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


Community Engagement 2019-2020


Despite the early curtailment of sport club activity in UCD in 2019-2020 there was no reduction in the dedication of time and energy given by UCD Sport and its club members in their efforts to positively impact the local community and national causes. Within UCD sports clubs over 190 coaches/leaders and over 350 committee members volunteer in a variety of ways throughout the year. To support these efforts the AUC organises a variety of training and development opportunities that assist its club members with their engagement.

Sports club members attended a suicide awareness workshop called safeTALK resulting in increasing the number of trained helpers and making suicide safer communities. The AUC also organised numerous Safeguarding 1 workshops for their club coaches, leaders and children’s officers. This workshop educates attendees in the implementation of best practices with regards to protecting the welfare of children involved in sport. Furthermore club members availed of an Emergency First Aid course, a concussion workshop and received funding towards Remote Emergency Care courses, all of which prepare the members with the necessary skills for dealing with accidents that may happen not just within their own club but within the community.

The AUC also facilitated an Active Dance programme, run by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Sports Partnership. This is a fun activity programme aimed specifically at Transition Year second level female students.

In line with previous years, UCD Sport staff delivered presentations to first year students during orientation week, to transition year students and to many more. In November staff members from UCD Sport represented the University by completing the Run In The Dark event, an annual global night run in aid of the Mark Pollack Trust.

Several UCD sports clubs either held an event, took part in campaigns or fundraised in aid of charities involved with raising awareness for cancer and its prevention, alongside funding cancer research and providing information and support to patients and their families. UCD Men’s Boat club, UCD Sailing club and UCD Mountaineering club all took part in the Movember campaign, a month long campaign that raises funds and awareness for men's health issues, such as mental health, prostate and testicular cancer.

The UCD American Football club, UCD Badminton club, UCD Mountaineering club and UCD Ladies Boat club all participated in pink themed training sessions which have once again proved to be a popular way to raise vital funds for the fight against breast cancer.

UCD Rugby club, UCD Women’s Rugby club and UCD Tag Rugby all participated in a very successful 5th campus wide Daffodil Day collection for the Irish Cancer Society. This is a huge undertaking involving more than 100 club members being strategically placed around the UCD campus to encourage UCD staff and students to donate to this worthy cause.

Further funds were raised by UCD Mountaineering club through a bake sale and by UCD Tennis club who used their social media platforms to encourage their members to donate online to the Irish Cancer Society.

Pieta House was also a chosen charity for many of our sports clubs. As part of their annual fundraising UCD Trampoline club used the Irish Student Trampoline Open competition as an opportunity to raise some funds for the charity. In addition, UCD Ladies Hockey club members completed the Pieta House Darkness Into Light 5km fundraising walk. Further to this in February, UCD Windsurfing club organised The Windy Ball in aid of Pieta House.

UCD Sports clubs organised many creative events to raise awareness and funds for their chosen charities.
● The UCD Trampoline club organised a Rainbounce friendly competition for Rainbow Railroad.
● UCD alumni Emmy Coffey Nguyen of UCD Athletics club is the founder of The Push Up Challenge, a campaign in aid of ICU’s in the Mater and Cork University Hospital.
● UCD Karate club bag packed and held a quiz night in aid of Multiple Sclerosis Ireland.
● UCD Windsurfing club fundraised for the Laura Lynn Foundation by taking part in the Shave or Dye challenge.
● UCD Men’s Boat club arranged for the loan of a boat to the UCD School of Engineering which allowed Dr. David McKeown to design a prosthetic arm and a system for the boat of young competitive rower Eoghan Barry from Skibbereen. Filmed over the course of a year Eoghan's story was featured on The Big Life Fix on RTÉ1.
● UCD GAA club continues to engage with the local community through the provision of coaching and facilities to local GAA clubs. This year even the coronavirus couldn’t put a stop to the fundraising efforts of the club when over 400 students either ran or walked 5km in aid of Temple Street Hospital raising just short of €2,000.

For more than 17 years UCD Soccer club has offered expert soccer coaching to children in the local community through their soccer camps. FAI certified coaches from the clubs first team squad teach soccer skills to over 100 children during a typical camp week. The emphasis of the camp is on learning through fun activities. Each child who attends receives a free season ticket to watch and enjoy the first team matches in the Belfield Bowl. UCD Soccer club once again partnered with Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Sports office on projects including the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown After School Through Sports (DRAFTS) programme and a soccer camp for local children at Marley Park. As part of the DRAFTS programme the club provided coaching to three schools in Loughlinstown, Sallynoggin and Sandyford.

Leading sporting opportunities is another way in which our sports clubs are engaged in the community. UCD Orienteering club, UCD GAA club and UCD Men’s Basketball club members give generously of their time to train younger people in their respective sports. A UCD Taekwondo club member provided their expertise when officiating at an Irish Open event. UCD Cycling club were also involved in organising a lady’s race night in Corkagh Park. Similarly, UCD Olympic Handball were also involved in organising an event when they hosted an Ireland versus UCD match raising funds that would go towards the development of the sport of olympic handball in Ireland. UCD Men's Boat club used their expertise to organise and host an Indoor Rowing Championship.



Click on Community Engagement 2015-2016 to see the list of initiatives 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.

Click on Community Engagement 2017-2018 to see the list of initiatives and activities that UCD's sports clubs were involved in during 2017/2018.

Click on Community Engagement 2018-2019 to see the list of initiatives and activities that UCD's sports clubs were involved in during 2018/2019.

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.

  • 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

  • Volunteer with 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