Department of Sport

Supported Fitness Sessions

The perfect way to get back in to the gym!

If you want to get active and stay, by getting back in to the gym, then the supported fitness sessions might be just the thing for you.

Once you have booked on team of trained and friendly instructors will support you in working towards your own goals, whatever they may be.

If you're a disabled student or a student with a mental health condition and feel that these sessions may benefit you, then please contact the Disability Sport Officer for more information.


How does it work?

As a disabled student or student with mental health difficulties, you can access supported fitness inductions and sessions at both the David Ross Sports Village and Jubilee Fitness Centres.

The supported fitness sessions have been introduced this year to ensure that disabled students and staff can get a consistent level of support when exercising.

You can access these sessions for no additional charge if you have a sports membership.

As part of this initiative you can access:

• one induction session with a fitness centre instructor;

• one personal fitness programme session;

• review/support sessions on regular basis (no one than one session per week).

We hope that working with the same instructor every time you will be able to work towards achieving your goals and start to feel more at home in our Fitness Centres.


How do you book on?

  • Step One Please contact the Disability Sport Officer via email to express an interest in the sessions or to find out more.
  • Step Two The Disability Sport Officer will email you back and put you in contact with our Fitness Instructor leads on this programme - Chloe and Mat.
  • Step Three Chloe or Mat will email you back with a consultation form - detailing your availability and what you'd like to achieve from the sessions (i.e. to get fitter, to help manage your condition). You'll need to complete that and return to them as soon as you can.
  • Step Four Chloe or Mat will email you and introduce you to the fitness instructor who will take your first induction session and hopefully work with you on the supported fitness sessions moving forward.
  • Step Five Your fitness instructor will contact you to introduce themselves and arrange a day and time for you to come in to one of the fitness csntres for your first session.
  • Step Six You come in to one of the fitness centres for your first session and hopefully book on for your next session.
  • Step Seven Chloe or Mat will be in regular contact with you to see how the sessions are going. If for any reason you're not happy with the sessions, you can feedback to them or the Disability Sport Officer.  


Feedback from members

Visually impaired student

"Since engaging with the supported fitness sessions I have noticed a huge gain in confidence. I am accessing different things I wouldn’t do on my own because I wouldn’t know how to.

It’s really good that some fitness instructors are really aware of how different types of bodies work e.g. hyper extension, muscular or bone weakness etc. 
When a fitness instructor already knows about this or isn’t surprised by it, this can be a real encouragement for someone.

I would definitely recommend this initiative to other students and disabled members."

Student with mental health conditions

"I decided to access these sessions, as due to my history with unhealthy exercise it really appealed to me that I could work with someone in a safe and supportive environment. It was also important for me to work with someone who would understand my needs and the goals I'm trying to meet.

As a result, I feel a lot more comfortable in the gym environment, know how to exercise safely and have improved my level of fitness. It has also been a good way of reducing stress and boosting my mood. I would definitely recommend this initiative as I have found it an extremely helpful, enjoyable, and a rewarding experience!" 

Student with a physical disability

"The unifying capacity of health, fitness, and being involved because of it has great significance for me. That’s why I’m in the gym with a body that doesn’t work properly. If it wasn’t for the way the sports staff engage with me, I probably wouldn’t be there at all.

The help I’ve received, even the bonds I have with the people who work in the department, have had a hugely positive impact on my life, and I’m grateful for that." 


University of Nottingham Sport

David Ross Sports Village
University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0)115 74 87000