Sport Explained

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.

AU Sport
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 Sport
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.

My Lifestyle
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


Rag China Trek

This Summer I and some like-minded friends from Rigg-Rut, walked the Great Wall of China in aid of Dementia . As you may know this is a wonderful charity that does a fantastic amount of work in not only supporting the sufferers but also the families affected by this rehabilitating mental illness.

The trek itself was around 120 miles long across different segments of the wall. To reach the Wall we trekked through dense Jungle areas and once on the wall we made our way across it taking in a number of spectacular views as you can see from my pictures. We finished our trip up in Beijing where I then went around for 2 days exploring the deeply historic city. We had a fantastic time on the trip which pushed us all physically and mentally but in the end was a worthwhile experience that will never be forgotten. China is an amazing country and to experience its culture food and history for two weeks makes me feel very lucky.

We wouldn’t have been able to do this trip without the great support of Loughborough University Rag department, it is a great way to get involved with the University and contributes an extremely large amount of money towards are halls total. This year we had 5 who completed the trip from Rigg-Rut raising over £15,00.

For anyone trying to get involved with trips I highly recommend this or one of the similar trips available to sign up to during fresher’s, the money is a lot easier to raise then you would think due to the support and we really had an incredible time with so many memories. For any questions message me, Jenni Cox, Billy Searle, Charlotte Deal or George Hones.

Alex – Ex Stash Rep



Lost With Maada

For raising £100 and paying £30 to partake in this opportunity, this was possibly one of the most outrageous things I’ve done. You literally jump on a bus, wear a blindfold and it takes you to wherever it wants. Like I could have been joining ISIS for all I knew. Thankfully they just take you to a location 100 miles away from Loughborough and leave you with no money or phone to get back… Reconsidering joining ISIS now?

Anyway it was full of adventure and I can tell this to my grand kids about how I got a ride from the Police, walked up a motorway and enlightened traffic with my beautiful sign and lovely bright yellow t-shirt which read, “If Found, PLEASE return to LUFBRA”. How ‘Lufbra’ knew they would be losing such an excellent gem in myself. On the trip you get to meet new people and also go complete challenges to help boost your group up the table. Think we completed 8 challenges and it was pretty good.

By the end we were allowed on to a train and got free travel all the way back to Loughborough and also a free bus ride to the campus (Bless that kind bus lady, despite she cost us 2 minutes asking all about the experience and what not). We came back just in time for the glorious moment of when the Rigg-Rut ‘Lads’ finished ‘9×9’ and just left the Granby to go Varsity. I will never get the picture of George Hones in his Nan’s garms out of my head. My group was named ‘Tania Hawkes Mad CREW’ with it consisting of Tania Ananthakumar, Sophie Botham and myself with Sophie Hawkes original supposed to be a part but unfortunate clashes came about.

Maada – Ex Social Sec


Tips To Bear In Mind

Making friends is daunting, but shouldn’t be.
Whether you are confident or introverted, coming to live in a completely new environment is frightening- not to mention leaving your friends and family behind. It’s scary, and we all feel it. Possibly the most crucial thing to remember, at university in particular, is that making friends will happen without you even noticing.
Amongst a sea of newcomers and endless waves of introductions, you will no doubt come across people with the same likes as you, causes for laughter and find within yourself a surprisingly natural capacity to make friends. Whether this comes over days, weeks or months, it’s key to remember that as long as you explore, speak and smile, it’s quite impossible not to meet a few new pals for life at university.

University culture is not something to be pressured by.
It’s everywhere, it’s unavoidable, and the hangovers are dreadful. Alcohol and nights out at uni are traditionally a large part of (at least) your freshers year. But never be afraid to say no. Peer pressure and the desire to fit in may see many pints downed and jägerbombs bought, yet this should only be if you’re comfortable doing so.
If you aren’t wanting to go out for the third night in a row, it’s ok. If all around you people are joining societies and clubs, it’s ok. As long as you are happy doing your own thing at uni, there’s no need to force yourself into different things just because you think you’re ‘missing out’. A vital part of university is figuring out who you are and what you really enjoy, so whereas it’s great to try new things and get involved, you should never feel forced to do things you don’t want to do.

It takes a while to settle in, so don’t worry if you’re still feeling a little sheepish.
I will be the first to admit that I was terrified to move away from my home and friends. It was tough and I’ve never been very good with change. True, the hall is so friendly and accommodating that it almost seems silly to take so long to feel at home… but it does take time.
A mixture of new friends, a new lifestyle and a new education system can really hit you hard, and sudden. After a month or so, I really did feel myself doubting my new uni life, but that’s normal and everybody is different in the way that they adjust and settle in.
If you’re struggling with your course, keep going: don’t be afraid to ask your mentor about changing, it’s not being difficult because the most important thing is that you enjoy yourself. If you’re still having trouble making close friends, don’t stress, because you will meet new people every day and sooner or later you will find people that truly feel as though you’ve known them for 10 years, immediately. If you’re homesick, it’s nothing to be embarrassed about. Call home. Look at pictures. It’s natural, and a little motivation from your parents can help you get your head down (and help you remember to change the bed sheets!).

Jess – Ex Sports Sec