UCD Get in Gear


The UCD Get in Gear (GIG) Get Active programme is open to all UCD Students. This programme is designed to support you to be more active and feel better. The programme’s exclusive range of group classes and activities are delivered by expert instructors and are supplemented throughout its duration with motivational assistance and dietary advice. So whether you have been active before or not, and if you are interested in improving your health and feeling better, then this programme is for you. The UCD Get in Gear Get Active student programme is delivered by UCD Sport in partnership with the UCD School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science, and the UCD Institute of Food and Health.

Regardless of age or fitness level, the programme provides you with a great opportunity to get involved in sport and exercise activities and to help you take responsibility for your health while you study at UCD. You will enjoy meeting new friends and will be encouraged and motivated by the positive energy experienced throughout the programme.

The 7 week programme is rolled out in October and January each year and costs €20. After you register at UCD Sport reception desk, you have the option of taking part in a health evaluation which will be carried out prior to participating in five weeks of structured exercise activities. The health evaluations are carried out in the UCD Physio Hub by the staff from the UCD School of Public Health, Physiotherapy & Sports Science. The health evaluation offer limited spaces so it is advisable to register early for the programme if you would like to avail of this support.

There are a large variety of GIG classes on offer which are tailored to allow you have fun and take time out from study by trying out some new activities. You will also benefit from exercising among other students who want to get fitter. The programme provides flexibility to allow you choose an activity depending on your needs, ability and your academic schedule. You can measure your progress in week 7 by partaking in a post health evaluation. All UCD Get in Gear members receive 2 FREE guest passes to UCD Sport & Fitness swimming pool and tepidarium as part of the programme package plus GIG members also receive a 10% discount in a select number of food outlets on campus for the duration of the programme. Become a GIG member by registering for the UCD Get in Gear Get Active programme at the UCD Sport reception desk and see the improvement it can make to your health.

Step Up & Join In Health & Exercise Referral Programme

Do you feel conscious of your weight? Do you need help to kick start your way to leading a healthier lifestyle? Are you not getting enough exercise? Do you find college life stressful? The UCD Step Up & Join In Health & Exercise Referral Programme may be the programme for you. This programme is provided to support UCD students and to help you choose exercise as a form of medicine.

UCD Sport in partnership with the medical practitioners from the UCD Student Health Centre are offering this support programme which provides opportunities for students to re-engage with exercise in a fashion more suitable to your individual needs. Drop into the UCD Student Health Centre to receive a referral for the UCD Step Up & Join In programme. You can pick up a brochure from the UCD Student Health Centre or log on to the UCD Get in Gear website for further information on the UCD Step Up & Join In health and exercise referral programme.


For further information on UCD’s Health & Exercise Programmes contact:

Carmel Keane,
UCD Sports Education Officer,
UCD Sport, Belfield, Dublin 4. T: (01) 716 3870

E: getingear@ucd.ie
W: www.ucd.ie/getingear