Your Erasmus year can be one of the best years of your university life, but it can also be a daunting prospect for some students as they move away from home for perhaps the first time.
Valencia is a fantastic city and Spain a great place to visit, study, live and enjoy. Many members of the Sant Vicent club have experienced the move to Valencia themselves and we strive to help all new club members, whether permanent or temporary, settle into Valencian life.
We can help Erasmus students find a comfortable place to live; connect them with a number of people in the city and beyond as well as offer them a sense of home away from home. You don’t even need to have experience playing Gaelic football.
Don’t just take it from us; here’s what Valencia Erasmus past and present have to say about their time with us:
“It was great as it helped me to settle in quickly in Valencia. I made friends with people on the team who have been here for a few years and could give me advice on anything I needed. I had the opportunity to travel and see other parts of Spain and also play in tournaments there. I improved my Spanish as our training sessions were given in both Spanish and English and had the opportunity to help Spanish children learn the game! An unforgettable and amazing year!” – Niamh Flynn (NUI Galway) – Erasmus 2012 Universitat de Valencia
“Starting football with Valencia GAA was one of the best things I did on my Erasmus, it’s like a home away from home! It’s a great way to keep fit, to see Spain, and to meet a fantastic bunch of people in a fun environment. An amazing experience and the craic was definitely had!” – Claire Whyte (University of Limerick) -Erasmus 2012 Universitat de Valencia
“My Erasmus in Valencia definitely wouldn’t have been the same without playing for Sant Vicent. In general my main sport is soccer, but I decided I’d give the GAA a go and it was a decision I did not regret. I settled in really quick and made so many great new friends who I hung around with for the year and I’m still friends with them now. For me the trips away to the different tournaments around Spain were the highlight, some serious craic was had and in the end we won the whole championship that year! GET INVOLVED!” – Jeff O’Flynn (UCD) – Erasmus 2011Universitat de Valencia
“As someone who had never played GAA before I was hesitant and nervous about going along to the training but it was the best decision I made. Not only did I get the opportunity to train and keep fit, but I was also able to travel with the club and improve my Spanish as the training was in both English and Spanish. For me, the best part of the whole experience was meeting the team members who have lived in Valencia on a longer term basis; Not only were they able to give me advice about living here but also they couldn’t have been more welcoming. Sunday mornings were always good craic, as were some Sunday afternoons! I would say to anyone arriving in the city get in touch with the club and get involved. You won’t regret it!” – Sinead F (GMIT Galway) – Erasmus 2012 Universitat de Valencia -Gandia Campus
If you would like more information about joining our club as a player or social member or would like any help with your move to Valencia, please feel to fill out the form below or drop us an e-mail at ValenciaGAA@gmail.com