University College Dublin

University College Dublin (Ireland):

University Sports Service Profile:

Facilities: 3 Indoor Halls,  indoor climbing wall, international dimension handball court, 4 large cardio and weights gyms, 4  regulation squash courts, spin studio, fitness studio, Rugby field, Gaelic Games full size synthetic field  for hurling, football, soccer with floodlights, training field synthetic, full size – water based synthetic – field hockey stadium with floodlights, full sized – sand based synthetic – hockey field , 12  grass pitches, 5 tennis courts, Swimming Pool , therapy pool, steam, sauna, kiddies pool


Health promotion of the University:

Since 10 years the university has a health promotion committee. Health is seen as an interdisciplinary field and the university offers a great number of cooperation with partners, so students and staff have the possibility to get information and support from experts. The partners are for example physiotherapists, medical practitioners, psychologist and nutritionists. For the university is Health Promotion to create the suitable environment to deliver programmes, understanding the mind-set of those who are inactive deliver suitable programmes to meet customers’ needs and have the knowledge, experience and qualification of experts to support students and staff in a healthy living way of life.


Selected health promoting physical activities:

  • UCD Get in Gear Get Active Student Programme:
    • to encourage non-active students to start exercising
    • Programme benefits: Opportunity to do a pre & post health evaluation, access to range of specific exercise classes and activities, free access to sports facilities and sports equipment for the duration of the programme, nutritional advice, motivational support throughout the programme, advice on mental health issues, and discount in food outlets on campus, Health survey is issued pre and post programme to all members
  • UCD Get in Gear Be Active Staff Programme (like the program for students)
  • UCD Better Bones Programme:
    • a 7 week exercise programme for Individual 55 years of age or older (community & UCD staff)
    • Exercise programme for those who are at risk of osteoporosis, or know they already have osteoporosis, or for those who would like to exercise to improve their bone health.