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

 

The AUC understands the importance of engaging with the local community and encourages its club members to use their expertise to involve themselves in projects with the local area. 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.  In 2016/2017 17 UCD Sport Clubs, through over 350 club members, participated in a wide variety of initiatives within the community, in recognition of this valuable contribution a list of the many forms of engagement is outlined below:

  • Volunteered at children’s birthday party (UCD American Football)
  • Canal clean up with the local council (UCD Canoe Club)
  • Volunteered with Liffey Descent Event Rescue (UCD Canoe Club)
  • Volunteered at Dun Laoghaire Swim event (UCD Canoe Club)
  • Blood Donations at UCD (UCD Fencing Club)
  • Volunteer coaching with UCD International Students (UCD GAA Club)
  • Volunteer coaching with Special Olympics (UCD Golf Club)
  • Involved with UCD Woodland Walkies event (UCD Orienteering Club)
  • Involved with UCD Festival 2016 (UCD Orienteering Club)
  • Fundraising for the Irish Cancer Society through organising and promoting a Daffodil Day event around UCD Campus (UCD Men’s Rugby Club, UCD Women’s Rugby Club, UCD Tag Rugby)
  • Fundraising for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (UCD Sailing Club)
  • Coaching at various Sailing Clubs in Dun Laoghaire (UCD Sailing Club)
  • Volunteered at Chinese New Year Celebrations (UCD Shaolin Club)
  • Volunteered at GAA Ethiad World Games Launch (UCD Shaolin Club)
  • Charity Clothes Drive (UCD Snowsports Club)
  • Coaching at Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Drafts afterschool programme (UCD AFC)
  • Coaching at Soccer camps (UCD AFC)
  • Student 5-a-side Competitions (UCD AFC)
  • Volunteer Goalkeeper coaching with local children (UCD AFC)
  • Fundraising via Relay for Life for Irish Cancer Society (UCD Surf Club)
  • Contribution to the provision of water to remote villages in Africa (UCD Surf Club)
  • Volunteer Officiating at National Competitions (UCD Swimming and Waterpolo Club)
  • Volunteered at Irish Table Tennis Colleges League (UCD Table Tennis Club)
  • Assisted with The Irish Senior Table Tennis Nationals event (UCD Table Tennis Club)
  • Volunteer coaching at Supersonic Trampoline camps (UCD Trampoline Club)
  • Fundraising for Temple Street Hospital, the Movember Organisation and the Irish Cancer Society (UCD Trampoline Club)
  • Volunteer Coaching at the Gymnastics Ireland National Trampoline Competition (UCD Trampoline Club)
  • Fundraising via Relay for Life event for the Irish Cancer Society (UCD Ultimate Frisbee Club)

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.


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