This post is written by a member of the Debut Student Publisher Network. Read on for Beth’s top alternative sporty picks:
Before you quickly click away at the very mention of the word “sport”, hear me out. Maybe the general idea of joining a sports club isn’t so bad. There’s team mate banter, fun socials, snazzy kit, a sense of community. But you are terrified by anything that involves throwing, kicking, catching, or god forbid, running.
Believe us. There are some sports societies out there even for you non-sporty people. Our picks have all the plus points of keeping you fit, and they’re just off-beat enough to make you ignore how out-of-breath you are.
Hold on to your broomsticks, because apparently Quidditch is expanding. There’s even tournaments such as the Northern Cup and Southern Cup, which are used to qualify for the European Quidditch Cup! If you’re more the sit at home and read type, why not live out your Harry Potter fantasies in a fast game that doesn’t feel like you’re actually playing sport.
Teams can be found at many universities, and have legitimatel amazing names. Think the Flying Chaucers (Kent – Canterbury Campus), Holyrood Hippogriffs (Edinburgh ), Leicester Thestrals, Nottingham Nightmares, Norwich Nifflers, Portsmouth Horntail Strikers, and The London Unspeakables.
2. Life saving
Life saving is definitely more sporty than you think. After all, it trains members to have the physical and mental skills required to save lives underwater. Actual lives.
There is even the chance to gain qualifications or demonstrate these skills at a competitive level. This year’s student championships take place in Bristol, if you fancy it.
From jazz to hip-hop, there’s a style to suit anyone. Regular classes mean it’s enough to maybe break a sweat but still keep you motivated. Two left feet are a myth, because these societies prove that everyone can dance.
The biggest inter-university dance competition is hosted by Loughborough in February, with 30 Universities taking part over two days. Styles include Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Wildcard, Contemporary and Hip-hop, plus winners receive BUCS points for their uni!
4. Ultimate Frisbee
Similar to many sports, with running to either end like American Football and passing to teammates like in Netball, Ultimate Frisbee is fun and furious.
However unlike its sister sports, there’s something innocent and comforting about a Frisbee that makes it familiar. It’s surely less terrifying than a real sport with scary things like balls.
What first was considered a game has now progressed into a global sport. Seriously. With championships, and global ratings and everything. More than juts a silly word, the aim is to flick small counters into a pot with a larger disc, winning when a player gets all their winks (or counters) into the pot.
Though this seems like a childish game, there is actually many different strategies and techniques involved. Plus, if you’re looking for a ‘sport’ with as little cardio as possible, you’ve found it.
6. Mario Kart
The University of Essex has a Mario Kart Club, where members play against each other racing Mario, Luigi & co. around classic tracks like Delfino Square, Maple Treeway and Bowsers Castle. It takes skill, competitiveness, and resilience – all qualities of a great sportsperson – without even leaving your chair.
Perhaps more a society than a sport, but you can’t get a better non-sporty substitute for real motor racing than the classic Nintendo game.
7. Pole fitness
I am not saying that you don’t have to be sporty to do Pole fitness. In fact it looks harder than most sports. However, it is slightly different in that it can be extremely slow (as it’s all about strength and stamina) and requires creativity and gracefulness.
The Inter-University Pole Dancing Competition is held at Warwick University with over 180 competitors, and both solo and group categories. This is something you’ve definitely never tried in P.E. class.
Maybe there really is a sport for everyone, no matter your athletic ability. Go team.
Feature Image © Quidditch UK