Clubs and societies are an important part of student life at uni. At the University of Portsmouth there are over 190 sports clubs, societies, media groups and volunteering opportunities.
We caught up to with Vicky, a BSc(Hons) Biomedical Science student and member of the University of Portsmouth Equestrian Society to find out what it’s all about.
Vicky is on a work placement at the moment but will be back on campus in September to start her final year.
Whilst at uni, Vicky is also a part of the Equestrian Society. This society offers riding, jumping and polo lessons. Even if you haven’t ridden a horse before. Not only that, but there are socials and the chance to compete against other universities!
Check out this video of when Vicky’s team went to play at the University Nationals. Their polo tournament is know as SUPA, which is the Schools and Universities Polo Association. It runs twice a year, in the winter and summer, and takes place over four days.
For polo, Vicky’s team travel to Guildford, where they are lucky enough to train at student prices. They usually take the train or car share, which gives them a chance to chat about the lesson and make preparations for any tournaments.
In the Winter, Vicky went to SUPA. Their teams did really well…including the beginners team placing 1st, and their novice team placing 4th! Vicky has been to four SUPA tournaments, and here are some of her pictures, including one from her first tournament and when she received second place prize.
Apart from tournaments, the club also organises socials and events for the team to get together and chill out. Here are some snaps of when Vicky went to the riding holiday in Sicily, and from their Christmas meal.
Here, Vicky showed us what you need to join the club, but what you really need to get is a traditional riding helmet! The club provides kit, such as mallets, knee pads and team tops. But, the option is there to get the full gear if you want to.
Unlike clubs run at school, sixth form or colleges, university clubs and societies are run by the students themselves, and they are helped by the students union. Each club or society has a committee, which is a group of students elected by the club. Taking on these responsibilities is a great addition for your CV and helps you to develop great skills.
Vicky put herself forward as part of the club committee for organizing the polo committee, and was elected into the role, which she’ll begin next year.
Let’s wish her lots of luck!