Men's Health Active



There's no strength in silence

Men’s Health Active is a new initiative which has been designed to encourage male students to use sport and physical activity to help them maintain good levels of mental health.

Weekly sessions and talk shops

In term one we will be running a programme of sports and classes to support male students to get active. These sessions will be supported by talk shops - supported and more informal.

All of these sessions will be supported by volunteers and qualified coaches/leaders, so If you would like support accessing any of these sessions, please contact the MHA-Sport team.

Please see the timetable below for details of what is available: 

Timetable - Term One:
Boxing Monday 14, 21, 28 Oct, 4,11,18, 25 Nov, 2 & 9 Dec 6-7pm David Ross Sports Village
Climbing Wednesday 16, 23, 30 Oct, 6, 13, 20, 27 Nov, 4 & 11 Dec 7-8pm TBC David Ross
Sports Village
Football Thursday 17, 24, 31 Oct, 7, 14, 21, 28 Nov, 5 & 12 Dec 4.30-5.30pm David Ross Sports Village
Headstrong TBC TBC TBC David Ross Sports Village
Ultimate Frisbee TBC TBC TBC Jubilee Sports Centre (TBC)
Fitness & Wellbeing Classes Various TBC TBC Various
Talkshops Various TBC TBC Various


Session descriptions

  • Boxing
    Led by the University Boxing club, this session is also part of the Engage programme. This will provide you with the perfect opportunity to learn new skills, improve your fitness and a much needed break from studying and other life pressures. The club will provide all of the boxing kit, you will just need to come long in comfortable sports/leisure wear and trainers. This session will take place in Studio 2 at David Ross Sports Village.
  • Climbing
    Led by Mark Tavener, one of our University Climbing instructors and supported by the University club, this session will provide you with the opportunity to scale both the climbing and bouldering walls. We hope that it will provide you with an opportunity to focus on scaling the walls and focus on achieving new goals, with a friendly team. These sessions take place at David Ross Sports Village.
  • Football
    MHA approved this session is part of the Engage programme. The one hour football session is led by the University's Football Coordinator - Dan Smith. Run outside on the 3G pitch at David Ross SV, this is a great opportunity to have a kick about and play a game of football with other like minded people.

  • Headstrong
    The Headstrong session will be hosted in the High Performance Zone at David Ross SV. Run by the University's Strength and Conditioning Team, this will be the perfect opportunity for you to work out in a dedicated space with weights -  learning the right techniques and making improvements at your own pace, in a supportive environment.
  • Fitness and Wellbeing Classes
    We will be running a number of different fitness and wellbeing classes across each of our campuses. We hope that they will provide you with the right balance of cardio, strength and wellbeing. The programme for these will be confirmed before the start of the new academic year.
  • Talkshops
    There will be an opportunity for you to meet with likeminded students in talk shops, led and supported by qualified staff. We hope that these will run on a monthly basis and provide you with the opportunity to chat through anything related to your mental wellbeing. To compliment these, we will also be scheduling in more informal conversation cafes with our MHA ambassador and Champion team. More details to follow on these.

How do you access the sessions?

Please turn up just before the session you'd like to do and register your attendance with reception. One of our ambassadors or champions will be at reception and walk you to the session – you can identify them by their green Men’s Health Active t-shirts.

If you need any additional support accessing it, our ambassadors Alec or Harry would be more than happy to help. Please email them at:

How much does it cost?

The session is £3 for non-sports members and free to those who have a sports membership. You can just pay at the sports centre reception on the day of the session.

Men's Health Active Champions

We are looking to recruit a team of Men's Health Active Champions to support the promotion and running of the initiative throughout the academic year.

Benefits for those who would like to get involved include:

  • Training
  • Kit
  • Socials
  • Skills development

If you are interested in getting involved in MHA, then please contact the Disability Sport Officer to find out more.

Useful links and resources


University of Nottingham Sport

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

telephone: +44 (0)115 74 87000