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Get Involved in Sports Clubs

Make the most of your time in UCD!

Whether you're just starting in UCD, or a returning student, we hope you enjoy every minute of the upcoming Spring trimester. There is no better way to enjoy and experience student life than getting involved with your favourite UCD sports club.

Whether you want to try out a new sport or continue training in a sport you are already familiar with, UCD Sport invites you to get involved and have fun.

We have made it easier for students to sign up and join a sports club on campus for 2023-24. Scroll down to find out more.

View our brand new UCD Sports Guide for 2023-24

You can also download a PDF version of the Sports Guide:

How do I join a UCD sports club?

Contact a Club directly

All our club contact details are on our website under Club List. Feel free to reach out to a club and enquire about joining.

Please note that the ability to join a club online for the current academic year 2023/24 via the Virtual Sports Expo and SISWeb is now closed as of 12 noon Friday March 08.

Joining as an Alumni

All UCD Alumni can apply to join a sports club online.

  • Log into the UCD Alumni Portal 
  • Click on Campus Menu
  • Click on My Clubs & Societies
  • You will then see a report with a list of clubs who accept alumni membership

Note: Not all UCD sports clubs accept alumni members. 



Getting involved in a sports club is an ideal way to keep fit, learn a new skill, meet people with similar interests, as well as provide a welcome break from academic life.

With nearly 50 sports clubs to choose from, ranging from team sports, adventure sports, water sports to martial arts, there is something for everyone. So make the most of your time in UCD and get involved. 

You can join most sports clubs at any time throughout the year and the majority of the clubs organise new member and/or introductory training sessions.

Involvement in UCD sports clubs will ensure that your time at UCD is an enjoyable and rewarding experience.

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.



Coaching is integral to all UCD sports clubs. Expert coaching ensures the enjoyment and success of all members in the club activity. If you are interested in a getting involved in sport & physical activity then volunteering as a coach is a fun, social and attractive way to gain skills and valuable experience which are essential for both your personal development and ultimately building your CV. Students, staff and graduate members of clubs are actively encouraged to get involved in coaching their respective sport at UCD.

Visit the Coaching section for more information.

Only those individuals who currently hold a valid Safeguarding 1 certificate and are Garda Vetted by the AUC are permitted to coach, manage, lead activity or act as children's officers in UCD clubs.

Visit the Training and Development section for when safeguarding courses will be held. 

The AUC and its members clubs can support you with unique coaching & volunteering opportunities while also assist with funding qualifications and training and development opportunities.  A small number of UCD clubs also employ coaches to deliver their training. The recruitment, selection and management of all coaches (paid and voluntary) is the responsibility of each club.

Full details of the AUC’s Coaching Policies are listed in the Club Operations Manual.

Club Committee Member

Club Committee Member

If you are interested in getting involved with the running of a sports club you can do so by becoming involved in the clubs respective committee.

Each club has 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 clubs Annual General Meeting. Committee positions include Children's Officer, Club Development Officer, PRO/Communications, Secretary, Junior Treasurer and more.

If you are interested in getting involved please contact the club directly, you can find all club contact details in the Club List section.

Contact UCD Sport

Sports Office, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.
T: +353 1 716 2183 | E: sport@ucd.ie | Location Map(opens in a new window)