In my last post where I talked about the gym here at Edge Hill University, I mentioned yoga. The sports centre provide a number of amazing classes and activities but Yoga 🧘🏽♀️ is by far my favourite.
They run Yoga on Tuesday at 8.20pm, Wednesday at 2pm and 6.30pm and Sunday at 9.30am. It lasts for an hour and the ones I go to are more of a relaxing, light yoga – it definitely brings some heat to your face and body but it’s nice, controlled stretches rather than painful poses! I can’t recommend it enough.
Yoga is included in the residential membership, which if you apply in the first four weeks you pay £80 for the rest of the year (see more here). It is quite popular so it’s best to book in advance to avoid disappointment. You can do this two ways, either by going into the sports centre and speaking to the reception, or the much easier way is to book it online! You can book any class or activity online and it will show you how many places are left – if there are no places available you will be put on a waiting list and be emailed when/if someone cancels.
This is what my current account looks like. The activity on the 17/3 is at an arrear status as I booked the class but failed to go, and I also forgot to cancel so I was charged the price of the class because of this. You have to scan your membership wristband to get into the gym or the studio so if you don’t turn up, it will register on your account so it’s important to cancel if you can’t make it, as I’m sure you understand. ✌🏽
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Today I thought I would talk to you all about campus sport here at Edge Hill’s Sports Centre. These are fun recreational opportunities for students, staff and adults from the local community to get involved in on Campus!
The Get Active Programme –
The Get Active programme provides a wide variety of regular recreational sports for you to choose from. These include Badminton, Netball, Football, Couch to 5K etc. Membership holders get this included but others can pay between £1 and £3 depending on the session. The aim is to have fun whilst exercising so that it doesn’t become a chore and you will continue to enjoy it!
Game On –
The 5 a side football league has a student social league which runs during term time for campus sports users!
Volunteering at the Sports Centre is a great way to get involved and gain new social skills, but also to enhance your CV.
These introductory courses available with Campus Sport are a great way of improving your fitness levels slowly and steadily, at the right pace for you! These include pop up sessions throughout the week as well as a couch to 5K group!
Women Focused –
Sometimes joining a gym can be a little daunting so I think women’s only sessions are a great way of starting! Women’s active is a group where you can find other women looking to get active, and there is also the women’s football side!
Free Events –
Everyone loves a free event! These usually occur during freshers weeks, therefore whilst exercising you can have lots of fun with new friends. For example, in the past there has been pool parties, roller discos and zorbing!
Some of you may have noticed that I have been writing a few posts on my time as being a member of the Edge Hill Sports Centre.
I thought that today I would let you all know about the different memberships available – also members of the public can also become members, not just students!
You can have either a casual membership where you can just turn up and pay for the facilities you would like to use that particular day. Or, you can buy a contractual membership on either a monthly payment or a quarterly payment. Students can get a 3 month membership for £55 or if you live on campus you can get a discount rate and pay £45!
All standard memberships include; a wristband, equipment hire, and access to the swimming pool, running track and fitness suite. Premier members also have extra access to; badminton and squash courts, sauna and steam room and also personal training!
I think that as students are on a budget, these prices are so reasonable and brilliant to maintain your fitness levels whilst at university. Also, the facilities that these memberships allow you to access are incredible!
If you have any questions about sports memberships please let me know by commenting on this post!
Edge Hill University sports a state of the art gym right on your doorstep on campus. This amazing facility built in 2015 was a 30 million pound expansion to the existing campus. Since then the campus has adopted this facility as the new home of fitness and sweat.
The facilities here are state of the art and the team looking after them are always looking for ways to help students and residents of the gym alike.
The gym itself consists of a range of exercise machines, ranging from weights to cardio and everything in between. Modern Techno-Gym machines link everything together and allow you to track all of your training activity and even watch TV or play Angry Birds if you want. The gym is modern, sleek and friendly.
The complex itself also sports a fresh 7 lane pool, with views onto the sports field and campus. This relaxing environment is a perfect way to chill out and even have some fun with friends. The pool also offers classes and lessons for those who are not as sure footed as they would like to be in the water. There are also water sports teams, such as triathlons and much much more.
The pool also contains a health suite. A steam room and sauna provide a great way to relax after a workout or even a late night. It is worth checking out, although remember that at the movement you do need a membership to use the suite, it is not a pay as you go setup. The sauna and steam room are right by the pool so you can hop in and out.
If you want to find out more about Edge Hill Sport, including other activities, classes, facilitates and prices of the memberships you can check out their webpage here.
And if you want more free and great advice email firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment below and I will get back to you. If you want to suggest something to write about or want to be interviewed leave a comment below also and I will get back to you personally!
Edge Hill’s campus is full of places to eat, in all different locations. Firstly the hub has at least four places selling food and drink, from McColl’s if you just want a quick sandwich or a packet of crisps to the dedicated food counter that serves and array of hot meals. On top of that you have Water’s Edge with it’s wonderful view of – you guessed it – the lake, the Red Bar located in The Arts Centre for when you’re peckish mid-rehearsal and Café Rewind in the Health building. There are many other places to get food on campus, we really are spoilt for choice!
As I, and many other student bloggers have mentioned before, the campus is ever expanding. We are constantly hearing of new developments and new accommodation being built. In my time at Edge Hill they have added an entire new cluster of flats called Palatine Court, and they are currently building more over the old running track. All of these buildings are decked out with fancy extras such as en-suite bathrooms, TVs and computers. To say that Edge Hill doesn’t have awesome accommodation would be totally untrue!
As of September 2015 Edge Hill has been the proud home of Edge Hill Sports Centre, a new purpose built facility, not just for sports students. I often frequent the place to swim, the pool is probably one of the nicest I have swum in and not to mention the changing rooms are fantastic. The fact that they not only have cubicle showers (as opposed to those awkward communal ones) but hair straighteners (yes, this is a big deal to me), shows Edge Hill’s attention to detail when they were designing the building. It does not just stop at the pool though, there are so many other facilities such as a gym with in-built entertainment technology, exercise studio, 8 court sports hall and much more. That’s just on the inside, there are also football, ruby and hockey pitches, an athletics track and an outdoor 2.5km fitness trail with exercise equipment. Who says students are lazy?
Edge Hill has a great policy on student employment, they offer so many different job opportunities for their students from working in the SU bar or sports centre to student ambassadors and student bloggers *flashes a smile* But if you don’t want a job on campus the Careers Centre is always there to help you find a part-time job. They constantly post updates on Facebook, Twitter and their webpage for different vacancies, but if you’re still unsure you can book and appointment and an advisor can point you in the right direction – they’re very helpful like that.
Whilst applying to university and during your time of study there are a range of scholarships available to students. Some scholarships you will be automatically entered into depending on things such as your academic results and others you can apply for.
You can use the eligibility calculator to answer a few short questions to find out which scholarship may be suitable for you
For prospective undergraduate students there are many scholarships available, the first being an excellence scholarship. An excellence scholarship can offer up to £2000 and is available to students who show excellence in disciplines beyond the curriculum in areas such as the creative arts, IT, performing arts and volunteering and citizenship work although there can be other examples. Anyone can apply for this scholarship as long as you are applying to Edge Hill and are holding a firm offer.
The next scholarship available to students is the sports scholarship and this offers up to £1000 and other benefits depending on the level for which you may qualify. The sports scholarship has three tiers and consists of bronze, silver and gold. The bronze scholarship requires you to make a significant contribution to sport at Edge Hill and contribute to community sport in coaching, officiating, administration or sports development. If you are awarded a bronze scholarship you currently receive free annual Edge Hill Sport and Team Edge Hill membership as well as free access to the gym and a free sports scholarship hoodie. To be eligible for the silver level of scholarship you must have represented either regional or county at junior or senior level in the last 12 months, be a current professional club first team or academy player, have a sports administration at national or regional level or be coaching or officiating at a regional level. If you receive this level of scholarship you will receive the same benefits as bronze but additionally you will receive up to £500 towards training and expenses, free personal training and access to strength and conditioning sessions as well as nutritional advice. Finally the gold level of scholarship requires applicants to have international or national representation at junior or senior level within the last 12 months, be ranked in the top 10 nationally, be an athlete on a recognised National Governing Body or be coaching or officiating at a national level. As a result of this people who receive the scholarship at this level will receive all of the aforementioned benefits but the financial part of the award increases to up to £1000, and they will also have access to a sports science support package which is tailored to their personal needs. Who gets the awards and at what level is decided by a panel.
Finally there are the academic scholarships. The university offers the high achievers scholarship and the Liverpool scholarship both of which offer benefits based on academic excellence. The high achievers scholarship is available to students who achieve 144 or more UCAS points from A-Level or equivalent BTEC qualifications, and who meet the other criteria which can be found on the website. The scholarship offers £1000 paid in two instalments and you will automatically be entered for this scholarship based on your results. The Liverpool scholarship differs slightly in that it is for a person who is domiciled in the city of Liverpool and who receives the highest UCAS tariff score in one sitting (there are some additional criteria). The scholarship offers up to £3000 and can be received by one student or shared if multiple students receive the same UCAS tariff score. Again this is a scholarship that does not have to be applied for and successful students will be contacted via letter during their first semester.
An understanding of scholarships can allow you decide which ones are most appropriate and your eligibility to apply. It can also give you an extra push of motivation knowing that if you excel at A-Level or are particularly talented in your hobby or an activity you may get that extra commendation for it when you arrive at university. More information about the scholarships at Edge Hill can be found here:
Seeing as it’s the middle of the holidays and we’re relaxing (or trying to), I thought I’d pick a rather light-hearted topic for today’s blog post. Here is an (incomplete) list of my favourite places on campus! Given that I love the Edge Hill campus so much, it was incredibly difficult to narrow these down, but I tried my best!
6: Creative Edge – Whilst this building is one of my favourites on campus, I’ve put it at the bottom of my list, simply because I don’t get to spend nearly enough time in there! I’ve had a few Languages seminars in here, and have been lucky enough to show people around during Open and Applicant visit days. Creative Edge is home to Vibe Media, as well as some of the most fascinating equipment on campus. I rather like that there’s an ‘On Air’ light outside the studios!
5: The Sports Centre Rooftop – I’ll be the first to admit that the Sports Centre isn’t one of the places I frequent most on campus, but I do like the rooftop! I know other people might say that they prefer the roof on either Creative Edge or the Business building, but this is my personal favourite of the three. It’s a fairly quiet part of campus, tucked away from the hustle and bustle of student life. The rooftop leads onto the trails, which absolutely anyone can use for free. On a sunny – or even a not so sunny! – day, it’s quite nice to get some fresh air over there.
4: The Sunken Garden – Like Creative Edge, if I got to spend more time here, it would definitely be higher on my list! The Sunken Garden, or rather, the outdoor amphitheatre, is used for performances by dance and drama students. It’s another one of those quiet, peaceful places on campus that is tucked away.
3: The Education Building – With the rooms set up like primary classrooms, our very own Water’s Edge café and some really cool artwork, there isn’t a single part of the Faculty of Education that I don’t like. Except maybe that second set of stairs – and even they’re not that bad! Being in classrooms with work on the wall reminds me why I’m doing the degree I am, and really helps set the tone for the lesson that I’m in. During last spring and summer, I liked studying outside Water’s Edge when it was sunny.
2: The Hub – My favourite social space on campus has everything that I, as a student, need: Starbucks, a shop, a café… and free printing upstairs! I spent a lot of time in halls last year and didn’t really see much of the Hub, but I hugely recommend spending some time in there. Like the name suggests, it’s the hub of activity on campus. Last year, there was a wellbeing day where we had a petting zoo just outside, and we have different market stalls here throughout the week. My favourite is the pancake stall…
And finally… drumroll please…
1: The library – Specifically, I like being in an individual study room on the top floor, closest to the education books so I can pop in and out if I need to. I’m the kind of person that can’t stand talking when I’m working. Each floor in the library has varying degree of noise, going from loud to silent as you go up the stairs. On the top floor, there is a section for people to work in silence, which is where I spend a lot of my time. However, if it’s late and I’m just trying to finish an assignment, there’s nothing better than booking a study room, so I can sit with the fan on, my headphones in, and just get down to work.
I’m sure you’ll find some of your own favourite places to study and socialise on campus when you get here; it’s a big place, and there’s plenty of hidden gems to be found!