Intra Mural Sport Highlights 2016/17

Denis Murphy, Participation and Events Manager, Newcastle University Sports Centre, shares the highlights of the Intra Mural programme and discusses how staff and students can get involved.

The 2016/17 Intra Mural Sport (IMS) programme, the programme of weekly recreational sport within the University, was packed with drama and excitement. The standard of performances week in week were extremely high which lead to some action-packed and exciting competitions throughout the season.  We had our highest ever student participation rates which saw a record number of teams compete across nine different sports. In total, 312 teams were involved in IMS, where over 4,000 students from across the University participated in the different leagues and tournaments on a weekly basis. The sports involved were Football (5’s, 7’s, 11’s, futsal), Rugby Union (15’s, 10’s 7’s), Netball, Cricket 6’s, Mixed Hockey 7’s and Basketball 3v3.

In conjunction with the Students’ Union and the Careers Service, the NCL+ Award ran again this year and was promoted to Intra Mural Team Captains. The students who sign up to the scheme gain formal recognition for their role as Intra Mural team captain by Newcastle University via their HEAR document (Higher Education Achievement Report). I am delighted that 42 students from Intra Mural submitted an application to gain the accreditation this year.

Over last year’s campaign, we continued to expand our collaborations with governing bodies. At present there are 10 students actively refereeing weekly fixtures in the Intra Mural football leagues. These students play an important role is maintaining our status as a BUCS Football Referee Hub for the North East of England.  The hub aims to support and develop new and existing student referees whilst studying at University.

We have achieved Tier 3 status from BUCS for the development of our student workforce (10 IMS volunteers) and Internal University Football (60 new participants / 20 must be female) for the 2016/17 academic year.

The Campus Sport Tournament (17-19 March) was an instant hit with our students, who flocked from Newcastle and London to the city campus for an action-packed intramural showdown. Hosted by at the University sports centre the tournament brought together eight teams and societies, competing against each other across five different sports: 5-a-side football, dodgeball, netball, badminton and rounders. Mechanical Engineering beat Chemical Engineering in a sudden death play-off after the team tied on 325 points after the 5 sports had concluded. We are now gearing up for the Winter 2017 tournament which will take place in December 2017.

These outstanding results wouldn’t have been possible without the help of Intra Mural Volunteers. I’d like to thank all the student volunteers who have greatly assisted me in running, developing and enhancing the student experience of Intra Mural Sport during the year.

We are poised to build on the success of the programme and to encourage as many students and staff be a part of Intra Mural Sport in the 2017/18 season. Team Registration is now open. Anyone interested can register a team/hall/society in a range of sports, including Football (11s, 7s and 5s), Futsal, Rugby Union, Netball, Basketball, Indoor Cricket and Mixed Hockey 7s.

Get involved in some competitive team fun without the commitment of regular training.  Be warned though, spaces fill up quickly so register early to avoid disappointment. Any queries or for further information contact Denis Murphy, denis.murphy@ncl.ac.uk , 0191 208 5349

Be a part of Intra Mural Sport in the 2017/18 season:

Team Registration is now open for the 2017/18 Intra Mural Sports Programme.

Anyone interested can register a team/hall/society in a range of sports, including Football (11s, 7s and 5s), Futsal, Netball, Basketball, Indoor Cricket, and Mixed Hockey 7s.

Registration is available online only at www.ncl.ac.uk/sport/campus/intra-mural 

Get involved in some competitive team fun without the commitment of regular training.  Be warned though, spaces fill up quickly so register early to avoid disappointment.

Any queries or for further information contact Denis Murphy, denis.murphy@ncl.ac.uk, 0191 208 5349


published on: 12th September 2017