The annual La Trobe Uni Sport O-Week BBQ has been and gone for another year, with everyone involved hailing the day as a big success.
With over 23 clubs on display at Simpson Lawn, representatives from sports teams, University Games captains and Sports Centre managers were all available on site, providing students with a great opportunity to sign up to a La Trobe affiliated club, join a class or find out more about the facilities on offer at the Sports Centre.
"The BBQ provides new students the opportunity very early on in semester to develop networks and form friendships by creating a social and inclusive environment," explains Clubs and Recreation Manager, Rennie Cirillo.
Free membership giveaways, trial passes, food and performances from the La Trobe University Dance sports Club created an exciting atmosphere, drawing big crowds and plenty of enthusiasm.
The O-Week BBQ has been running since the University opened its doors and has grown to be an integral part of the La Trobe Uni Sport promotional strategy. With all of the clubs run by students, the event is as much about marketing as it is about allowing student control over student involvement and engagement.
"It allows a support structure via clubs who can assist students adjust to a new university life, by creating a culture of fun and de stressing environment. This has proven to be particularly beneficial for those from international and regional areas," says Clubs and Recreation Manager, Rennie Cirillo.
Proving just how integral sports are to the extra curricular activities at La Trobe, the clubs had approximately 2400 expressions of interest over the two hours the event was conducted.
"I was extremely impressed with the turn out, and the amount of students that showed interest in their fitness and becoming apart of a club that helps support a community event," said Team La Trobe event coordinator, Larissa Donohoe.
"It was a great day to promote Team La Trobe and engage with all the university students and staff that came along. It was also a great way to ask questions and find out more about what the students wanted and needed from Team La Trobe."
With an ever-increasing number of new students each year wanting to be part of a sport or recreation club, the Sports Centre's facilities are always in high demand and contribute to an exciting campus life experience for all members of the La Trobe community.
For more information about the La Trobe Uni Sports Clubs, please visit http://www.latrobe.edu.au/unisport/clubs .
Simone McInnes, Clubs & Recreation, La Trobe Uni sport