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Monday, 18 July 2016

Sport sessions for the local community at the University of Chester

The University of Chester will be offering six weeks of Walking Football  and Netball sessions to the Cheshire community this summer.

About Walking Football from the Cheshire FA.

Walking Football is a slow-paced version of the beautiful game aimed at the over 50s/
It was initially designed to help get over 50's back into football and increase physical activity through rekindling players' love for the game again.
The rules are adapted so there is no running, very little contact and kick ins instead of throw ins. With less stress on the body and no real sudden change of direction or cutting movements the game allows participants to play without apprehension and at their own pace.
 Playing the game at walking pace is a fantastic way to keep fit, reduce chances of injury and falls and also is a great way to meet new people.
Anyone is welcome to attend so dust off your football kit and give it a go!

About Walking Netball from England Netball

Walking Netball has evolved from a growing demand for walking sports. Often, one of netball’s strengths is that people never forget playing the sport and the memories as well as the love for the game never leave.

Walking Netball is a slower version of the game; it is netball, but at a walking pace. The game has been designed so that anyone can play it regardless of age or fitness level.

From those who have dropped out of the sport they love due to serious injury, to those who believed they had hung up their netball trainers many years ago, it really is for everyone.

Women the length of the country have begun playing the game of Walking Netball for the fun, laughter and camaraderie the social session brings, as much as the health benefits on offer. It can give those who feel isolated an outlet, provide an activity for those who don’t deem themselves fit enough to run anymore and offer a stepping stone for those looking for a pathway back into netball.

Date and time: Mondays at 10am from 15th August to 22nd September for six weeks initially.

University of Chester
Parkgate Road Campus

Cost £1.00 per player.  Teams and individuals welcome.

All equipment provided.
Contact for booking and enquiries: Ali Cutler.  Email: Telephone : 01244 511 137.



Wednesday, 13 July 2016

July 2016

Our summer term has now ended.

University and Community Liaison Committee July 2016

Earlier this month we held our last University and Community Liaison Committee of the 2015/2016 academic year.  

Inspector Paul Loughlin gave a presentation to the Committee explaining the Chester Public Space Protection Order and it's implications and plans were shared for policing to ensure student safety during the next Freshers' Week.

I updated the Committee on community engagement plans that are in the pipeline and educational materials and talks about living in the Chester community that are planned for our new undergraduate intake in September. 

This includes this postcard to be sent out to new students before they arrive.

Want to Learn a New Language?
Enrolment is now open for our 2016/2017 programme of language evening classesThe programme includes languages from Arabic-Welsh.  You can find further details at
This is what people have to say about our evening classes:
"I have found the delivery and method of teaching the Arabic Language to the students at the Chester University far and above expectations. The quality of instruction and degree of capability beyond compare. A course and class worthy of profound recommendation."
Arabic Year 1 Student

"We all help each other. I love it."
“It’s a friendly atmosphere.”
“Lovely bunch of people.”
“It’s not embarrassing when you don’t get it at first.  Marie is really patient as is the rest of the class.”
“We have bonded as a group and we socialise.”
“Mandarin has already been useful in my job talking to people, even though I’m not fluent.”
 Chinese Mandarin Year 1 Students
"The French Language Course Parts 1 & 2 Beginners I took was brilliant. It was well paced, stretching and rewarding enough to make progress and there was an excellent balance of written, reading and spoken work. The tuition was both friendly and professional and I would highly recommend to anyone at any stage of language learning. C'est fantastique!"
French Year 1 Student

"The language class is a relaxed and fun way of improving your language skills, while also meeting a whole new bunch of people.  No chance of worrying about life's stresses, when you are engaging your brain in this way!"
French Year 2 Student

University friends and colleagues rally round for Rose

Staff at the University of Chester have been showing their support for their colleague, Jo Winchcombe, helping to raise much needed funds for Jo’s five-year-old daughter Rose.

 Having previously been developing normally, until the age of 15 months old, Rose was suddenly unable to talk, laugh, cry or move, and simultaneously developed epilepsy. Despite having undergone genetic testing, it is still not clear what caused Rose to be poorly, but her neurologist believes Rose may have an, as yet, undiagnosed genetic condition.

 Rose’s symptoms began to improve dramatically after Jo found out about the specialist Family Hope Center based in Pennsylvania, which works with families to create individual developmental programmes for children with special needs.

Jo works at the University of Chester as a Library and Information Services (LIS) Resources Assistant, where she says colleagues across the institution have showed tremendous support to help her in her fundraising efforts for her daughter.

 It was actually a former LIS colleague, Lizzy Roberts, who set up the fund for Rose in the first place. She was leaving to go to a new job and, instead of a collection, she decided that she would like to set up the fund.

 The most recent to offer to go the extra mile is Ben Hultum, who also works in LIS at the University. Ben is taking part in the Brompton Bike World Championship in London on Saturday, July 30, and is racing the eight mile circuit for Rose. (Brompton bikes are handmade folding bikes – more information can be found here:

If you would like to sponsor Ben Hultum please visit: or use the hashtag #RaceForRose.