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Does You Good

Does You Good

Student life is better when you live active.

Does You Good

#2020 is your year to make a positive difference to you, your colleagues, friend and family!

Aside from the well documented physical benefits, living an active lifestyle at university can make you feel happier and even boost your grades!

We are proudly supporting the #DoesYouGood campaign to help educate, inspire, and enable you to be more active while studying. Some of you are on a tight budget, too busy to commit to regular competition or have never set foot in a gym before, so we’re here to let you know that there are plenty of opportunities to get active happening in Southampton and Winchester to suit everyone. Already a keen sports fan? There are also loads of ways to try something new and get outside of your comfort zone.

We’ve done the legwork to bring together most of the opportunities that there are in Southampton and the local area for you to be physically active, no matter what your situation is. Please see the bottom of our website for a full range of opportunities for you.

New internal events will be announced here, or alternatively email to find out more.

We are constantly checking our social media channels, so when you are being active please look to tag us in. Always use the #DoesYouGood hashtag and our social media channel names, if the picture is picture perfect in our eyes we will be sure to thank you with a small prize.

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Money is undoubtedly a big barrier to physical activity for many students. We know that not everyone can afford to splash out on a pricey gym membership or expensive trips to regular sports fixtures. If you know where to look however, being physically active doesn’t have to cost a thing! There are a number of ways you can get active for free in Southampton and Winchester, we’ve highlighted some below:

  • Parkrun – Southampton and Winchester

Free 5km running event happening every Saturday at 9am. The Southampton course takes place on the common near Avenue campus, and the Winchester course is situated on the North Walls recreation ground next to Winchester School of Art. No prior experience or sign up is necessary, but if you do register online you will have your finishing time recorded.

For more information and to register for parkrun, go to:

  • Sports equipment - free rental at Avenue Campus

SUSU has sports equipment kept at its reception desk at Avenue campus that is free for any student to borrow and use. The equipment available includes: tennis rackets and balls, netballs and bibs, basketballs, kwik cricket, footballs, Frisbees, SUSU bibs.

The SUSU Avenue reception desk is located at the southern entrance of building 65 (Avenue Campus) and is open from 11:00-15:00 on weekdays.

For more information, email SUSU reception at, or SUSU’s VP Sports at

Cross Country running with SUSU Athletics and Cross Country club

SUACC meet every Monday at 18:15 on the Redbrick and coordinate runs for 5 kilometres, and 3, 4, and 5 mile routes. All are welcome to join the group on their relaxed and social runs, just bring appropriate footwear and clothing! This is a great way to slowly build up fitness and meet new people in a safe environment, the group leaders will look after the runners and you are covered by insurance when you take up free membership.

For more information and to sign up for the weekly runs, go to

  • Self-Defence training with SUSU Hung Leng Kung-Fu club

Welcoming and social free self-defence training for all students who want to learn how to keep themselves safe if they find themselves in dangerous situations. The sessions are open to anyone regardless of fitness or experience and take place every Thursday from 20:00-22:00 in the Martial Arts room (level 1 of B42). They are taught by the club’s head coach, Sensei Tim Kendall, who has over 20 years of experience teaching self-defence at the University of Southampton, as well as previously working as an experienced doorman in the city.

For more information and contact details for the club go to

  • MyJourney - Health Walks

Southampton City Council organise a number of regular walks in the city open to anyone in the community to help build up fitness and socialise. They offer various routes at different paces and distances to cater for every need.

More information and the current schedule can be found at

  • Park Lives

Active Nation and Coca-cola have teamed up to produce the Park Lives programme, which puts on regular free sports activities in public parks for anyone in the local community to take part. The activities are particularly varied and are great for trying something new or out of the ordinary.

For more information and to find out what’s scheduled near you, check out

Open access pitches and courts

If you know of any free or low cost sports opportunities happening around Southampton and Winchester that students should know about, we want to hear from you! Email us at, be sure to add Does You Good in the subject heading.


#DoesYouGood in the Community

  • UNIversal gym membership

Peak Performer members of Sport and Wellbeing have reciprocal access to over 90 additional university gyms up and down the country at no extra cost. If you live away from Southampton or go home regularly this can be a great way to save money on paying for multiple gym memberships! To access the scheme all you need to do is purchase Peak Performer membership and ask for a UNIversal card at Jubilee reception (building 18, Highfield campus).

To see which providers have signed up to the scheme, go to the BUCS website at

  • Active Nation facilities

Peak Performer, Frequent Fitness, and Workout Central members of Sport and Wellbeing have additional access to Active Nation facilities in Southampton for no extra cost via our partnership agreement. If you live on the outskirts of the city or study at the NOCS/UHS, these might be a good option for extra convenience or to use less busy facilities.

The Quays swimming & diving complex, Southampton Outdoor Sports Centre, Bitterne Leisure Centre, and Chamberlayne Leisure Centre are all included in the scheme, and boast between them a number of gyms, swimming pools, sports courts, athletics track, and dry-ski slope.

For more information on the Active Nation partnership go to 

  • Mayflower gym

Sport and Wellbeing boasts the modern Mayflower gym facility based in the city centre, with over 60 fitness stations and a studio for fitness classes including indoor cycling. The gym tends to be less busy than Jubilee and has an attractive pay monthly membership option (Workout Central). Students living in Mayflower halls or more towards the city centre of Southampton may find this to be a more convenient option for fitness.

More information on Mayflower gym including a virtual tour:

  • Winchester School of Art Gym options

If you are a student at WSA we have now created an opportunity for you to use our Sport & Wellbeing facilities on campus at NO COST. All you need to do is purchase the current 8-month membership at River Park Leisure Centre and bring your receipt into Jubilee Sports Centre where will get you set-up to use our University facilities in Southampton. Rates for this membership were last recorded to be charged at £165.00.



#DoesYouGood for a low-cost fee

  • Intramural sports

Intramural sport, sometimes known as “IM” sport, refers to the semi-casual sports leagues that are run by SUSU throughout the year. Teams regularly compete across multiple leagues in 7 different sports (hockey, badminton, football, rugby, netball, basketball, and futsal) and often represent their halls of residence or subject, but there is nothing stopping you from joining any team or starting your own with a group of friends! The leagues are normally less competitive than sports clubs that represent the university, making intramural a welcoming and great way to keep physically active for those of us who aren’t die-hard sports enthusiasts.

Sign-up to the leagues is free of charge, however players are required to have Sport and Wellbeing membership (at least Sports Pass) in order to compete.

  • SUSU sports clubs

Sports clubs at Southampton are diverse, student led, and great value for money, with SUSU directly investing around £200,000 annually in grants for sports clubs in order to make activities as cheap as possible for students. Some sports clubs require Sport and Wellbeing membership to join but a majority of them don’t. With membership fees typically costing around £10-40 a year, there’s no excuse not to get involved and try something new!

More information and contact details for affiliated sports clubs can be found at For dance and performing arts societies and more, check out

  • Pay As You Go - £6/session

One off access to any bookable space or class in Sport and Wellbeing facilities, or use of gym/pool facilities at Highfield or Mayflower.

Not sure what membership type is best for you? Try a Pay As You Go session to see what you enjoy before committing to a year’s membership. Alternatively, you could ask a member of staff what they would recommend with an in-depth enquiry at

  • Sports Pass - £99/year

Access to all of Sport and Wellbeing’s Southampton sports facilities except gyms or fitness classes and during off-peak times only (07:00-16:00 and 20:00-22:00 Mon-Fri, all day during weekends), with access upon invitation to any casually booked or club booked session during peak times.

Advance booking for casual sports (up to 2 days in advance).

If you know of any free or low cost sports opportunities happening around Southampton and Winchester that students should know about, we want to hear from you! Email us at, be sure to add Does You Good in the subject heading.



#DoesYouGood Watersports

  • SUSU Clubs Offer

Southampton is uniquely located on the South Coast to offer a massive variety of watersports at reasonable cost. University is a great time to try something new, especially considering that many students might not have had the opportunity to try watersports before this point. SUSU has an affiliated club for most watersports that operate out of Jubilee Sports Centre and our Watersports Centre, including: angling, rowing, kayaking, canoe polo, kitesurfing, lifesaving, sailing, scuba-diving, surf, swimming, wakeboarding, water polo, and windsurfing. These clubs are very inclusive for beginners, but also perform very well in competitions - our sailing club was recently ranked the #1 university sailing club in the country!

For more information on what watersports clubs SUSU offers, go to and filter clubs by category.

  • Training courses

The University is an accredited RYA and BCU training centre that offers internationally recognised courses in sailing, powerboating, kayaking, windsurfing, as well as training to become a watersports instructor in a variety of disciplines.

An in depth list of what courses we offer can be found at

  • Yachting

The University of Southampton has a Sigma 38 class yacht in our fleet that is available to use for sailing courses or for charter by qualified skippers. Go to for more information.


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