One of the main strategies of the AUC is to ensure club members are equipped with skills and knowledge to successfully lead sports in UCD. This was achieved by delivering a training and development programme that more than 500 members took part in. This included; Club Officer Training, Safety Talk, Safeguarding 1 workshops delivered in conjunction with Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Local Sports Partnership, workshops on concussion, emergency first aid, social media for clubs and a GDPR information seminar. The AUC’s training and development subsidy was availed of by UCD Mountaineering Club and UCD Canoe Club to complete a Remote Emergency Care course and Mountain Skills course.
The AUC is actively planning for the resumption of all club activity. It is important to note that club activity operates for many clubs in UCD twelve months of the year, and is not restricted to the academic year. For those clubs usually engaged in regional and national competition in the summer months (e.g. Athletics, Swimming, Rowing, Men’s Soccer), their activities have resumed.
The resumption of other club activity is contingent on a number of factors including government restrictions continuing to be lifted, University facilities being open for business, national governing bodies of the sports permitting the sports clubs recommence activity, and UCD clubs complying with required health and safety measures.
While there is much work to be done, we hope that UCD students will enjoy a diverse and excellent sporting experience in 2020/21.