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Sports

Sport is central to life at NUI Galway and our excellent facilities offer you a chance to balance your academic study with a wide range of sporting activities.

Sports

University sports complex

NUI Galway's new 6,500 sq ft sports complex on the University campus is ideally located for all students as a meeting point for sports activity.

The complex includes:

  • A six-lane, 25 metre swimming pool, with a moveable floor (international competition standard)
  • Dedicated squash and racquetball courts
  • A National League basketball arena and sports hall with bleacher seating for over 600 spectators
  • A 100-piece cardiovascular gym with 35 pieces of resistance equipment
  • A dedicated elite training gym
  • Two fitness studios, suitable for aerobic training
  • A competition-style climbing wall
  • Saunas and a steam room

 

Outdoor facilities

The University's outdoor sports facilities can be found in Dangan, on the north of the campus. They include:

  • Ten natural grass playing pitches
  • A synthetic grass pitch, suitable for a wide range of sports including hockey, soccer and Gaelic games
  • An eight-lane, international standard track, with jumping and throwing facilities, suitable for athletics, cross-country and general training.

 

Sports clubs

There are over 50 sports clubs within the University, offering students the chance to keep fit and healthy, while enjoying a great social outlet. 

Club Bookings: To book any sports facilities please fill out this form and email to ellen.kelly@nuigalway.ie

External Bookings (Sports Facilities): If you are a non NUI Galway group and would like to book sports facilities please contact(to be updated)

 



Field Sports Club
Athletics
Camogie
Cricket
Gaelic Football (Ladies)
Gaelic Football (Mens)
Hockey
Hurling
Rugby (Ladies)
Rugby (Mens)
Soccer (Ladies)
Soccer
Tag Rugby

Off Campus Clubs

Cycling
Equestrian
Frisbee
Golf

Mountainbike
Mountaineering
Snow Sports
Tennis

Indoor Clubs

Archery
Badminton
Basketball
Basketball (Ladies)
Boxing
Capoeira
Darts
Fencing
Handball
Inline Hockey
Lacrosse
Pool and Snooker
Racquetball
Softball
Squash

Table Tennis
Volleyball

Martial Arts Clubs
Aikido
Judo
Karate
Muay Thai
TaeKwonDo
Water Sports Clubs
Kayak
Rowing
Sailing
Sub-Aqua
Surf
Swimming & Waterpolo
Windsurfing

Sports Scholarship

We offer Sports Scholarships to athletes of outstanding calibre who register as students of NUI Galway. Our programmes focus on developing the athlete so that they can achieve sporting success, as well as academic and personal development during and after their time in university.

The scheme includes sports such as basketball, badminton, ladies' and men's soccer, ladies' and men's rugby, ladies' and men's golf, martial arts, swimming and surfing. ;

As well as the scholarship, you will receive specialist sports supports including physiotherapy, treatment of injury, fitness training, coaching and travel to national and international competitions.

The scholarship is available for the duration of a course of study and all applicants must satisfy the academic requirements for entry to NUI Galway. 

You can apply for an NUI Galway SPorts Scholarship online http://www.sports.nuigalway.ie/scholarships_info.html

The closing date for receipt of applications is the 31st July. No applications will be accepted after this date.

If you would like to learn more about Sports Scholarships you can contact the Elite Development Officer, Gary Ryan on P: 091 495979 or E: gary.ryannuigalway.ie 


Sports in Galway

NUI Galway is one of the largest sporting third level institutions in Ireland and we welcome the fact that sport forms an integral part of the social and educational lives of the campus community. This echoes the strong sporting culture that has always existed in Galway and which is such an integral part of both city and county life.

Quick facts

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NUI Galway has over:

  • 17,000 students.
  • 2,000 international students from 92 countries.
  • 2,400 staff members.
  • 120 links with universities across the globe.
  • 90,000 alumni in 107 countries.
  • 165 years experience of providing university education. 

NUI Galway is:

  • Ireland's top University for student retention - Sunday Times 2011.
  • Irelands's top University for graduate employability with 96% of our graduates employed or in further study within six months of graduating.
  • the largest and oldest university in the west of Ireland.

NUI Galway is world leading for research in:

  • Biomedical Science and Engineering 
  • Web Science
  • Human Rights
  • Marine Science, Energy and Environmental Science
  • Applied Social Sciences and Public Policy
    Humanities, in particular literature, Theatre and Irish Studies

NUI Galway was awarded a QS Five Stars Rating in 2012