Loughborough – The Greatest Sporting University in the Country
As I’m sure you’re all aware Loughborough University has a reputation as the greatest sporting university in the country. With a 35 year unbeaten run in BUCS and facilities that rival many top American institutions its easy to see why.
Many of you may have based your decision to come here on this reputation, however you do not need to be on track to be the next Olympic champion in order to get the most out of Loughborough Sport, as there is something for everyone.
This is the section of sport in Loughborough for people who are at the top of their game. There are 55 AU clubs including indoor, outdoor, water based, racket and combat sports with many of these teams training multiple times a week. If you’re part of AU sport you’ll more than likely be competing in BUCS competitions bringing home valuable points to get Loughborough a record 36th overall BUCS title. It’s not all serious in AU sport as some clubs are famous for having big socials on a Wednesday night after a hard day of competing.
There will be a Sports Bazaar on Saturday 3rd October where you can find out more information, talk to the teams and also find out when the trials dates/taster sessions are.
For more information on these clubs click here.
IMS is weekly sport that takes place between all halls on campus; it involves less commitment than AU sport, as there aren’t normally any training sessions, but can be equally as competitive! You wouldn’t expect Rigg-Rut to be very good at IMS due to our small size but we more than hold our own. We finished 5th overall last year out of the 16 competing halls and hope to better that this year with the help of you guys. There is an array of sports within the IMS programme from the normal Football and Netball to more obscure sports like Ultimate Frisbee and Tug of War, which are a great laugh to take part in.
There will be loads of taster sessions held throughout fresher’s week so we urge you to come along and take part no matter what your ability is. Also feel free to talk to your Sport Secs (Alex, Jess, Katherine or Myself) if you have any other questions that need answering.
If competitive sport is not your scene and you just want to have a laugh whilst doing some sort of sport/physical activity then you need to check out My Lifestyle. It offers an array of free sessions to people who just want to go and do some social sport, there is no commitment you just turn up and play and make the most of the facilities on offer.
If you’ve had a stressful day and want to try these out but have no one to go with feel free to get in touch with the Sport Secs and we’ll try our best to find someone or if you’re lucky we might even come down with you ourselves.
Check out the timetable of what’s happening each night!
Coaching and Volunteering Academy
Loughborough University also offers a very successful Coaching and Volunteering Academy. If you see a career in Coaching, Event Management, and Performance Analysis amongst other things then you definitely need to check this out. The academy offers recognised qualifications and CPD sessions, either free of charge or at a significantly reduced rate, in return for a few hours of your time helping out volunteering/coaching. It is a great CV booster and gives you opportunities like no other if you pursue a career in sport.
There will be load of information given out for this during your fresher’s week but if you want to know more already then click here.
Sport in Loughborough does not end there; two world-class gyms including some free facilities, alongside inter-departmental and societies sport means there really is something for everyone!
Alastair – Ex Male Sports Sec