University of Galway offers a wide range of sports and recreational activities for its students. As they have a mission to promote and support the higher standards of performance in sport and physical activity. Joining the clubs can not only develop a good sportsmanship in a student but also be a reason for great memories of university life that they can recall when they graduate from university.
There are now 40 active sports clubs that students can join, and the clubs, which are divided into categories respectively. There is total of four categories at present to select from: Indoor Individual Sports, Outdoor Individual Sports, Indoor and Outdoor Team Sports, and Extreme Sports.
With the oncoming new academic year of 2022-2023, University of Galway has introduced four new activities for students. The new club don’t just help students in joining sports that they already love, but also open a gate of opportunity to either compete in a new sport or use the clubs for recreational purposes. The new club that is introduced this year is: Get Active Club.
It’s an exciting time to be involved in sports on campus, and Tahsin Kamal, the newly elected Student’s Union Club’s Captain for the 2022-23 academic year, provided an insight into what to expect from the new club.
Speaking to SIN, Kamal said: “Get Active Club is a platform where students who don’t want to play sports competitively can have fun and make new friends. The club will also organise different sporting activities both on and off campus and students then on their preference can go and train for it. If they find it interesting then they can join that particular club.
“Also, under the Get Active Club there will be different activities getting introduced. The first is the Student’s Union Charity Cup, which will hold different tournaments between the four colleges, i.e., the College of Medicine, the College of Business, the College of Arts and Science and the College of Engineering.
“Second is dodgeball, where tournaments will be held, which is something that hasn’t happened in the university’s 175-year history. Third, is Brazilian Jujutsu, which is a form of mixed martial arts, and the fourth and the final one is Powerlifting.”
The introduction of new sports to the Get Active Club can also provide much-needed recognition to sports that are not as well known.
Tahsin, who recognises this, explains the benefits of this, saying: “The university follows [the rules and regulations set by] Sports Ireland, and according to them, Brazilian Jujutsu and Powerlifting are not recognized. Therefore, if the number of students that sign up for them is high, then maybe they will officially make a club for them.”
At the last he said that he encourages students to join the new clubs, particularly the Get Active Club since it helps you try out different sports and stay fit, while also helping you to find your passion for sport.