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LetsPlay

Have fun with Let’s Play activities

Want to have a break from your routine and try something new? The term 1 Let’s Play timetable includes netball, basketball, badminton, running, This Girl Can Lift, Beginners hockey and touch tennis. Why not get active, have fun, meet friends and join us for any of the sessions?

This is your chance to give these activities a go! Sessions are free to staff and student Kent Sport Premium Plus and Premium members; or pay £2 per person per session with Plus and Pay to Play membership. Kent Sport membership benefits and prices are available on the website.

“My life in Kent would definitely have been different without Let’s Play. I never thought playing sports would be that amusing; but now I actually fall in love with it, especially badminton. Let’s Play is very enjoyable and carefree as it is all about having fun. I like the variety of sports provided which enables me to try out different things and learn new skills. It is also nice to make new friends during the activities and have fun together.” Karen – Let’s Play participant.

For more information about the activities visit the Let’s Play webpage. Or pop into the University of Kent Sports Centre and pick up our Active Kent activities booklet. To keep up to date, follow @LetsPlayKent on Twitter or like us on Facebook.

See you at the next session!

reflexology

Reflexology now available at Kent Sport Physiotherapy Clinic

Great news! We now offer Reflexology at Kent Sport Physiotherapy Clinic!

We are currently offering taster sessions at £20 for 30 minutes from Monday 14 October to Friday 1 November.

What is Reflexology?

Reflexology is non-invasive, complementary therapy and is a thousand-year-old practice that focuses on massaging the acupressure points in the feet or hands to relieve stress, illness, pain and stimulate mental, emotional, physical healing and well-being in all the body systems.  It builds stress resistance and rejuvenates by stimulating meridians, circulation and the nerve systems by flushing and detoxing.

How does Reflexology work?

Each area of the foot, hand, eye, face and ear connects via nerves and electromagnetic energy (chi) channels (“meridians”) to a particular body organ and system. By massaging that area, it stimulates and flushes that area.

The benefits of Reflexology:

  •  Stress relief
  • Relaxation
  • Hormone balance
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Balance immune system
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Support digestive system
  • Respiratory disorders (asthma)
  • Sinusitis
  • Menopause

For more information or to book in, please call us on 01227 824375 or contact physio@kent.ac.uk.

 

New water bottle

Free water bottles to replace plastic cups at Kent

The University is adding to its green credentials with a move to replace plastic drinking cups across campus.

All new students staying on campus will once again receive an eco-friendly reusable Bamboo coffee cup and a fully recyclable, sustainable water bottle.

And, for the first time this year, a free water bottle will be offered to all staff too. The bottle, made from sustainable sugar cane, is fully recyclable and has a negative carbon footprint. As well as the University of Kent logo, it includes a QR code which users can scan to find the nearest available refillable water station.

The bottles will be available, on production of a KentOne ID card, from next week (wc 16 September) at Kent Hospitality outlets across Canterbury and Medway campuses. Bamboo coffee cups will also be available at the same outlets at a cost of £5 each.

The new bottles and cups are part of a package of measures at Kent to reduce our carbon footprint and increase our sustainability. This latest initiative has been led by members of Kent Hospitality, working alongside Kent Union, Estates and Procurement as part of the University’s Sustainable Food Steering Group, which oversees our sustainable food strategy.

The initiative also fits in well with the University strategy, Kent 2025, which states that, we will ‘embed sustainability through building the UN Sustainable Development Goals into our research, education, leadership, operations, administration and engagement.’

Kevin Stuckey, Director of Commercial Services, explains: ‘We were already working with Kent Union’s President Sasha Langeveldt to provide sustainable drinking cups and bottles. However, our Vice-Chancellor was keen for us to extend this across campus and eventually remove the need for any single-use plastic cups.

‘We therefore doubled our order for new water bottles this year so we could offer staff, as well as new residential students a sustainable alternative. We hope this will be welcomed by not only our staff, but the wider community, as Kent does its bit to reduce its carbon footprint.’

Sports Ready Clinic

University of Kent’s Sports Ready Clinic

Here at the University of Kent’s Sports Ready Clinic, based at Medway Park Sports Centre, our 2nd and 3rd year Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation students provide our services under the supervision of vastly experienced therapists.

Through the use of our state-of-the-art equipment and innovative techniques we can reduce your pain (sporting and non-sporting injuries) and aid your recovery time, as well as offering advice on how to prevent future injuries. 

Services:

  • Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation (Assessment, Diagnosis, Treatment and a Personalised Rehabilitation Plan)
  • Injury Prevention
  • Sports Massage
  • Alter-G session.

 Prices:

  • 1-hour £20
  • 30-minutes £15

Discounts are available for Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation, Injury Prevention and Alter-G sessions (excluding Sports Massage):

  • FREE for University of Kent SSES staff & students.
  • 50% discount for University of Kent staff & students (non SSES).
  • 25% discount for family of University of Kent staff & students.
  • 25% discount for University of Kent Alumni. 

Specialist Equipment: 

  • Alter-G Treadmill, an anti-gravity machine that helps us get you back to walking/running quicker after injury or surgery.
  • Gait Analysis, using the RX scanner and Gwalk can enable us to adapt your technique if needed. 

Clients who have recently used the Alter-G Treadmill include: 

  • Men’s 1st Team players from Gillingham Fc and Ebbsfleet United Fc, recovering from surgery. 
  • A female Para triathlete training for the World Championships in Switzerland in August.
  • Lastly, a young man with Friedreich’s Ataxia, a nervous system degeneration condition resulting in him being a wheelchair user. Using the Alter-G, he can walk and maintain the strength in his legs. 

For more information about our opening times or to book please contact us below:

Phone: 01634 888137   

Email: sportinjury@kent.ac.uk

 Book Online here.

 Visit our Website.

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Kent Sport student membership update

Kent Sport is excited to announce new student membership options for 2019/20 available to buy online or at the Sports Centre and The Pavilion receptions.

In December 2018, Kent Sport and Kent Union launched the #FitForPurpose survey. Students and staff were able to have their say on Kent Sport membership and what they wanted out of their membership options. We listened to what you said and have made changes to our membership options.

Whether you want an all-inclusive membership or to use the gym and classes or even just to try a new sport – we have options for everyone.

• Premium Plus £245 – For less than £1.50/day, our all-inclusive membership combines the benefits of Premium and Plus. Enjoy discounted physiotherapy and massage, exclusive offers at The Pavilion Café Bar, bike hire, seven-day advance booking, and UNIversal BUCS membership.


• Premium £190 – From just 90p/day, this option gives you unlimited gym access, entry to all fitness classes, free access to our Let’s Play activities, and five-day advance booking. Additional activities available (fees apply).


• Plus £175 – From just 84p/day, this option gives you free access to club training sessions*, intramural sports club entry, free recreational sports bookings, and five-day advance booking. Additional activities available (fees apply).


• Pay to Play £5 – Our low commitment option gives you the flexibility to play when you want, with a £4.50 fee per session.

 

Make sure you check the benefits table to see what is available for each membership option.
“Over 2,500 students and staff filled out the survey, so thank you so much for making your voices heard! We hope these changes will greatly enhance the student experience.” – Emily Window, Vice-President (Sports)

 

We have listened to your requests for a more varied membership offering, giving you the opportunity to get active the way you want. We hope you love the new membership options and look forward to seeing you at Kent Sport!

“I would absolutely encourage all new students to get involved in sport. Even if you’ve not really played sport before coming to campus, there are so many different ones available of varying levels of ability and seriousness. Engagement in sport has 100% been my fondest memory of being at University.” – Ieuan Gale, Scholar of the Year 2018/19

New options are also available to the University of Kent staff, alumni and the public. For more details about all membership options, benefits, and terms and conditions at Kent Sport, visit kent.ac.uk/sports/membership.

To stay up-to-date with the latest Kent Sport news, activities and special offers, Like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram and Twitter @UniKentSports.

 

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Brush up your language skills or learn British Sign Language

Kent staff are eligible for reduced fees on the eight ‘Language Express’ world language courses run by the Centre for English and World Languages.  You can choose from Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Russian or Spanish at Canterbury, or French and Japanese at Medway.

The fees for staff are £269 for 40 hours of classes during the autumn and spring terms. Courses start in October and most classes take place in the evening.

As a member of staff, you can apply for 50% funding towards the course fees, whether or not the language studied is relevant to your role at the University. You may be awarded 100% funding if the language studied is directly linked to your current role.  Please apply for funding via Learning and Organisational Development

CEWL also offers Level One  and Level Two British Sign Language courses. The fees are £458 and £680.  Please note that the funding does not apply to these two courses.

Find out more and book your place on the CEWL website

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Kent Sport membership for everyone!

Kent Sport is excited to announce new membership options for 2019/20 available to buy online or at the Sports Centre and The Pavilion receptions from Sunday 1 September.

In December 2018, Kent Sport and Kent Union launched the #FitForPurpose survey. Students and staff were able to have their say on Kent Sport membership and what they wanted out of their membership options. We listened to what you said and have made changes to our membership options.

Whether you want an all-inclusive membership or to use the gym and classes or even just to try a new sport – we have options for everyone.

• Premium Plus – Our all-inclusive membership combines the benefits of Premium and Plus. Enjoy discounted physiotherapy and massage, exclusive offers at The Pavilion Café Bar, bike hire, seven-day advance booking, and UNIversal BUCS membership.
• Premium – This option gives you unlimited gym access, entry to all fitness classes, free access to our Let’s Play activities, and five-day advance booking. Additional activities available (fees apply).
• Plus – With free access to club training sessions*, intramural sports club entry, free recreational sports bookings, and five-day advance booking, this option is great for those looking to use primarily the facilities. Additional activities available (fees apply).
• Pay to Play £5 – Our low commitment option gives you the flexibility to play when you want, with a fee per session.

Make sure you check the benefits table to see what is available for each membership option.

“Over 2,500 students and staff filled out the survey, so thank you so much for making your voices heard! We hope these changes will greatly enhance the student experience.” – Emily Window, Vice-President (Sports)

We have listened to your requests for a more varied membership offering, giving you the opportunity to get active the way you want. We hope you love the new membership options and look forward to seeing you at Kent Sport!

“I would absolutely encourage all new students to get involved in sport. Even if you’ve not really played sport before coming to campus, there are so many different ones available of varying levels of ability and seriousness. Engagement in sport has 100% been my fondest memory of being at University.” – Ieuan Gale, Scholar of the Year 2018/19

For more details about all membership options, benefits, and terms and conditions at Kent Sport, visit kent.ac.uk/sports/membership.

To stay up-to-date with the latest Kent Sport news, activities and special offers, Like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram and Twitter @UniKentSports.

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Reminder – book now for National Cycle to Work Day free breakfast

Don’t forget – registration closes for this event at 10.00 on Tuesday 6 August!

National Cycle to Work Day is Thursday 8 August. To celebrate this, and to encourage a greener campus, you are invited to breakfast at Jarman Plaza (opposite Blackwell’s Bookshop) 8.00-9.00.

All you need to do is cycle to campus on that day and come and enjoy a free breakfast and cuppa.

To help us get an idea of numbers for catering, please register on Eventbrite by Tuesday 10.00. Don’t worry about bringing a ticket to the event. Just turn up with your bike and join us.

Dr Bike will be in attendance. Dr Bike (Chris) provides bike repairs on campus each Wednesday at the Cycle Hub near the Sports Pavilion.

We look forward to seeing you on Thursday morning.

Special deals for Rochester Castle Concerts 10-13 July

Medway Council is offering Kent staff special deals for next week’s Rochester Castle Concerts. Don’t miss the opportunity for some nights of great music and dancing from Brit Award nominees, music legends and soul superstars in a wonderful setting.

Offers include:

  • Wednesday 10 JulyRudimental (Sound System). The genre-defying supergroup and BRIT nominees – who have sold more than 20 million singles and over two million albums – will be bringing their own unique sound to the castle with their Sound System set which features a DJ set with live brass and vocals. Joining Rudimental on the opening night are two special guests; platinum-selling artist Example, and fellow BRIT nominee, Mahalia.  SPECIAL OFFER for University staff £35 (down from £48.50) – just click on the partner offer button on the Castle Concerts website.
  • Thursday 11 JulyCraig David. We are delighted to welcome back superstar Craig David who replaces Jess Glynne who had to cancel due to ill health. From his iconic early tracks and club classics, to his numerous recent hits and collaborations, Craig takes a break from his Ibiza Rocks residency to perform his packed back catalogue. Tickets £45.
  • Friday, 12 July – is party night at the Soul Party concert, when the audience will get to boogie the night away under the stars and singalong to their favourite floor-filling hits from the likes of Chaka Khan, Tina Turner, James Brown, Aretha Franklin and Lionel Richie, to name just a few. The evening will be headlined by legend George McCrae, singer of the smash hit Rock Your Baby. Joining him will be the disco group Odyssey and Heather Small, singer of the famous Proud track and former M People star.  Tickets 37.50 – SPECIAL OFFER – FOUR TICKETS FOR THE PRICE OF THREE.
  • Saturday, 13 July – The great Proms finale, featuring the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra who will be performing a selection of James Bond movie themes along with classical hits such as Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, Fantasia on British Sea Songs, Rule Britannia and Jerusalem. They will be joined by with special guests Collabro – the world’s most successful musical theatre group and stars of Britain’s Got Talent – and soprano Laura Wright, one of the biggest selling classical artists this decade. The Kent Rock Choir will also be performing and interval entertainment will be provided by NChant, the Senior Girls’ Choir from The Rochester Grammar School. Tickets £35.

TO BOOK tickets, visit the Castle Concerts website or ring 01634 338338. You will need to click on the  Partners, Armed Forces button when you book on the Rudimental offer.