What a year for sport it’s been at Manchester Metropolitan University!
To celebrate, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite moments from the first half of this academic year!
In September, we expanded our Sport Scholarship programme to support 37 athletes!
And among them, we’re excited to have a handful of Rio hopefuls!
We also recruited over 40 student activators to lead our Active Campus programme!
In October, our sport scholar, Kadeena Cox, stormed to victory in the T37 100m at the IPC World Championships in Doha.
Kadeena’s performance saw her not just take the title for the event, but also set a new world record.
Kadeena also enjoyed success at the British Cycling National Track Championships, alongside fellow sport scholars Ellie Richardson and Helen Scott.
Together, the trio earned two gold medals and two bronze medals for the GB team.
Participants at our Active Campus Women’s Football sessions got some expert advice as England International and Manchester City Women’s Football player, Izzy Christiansen, came to lead our sessions!
In November, 32 swimmers competed at the annual BUCS Short Course Championships in Sheffield.
Our sport scholars, Martin Schweizer and Liam Selby, secured two silver and one bronze medal between them at the event.
Competing at the BUCS Duathlon, our sport scholar, Alice Sharpe, finished in third place to take bronze at the event!
Our sport scholars’ successes mean we close 2015 with two silver medals and three bronze medals in BUCS so far this season, with some major competitions still to come!
Also in November, our men’s rugby union and rugby league teams held the second Charlie West Cross Code.
The event raised almost £2000 for Wings for Life, SpecialEffect and the Mark Hampson Foundation.
In December, our sport scholar, Tully Kearney was nominated for the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year award.
And although she narrowly missed out to gymnast Ellie Downie, she’s still a superstar in our eyes and set to do incredible things for paraswimming.
Our sport scholars and netball club players, Gabby Marshall and Chloe Shepherd, were both named in the Manchester Thunder NSL and NPL teams respectively.
Both athletes are looking forward to returning to the court with the team in January.
Our sport volunteering programme, which was launched in September, has so far seen 503 students volunteer 5292 hours to help #MakeSportHappen.
And our volunteers have worked on some fantastic projects, including the Greater Manchester School Games and the Soccerex convention.
We end December with ten teams sat at the top of their respective BUCS leagues, completely unbeaten.
All being well, promotion is in sight for our men’s badminton 1s and 2s, men’s basketball 1s, women’s hockey 1s, netball 1s, rugby league 1s and men’s rugby union 3s.
And, after seven of our teams reached last season’s finals, we’re delighted to still have 17 teams in their respective Trophy, Cup and Plate competitions.
Our next Cup week is at the very start of February, so we’ll be keeping you updated on their progress!
So there’s some of our highlights!
We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has been part of MMU Sport for the whole of 2015, and in particular the last four months. So, to the members of staff, sport scholars, club members, activators, participants and volunteers, thank you – have a wonderful New Year!