Oxford Brookes up for three awards celebrating sporting excellence in the county

Friday, 01 December 2017

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Oxford Brookes University has been shortlisted in three categories of the Oxfordshire Sports Awards 2017.

The Oxfordshire Sports Awards incorporate nominations from across the county and showcase the best that the county has had to offer in sporting excellence over the year.

After a stellar year for Brookes Rowing, the men’s first eight crew has been named a finalist in Team of the Year – one of the most competitive categories of the awards.

The University has also been shortlisted in the Active Workplace award category for a second time, having won the award last year, for its Brookes Active initiative. Brookes Active ‘get into…’ has been listed for the Sports Development Project award. 

During the Autumn Challenge Brookes staff logged activity equivalent to walking around the circumference of the earth four times and we look set to be finishing the year as the employer with the most points on the national leaderboard for 2017.

Tristan Hale, Brookes Active Project Manager, Oxford Brookes University

Director of Sport at Oxford Brookes University, Keith Kelly said: “We’re delighted to have been nominated within three separate categories of this year’s awards. 

“The diversity within them clearly demonstrates the commitment Brookes makes not only to our highest performers, but also to ensuring that the whole Brookes Community, students and staff, are encouraged to enjoy an active lifestyle.”

Amongst their achievements in 2017, the men’s first eight crew won the Ladies Plate at this year’s Henley Regatta, beating the Great Britain U23 crew in the final. The crew also won the Men’s Championship Eight at the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Regatta for the fourth consecutive year, retained their European Champion status after taking gold at the EUSA Championships and were crowned Team of the Year at the BUCS Awards over the summer. 

Brookes Active is a collection of activities, events and campaigns which aim to support students and staff to enjoy active and healthy lifestyles.

As part of the national Workplace Challenge, the Brookes Active Autumn Team Challenge had over 40 teams of staff participating. Throughout October and November, teams logged the amount of physical activity they did each day and motivated each other to increase their activity. Teams competed for points against each other across the university and the University’s collective results compete with UK employers on the national Workplace Challenge leaderboard. 

Tristan Hale, Brookes Active Project Manager said: “During the Autumn Challenge Brookes staff logged activity equivalent to walking around the circumference of the earth four times and we look set to be finishing the year as the employer with the most points on the national leaderboard for 2017 ahead of employers such as Rolls Royce, Public Health England and the University of Liverpool”

“The Autumn Team Challenge has been a huge success in motivating colleagues to keep active throughout the season and it has been fantastic to see everybody encourage each other and set a great example for our students.”

The Sport England-funded Brookes Active ‘get into…’ intervention aims to reduce inactivity amongst the student population at Oxford Brookes.

The project includes a weekly timetable of over 30 hours of recreational activities such as social hockey, netball and five-a-side football, plus more unusual activities like capoeira, kendo and hula hooping. Over the past three years, nearly 4,000 new students have taken part. 

Winners of the Oxfordshire Sports Awards will be announced at an awards evening at the Kassam Stadium on Friday 19 January.