feeling those january blues?
Around this time of year in particular, university can be a stressful time for students, with many feeling pressure from deadlines, financial worries, or just missing family and friends from home. One of my key priorities this year is improving students' mental wellbeing using sport; and as I mentioned in my #DoesYouGood Blog, last year's British Active Students Survey concluded that students who are more physically active have better mental wellbeing and attain higher academic grades. With this in mind, I'm really excited to announce a brand new opportunity for students in 2019...
introducing Navigate Norfolk
This semester, we're really excited to introduce 'Navigate Norfolk', delivered in partnership with UEA Sport, as part of our Do Something Different programme. The project is funded by BUCS and Sport England (like Chill Out & Smash it Out) and aims to promote the benefits of physical activity on student's wellbeing. As well as the much anticipated weekly dog walks, there's also cycle sessions and day trips around Norfolk, to give all students the chance to take a break from studying and explore the local countryside.
Following the huge success of our Pets As Therapy sessions over the last few years, we're excited to give students the opportunity to go on a walk with some four legged friends every week! Starting Wednesday 16th January, the walks will take place every Wednesday at 2pm, meeting outside the LCR. The next few sessions are filling up, so secure your place in a january session here.
See more of Norfolk on two wheels with our new social cycle rides! These weekly riding groups meet outside the Sports Park every Saturday Morning at 10am, starting next weekend. We're also trialling some new training sessions if you're keen to improve you're cycling skills or confidence - book here to reserve your place for free.
Image: UEA Cycling Club
Finally, we're running five day trips to some of Norfolk's most favoured distinations, including Thetford, Cromer, Holt and Wells. These trips will take place on saturdays and cost £5 to cover the cost of coach travel. We're heading to the beach for our first trip to see the Horsey Seals on 2nd February - places will be limited so book online here.
all sessions can be booked online at ueadifferent.com
You can also engage with the project on social media by tagging #NavigateNorfolk.