Clubs & Societies
While study is an important 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 do also encourage students to maintain a healthy balance between lectures and study and their sports and social lives.
Clubs & Societies
For first year students in particular, joining a club or society is a great way to make new friends and meet people with similar interests 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 skills, 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, rock climbing or insanity training!
LIT boasts 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, Boxing, Weightlifting, and Basketball….to name but a few, as well as activities such as Aerobics, Boxercise and Yoga. ‘Freshers Week’ takes place at the beginning of each academic 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-varsity competitions. The Boxing club won two IATBA Senior Ladies’ Colleges titles during the year and continues to go from strength to strength, while our Weightlifting club has won over ten gold medals this year across all competitions.
The 2014/2015 season was also a successful one on the GAA front with our Camogie team winning the All Ireland Colleges Division 4 League and Championship. 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 are also extremely proud of our Rugby Development Officer, Joy Neville and Niamh Kavanagh, from our International Office who were members of Ireland’s historic first ever Grand Slam winning Ladies Rugby squad in 2013. In addition to sports clubs, there is also a diverse range of societies for students to get involved in, including the Computer and Business Societies, Green Campus Committee and the GIVE initiative. Students also get involved in many initiatives during the year to support local charities.
LIT has an impressive range of sports facilities for students, including three full size pitches and an all-weather playing pitch in Limerick, as well as 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.
A purpose built €3.7m, state of the art strength and conditioning building – the LIT ‘SportsLab’ was recently officially opened in Thurles by three time golf major winner Padraig Harrington. Among the facilities available in the 2,000 sq metre facility are a unique 3D Organic Motion Capture Systems for motion analysis; a 45m, six lane sprint track specially designed to improve speed; a paralympic area; cable machines; a range of sport technology systems, including micro electro mechanical systems and GPS systems; Olympic lifting platforms; five functional screening kits; weights and the full range of exercise machines. It is one of the finest facilities available in the world and is designed to support our growing Sports Strength and Conditioning programmes.
The Sports Bursary Scheme allows LIT students who are at the forefront of their chosen sport to apply for some financial support.
In 2014/2015, LIT awarded 37 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 LIT Sports Office at 061 293000.