– Netball has definitely been the most integral part
of my LSE experience.
In the first year I would have left.
Being in London as a student
where you are poor and there is so much to do
and you’ve got so much workload
someone to pick you up and tell you it’s alright
and help you with your work.
It’s just so important.
I couldn’t have done
my LSE experience without being in netball.
Hi, I’m Georgia.
I’m in my third year here at LSE.
I study Anthropology and
I’m from Guildford in Surrey.
We have about six or seven halls which are just purely LSE
but then they do offer you an intercollegiate option
on advice from people I know have been to LSE.
They said to go into the intercollegiate halls
so I did and actually from personal experience,
I wish I hadn’t.
I think in hindsight I would have chosen to
go into the LSE halls just for that sense of community.
Now I live in my own accommodation.
It’s organized privately and I’m really really lucky to
be able to live with such great girls.
I first encountered the netball club at Precious Fur.
I hadn’t ever considered
playing netball at university before
and they were just really welcoming
and you know said
“Everyone can get involved and it’s really inclusive.”
You don’t have to necessarily be very good at netball.
You get picked for a team, you feel really good,
they welcome you along to their house for prees.
You then go to Wednesday nights.
You then get involved in the matches.
Suddenly you become so immersed in the club.
You really do feel like part of a group
within the LSE community.
– Netball has been pretty intense
because I’m on the second team
and we normally have about two matches a week.
So obviously LSE does quite a big
workload as well so it’s helped me loads in time management
and stuff like that.
The highlight of being in the netball team this year is definitely
when we were playing away
and they had loads of supporters as well
which doesn’t really happen that often.
So they had all these people cheering for their team
and we just won by one goal.
So it was an hour journey back
and it was just the best journey ever
’cause we were all on such a high.
– In the netball club at LSE we have eight teams
and the top three teams play in both the LUSL
and the BUCS leagues.
The BUCS is kind of an international cross university
league whereas the LUSL is just London-based teams.
Teams four to seven will play just in the London leagues
and they play once a week.
In the netball club at LSE we have quite a busy week
so on Mondays we normally have matches
then Tuesdays we have training with our new coach.
Wednesdays, we have the active lifestyle sessions
which are here just on the courts next to the campus.
Wednesday evenings is our atheletics union night out.
We all go to Zoo bar which is a club in Piccadily.
– So every Wednesday we meet with our teams.
So we have drinks and then we go out.
I’ve been out every week.
Some people choose not to but there’s a lot
of people in it for social,
some people just in it for the sport.
But you can really pick and choose
and get involved as much as you want to.
– Club wise we try and do as much
social stuff as we possibly can.
So at the beginning of term especially you’ve got
a welcome party which is a massive massive deal.
And then kind of later in the term
you’ve got a ball which is a really really nice occasion
where everyone dresses up and we have a dinner together.
Balancing my time has been a real difficulty
in my university’s career and kind of in my life
but I would say that taking on the role of co-captain
has put me to the test.
It’s not a possibility to let your work slack.
If you let your work slack you’re really going to suffer
at the end when it comes to exams.
So it’s all about kinda trying to keep that balance.
To feel people endorse kind of what you want to do
within the club has been really self-fulfilling.
And now I am the co-captain of the netball team
and I rolled out as many possible things
and opportunities for the girls as possible
so we can give back to a club
that’s kinda given me so much over my three years here.
And everyone I spoke to who’s been to LSE before
gave me advise which was if you wanna kind of get involved
in the social side join a sports team.
So in the first year for me it was really important
that I kind of invested in a netball club
to get a good group of girls that I could then
go forward with in my university career.
But now that’s very much evolved
and I’ve kind of got my stability
and I know where my goals are
and we’ve all moved forward together really.
My experience at LSE I wouldn’t change for the world.
If you’d asked me in the first year I would say
it’s a little tough and
it is a tough nut to crack.
And but once you’ve cracked it
and you’ve really found where your space is,
whether that’s sports, whether that’s societies,
whether that’s people on your course
that you just find real passion in.
There is a crux, there is a place for you at LSE,
and if you persevere and really do work at it,
it’s a great place to be at university.
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