students and staff to take advantage off. With a 50-station fitness suite, eight badminton courts and courts and pitches for a huge range of sports there is so much to get involved in. And with free gym membership for students and staff this year, there's absolutely no excuses. All you need to do is turn up to reception and sign up. Find out more... 


How do I get involved with Sport Volunteering?

Getting involved is easy. Simply register your interest with our programme by completing the personal details section on the registration page.

I’m not a sports student, can I still take part in Sport Volunteering?

Of course! Many roles within sport require volunteers with a variety of skills.  Sports clubs and organisations would not exist without the individuals who complete the administrative, marketing or finance related tasks.  Volunteering is a great way to boost the key skills needed to work within any organisation. 

What type of opportunities are there?

Whatever your course, our programme has a variety of volunteering opportunities waiting for you to get involved in. These include: 

  • Supporting national, regional and local sports events in Manchester
  • Managing your own sports event
  • Refereeing and officiating
  • Social media and marketing
  • Sports coaching in the community
  • Sports coaching and teaching within local primary and secondary schools
  • Sports science and performance analysis
  • Sports development projects

 Find out more about volunteering here.