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The low down on joining a sporting club…

The low down on joining a sporting club…


New to uni? Wanting to make connections in 2024? Remy Naughton shares her insights on moving from the NSW coast to Bathurst and how joining a sporting club is something she’ll never look back from…

Written by Remy Naughton

No matter how long you have played, or what type of skill level you have, joining your university sports team is the best thing you will ever do.

For most of us, we are moving away from home for the first time to a place where we don’t have any friends.

For myself, I moved to Charles Sturt University Bathurst from a coastal town in NSW, not having a clue for what I was in for.

While moving in and speaking to a residential leader, she had pushed me to join the uni soccer team as she knew I loved sports.

Growing up, I had always strongly disliked soccer as I was shocking at it, but I wanted to try something new and be a part of something.

It was a bit nerve-wracking at the start.

I got into second grade and didn’t know how to play. I also didn’t know the team well as they lived on a different res and they were a few cohorts above me.

But in hindsight, I had nothing to worry about.

The girls on my team were so warm and so willing to teach me how to play.

As well as getting to know my team through playing games, watching other grades games of both the stags and vixens, and going to other club events, I have created friendships that I know will last a lifetime.

Celebrating the 60th anniversary.

This year the Old Boys and Girls from all across the country came to celebrate the club’s 60th anniversary.

We heard stories of all the memories, laughs and friendships that had been built during the club’s longevity.

Each member I spoke to said the club had shaped them into the person they are today, and their individual university experience wouldn’t be what it is if they hadn’t joined the club.

The club also hosted its eighth annual Headspace Cup.

Headspace Cup is an initiative to raise awareness and money for people struggling with mental health.

This year we raised close to $10,000 for mental health.

Initiatives like these not only allow support for the community but also for each and every person to feel supported in the club.

Being involved in sporting clubs also allows you to create a balance between your studies and yourself.

Taking a step away from your computer and kicking a football around is a great way to recharge and de-stress.

Committing to regular training and get-togethers is a very helpful way to plan a schedule and avoid procrastination so you can get your assignments on time.

Joining sporting clubs will be one of the most rewarding things you do during your university career.

I have created so many memories and friendships that will last a lifetime.

Due to the fun time I have had in the CSUFC club, I have joined the committee as secretary to continue the success of the club so everyone that joins can have just as a great time as I have had over the past two years.

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