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Sports Clubs are the heartbeat of student sport at DCU, and provide ample opportunities for students to get involved in sport. Our sports clubs cater for the competitive sportsperson with aspirations to represent DCU in intervarsity, national and international competitions, as well as beginners and recreational participants. DCU sports clubs are student-run and student-led so you can play your sport and also lead and develop your club.

DCU has 37 sports clubs with more than 5,000 members.  DCU sports clubs train and compete in the sports facilities on the Glasnevin Campus, St Patrick’s Campus, and DCU Sports Grounds.  The sports clubs are subsidised and receive financial support from capitation. Capitation is the portion of the student levy that funds clubs, societies, and the Students' Union. The highlight of the sporting social calendar is the DCU Club & Society Awards held in April each year. Join a DCU Sports Club and ensure your time at DCU is a thoroughly enjoyable and rewarding experience!


Sports Clubs A-Z and Contact Details

A full list of DCU sports clubs and contact details is available at the link below.

A-Z of DCU Sports Clubs



How to join a Sports Club

It costs €4 to join each Club or Society.  Below are the ways in which you can join:


1. Online: Club or Society Website

You can join a DCU club or society online at any time during the year by visiting the DCU club and society webpages at www.dcuclubsandsocs.ie


2. In-person: DCU Clubs & Socs Days

You can join a DCU club or society at the annual DCU Clubs & Socs Days which are held in semesters 1 and 2. All clubs and societies will have stands and information on their programme of activities for the year.  The 2023 Clubs & Socs Days dates are:

Glasnevin Campus - Wednesday the 20th and Thursday the 21st of September, 10 am - 3pm. The U Building

St. Patrick's Campus - Tuesday the 26th of September, 10 am - 3 pm, The Auditorium, 


How to set up a new Sports Club

If you have an idea for a new club we would be delighted to discuss it with you! We offer sports development guidance and support to help you make your idea become a reality. If you would like to set up a new club please contact email sports-wellbeing@dcu.ie


Representing DCU

Many DCU sports clubs have representative teams that compete in university leagues, cups, and intervarsity tournaments.  There are opportunities to represent DCU as part of freshers, intermediate or senior teams, as well as men's, women's, and mixed teams.  DCU has a proud history of success in many of these competitions winning titles such as the Sigerson Cup in GAA, Collingwood Cup in soccer, Kay Bowen Women's Rugby Cup, Women's Basketball Intervarsity and the Tennis Intervarsity.

For information on the annual calendar of competitions visit the competitions section of the Student Sport Ireland website.

The act of balancing academic and sporting and academic commitments can be a challenge for students. DCU is committed to enhancing the academic and sporting development of young sportspeople in the country, as well as making a positive impact on the future of Irish sport through our performance sports initiatives, In order to assist students that have sporting and academic clashes   DCU Sport & Wellbeing provides the Sports Representation Form