Get into top sport around Birmingham
If you like sport, there’s a wealth of teams, clubs and activities you can get involved in at Birmingham. As students, a lot of the time you throw yourself into university sports and social life, and might be too busy -or just forget – that there are countless top-rate sporting events in Birmingham you can go and watch. What’s more, almost all come with student discounts (some fairly big!). So it’s well worth choosing a few top events that could be quite costly once you graduate.
I’ve just done this with a bunch of friends. We’re nearly at our third term in our third year and the penny’s only just dropped. So we’re trying to fit in as many Birmingham-based sports activities while we still can. This week we’ve done both rugby and football. On Saturday, we took an easy 30-minute drive to Sixways Stadium (near Worcester) to watch Premiership rugby for just £12. Worcester Warriors took on Exeter, losing a thrilling match 33-30. On arrival, we grabbed a nice cold pint and a hog roast, and enjoyed a great match, annoyed at ourselves for not attending before.
A couple of pints later and we headed home, courtesy of our designated driver (always helpful!). However we didn’t need one for our next venture, a few days later to see some Championship football, attending Millwall v Birmingham City at St Andrews Stadium. Although the football match itself was not the best game, we still had a great time getting out the house for some entertainment. All for an amazing £5 and a short train ride from the University. And just to be fair, I must point out that there are other options available for Championship football within a short train ride of the university.
Other nearby sporting events that might interest you are athletics Diamond League competitions that bring the world’s best athletes to Birmingham twice a year. One indoor event I went to in February, and the famous summer outdoor weekend at the Alexander Stadium in Perry Barr. In recent years you wouldn’t have had to pay too much to see Usain Bolt or Jess Ennis Hill take on all-comers. You’ll also find England playing Test or one-day international cricket at least once a year at the prestigious Edgbaston Cricket Club, perfectly placed just a short walk from the university. You can also get some sunbathing in (we hope) while watching a bit of county cricket there.
And coming up soon, on Sunday 26th May, the University of Birmingham will be taking part in the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham 10k in Birmingham City Centre. TeamUoB’s chosen charity for this year is Cancer Research at the University of Birmingham, and we want students to register to run and fundraise with us. It doesn’t matter if you want to walk it, jog it or try and get a personal best. Plus, as part of TeamUoB, you get a discounted race fee of just £23, plus a free technical t-shirt to run in.
Find out more here about the Great Birmingham 10k