Department of Sport



Be Happy, Be Healthy,
Be a Better You

We recognise the important role that physical activity and sport can have in not only maintaining a healthy lifestyle, but also in supporting recovery from illness or injury.

We hope that by encouraging an open and inclusive atmosphere through our fitness offer and sports clubs that more people will feel able to join us, make friends and keep active during their time in Nottingham.



Welfare in Sport

Welfare in Sport is a campaign group which has existed for a number of years at the University. The overall aim of the project is to help raise awareness of mental health issues within members of sports clubs, remove barriers for students participating in sport, and to provide a platform for sports clubs at UoN to improve welfare support for all their members.

People from all backgrounds and in all walks of life experience mental health difficulties. Many students will have times of stress or loneliness during their studies, and a further number will be diagnosed with mental illness. The support networks and friendship groups that are fostered in sports teams can be invaluable during these times and can help you to not feel so alone.

The connection between physical and mental health is well documented, however mental distress can produce a large barrier to participation in activity for those who would benefit from it most. We hope that by encouraging an inclusive atmosphere in our sports clubs and educating those in leadership roles, more people will feel able to join us, make friends and keep active during their time in Nottingham.

Committee 2019-20

  • Chair: Alec Lewis
  • Vice Chair: Kerry Lam
  • Gen Sec: Abi Horton
  • Social Media Sec: Izzy Walker
  • Events Officers: Harry Jones, Catherine Lock
  • Club Liaison Officers: Ryam Al-Rawi, Liam Gardner, Rebecca Rosson, Jessica Vassena


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Club welfare support

Welfare Training Day

At the start of the year all Club captains, Club Welfare Officers and at least one other member of committee, will be expected to attend. The provisional date for this training day is Sunday 13th October 10am - 4pm, venue to be confirmed.

All club captains will need to complete 1 hour of Student Minds training and the remaining committee members will be expected to complete the following sessions:

  • Introduction to Club Welfare
  • Active Listening
  • Bystander Intervention

Monthly welfare support meetings

This year we are planning to run monthly welfare meetings, with a view to supporting our sports clubs and societies with any welfare issues. These sessions are also designed to provide clubs with more information around:

  • Self care;
  • Signposting;
  • Mental health conditions;
  • Safeguarding and boundaries;
  • Sexual consent;
  • LGBT+ awareness;
  • Other areas of support and guidance.

Other support

Staff  (including the Disability Sport Officer, Club Development Coordinators and Head of Student Welfare) and Student Union Officers (including the Sports and Welfare Officers) also support the clubs throughout year.

If you are a welfare officer or representative from a University Club, you can also request to join the Club Welfare Facebook Group. This page offers support, information and the latest information on welfare activities and events throughout the academic year.

University of Nottingham Sport

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

telephone: +44 (0)115 74 87000