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So I want to learn a new sport, either football or rugby at uni but I feel so intimidated as I’ve got no experience. Are most societies/clubs at uni supportive of people who just want to learn and not already have experience? (Played then in PE years ago)

I’m just really tense as my self confidence is already pretty low and I don’t want to go any lower.
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Ye3ah, every sport society that tried to recruit me at university made clear that whether I had experience or not was immaterial, so I can't see why the ones at your university would be any less supportive of complete novices.
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(Original post by Gillzy)
So I want to learn a new sport, either football or rugby at uni but I feel so intimidated as I’ve got no experience. Are most societies/clubs at uni supportive of people who just want to learn and not already have experience? (Played then in PE years ago)

I’m just really tense as my self confidence is already pretty low and I don’t want to go any lower.
Hiya!

Societies this year will be a little different as I believe the majority at the moment are having to pause meeting all together and training because of covid. However, I know that there are dates pencilled in for when training can potentially begin. Virtual meetings will be happening and you will still be bale to meet those who have a similar interest to you and make new friends

Societies will have varying levels and teams ranging across all ability so don't worry what experience you have because the society reps will be very understanding and want to help everyone and make sure they are with people of a similar level!

Best of luck at uni! Sam- Official Student Rep
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The club I committee always loves to see beginners and that is definitely a common theme across most unis and societies! Obviously some will be more difficult to do than others due to COVID but you should be able to try out a pretty wide range of things :hugs:
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The club I committee always loves to see beginners and that is definitely a common theme across most unis and societies! Obviously some will be more difficult to do than others due to COVID but you should be able to try out a pretty wide range of things :hugs:
Building on this, ive been on a sports committee.
OP:
We used to have 2 elements.
The competitive BUCS teams, with external coaching, high level of commitment and target league & national titles But we also had an inclusive squad where commitment was what people felt like, very casual and would play in a local league where we would just feed in whoever was available of all abilities.

OP I think the best thing to do is message the teams on social media and they can tell you how it all works. Also lots of unis do IMS or intramural sports which is internal and often more casual.
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Building on this, ive been on a sports committee.

We used to have 2 elements.
The competitive BUCS teams, with external coaching, high level of commitment and target league & national titles But we also had an inclusive squad where commitment was what people felt like, very casual and would play in a local league where we would just feed in whoever was available of all abilities.

OP I think the best thing to do is message the teams on social media and they can tell you how it all works. Also lots of unis do IMS or intramural sports which is internal and often more casual.
Honestly, our BUCS stuff was still really inclusive, though it may just be the nature of the sport :dontknow:
We do another league besides BUCS which is super inclusive too, maybe it's different for others!
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Honestly, our BUCS stuff was still really inclusive, though it may just be the nature of the sport :dontknow:
We do another league besides BUCS which is super inclusive too, maybe it's different for others!
I think it depends on the sport. Our BUCS teams were open to anyone but based on ability and commitment and definitely had a competitive atmosphere.
Our non-BUCS players were more casual and you could pretty much play as much or as little as you like. We did get players who year 1 would join the inclusive side then move into the BUCS teams in years 2-4 and some players can move over during the year.

The thing with BUCS is we only have so many places on the pitch at a time and a limited number of coaches, and ultimately performance was the main factor. But that's why we have an inclusive side where people can focus on playing however they enjoy and the more casual players tended to play a bigger part in club socials tbh.
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(Original post by Gillzy)
So I want to learn a new sport, either football or rugby at uni but I feel so intimidated as I’ve got no experience. Are most societies/clubs at uni supportive of people who just want to learn and not already have experience? (Played then in PE years ago)

I’m just really tense as my self confidence is already pretty low and I don’t want to go any lower.
at my university we played cricket, at first it was very scary, I didn't understand a lot .At first I watched cricket news, then I started to get involved in this sport
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Hey everyone just a little follow on, im now a part of the football club and although im hopeless at it and dont have the correct gear, im having a lot of fun. They've been really welcoming of me so far and theres a good mix of skill.
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Hey everyone just a little follow on, im now a part of the football club and although im hopeless at it and dont have the correct gear, im having a lot of fun. They've been really welcoming of me so far and theres a good mix of skill.
Glad to hear.
Playing sports is a lot of fun at uni (& once the world starts turning again after covid you'll discover the associated sports Wednesdays, which are great fun).

And at least we can still play in groups of 30 (TBH with covid its the best way to socialise as well).
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