Sports Inclusion

 

UCD provides a once in a lifetime student-athlete experience. As a member of the UCD golf club, I find the challenge of balancing my study and sport very enjoyable. High standard academics, access to top class sports facilities, and the chance to make new connections around Ireland's biggest city makes UCD a truly unforgettable experience.

Gareth Mann; MA Management Consultancy, UCD Golf Club

National Guidelines on Physical Activity for Ireland recommend that adults with disabilities should be as active as their ability allows. They should aim to meet the guidelines of at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity activity on 5 days of the week.

The enjoyment and satisfaction of taking part in sport and exercise can be adequate motivation for participation but beyond that are multiple supplementary benefits of regular physical activity on health. These include: reduced risk of developing chronic diseases, helping to maintain a healthy weight, improving self-esteem, increased functional independence and an improved quality of life. 

UCD Students can not only attain these benefits by getting involved in sport at a playing level but numerous opportunities exist to get involved at a committee level or at a coaching level. Benefits associated with being involved in a club at a committee/coaching level include; opportunities to meet people with similar interests, establish new friendships, learn new skills and add to your CV.

Getting active can be easy and enjoyable, at UCD Sport we provide many opportunities to play train and get involved in sport and exercise.  To find out more about the facilities we have on offer click here, to find out how you can get involved with one of our 56 sport clubs click here.

Facility List

A list of all UCD Sport facilities including a brief description and pricing information can be found on the UCD Sport and UCD Sport & Fitness websites, depending on what activity you may be interested in.

Facility Accessibility

We strive to provide accessible sporting and fitness facilities and opportunities to all UCD Students. Facilities include:

Car Parking

Four dedicated clearly marked car parking spaces located close to UCD Sport indoor and outdoor facilities.  Locations of all dedicated car parking spaces for people with disabilities at UCD’s Belfield campus can be found on the Campus Map.  

Access Routes to UCD Sport Building

Side entrance: enter the ground floor level via a set of steps, handrail provided.

Front entrance: enter the ground floor level via a revolving door or via an automatic double door.  

Lowered curbs can be found at crossing points from Clonskeagh entrance to UCD Sport and from car park to UCD Sport.

Access to facilities within UCD Sport Building

Stairs:

- The stairs is located beside UCD Sport reception.

- Access to first floor via a set up steps, handrails provided (Access to Squash Courts, handball court, colours room and studio 1, unisex accessible toilet, hall viewing areas)

- Access to second floor, handrails provided (Access to UCD Sport Office and UCD Sport and Fitness Performance Gym)

Lift:

- The lift is located at the central area of the building and provides access to the first and second floor.

- Braille buttons within the lift indicate the floor level.

Ramp

- Access to Hall C (access table tennis tables, martial arts area, fitness classes) is via a ramp.

Reception desk

A staffed reception area provides users with an orientation and meeting point. The reception desk includes a lower section at seated/wheelchair height. The area is brightly it for clarity of vision.

Toilets

Accessible unisex toilets located on ground floor (No. 42, central area close to the side entrance and close to the changing rooms) and on the first floor (central area close to back entrance).

Lockers

Lockers for the performance gym are located on the ground floor (close to reception), on the second floor (at corridor) and within the performance gym changing rooms. These lockers are set at accessible heights.

Changing Rooms

Changing rooms 23, 5 and the Men’s General Changing room have no step at their entrance point and are accessible for wheelchair users.

Signage

Signage is located around the building to direct users to navigate the facilities and highlight exit points.

Emergency Evacuation

Refuges on escape routes can be found on the first and second floors of the building where people who require assistance in making their way to the building exit can remain for a short period of time.

Contact Details

If you have any questions regarding the accessibility of UCD Sport facilities please contact the Duty manager on 01 716 3839/3821.

UCD Sport And Fitness Facilities

50 Metre Swimming Pool

All users are accommodated and provided with access to the pool, through use of a pool side hoist as well as a moveable pool floor to raise the floor up to deck level, and adjust the water depth, and a submersible boom to allow for varying uses and water levels on each side of the pool.

Lifeguard and first aid offices are located adjacent the pool, clear safety signage, and overhead pool hall light fittings selected to avoid adverse effect for users with epilepsy. Acoustic panels and a perforated roof deck overhead help to improve acoustics and audibility within the pool hall.

Changing Facilities

The changing room sizes and types in both the private members’ area and in the Changing Village accommodate different user groups, such as family, accessible and student group changing rooms, while using colour blocking to aid orientation. Accessible shower and changing facilities in all areas make use of bold and contrasting tile finish colours against the wall mounted fittings within each room. 

UCD Sport & Fitness Main Gym

Stairs

The stairs is located opposite the UCD Sport & Fitness reception. Access to first floor via the stairs, handrails are provided (this stairway grants access to the Gym floor, studio 1 & 2, the male and female changing rooms)

Lift

The lift is located at the main UCD Sport & Fitness reception and provides access to the first floor. Braille buttons within the lift indicate the floor level.

Reception desk

When a person with a disability enters the Gym area the first point of accessibility interest is that the reception desk in the gym. Assistance will be available by the gym staff who are very well trained and aware of people with disabilities and individual needs. This means that a person with a disability wishing to use the gym will be accommodated and will get the necessary assistance.

Toilets

The toilet accessibility is an excellent facility and is located in both the male and female changing rooms this makes it very possible for people with disabilities to change, to use the gym.

Lockers

Lockers for the main gym are located on the first floor in the male and female changing rooms at the entrance to the main gym. These lockers are set at accessible heights.

Changing Rooms

Changing rooms for the main gym are located on the first floor at the entrance to the main gym. Both changing rooms have no steps at their entrance point and are accessible for wheelchair users.

Emergency Evacuation

Refuges on escape routes can be found on the first floor at the back of the main gym area of the building, where people who require assistance in making their way to the building exit can remain for a short period of time.

Gym Floor Equipment

The machines are placed with enough space between them thus, making it easy and accessible for individuals. The gym offers one to one coaching which the staff will assist a person with a disability to start and finish their workout plans. There are machines in the gym which are designed for multiple use, these machines can be adjusted to serval different heights which makes it very easy to perform many exercises.

Contact Details

If you have any questions regarding the accessibility of the facilities please contact the Duty manager on 01 716 3800.

 

UCD Sport Clubs have been governed and supported by the Athletic Union Council (AUC) since 1909. Currently the AUC manages 56 sports clubs providing a range of opportunities for UCD students to train, play, compete, manage and coach in sport at all levels. Supported by its mission, vision and values the AUC will do its best to ensure that all students who wish to get involved in sport at a level to which they aspire are provided with opportunities to enable them to achieve their full potential. A core value of the AUC is that all UCD Sports Clubs will be diverse and inclusive, encouraging engagement from all sections of the University population.

A list of all 56 Sports clubs, including a brief description of the club and the contact details can be found in the Club List!

Getting involved with a sport club is not limited to participating in the sport itself, UCD Sport clubs are predominantly student run and student led and therefore many volunteering opportunities exist in the form of committee positions, coaching and officiating.  If you are interested in joining a particular club to participate in the sport in a playing capacity click here and if you are interested in getting involved with a particular sport in a volunteering capacity click here.

 

Existing Club

If you are interested in getting involved in one of the 56 affiliated Sport clubs, you can go to the ‘How to Join’ section on the website!

As a member of a UCD Sport Club the clubs New Member Officer will assist you in getting inducted into the club. The New Member Officer will introduce special programmes for new members to get them trained in the skills of the particular sport and help the integration with other club members.

New Club

If you are interested in setting up a new Sports Club in UCD you must follow the steps outlined in Section 3 of the UCD AUC Club Operations Manual

Consultation

If you would like to discuss and explore the opportunities UCD Sport has in sport for you please call in to the UCD Sport Office and speak to a member of the Sports Development Team or alternatively e-mail us at sport@ucd.ie rr ring us on 01 7162183. We are also keen to hear from you should you have any suggestions on how our sporting opportunities we can be more inclusive.

 

Committee

If you are interested in getting involved with the running of UCD Sports Club you can do so by becoming involved in the clubs respective committee. An executive committee is made up of a wide variety of positions to suit all interests and abilities. The committee is democratically elected at each year’s Annual General Meeting (AGM). If you are interested in getting involved in a committee please either e-mail the club directly or attend a training session.  

Coaching/Officiating

If you are interested in getting involved in coaching or officiating please either e-mail the club or attend a training session.

 

Prospective UCD students or current UCD students can apply for the Ad Astra Elite Scholarships. This programme supports students who are already competing and succeeding at the highest sporting levels. Current elite athletes with a disability include Colin Judge (Para Table Tennis) and Darragh McDonagh (Paralympic Swimming). For application forms see Ad Astra Elite Athlete Academy.