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Team Teesside takes part in mental health rowing challenge

20 February 2020 @TeessideUni


Teesside University is showing its support for student and staff wellbeing by taking part in the Row Britannia Challenge which will raise money and awareness of mental health.

Team Teesside preparing for the Row Britannia Challenge.
Team Teesside preparing for the Row Britannia Challenge.

Row Britannia is an inclusive mental health, fitness and wellbeing challenge by The British Inspiration Trust (BRIT), for teams throughout the UK to raise vital funds and positive awareness.

Row BritanniaTeesside University's Row Britannia Just Giving Page.

As part of Sport Relief, the Row Britannia Challenge will see universities, colleges and sports bodies tasked with rowing a total of 2,020 miles each (3,251km).

Teesside University is proud to be taking part in the challenge and a number of rowing machines will be positioned around the campus for students and staff to use at their leisure.

Everybody is welcome to take part and individuals and teams can row a mile or more. Log books will be positioned at each rowing station for people to log their contribution and those taking part can also tweet a picture using the hashtag #rowbritannia and #rowtees. Regular progress updates will be posted on social media as the Challenge gets going.

Teesside University will start its Row Britannia Challenge on 5 March, which is University Mental Health Day, a national day of activity which brings together the university community to make mental health a university-wide priority.

We are proud to be supporting the Row Britannia Challenge and hope that as many people as possible will get involved and take part in this fantastic initiative.

Professor Simpson.

Professor Mark Simpson, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching), will kick-start Teesside’s challenge by rowing the first mile. There will then be rowing machines stationed in the Student Life Building, as well as at roving locations around the University for people to use at their leisure during the duration of the challenge.

The £13.2m Student Life Building has been designed to bring all student-facing services together under one roof and make it easier for students to access support and wellbeing advice.

Teesside is also one of the universities involved in the Mentally Healthy Universities Programme – launched by Mind and Goldman Sachs to provide additional mental health support to students and staff.

Professor Simpson said: 'Teesside University has a long-standing commitment to promote student and staff wellbeing and our new Student Life Building is another example of our drive and ambition to further improve the overall student experience.

'We are proud to be supporting the Row Britannia Challenge and hope that as many people as possible will get involved and take part in this fantastic initiative.'

George Reeves, President (Activities) at the Students’ Union, added: 'Regular exercise can have a hugely positive effect on your health and wellbeing and this is a great challenge that will help to raise awareness and funds for such an important cause.

'Row Britannia is for everybody and I would encourage students to get involved and take part in some way regardless of ability or experience.'

All fundraising efforts for Teesside University’s Row Britannia Challenge should be directed to the dedicated Just Giving Page - link below.

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Rowing for mental health at Teesside University
Gazette Live, online, 10/03/2020
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