Sport in the Community

UCD Sport clubs continue to reach out and be significantly involved in the local community. Using sport to benefit communities and life skills is mutually beneficial for the local community and for students themselves. This engagement can also assist the operations of the UCD Sport clubs through providing the members with an opportunity to utilise and develop their skills. This involvement takes on a variety of different forms, from beach clean ups to coaching the local sports club, see the Sport in the Community section below, to see how UCD sport clubs have been getting involved to date.

For club members who would like to volunteer and avail of the many benefits of getting involved a list of current opportunities can be found by clicking on our Volunteering Opportunities section. Learn more about the many benefits of getting involved in the local community by clicking on our Why Get Involved section.

 

There are many benefits to getting involved with the community through your sports club. Using sport to benefit communities and life skills is mutually beneficial for the local community and for students themselves. This engagement can also assist the operations of the UCD Sport clubs through providing the members with an opportunity to utilise and develop their skills. 

Throughout the years many UCD students benefited the local community through their involvement in a variety of ways, whilst at the same time developing their own skill set.  

Learning Outcomes

  • Positive impact on students’ academic learning
  • Improves students’ ability to apply what they have learned in “the real world”
  • Positive impact on academic outcomes such as demonstrated complexity of understanding, problem analysis, problem-solving, critical thinking, and cognitive development
  • Improved ability to understand complexity and ambiguity

Personal Outcomes

  • Greater sense of personal efficacy, personal identity, spiritual growth, and moral development
  • Greater interpersonal development, particularly the ability to work well with others, and build leadership and communication skills

Social Outcomes

  • Reduced stereotypes and greater inter-cultural understanding
  • Improved social responsibility and citizenship skills
  • Greater involvement in community service after graduation

Career Development

  • Connections with professionals and community members for learning and career opportunities
  • Greater academic learning, leadership skills, and personal efficacy can lead to greater opportunity

Relationship with the Institution

  • Stronger relationships with faculty
  • Greater satisfaction with college
  • Improved graduation rates

 

One of the five current strategic priority areas for the UCD Athletic Union Council includes Volunteerism and Support Services. As part of this theme the AUC provides training and development opportunities to its members to equip them with the skills and knowledge to participate and lead projects within the community. Affiliated UCD sports club members utilise their expertise and contribute significantly within their own club and within the community on a voluntary basis. During 2017-2018 UCD Sport along with numerous UCD sports clubs contributed to the community in a varied and creative way.

Early in the new season, the UCD Fencing Club organised a screening of the World Championship Team Final at UCD Cinema. This event raised €200 for the Irish Heart Foundation and was in honour of Darius Vaseghi, a past member of the club and engineering student, who tragically passed away in 2005. Later in semester one the club participated in the Movember Foundation Campaign, a charity that tackles men’s health on a global scale. Four club members “sacrificed their faces” and grew some creative taches during the month of November, through donations they exceeded their target and raised a total of €757.

For Breast Cancer Awareness month the UCD Trampoline Club took it upon themselves to dedicate a training session where club members were all donned in pink, a colour synonymous with Breast Cancer Awareness. This not only highlighted the cause but through donations they raised a total of €101. As part of the 100minds, a social enterprise project that challenges students to raise €1000 each, one of the Trampoline Club’s members stayed with the theme of changing attire and organised a pyjama themed training session. Supported by her club over 60 members took part and raised a total of €110 for the Temple Street Children's’ Hospital.  She also received many private donations online and gave of her time to speak to primary school children about the charity and about how secondary school works.
 
UCD ladies Hockey Club similarly organised a pink themed training session to raise awareness about breast cancer. The club approached Breast Cancer Ireland who at the time had just launched a nationwide text campaign through which donations could be made. The club shared this text number, with each text worth €4. Playing on their competitive sides the club also showed their support for BCI by requiring club members to get together in teams and take a photo of club members wearing pink, they were then challenged with receiving the most amount of Facebook “likes” on their team photo. In total 170 club members participated and thousands of likes were accumulated to raise awareness.     

For over 15 years UCD AFC has offered expert soccer coaching to children in the local community through it’s Halloween, Mid-Term and Summer Camps. FAI certified coaches from the clubs first team squad provide expert sessions of fun filled activities that teach the basic skills of the game to over 100 local children each week. Each child is also encouraged to come back and watch UCD AFC 1st team matches through receipt of a free season ticket. UCD AFC partnered with Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Sports Office in their running of the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown After School Fun Through Sports (DRAFTS). During semester one UCD AFC coaches visited two local schools, Our Lady’s Clonskeagh and St Johns/St Columbanas, twice weekly for six weeks with equipment and expert coaching provided free of charge.      

As Christmas was approaching Tina Wilson, a UCD Men’s Basketball club member, came up with the idea to donate the proceeds of UCD Marian’s last home game, before the break, to the Christmas Day Dinner Fund. Although a lesser known charity, they have developed partnerships with St. Vincent de Paul, ALONE, Simon and Dublin City Council and assist with the coordination of meals to homes on Christmas Day along with the well know RDS Christmas Day dinner service. The idea proved to be a great one, with the match drawing a fantastic crowd, this in turn meant the club raised over €750 for the cause.

UCD Ladies Boat club donated leftover food supplies to the homeless following their Graduate Open Day that took place in November. This event welcomed back past members to see how the clubhouse has developed and provided an opportunity to reminisce on the glory days and to chat with current members.

The UCD GAA Club, with assistance from UCD Sport staff, organised the official opening of David Billings Park and welcomed the local community on to campus to watch the Dublin Senior Footballers take on UCD GAA students. During the event volunteers from UCD GAA club organised a collection which raised over €500 for the Peter McVerry trust. The UCD Handball club similarly raised funds for Adraa Agricultural college through a one-wall handball competition that took place in March 2018.

The UCD GAA club has a significant presence in the local community with numerous coaches giving of their time to run GAA sessions. Further afield the UCD GAA provided eight coaches, free of charge, to approximately 70 American students. The UCD GAA Development Officer also arranges for GAA facilities to be provided to some schools and clubs within the local community.

UCD Sub Aqua Club braved the cold winter water dressed in Santa costumes to take part in a fundraising dive for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. This event brought together many different diving entities from the community and they successfully hit their target of €3,000. UCD Sub Aqua are also jointly involved with training with the RNLI.       

The UCD Sub Aqua Club captain, Medhi Entezary, volunteered as a supporting diver and gave a twenty minute interview (albeit it was edited down to a few seconds) for the well known TV series Ireland’s Fittest Family.
 
A common goal shared by UCD Sub Aqua club and UCD Windsurfing club is to protect Irish beaches, as such members from both clubs regularly volunteer their time through participating in beach clean up efforts to improve Ireland’s Coastline environment.

The Daffodil Day collection has become a yearly event for UCD Men’s and Women’s Rugby club including Tag rugby. It involves over 70 volunteers, who are strategically placed around campus and kindly give of their time to collect vital funds for the Irish Cancer Society. In 2017-2018 the club reached a new high in terms of its fundraising efforts and successfully passed last years total by reaching €12,000.
 
Numerous clubs, including UCD Sub Aqua, UCD Caving and Potholing, UCD Ninjutsu, UCD Ultimate Frisbee, UCD Surf Club and UCD Lacrosse club were involved in the Relay For Life Event which took place in UCD in mid-April. This yearly event is organised to celebrate the lives of cancer survivors, remember those lost to the disease and fight back by increasing knowledge whilst at the same time raising funds for vital research through the Irish Cancer Society.

Club members regularly volunteer their time through coaching, officiating/umpiring and getting involved in the organisation of events such as Tae Kwon Do Irish Open, GAA Cumann na mBunscoil, EY Hockey matches, Ultimate Frisbee All Ireland School Events, Lacrosse training camps, IRFU Give It A Try training sessions and the NFL Roadshow. Other areas of community engagement by our sports clubs include; Marine and Ocean Awareness Talks, Irish Cave Rescue practice and charity donations.  

The UCD Athletic Union Council also offers it’s resources and expertise to the local community. In partnership with Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Sports Partnership (DLRSP) the AUC organised a Membership Retention Seminar for it’s sports clubs and for the local community where expert advice was provided to sports clubs on how they can retain their members. The UCD AUC runs a SafeTALK, suicide alertness course, for its members each semester, resulting in trained helpers which are an important part of a suicide-safer community. The AUC also facilitates an Active Dance Programme, which is run by DLRSP. The aim of this initiative is to get transition year girls more active, in semester one, six schools signed up  for the 5 week programme concluding with an Active Dance Off at UCD Sport Centre indoor hall. Throughout the semester UCD Sport staff also deliver presentations to first year students during orientation week, transition year students and many more.

 

Click on Community Engagement 2015-2016 to see the list of inititaives and activities that UCD's sports clubs were involved in during 2015/2016.

Click on Community Engagement 2016-2017 to see the list of initiatives and activities that UCD's sports clubs were involved in during 2016/2017.


To assist you in getting involved in a voluntary capacity we have provided you with a list of current options below, click on each opportunity for details on how you can apply and for further information.

  • UCD Studenst Union Summer Opportunities Fair 2017 (Astra Hall, UCD Student Centre)

The summer opportunities fair (April 5th, 11am-3pm) is designed to show the wide range of opportunities, from jobs to volunteering to internships, available for UCD students to avail of during the summer period. A broad range of activities and options will be on display with advice and preferably on the spot interview/hiring of students. In addition we hope to have overseas supports available to give information on supports for Irish students. Attendance is FREE, so students can just call in on the day.

  • Volunteer with the Local Sports Partnership

Why Volunteer for DLR Sports Partnership?

Volunteers are an important resource when it comes to developing opportunities for sport and physical activity participation. Sport relies heavily on the time and commitment provided by volunteers. 

Volunteers provide a unique service to DLR Sports Partnership, the benefits of which are difficult to quantify. If you are interested in volunteering for Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Sports Partnership please contact us on 01 271 9502 or email sportspartnership@dlrcoco.ie

  • Volunteer with Studentvolunteer.ie

Studentvolunteer.ie is a network of Higher Education Institutions that have come together to create an online resource to connect students to community groups, chairties, schools, public bodies and NGO's.  Once registered you can browse through a database of volunteering opportunities, including those in the area of sport and recreation, and sign up to become a volunteer. For further information please click here.

  • Volunteer as a Sports Guide at UCD Orientation