By Aimone Sharif
On the 30th of September, the Hertfordshire Sports Village opened its doors to students to have a look and find a potential sports club to join.
As we go around interviewing people roaming around we find ourselves surrounded by a plethora of sports and understand why people struggle to make a decision. The sports clubs are all very different, from snooker to Dodge Ball including Football, Dance and Frisbee.
Jack Waller, golf club chairman, admits a lot of interests have been shown towards his club and that a professional golf player signed up. The aim is to put golf out there, to compete and be good, completely outshining last year’s results.
As people queue up to be part of UH Campus Football, we talk to a group of fresher’s asking them what they’ve signed up for :” we’ve signed up to a multiple of clubs, just to have a go see which one we prefer and just enjoy the most”. Layout wise they find the sports hall “very open, organised and clear”.
For fourth years on campus it’s not about being in the football team or basketball team, it’s about trying something new and out of their comfort zone. “football and basketball are cool, yeah, but I want to try something new, something I will not have the chance to try when I work” with that said, he tells us he has signed up for Ultimate Frisbee as last year he tried American Football for the first time and really enjoyed it.
Jack Carty, part of the Dodge ball club plays his part in the promotion of the club answering every question we throw at him:
“How would you describe your sport?”
“This sport is for both male and female; it’s fun, full of laughs and exercise”
“How are the trials going?”
“We don’t have any trials because we are a fairly new AU team and so we welcome everyone to join! We train on Fridays and hope to see as many people there as possible”
As we ask him his favourite part of a game he pauses and replies “The moment in every match you do something amazing and you don’t even know how you’ve done it and that just feels good!”
Katie Maynard, the chairwomen of the club describes her sports as a good game, good laugh and particularly enjoys the social side of it: “still a good laugh”.
Their aim is to compete as much as possible now, win games and collect the medals.
The last sport we reviewed was Goalball, a blindfolded 3 a side team sport. As we talk to Rosie Howell and ask her about her sport, she explains that she started playing Goalball in 2012 and a year later she was part of the 2013 GB squad. As she speaks a game of goalball is playing on her laptop for people to understand the game. We watch a blindfolded women throw a powerful ball in the 9metres opposite side goal, in awe in front of the player’s abilities and precision we ask how hard it is to get the hang of it.
“It is hard at first but once you get the technique it’s not too bad, it’s also a lot more fun when you get the feel of the game”
She insists it’s not a sport only for disabled people, requiring a lot of technique, communication and ability but everyone is welcome to try it.
last year Rosie manged to recruit a young disabled Malaysian boy who has left now but is still competing nationally for his country. For Rosie this year, the most important thing is to get a team and compete, representing Herts in a sport that has her heart.