Top 3 Reasons You Should Get Involved in University Sports in Australia
Studying is about so much more than attending classes. University sports a great way to develop skills, join a community and have fun, no matter your level of sporting ability!
Here are three great reasons why you should get involved in a sports team at your institution:
1. Make life-long friends and extend your professional networks.
Aside from the fun of playing, the best part of being on a sports team is having the experience of bonding with your teammates. You’re working together to improve your performance as a team, you celebrate victories together and you support each other when your team loses. The friends you make on a sports team are often friends you keep for life.
When you’re on a university team, you also have the opportunity to join inter-university competitions or university games. Not only are you extending your friendship group and your networks within your university, but you also get to meet students from other universities around the country.
From a professional point of view, it’s always a good idea to extend your networks as broadly as possible! By joining a sports team, you get to meet lots of people from a range of disciplines, who you would otherwise never encounter. Who knows where that could lead you?
2. Practise your English and take part in some Aussie culture.
If you’ve come to study in Australia from abroad, you may be experiencing a few language barriers or the effects of culture shock. Maybe you’re having trouble feeling ‘at home’ in this strange new country, and you’re trying to figure out how to fit in.
Sports are a big part of the Aussie culture. Every town, suburb and university has local sports teams, and everyone in the community attends matches. Joining a university team is a great way of feeling included in Australian society, and meeting locals.
During training, you can practise your English, but you don’t need to have fluent English to play! You’ll be accepted on the team, no matter what your English level.
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3. Stay healthy, have fun, and get better marks.
Of course, the main reason you attend a university is to get an education. If you’re worried that joining a sports team might affect your grades by taking up too much time, think again.
There’s a lot of research out now which shows that when you play sports, your academic results improve. Several studies have shown that students who regularly participate in sports consistently get better grades than those who don’t!
Regular physical activity improves concentration and blood flow to the brain, leads to better sleep, and allows students to develop healthy daily habits. Students who play sports also have better cognitive abilities and demonstrate better decision-making abilities than those who don’t. While you play, you’re unconsciously learning skills that you will use in other parts of your life.
Plus, participating in sports is proven to make you happy and reduce stress. Good mental health is essential to doing well in your studies!
What sports clubs, teams and facilities can you access?
As a student at Murdoch Institute of Technology (MIT), you have access to all the sports clubs, social teams and facilities on the Murdoch University campus. You can join a university sports team before you even begin your degree!
These are the sports clubs you can join, as a student at MIT or Murdoch University:
- Murdoch Ultimate Frisbee
- Mavericks Baseball Club
- Murdoch University Melville Cricket Club
- Murdoch Football (AFL)
- Murdoch Badminton Club
- Murdoch University Divers Club
- Murdoch Netball Club
- Murdoch Tennis Club
- Murdoch Touch Rugby
- Murdoch Rugby Union
- Murdoch Rowing
- Murdoch Kendo Club
- Murdoch Cheerleading Club
Here are just some of the social sports teams you can join as a student at MIT or Murdoch University:
- Mixed Netball
- Indoor Futsal Soccer
- Ultimate Frisbee
If you just want a workout, you can also become a member of The Zone fitness centre on campus. There are affordable membership options for students.
You can also join in the University Games, and represent Murdoch University in over 20 different competitive sports. These include athletics, rowing, AFL, Rugby 7s, badminton, sailing, baseball, softball, basketball, soccer and beach volleyball
No matter what your sport, there’s a team waiting for you at Murdoch University! Find out more about the sports programs on offer, on the Murdoch University Sports website.
See here for more information about starting your pathway to Murdoch University at Murdoch Institute of Technology.
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