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. Please note that there will be more sessions added in the new year: 

Timetable - Term Two:
Boxing* Monday 27 Jan, 3, 10, 17, 24 Feb, 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 Mar 6-7pm David Ross Sports Village
Social Football Tuesday 28 Jan, 4, 11,18, 25 Feb, 3,10, 17, 24 & 31 Mar 5-6pm Sutton Bonington Sports Centre
Headstrong Wednesday 5, 12, 19, 26 Feb, 4, 11, 18 & 25 Mar 6.30 - 7.30pm David Ross Sports Village
Tai Chi* Wednesday 5, 12, 19, 26 Feb, 4, 11, 18 & 25 Mar 5  - 6pm Sutton Bonington Sports Centre
Football* Thursday 6, 13, 20, 27 Feb, 5, 12,19 & 26 Mar 4.30-5.30pm David Ross Sports Village
Total Conditioning Friday 7, 14, 21, 28 Feb, 6, 13, 20 & 27 Mar 5 - 5.45pm Sutton Bonington Sports Centre
Talkshops Thursday 20 Feb, 12 Mar, 23 Apr &21 May 5.30 - 6.30pm Wellbeing Hub, C Floor, Portland Building**

 * Run as part of the Engage programme, so may not be male only sessions.
** Next to the Student Advice Centre.

One- off taster sessions

We will also be running some one-off taster sessions throughout term two and these sports will include:

Men's Health Active Tasters
 Activity Date Time Venue Lead
 Trampoline 17 Feb  6 - 7pm  Hall D, David Ross SV Zendell Crichlow 
 Touch Rugby 23 Feb  2 - 3.30pm  3G Pitch, David Ross SV Ella Wyrwas
 Dodgeball 28 Mar  11-1pm  Sports Hall, David Ross SV Dodgeball Club

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.
  • Social Football
    Run by our friendly Football Coordinator - Dan Smith - this session at Sutton Bonington will be a relaxed kick about. There's no pressure to be the next Lionel Messi, just a willingness to join in and play on a team with other participants. Please come along in casual sportswear and trainers. Footballs and bibs will be provided. The session will take place on the 3G pitch next to the sports centre. 
  • Football
    MHA approved this session is part of the Engage programme. The one hour football session is again led by the University's Football Coordinator - Dan Smith, with support from the University Football Club. 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 Paul Campbell from 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.
  • Total Conditioning
    Your opportunity to work out with one of our friendly instructors - Gail Scott. This class will help you to build your core, flexibility and strength while improving your health, wellbeing and posture.
  • Talkshops
    There will be an opportunity for you to meet with likeminded students in talk shops, led and supported by Rob and Dan from the Counselling Service. 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. Refreshments will also be made available.

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