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:
For over 10 years the university has a health promotion committee and a clear vision of being a health promoting campus. Currently Brian Mullins holds both the role of Director of Health Promotion and Director of Sport. Health and wellness is seen as an interdisciplinary field and the university offers a great number of collaborations between partners, so students, staff and the local community have the opportunity to get information and support from experts. There is close integration between UCD Sport and the student Health Services with professional expertise from medical practitioners, psychologists and nutritionists. The sports facility hosts the Physio Hub, a collaboration with the academic department which provides services for student health and support for athletes and sports teams, in addition to community exercise programmes for the wider public.  This collaboration has provided a specific programme since 2007 (Get in Gear), to engage students who traditionally are not regular exercisers. The shared goal is to create the suitable environment to deliver programmes, understanding the mind-set of those who are inactive deliver 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 and self management 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, strength and fitness across the middle and later years.
  • UCD Better Hearts Programme:

Stage III and IV cardiac rehabilitation programme for people with heart health needs (community & UCD)

University Numbers

Total   Students           27869

Total Staff                     3220