The balancing act between sports and university work as the new academic year comes round

By Alexandra Smith

Success for De Montfort University lacrosse players comes with a price to pay as the struggle to balance hours of training with studying for a degree increases.

With sessions starting as early as seven in the morning and finishing at nine in the evening its hard to find the balance with that of educational studies, not forgetting competing for the university once a week and being involved with the social aspects of the team.lacrosse development game

On the other hand, if the balance between work and sports is found, the results can be rewarding to the student and the university.

In the UK, sport is embedded in the tradition of a university. As well as being an opportunity for those to compete at a higher level for their sport, it acts as a gateway for meeting new faces and gaining contacts for the future.

Angela Clements, (21) welfare advisor for DMU women’s lacrosse said: “People always say they haven’t got time to be in a sports team but its a nice balance with studies, it helps with your mental health and it’s just a bonus that your start to get fitter too.”

But as the work begins to pile up, the lacrosse players say they need to consider whether the time spent playing for their team is cutting into their studies.

“It’s difficult as a social secretary for my team to be able to keep on top of my work as well as keep the society running as well as it does.” Said Beth Surridge, (19) social secretary of De Montfort University snow sports.

“Training gets in the way of my lectures, so I have to use my own time to catch up, it’s difficult but I manage to do it because its what I want to do.”

Being able to compete in sporting events at this level requires not only skill but also the motivation to carry out hours of training alongside exams, lectures and allowing time to meet up with tutors for study opportunities.

“As an English student, my classes can be quite sporadic, which makes it a little hard to maintain a schedule to work on my assignments.” said Emer Walsh, (22) Captain of the DMU women’s lacrosse team. “While training takes up a lot of time, it’s a weekly commitment that forces me to plan out my work properly so that i can be free for every session.”

Fellow team member Joanna Lingard (20) believes those who aren’t in sporting and even social committees may not understand the dedication needed to keep up with an academic timetable so as to not be in constant ‘catch-up’ mode.

But she said: “Don’t forget that students that are involved in sports signed up for this and, in doing that, chose to live this lifestyle.”

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