Clubs & Societies in LIT and LIT-Tipperary
While study is a major part of college life, it is also about meeting new people and making new friends, enjoying new experiences and having fun! Sport plays a big part in life at LIT and all students are encouraged to get involved in the clubs and societies across our campuses. We cater for all levels of activity and you can get involved at your own pace, whether you are an elite athlete, a beginner or just looking to get fit and have fun! However, we also encourage students to maintain a healthy balance between lectures and study and their sports and social lives.
Clubs and Societies
For first year students in particular, joining a club or society is a great way to make new friends and helps to make the transition from school to college easier. Involvement in a club or society also helps you to develop other valuable skills alongside your academic ones, such as leadership skills through committee involvement, experience in event management and much more. College will introduce you to many new adventures and activities that you may not have attempted previously, whether that’s kite-surfing or the latest sports craze: insanity training!
LIT boast a vibrant clubs and societies scene, ensuring that many sporting interests are catered for. Clubs and activities include Hurling, Camogie, Men’s and Ladies Gaelic Football, Men’s and Ladies Rugby, Soccer, Golf, Outdoor Club and Basketball….to name but a few, as well as activities such as Aerobics, Boxercise and Yoga.
LIT students also run a community radio station ‘Wired FM’ in conjunction with Mary Immaculate College. ‘Freshers Week’ takes place at the beginning of each year and is the main recruitment time for clubs and societies, when you can find out more about their activities and sign-up. New clubs and societies are always encouraged.
In recent times, LIT has experienced considerable success in inter-college competitions. The 2012/2013 season was a successful one on the GAA front with the hurlers from LIT’s Tipperary school winning two national titles – the All Ireland Colleges Division 2 League title and the Ryan Cup. There is a huge desire within the LIT GAA Club to keep growing as a club and developing young hurlers, footballers and administrators that we hope will serve the broader GAA community well following their time spent in LIT.
We were also extremely proud of our 2012/2013 Students’ Union President, Niamh Kavanagh and our Rugby Development Officer, Joy Neville who were both members of Ireland’s historic Grand Slam winning Ladies Rugby squad. Niamh was also a member of Ireland’s Ladies Rugby Sevens team that competed successfully in the Hong Kong Sevens in March. In addition to sports clubs, there is also a diverse range of societies for students to get involved in. Amongst the most popular are the Computer and Business societies in Limerick and Tipperary and the Smart Green Society.
LIT has an impressive range of sports facilities for students, including three full size pitches and an all-weather playing pitch. In Limerick, we have a fitness centre and indoor sports hall. Development of sports facilities is on-going at the Tipperary campuses in Thurles and Clonmel and students have access to a wide range of sports facilities in both towns.
The Sports Bursary Scheme allows LIT students who are at the forefront of their chosen sport to apply for some financial support. In 2011/2012, LIT awarded 24 bursaries; seven bursaries were awarded by the Munster GAA Council. The bursaries are not aimed solely at elite players but are open to all individuals that take part in coaching and administrative roles in all clubs across the college. Further information on the Sports Bursaries is available from the Sports Office in LIT.