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Join a university sports club

Join a university sports club - image of people playing lacrosse

What’s the Idea?

Joining a sports club at university is a great way to meet new people, and keep fit!

What’s the story

For me, joining one of the sports clubs at my university meant that I could continue playing sport as I had at school.

I thought it would be a good idea because the gym memberships are so expensive in comparison to university sports clubs or society memberships.

I joined the lacrosse club during my freshers week and it is something that I have loved being involved in. 

At your university, most sports clubs will have different levels you could get involved in, normally being: squad, beginners, or social.

Although it is easy to meet people without joining a club, doing this means that you’re trying something different.

People should do this because…?

I would 100% recommend joining a university sports club to anyone going to uni who is interested in sports.

It is a great way to make friends outside of people in your halls, or on your course.

Joining the squad group means that you have training every week which keeps you so fit. When you are trying out for a team, you can be put out of your comfort zone, but this is a positive thing! 

Alternatively, you can join as a beginner at a university sports club, which is a great way to learn a new skill. Trying something new means you meet likeminded people, whilst having fun.

The social side is probably one of the biggest reasons people join university sports clubs. Normally you would have socials every Wednesday, as well as balls, charity events, and other occasions.

So many opportunities can arise from these clubs. You can apply for committee roles after your first year. These are leadership positions which range from a president, captains, running socials/charity events, merchandise, treasurer etc. 

A university sports club can provide you with so much, even things which can help in your future. 

Involving yourself in sport and exercise is also a great way to focus on your wellbeing!

How do you do it?

It is important to give these things a go, even if you aren’t sure yet. Most university sports clubs don’t ask for commitment via payment until later on. 

Taking the plunge to go to that first trial or social can mean that you could meet people who you may be friends with for life. These sports clubs tend to be flexible and supportive, so it doesn’t matter too much if you need to step back to focus on other university things. 

With team trials: ask at the freshers fair where exactly the trials are or ask for details so you can ask questions. There are also always social media pages for university sports clubs where you can direct questions.

If joining as a beginner: there are Give It A Go (GIAG) sessions to try it out to see if you like it before you commit. Members are very open to answering questions and are willing to help. 

In terms of socials: you can bring friends with you if you don’t know anyone and are nervous to go on your own. Often you’ll find that a lot of people are in the same boat as you! 

Becoming involved in a university sports club and society means you’re not just focusing on your degree. It is important that you look after your wellbeing as a student. Doing something like this means you have a support network, and you can take time away from studying. 

The main thing is that it is important to try things that you’re interested in. At the end of the day, you can be proud of yourself for trying. 

Stuff you may need

  • Trainer or sports shoes
  • Gym kit
  • A friendly attitude

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