4 Q’s with 5 clubs!

Name: Chloe Hearn

Sport: Women’s Football

womens footballWhat sport do you participate in at UEL? And how do you fit it in with your studies?

This is currently my third year being of part of the Women’s football club. I find playing for a UELSports club is easy to fit around my studies as it doesn’t take up to much time. Wednesday is game day and we train Friday nights, so after lectures I get my work done and then go straight to training from there.  Most Universities will normally cater for you to take part in sport anyway so it’s easy to do if you manage your time.

What benefits do you feel you gain from participating in your sport?

I feel I gain a lot from participating in football, it’s good for fitness and it’s a fun way to keep fit. Keeping fit whilst doing something you enjoy is always going to be a massive gain. Being apart of a team has helped many of the girls including myself be more outgoing with people that you normally wouldn’t hang around with. Most teams will hangout outside of training and matches so it’s good for socialising and maybe even making some good friends along the way. For me football is also great for stress, when University work is getting a bit much I can forget about it and have a laugh at football.

What advice would you give to another student who may be interested in joining one of the sports clubs but is afraid of their studies preventing them from doing so?

That the clubs are there to get time off from studying and have fun. Everyone is in the same boat with essays and exams so if one week you can’t train then its not a big deal. We all know our main priority is our degree and that’s why we are here, but use the sport to improve your Uni experience.

If there is anyone who wants to join your club, how could they get in touch?

Just by contacting us via email at womensfootball@uel.ac.uk

Look forward to hearing from any girls interested in football!

Name: Danielle McFarlane

Sport: Netball

Netball

What sport do you participate in at UEL? And how do you fit it in with your studies?

It is very difficult to fit it in so you have to be organised. I have to plan each day and what I’m doing at each time of the day so I can fit in training and studying. From eating down to sleeping has to be planned.  There are times when something will have to get sacrificed because of times clashing.

What benefits do you feel you gain from participating in your sport?

It feels good participating in a fast high level team sport.  At times you may be down, but you have a good support network and your team mates will be there to support you and to pick you back up and get you back on track. You meet many new people while playing and gain different skill sets from certain people to help you on your journey. I also feel healthy and fit as I train regularly for it.

What advice would you give to another student who may be interested in joining one of the sports clubs but is afraid of their studies preventing them from doing so?

Don’t be shy to ask questions. I would definitely say get a diary and plan your day to make sure you have time to participate in sport and make sure you plan your study time as well to make sure you fit everything in . If you plan your day to day tasks you will be absolutely fine.

If there is anyone who wants to join your club, how could they get in touch?

We train on Mondays. There is also a back to Netball session from 6pm for everyone and then at 7pm is when the training will get harder. It’s very easy to participate you can just come down and speak to our lovely coach who will let you know what the best way to participate and move forward is. You can also call the SportsDock reception for more information.

Name: Terrance Bristol

Sport: Men’s Football

Mens football team

What sport do you participate in at UEL? And how do you fit it in with your studies?

I currently participate in football with the UEL Football club.  Right now it is currently a perfect fit around my studies because on Friday I have no lectures, and this is the allocated day for training.  Since I am currently a sports student I get Wednesdays off to compete in sports.

What benefits do you feel you gain from participating in your sport?

I feel that there are many benefits in joining a great organised university football club like UEL, this is currently my third year competing.  Many opportunities such as joining the UEL football Board of Directors, it gives the students a chance to do more than, make a difference and  achieve more than just a  degree by being granted the added responsibility of being the main face of one of UEL’s most popular and beloved sports clubs.  For example I have the great pleasure of currently being chairman of UEL football club, with the added responsibilities I have learned how important it is to become a leader and the main face of the sport I truly enjoy.

What advice would you give to another student who may be interested in joining one of the sports clubs but is afraid of their studies preventing them from doing so?

One advice that I will give to future students especially to the sports students getting a degree in university doesn’t guarantee you a great job after studying, most employers are always looking on what experience did you do outside the curriculum.  For example a friend or mine Craig Heskey was in the same predicament, he didn’t want to compete in sports and just stick to studying.  In a turn of events he became one of the most popular figures representing UEL Sports which included doing voluntary roles such as sports rep and chairman role with the football club.  In a space of 2 years Craig earned a graduate role working as sports club development officer proving that hard work never gets unnoticed.

My final advice to students is that I know as a fellow student myself university can get extremely stressful with deadlines and exams always seem to take over.  However from previous experience joining a sports club is one luxury I am a part of, for a day, you can enjoy participating in your sport.

If there is anyone who wants to join your club, how could they get in touch?

If anyone interested joining the football club for this year unfortunately all three teams are full but there are plenty of options to continue playing football during the university year.  Options include:

  • 4-a-side Football league in UEL Sportsdock (Fridays 2 – 4)
  • ACS Football (African Caribbean Society) – fixtures will be arranged against other ACSs to compete in numerous friendlies
  • Try-a-sport – Tuesday and Friday (4-5pm)

I highly recommend anyone who is interested to join the football club to attend these sessions and groups because we do recruit players we feel that are good to play for one of our three teams.

Please contact me via footballclub@uel.ac.uk or twitter @theofficialbris

Name: Shaun Shorter

Sport: Taekwondo

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What sport do you participate in at UEL? And how do you fit it in with your studies?

I participate in Taekwondo and I fit it around my studies quite easily as it is in the evenings, when my lectures are finished for the day.

What benefits do you feel you gain from participating in your sport?

I feel I have gained a larger circle of friends and it has increased both my confidence and fitness. It gives me a varied “goal” to achieve at university compared to the usual degree.

What advice would you give to another student who may be interested in joining one of the sports clubs but is afraid of their studies preventing them from doing so?

Try it out! You never know till you try and remember that your studies come first but sport is a great stress reliever and confidence booster!

 If there is anyone who wants to join your club, how could they get in touch?

Contact can be made via UEL sports, SportsDock, Josie Fox or just turning up to the training sessions.

Name: Charlie Heath

Sport: Tennis

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What sport do you participate in at UEL? And how do you fit it in with your studies?

I am the Women’s Tennis Captain for UEL, and have been since my first year of study, I am now in my third year of study. Every Wednesday I know there will be a fixture and no lectures so I am able to participate in the BUCS matches every week. The Tennis club do not have many other training times so I try and free up my space around those times. Sometimes it’s not possible for me to train due to work commitments, but as the training sites are so close to either the Docklands or Stratford campus the team find it very easy for access.

What benefits do you feel you gain from participating in your sport?

Fitness, after not playing any sport in 6th Form I was very much out of shape, being in a team and playing sports every week helps me know that I am doing some sort of fitness.

Making new friends, I have made some amazing friends through sport at UEL, both from the team and going to team meetings. This is because you are all there for the same reason, this gives you a great connection, you also have lots of laughs during the matches and the whole team supports each other.

What advice would you give to another student who may be interested in joining one of the sports clubs but is afraid of their studies preventing them from doing so?

If you want to join, join now! Unless you are going into a job that is full of sport, this may be the last time you will really be able to participate in a team sport. I would suggest you talk to the team captain or co-coordinator and ask them about training times and see if you can fit them around your studies. I always find after a tennis match I am still able to do uni work. Sport also gives you that healthy relaxing break from study’s and may even boost your motivation.

If there is anyone who wants to join your club, how could they get in touch?

For Tennis (Men  or Women’s) we are always looking for new members- beginners or advanced.

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Email:    tennis@uel.ac.uk

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