Something incredibly exciting started in Scotland last night – the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. It is the first time in 28 years that the games have been in Scotland and the largest multi-sport event ever held here. Although the games are being hosted by Glasgow, the diving competition is being held in the Royal Commonwealth Pool in our very own Edinburgh! The University of Edinburgh is incredibly proud to have 43 students, staff and graduates involved in the Games. The University produced a really lovely video which introduces you to some of our fabulous students and athletes.
Some big names from the University of Edinburgh include Eilidh Child who is captain of the Scottish Athletics Team and is hoping to improve upon the silver she won in the 400m hurdles in Delhi and freestyle swimmer, Caitlin McClatchey, who is competing in her third Commonwealth Games, having won double gold in Melbourne in 2006.
Although not everyone who is part of the wider University of Edinburgh community is a world class athlete, we do have world class facilities at the university which everyone can access. The Centre for Sports and Exercise or CSE for short has facilities which are ranked amongst the very best in the UK. There are a range of places to keep fit, including Pleasance the sports centre and gym, which is my personal favourite. The gym is really affordable with full membership around £11 a month for the academic year! Everything to do with the CSE can be found here.
If going to the gym isn’t your thing, Edinburgh University Sports Union has 64 sports clubs for you to choose from and also hold stress buster sports sessions during exam time alongside many other things! My own experience within the Judo club and Surf and Windsurfing Club has been incredible and such a fantastic addition to my university life. There’s always the Meadows, too, which provides the venue for many a runner, cyclist and casual game of football or rugby!
Getting involved with sports clubs or just using Edinburgh University facilities is a great idea as it allows you to have a good work/play balance and reduces stress! What sports clubs are you thinking of joining? Remember you can meet them all at the Sports Fair during Freshers Week!