Born in the USA sports at MMU

Here’s five sports which have come from the ‘land of the free’, which you can try out at MMU!

American Football

“American football makes rugby look like a Tupperware party” said Sue Lawley, Broadcaster, once upon a time in 1985.


The most popular sport of the United States, American football is similar to rugby but with an extra dose of “ooh rah”. Players can be tackled even if they do not have the ball!  And this is exactly why American football players wear a lot more protection.

Don’t worry if you don’t like the sound of being tackled, we offer touch American football! Pop along to Sugden Sports Centre every Friday between 5:30pm and 6:30pm.


Channel your inner Space Jam! Basketball is the third most popular sport in the world with around three billion fans worldwide! It’s a fast paced, quick and easy game to play. Score by putting the ball into the opposition’s basket and the team who scores the most baskets wins!


To take part in our basketball sessions in Manchester head over to Sugden Sports Centre every Tuesday 8:00pm – 9:00pm, Wednesday 9:00pm – 10:00pm, Friday 7:30pm – 8:30pm and Sunday 3:00pm – 5:00pm.

You can also come to our basketball sessions at our Cheshire Campus at Cheshire Sports Centre every Thursday between 7:00pm and 8:00pm.


Ready, OK! We’ve all seen it in the movies: Bring it On, 10 Things I Hate About You, heck even High School Musical had cheerleading in it! Now you can actually try it! Dance and cheer your way through our cheerleading sessions, which are guaranteed to leave you feeling more relaxed and positive! We especially love the fact that anybody can do it and take part!


You can take start cheerleading by heading over to the Gymnasium on our Cheshire campus every Tuesday between 6:30pm and 8:30pm.


Make sure you remember the five Ds of dodgeball and dodge, duck, dip, dive and dodge you way to victory in this competitive American classic. The aim of the game is simple don’t get hit by ball! Throw the ball at your opponent to take them out of the game, once all members of one team are out the other team wins!

In the words of the great Patches O’Houlihan, “If you can dodge a wrench you dodge a ball”
In the words of the great Patches O’Houlihan, “If you can dodge a wrench you can dodge a ball”

Fancy a game of dodgeball? Come along to Sugden Sports Centre on Tuesdays between 7:00pm and 8:00pm and Fridays between 5:30pm and 6:30pm.


Don’t let the name deceive you, there’s nothing soft about softball! Don’t worry though you’ll be knocking the balls out of the park when you play! It’s that easy to pick up! Similar to baseball, softball follows pretty much the same rules as its other American cousin but is played on smaller pitches and the ball is bowled under arm!

Image source: Wikipedia,
Image source: Wikipedia,

Thinking about playing softball? Do it. Get stuck in! Pop over to the Cheshire Sports Centre between 8:00pm and 10:00pm.

Don’t worry if none of these sessions tickle your fancy we have plenty of other activities that you can take part in for FREE! All you have to do is take a look at our website.

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