Ever fancied doing something more exciting with your time at Glasgow? How about jumping from a plane in a sexy yellow jumpsuit? Or maybe partaking in a bit of equestrian jumping? Or maybe delving the deeps with the dive club is something you’ve always fancied.Below is our list of top-picks for Glasgow Uni’s more extreme Sports and Societies:
NOTE all students MUST become a member of GU Sport before they are able to join any of the following clubs – simply pop along to the Sports Reception in the Wolfson Building to check out the membership costs (£60/year – Free for students in Glasgow Uni Accommodation).
If you’ve ever fancied getting your PADI qualification and hitting the diving hotspots of the UK (yes they exist) then this is the club for you. The Sub-Aqua club accommodates new and experienced divers and offers a range of theory and practical courses alongside weekend trips. As the website says: ‘For banter and bubbles come and take the plunge with us!’
Glasgow Martial Arts
The University hosts a number of martial arts clubs from Aikido to Taekwando. All our martial arts clubs are an excellent mix of experienced teachers and keen new students. If you’ve been practicing your art for years or are trying to go from zero to black belt these friendly and welcoming clubs are the place to go. For a full list of styles on offer check out the Glasgow Sport website.
A sport usually associated with our friends across the pond in the USA, Cheerleading has hit the British shores with a bang in recent years, with fun vibrant clubs popping up the breadth and length of the UK. While most of us probably have our ideas shaped by American media of elitist groups, the cheerleading society at Glasgow is fun and welcoming to new pompom practitioners. Cheerleader? Dancer? Tumbler? Gymnast? Beginner? Looking for a new challenge? Glasgow University Cheerleading Club has something for everyone. Sign up today!
If you fancy trying some of Scotland’s more traditional sports then Gaelic Football (Like footbal, but not) and Shinty (Like Hockey, but not) are the clubs for you. These sports are fast paced and super fun with large teams and a vibrant atmosphere.
Glasgow Mountaineering (GUM)
If bats and balls aren’t your type of thing then perhaps try your hands (and toes) at the Mountaineering Club. Scotland has some of the best outdoor climbing and mountaineering spots in the world and GUM embraces this with gusto. Mountain Biking, Mountain Climbing, Scrambling, Hiking – if you can do it on or around a Mountain then GUM will be there. The society organises a range of trips and equipment hire for beginners and experienced crag rats alike.
Glasgow Riding Club (GURC)
Ever fancied yourself a bit of a Cowboy? Or maybe you imagine yourself prancing around on the back of a beautiful Dressage Horse? GURC is the place for you. The club offers riding lessons and events for beginners and seasoned equestrians alike and currently boasts around 100 members. The best part is, you don’t even need a horse! The club, through their host yard, allows students to test out their riding legs without having to invest in your own stallion. Who could say neigh to that?
Scotland’s coast has some of the best surfing in the UK, our seas may be cold, but our excellent waves makes taking the plunge totally worth it. The club offers a range of trips and lessons and also offers the chance for more experienced surfers to compete BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sport) level. If a simple board doesn’t get your heart racing then never fear, the club also hosts Kite Surfing, Wind Surfing and any other water sport you can think of.
Our final high octane mega adrenaline sport on the list is Glasgow Skydive. If you’ve ever wanted to know what a cloud looks like from the inside (white and damp apparently) or know the rush of flinging yourself from a plane door 4000ft in the air then this is the club for you. Jumps start from £25 and the club arranges weekly trips to dropzones around Scotland for you to try!
Hopefully one or more of these clubs tickle your fancy. If you want info on a different sport not offered here please let us know and we can find out!