‘A sound mind in a healthy body’ is a common expression these days, taken from an ancient Roman poet. This maxim has been found true by many over the last two millennia and it’s safe to say that many students in Groningen live by it: They follow a study programme and play a sport on a regular basis. To accommodate this there are no less than fifty-five student sports clubs in Groningen!
Sport’s associations /clubs:
Joining a sports teams could be a good way for you to gain a new skill/talent, be fit, practice communicating and working in a team, develop self-discipline and a really fun active way to socialise. Below are some of the larger sports association in Groningen.
Ball Sports: These kinds of sports are a little more hands-on and interactive, where you participate in a larger team. Good for developing teamwork and communication skills.
Football: G.S.A.V.V. Forward, G.S.V.V. The Knickerbockers and (American) Groningen Giants
Basketball: G.S.V.B. Moestasj and Groninger Studenten Basketball Vereniging Groene Uilen
Rugby: Groninger Studenten Rugby Club
Floorball: U.C. Face Off
Volleyball: G.S.V.V. Donitas, V.V. Kroton, Veracles and (Beach) G.S.B.V. Tweeslag
Korfball: G.S.K.V. De Parabool
Fitness sports: These are more individualistic endurance based sports, that can help develop self-discipline and agility.
Combat Sports: Sports like these are more of a physical type they can help develop awareness, patience and self-defence.
Stick sports: These sports include the added element of an instrument they are good for hand-eye coordination, technique and precision.
Golf: Groninger Studenten Golf Club
Hockey: GSHC Forward, Groningsche Cricket and Hockey Club G.C.H.C.(unfortunately you can’t play cricket at GCHC anymore), GSHC Forward, (Ice) G.S.Y.V.The Bulldogs and (Underwater) GSOV Octopus
Lacrosse: Lacrosse Groningen Gladiators
Tennis: G.S.T.C. Groninger Studenten Tennis Club, T.C.Veracket, Tennisclub Albertus Magnus TAM and (Table) G.S.T.V. Idefiix
Badminton: AMOR, Studenten Badminton Vereniging GSBC
Water sports: These kind of sports are perhaps more for the adrenaline, nature types. For these sports, you learn how to succumb to the elements and work with them.
Rowing: A.G.S.R. Gyas and G.S.R. Aegir
Sailing: G.S.Z. Mayday
Skating: G.S.S.V. Tjas
Swimming: G.S.Z.V. De Golfbreker
Waterskiing and Wakeboarding: G.S.W.V. The Bares
Waterpolo: G.S.Z.C. De Walvisch
Canoe sports: Groninger Kano Vereniging
Diving: Calamari G.B.D. and G.S.D.C. Ad Fundum
Other Sports: Some of these may not seem much like sports (chess) but they all include the competitiveness and skill that sports are associated with.
These large amount of clubs specifically for students are the result of the large student population in Groningen. While this may not be surprising there is one feat which might. They are not just clubs for students; they are also mostly run by them. Just as student associations they have boards for which students can apply. Expect to learn a lot when you’re a member of a board!
The motto ‘a sound mind in a healthy body’ is also taken in a social perspective by most of these clubs. They do not only create sporting possibilities but also organize various social get-togethers. Many of them have committees for you to join and organize other events for the club while being a member.