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Pole Fitness – A Seriously Tiring Sport

Photo by: University of Reading Pole Fitness Society

On Monday 30th September the Pole Fitness Club was running a taster session. I had been to the stand at the Sports Fayre and as a thirdyear student I have felt the need to throw myself into as much as I can this year and try as much as I can because trust me, time flies.

I went along and was greeted by a number of the committee members, all of whom couldn’t have been more welcoming, friendly and reassuring to both myself and the rest of the group as I think for the majority (if not all!) this was our first time trying out pole.» >

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South Africa Win Rugby World Cup 2019

Rugby by Edgar Pimenta on Unsplash

On Saturday 2nd November South Africa became third-time champions of the Rugby World Cup.

The game started rockily for England – a sub was called on to the pitch at not even 3 minutes in to the match. And then South Africa got their first penalty: Willie le Roux scored the first 3 points for the Sprinkbok team. England went on to get a penalty in the minutes following and even the scores; this was the tale of the first half of the match.» >

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The Futsal Society

Futsal. Image by Hal Gatewood on Unsplash.

I have played Futsal on Tuesday nights for six months now and, whilst I am no more skilled and wield no better foot-eye co-ordination than when I started, I have at last found a sport I enjoy and a team I feel a part of. Alas, dear reader I am neither a sportsman or a football fan, but I did need to find something more constructive to do with my free time that wasn’t Wednesday Union, VKs or Netflix. » >

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Why You Should Join Reading University Swimming Club

Swimmer by Marcus Ng on Unsplash

Friendly, welcoming and inclusive are just a few words I would use to describe Reading University Swimming Club. The club is an amazing way to meet new people who share an interest in swimming, to compete across the county against different universities and also to be a part of a sociable and fun group.


As a club we split in two; the competitive swimmers, for those who want to compete in competitions all year round; and the social swimmers, for those who want to build fitness, and do something they enjoy!» >

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Rugby World Cup: The Semi-Finals

Image by Hanson Lu on Unsplash

The first game was between England and New Zealand on Saturday 26th October. England defeated the defending champions 19-7 and are now at the top of the league tables.

England scored from 90 seconds in, and continued adding to their score throughout while the All Blacks failed to score until the second half.

The second game was South Africa against Wales and was played on Sunday 26th October. Wales lost in the semi-finals yet again this year.» >

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Khadijah Mellah: UK’s First Muslim Hijabi Jockey and Magnolia Cup Champion

Student Khadijah Mellah makes history. Photo by Mark Kerton / PA Wire

On Thursday 1st of August, Khadijah Mellah became the first Muslim Hijab wearing woman to race on a British racecourse and win. The 18 year old from Peckham, South London, made history with her mount, Haverland, as they both crossed the finish line to victory at Glorious Goodwood’s charity race, the Magnolia Cup.

The daughter of a handyman and a black belt holder in karate, she developed an interest in horses and riding at an early age but the location of her home in South London made it difficult to do anything about her love of the sport and horses.» >

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A Season of Successful Cricket

Members of the RUCC Women's Team

The summer of 2019 saw the most thrilling Cricket World Cup final and a nail-biting Ashes series. Over the past year Reading University Cricket Club (RUCC) has produced a multitude of successes on and off the pitch, from winning RUSU’s silver Accreditation award, the 1st XI men’s team winning promotion to South East Division 1B1XL and the achievement of increasing female participation. With a successful summer of Cricket having occurred RUCC could be set to see more people interested in trying out the sport.» >

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Local Sports Activities

Reading Climbing Centre

When I found out that I live less than a 5 minute walk away from a rock climbing centre I was so excited. Rock climbing is an intense full body workout, it leaves you sore from your hands to your calves but feeling so good. If you’re very new to it, it also acts as the quickest way to leave your arm muscles achy for days. The best thing about it?» >

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