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Obviously, this depends on which sport is your forte. Some sports naturally require more physical training than others. Those that have a high endurance requirement, will require more training than those that don’t. Often, these are the sports that universities will offer scholarships in. For example, Newcastle University is a high-performance centre for rowing, basketball, fencing, netball, football, rugby, lacrosse, and racket sports.

For those who have not found their athletic talent yet, this is most likely to happen at university. You are most likely to be in your prime fitness years as a young adult, and if you ever thought yourself to be a competitive individual, university is a great opportunity to show that.

Fresher’s Fair is a great opportunity to join established sports clubs with like-minded individuals who either just want to give it a try, go along for the socials, or want to take a weekend activity one step further. That said, you can join a sports club throughout the year.

However, throughout all of this excitement of meeting new people, feeling the adrenaline and improving your body’s abilities, it is important to remember the reason for going to university in the first instance. If you just want to play sport, there will be local clubs that can offer that. £9k tuition a year is a big investment, and the best way to make that count is to get the best degree you can.

Playing a sport at the University level will come with sacrifices. Early morning training might mean you’re tired for the rest of the day, you might not get a seat in the Library when it’s busy, or you won’t be able to see your friends late at night as you need to rest. You’ll have to spend that bit more money on food, kit and travelling to competitions, meaning you won’t be able to buy as much as you used to for yourself.

However, it will come with lots of benefits…

Disciplining yourself to train and study will mean you’re naturally more organised, so you can get more done. You’ll meet like-minded, motivated, ambitious people who could be great study buddies or house mates. It will also be something to talk about on your CV and in job interviews; companies want to hear about your extracurricular activities, as this showcases what else you can bring to a job. If your sport does require early morning training, you might also get to see a couple of epic sunrises; they’ll be useful for popular Instagram posts!

Playing sport at university is a great opportunity, and in some cases, is a privilege. But, it will only set you aside if you are able to achieve a high-quality degree. Balancing the two is important to make the most of your university experience.

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