Sport and an active lifestyle play a significantly positive role in our physical and emotional development.
Warwick has an ambition to be the UK’s most active university campus and it’s our goal to enable and inspire everyone in our campus community to engage in a type of activity that personally suits them.
For those of us who are less sporty, there are significant benefits to engaging in regular activity. Leading a more active lifestyle – whether it’s walking twenty minutes a day, cycling around campus on our bikes or taking the stairs instead of the lift – can make a substantial impact on your health and wellbeing: it can improve your mood and boost your energy while improving your ability to sleep and helping you to relax, help with weight loss as well as combat health conditions and diseases. Sport plays a significantly positive role in the physical and emotional development of young people - evidence shows us that participation helps with academic achievement, raises self-esteem, improves mental health & wellbeing and builds lasting social connections.
Many recent studies focus on the five C’s of sport - competence, confidence, connections, character, and caring - which are considered critical components for positive development. At Warwick, aside from providing high quality facilities and managing programmes and initiatives to engage our communities, we also nurture young talent through our performance programme. The programme helps student athletes to reach their potential, creating an environment of excellence for both individuals and teams, including strength and conditioning training, additional financial support, physiotherapy, coaching, mentoring and pre-season training camps.
We have so many opportunities for you here at Warwick to be more active and build a social network too and they don’t have to cost you a penny. Each student and staff is automatically assigned a FREE membership at Warwick Sport – it includes access to outdoor basketball, tennis and netball courts as well as opportunities to join active social networks and running groups. If you are interested in finding out more visit the website here.
Lisa Dodd-Mayne, Director of Sport and Active Communities