On Friday 23rd June, schools and departments from across the University were invited to form teams and battle it out against colleagues in an attempt to win the inaugural Vice-Chancellor’s Challenge Trophy.
The EuroHockey Club Cup (Champions League of hockey) is a showcase of the best female sides, bringing European club hockey to an end each year. This year was different — each senior team competing were invited to bring their U14 Girls squad to mirror their senior counterparts.
Staff from Canterbury Christ Church University and University of Kent met at Canterbury Golf Club on 21st June for the inaugural Staff Varsity Golf Match.
With just over two weeks to go until the inaugural Vice Chancellor’s Challenge, entries have been coming in thick and fast!
This year Christ Church Sport staff member David Wood had the opportunity to play in the US Open Pickleball Championships in Naples, Florida, USA. With over 1,300 competitors from 17 countries around the world. The players descended on Naples Community Park where 48 outdoor Pickleball courts were used across 7 days with over 500 games played each day. The youngest competitor was 12 and the oldest was 90.
CCCU Sport & Leisure Management student and Christ Church Sports Centre Fitness Coach Aston Worsfold placed 3rd in her category at the Pure Elite Bodybuilding Competition at the Margate Winter Gardens this April. She took part to help raise money for a charity close to her heart and managed to raise £230 for the Teens Unite Fighting Cancer, a charity that helped her sister when she was undergoing treatment.
Last Wednesday I embarked on a Disability Awareness Training session to learn about engaging people in sport and physical activity. The afternoon was delivered by The Change Foundation a charity who aim to change the lives of disadvantaged young people using the power of dance and sport. The opportunity was part of the charity’s roadshow – celebrating 10 years of making a lasting difference in people’s lives.
Just before Christmas I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to fly out to Barcelona to visit Real Club De Polo. Considered one of the most prestigious and exclusive hockey clubs in Europe and maybe even the world, this opportunity was my golden ticket into an elite sporting organisation.
by James Donaldson
This past Sunday, the 22nd of January, myself and 1500 other runners took part in the Canterbury 10 mile road race. A famous foot race that I’d heard about long before I came to CCCU to study for my PhD. This year there would be a lot more involvement with the university as general management and parking for the event had been handed over to CCCU Sport in conjunction with Invicta East Kent running club.
Last night I had my first of 6 sessions of TrySport Skiing. I’ve never skied before and was quite nervous. I could barely move with the heavy boots and cumbersome skis on and there were other people there flying and zigzagging down the slope. Thankfully, the instructor was very reassuring and understanding of where I was at, compared to the others.
I spent the whole lesson on the lower part of the slope, in the beginners’ lane. The instructor had me side stepping up the hill and then slowing going down. Each time she did a gradual progression to something new. The first time, she stood in front of me to stop me from sliding, the next time she showed me how to stop myself from sliding but still stood in front of me, then she showed me how to get in position without sliding, and so on. By the end of the lesson, I could get up the lower slope, turn to position, slide down, do a little jump, lift my feet and – most importantly – stop! She assures me, by the end of the sessions, I will be going to the top on the drag lift and skiing down like everyone else. It’s baby steps for now though.
If you’re staff or a student at CCCU and have always wanted to give skiing a go but you’re a chicken (like me), you should do TrySport Skiing. It’s on Tuesdays at 6-7 pm for the next 5 weeks and only costs £20 in total. The venue is Folkestone Ski Centre. You can book online or contact TrySport for more information.