Do you love to watch sport? Or are you looking for exercise classes, gym membership or just somewhere to have a kick-about with your mates?
Whether you’re watching, or taking part, you’ll find there’s so much on offer in Wolverhampton.
Sport in Wolverhampton
Head to the Sports Centre on campus to get the low-down on all the facilities and classes available to you: whether you’re a serious athlete, like to be competitive, or just want to drop in occasionally.
If you’ve got a competitive streak, you could join one of the teams in the national British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) competition programme, representing the University of Wolverhampton. Get in touch with WLV Sport to find out what teams are recruiting this year: it could be football, basketball, futsal, judo…
Want to burn some calories or just have some fun at an organised class? The University offers a wide range of group exercise classes on-site throughout the week. So you can easily find something to fit into your day, whether a HIIT workout, functional fitness or Pilates.
If gym membership is what you’re after, as a student you can get access to the University’s facilities from only £10 a month: a great saving compared to many other private gyms, and conveniently on-site too. There’s fitness and condition suites, as well as the sports hall,
badminton, table tennis, basketball, netball and volleyball courts.
Looking for a casual game of football or basketball without having to commit to a gym membership? Grab your mates for a game and head to the Sports Zone by Lomas Street Halls: open 10am- 9pm, its floodlights won’t let sundown interrupt your fun: simply swipe in and go!
Make a splash
Swimming is known to be a great way to keep fit, and after all, where else would you rather be at 7am?! If you’re in the centre Wolverhampton, you can head to the city’s Central Baths – only a few minutes’ walk from campus. It also offers a gym, spin studio, classes and much more. Alternatively you can find a variety of additional facilities at Aldersley or the Bert Williams centre in Bilston.
Run Forest! Run!
Okay, so you may not have the stamina of our favourite Tom Hanks hero (or is it Woody?.. But wait… what about Det. Scott Turner?!) but if you’ve always wanted to get running, or have signed up to a Couch to 5k, then your local park is a great place to start. Parkrun are nationwide on Saturdays at 9am, head to Wolverhampton’s West Park and join the fun.
Climb every mountain
If you want a real challenge, why not head to Wolf Mountain to try out some climbing or caving? You’ll get outdoor-style exercise without needing your waterproofs. And it might help put your other metaphorical mountains into perspective.
A gym for everyone
Whether you’re a seasoned gym bunny, or nervous but keen to build your strength, speak to the staff at City and Walsall sports centres to arrange an induction to the gym equipment. Private gyms can be pricy, so make sure you get a student discount from the likes of Puregym or Thegymgroup, if you go down that route. Or, if you’re just looking to dip-in, why not check out your local park? As more and more now have gym-style equipment installed: so you get the double benefit of a workout, and the outdoors.
Top of the list has to be Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club, or, as everyone calls them: the Wolves. With the iconic Molineux stadium sharing our campus, even if you don’t ever step in the stands, you can’t escape roar of the crowd, or the smell of onions on match day. With Worldwide Wolves you can be part of the family wherever in the world you are. There are often discounted on-the-day tickets available, and if you want to experience all the action but at a lower price, why not go to one of the under-21 team games, or show your support for Wolves Women, with adult tickets from only £4.
Shake a paw?
If you want to watch something a little different, you can head to Monmore Green for a night of thrilling greyhound racing. You can add to the fun with a party pack or joining in with their Tribute Nights or Christmas parties. If the dark eyes and perky ears of the hounds melt your heart you can get involved with re-homing retired dogs with the local Greyhound Trust.
Hop on yer bike!
If watching someone ride a bike with a 500cc single cylinder engine with acceleration to match Formula 1 race cars, with no brakes is your idea of a good night out, then head to Wolverhampton Speedway. With thrilling fixtures at home and away, you’ll soon be wishing the team up the Premiership Table.
Galloping ahead of the rest
If you’ve never been to watch horseracing, then you’ve got one of Britain’s busiest racecourses on the doorstep right here in Wolverhampton at Dunstall Park, situated across the road from University of Wolverhampton Science Park. With Grandstand tickets from £11.50, and a huge range of concerts and special events, it’s a bit different to a night of Netflix, isn’t it?