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Giorgia

When it comes to sport, Cardiff is the place to be. There are so many exciting events going on, students at Cardiff Met are spoiled for choice. There are many opportunities whether you want to participate or just spectate. Here are my thoughts on the 5 sporting events in Cardiff you can’t miss:
 

1) Varsity

 

 
Varsity is a great day even if you don’t know your pucks from your netballs. Don’t let a lack of sporting knowledge put you off as the atmosphere on the day is amazing. Cardiff Met hosted this year’s event vs Bath University, with the rivals competing across 5 different sports. It’s great to see students from both universities cheering their teams on. It’s an opportunity to watch some great sport, support your uni and socialize. We didn’t win this year, but next year we’ll be back!
 

2) Cardiff Half Marathon

 

The Cardiff Half Marathon was one of the toughest things I’ve ever done – but it was worth it!


 
This takes place during October and is a great event to be at. If you are looking for a challenge and fancy running the Cardiff Half Marathon then I suggest you do that! It was probably one of the hardest things I have ever done but the atmosphere and the buzz around the whole city is just incredible! If you’re not quite ready to take the plunge and commit to that distance you can still be involved and volunteer at the event- which is also loads of fun! The whole city is on lock down during the run and everyone comes together to support the runners – so why not get involved?
 

3) RBS 6 Nations Championship

 

The 6 Nations is a huge sporting highlight in Cardiff!


 

I think everyone knows how much the Welsh love rugby and I would definitely say that is not a lie! It doesn’t matter how much you know about the sport, it’s hard not to get swept away with the atmosphere in Cardiff during 6 Nations match days. The city comes alive during the International games and you get a chance to see another side of Cardiff. I would really suggest trying to get tickets to go to the stadium but even if you have a chance to watch it in a pub you will feel part of the whole experience and integrated into the Welsh culture of rugby.
 

4) Cardiff Devils Ice Hockey Game

 

A Cardiff Devils game is an amazing night out! (pic by Richard Murray, courtesy of Cardiff Devils)


 
If you fancy doing something a bit different on a weekend watching some ice hockey is a must. The atmosphere at a Cardiff Devils game is great and the dedicated fans create a huge buzz. During the breaks they also have competitions for spectators to take part in where you can throw a puck into the rink and whoever gets closest to the centre wins a prize. The ice rink is situated at the Cardiff International Sports Village – go along and you might even be inspired to take up a new sport!
 

5) FIM Speedway GP

 

 
Four riders going left around the track on 500cc bikes with no brakes, reaching speeds of up to 70mph. The FIM Speedway GP is a world-wide event which comes to Cardiff once a year and takes place at the Principality Stadium. Fan zones are created where you can find different activities and entertainment for spectators which helps build up the brilliant atmosphere. You don’t need to be a motorsport expert to attend and enjoy this event.
 
Sports fan Giorgia will be joining our new MSc Sport Broadcast postgraduate course this September – check it out below: