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The Club Sport program promotes student participation in a variety of physical and athletic activities, whether recreational, instructional, or competitive in nature. Many of our clubs compete at an elite level and contest for National Championships in their sport.

Engagement in Club Sports provides the opportunity for learning experience through involvement in club activities, including recruiting, organizing, administering, scheduling, fundraising, public relations, etc. Club Sport participants can be rewarded  by not only athletic competition, but also the development of skills in collaboration, leadership, problem-solving, and management of risk, time, and finances. While Campus Recreation can assist clubs with some aspects of space reservation, event planning, and marketing, the emphasis is on student leadership and contribution. For this reason, the success of a club depends on the dedicated efforts of its student officers and members.

How do I get more information about a club?

Please visit our Club Sports Directory to view the current list of clubs and contact person for each. Simply click on the Club Name to view their page on U of I Connections, or click on the President’s name to email them directly for more information on how to become a member.

Who can join?

Club Sports are formed, organized, and governed by current University of Illinois Students, under the requirements established by University of Illinois RSO Office and Campus Recreation. Employees are allowed to participate in clubs, as per that club’s constitution and governing body policies. Individuals without a current Campus Recreation membership are not eligible to participate. Only currently enrolled students or currently appointed faculty/staff may serve as club officers.

What is the difference between Club Sports and Intramural Activities?

Intramural Activities provides students an opportunity to participate in a variety of recreational and competitive sport activities in men’s, women’s, or CoRec divisions. The primary focus is short-term participation with or against other individuals or teams of students from our institution.

Club Sports allows students to meet and practice regularly over the entire course of the academic year to learn a new sport, or continue to play a sport they love. They are student-run and may be recreational, instructional, or competitive. Some Club Sports compete at a high level and are members of conferences or leagues, while others are focused on skill development and progression.

How do I start a new Club Sport?

Club Sports will begin reviewing applications for new Club Sports on June 1, 2017.

Any student organizations interested in applying to be sponsored by Campus Recreation must already be a Registered Student Organization. Additional minimum criteria are outlined in the Club Sports Handbook.

If your group meets the criteria, please reach out to the Club Sports Office for application steps. Decision on acceptance of new Club Sports is based on the criteria, along with your existing relationship with Campus Recreation and the availability of necessary facility space.

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