Free fitness programme proving a huge hit for students

Students at De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) are making the most of a free recreational sports and fitness programme.

Campus330, facilitated by DMU Sport is encouraging students to maintain a fit and healthy lifestyle while at university.

Originating from De Montfort Students’ Union (DSU) during the academic year 2014-15, the programme provides various activities spread over six days of the week and is funded by the university and national governing bodies.


So far in the academic year 2016/17, the programme has seen a total of 1887 attendees and interacted with over 600 students.

Jake Betts, Sports Project Officer at DMU, said: “Campus330 popularity has grown massively in the two years that I have worked on the project.

“More and more students want to play sport recreationally, for fun and to make new friends. I am over the moon that DMUsport and the university are backing the programme.”

The programme allows students to give any activity a go and try something new, while not having the commitment of having to attend every week. The sessions are focussed on bringing fun into fitness and consist of a wide variety of activities including: Table Tennis, Tennis, Wheelchair Basketball, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Pilates, Badminton, Yoga, Basketball, Volleyball, Boxing, Swimming, Football and Netball.

Below is the timetable for the New Year with sessions starting again on Monday 9 January 2017:



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The programme is constantly evolving as some of the opportunities are more popular than others and 80% of them are led by the students themselves.

This develops their employability skills in areas such as communication, time management and session planning.

The sessions are all about fun and making new friends and the majority of students don’t want to play sport competitively, so stay within the recreational sessions.


Caroline Pandya, Health Promotion and Wellbeing Officer at DMU, said: “Exercise has such a positive effect on us both mentally and physically.

“It is great to see so many students are taking up this opportunity to play sport, have fun and at the same time improve their health and wellbeing.”

DMUsport also provide opportunities for students facilitating the sessions to take free coaching qualifications and they are encouraged to attend regular meetings with the team to look at their personal development.

The future plans for the programme are to continue to build on its success and see all the sports activities student led, creating pathways to participate with other clubs in the local area.

For further information on Campus 330 please contact Jake Betts – Sport Projects Officer or Caroline Pandya - Health Promotion and Wellbeing Officer

Posted on Wednesday 21st December 2016

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