Gepidae

Gepidae is the student volleyball association of Tilburg. We spoke with two girls from the board who enthusiastically told us about their association. It was immediately clear that Gepidae has a very open character. You are welcomed with arms wide open and it does not matter who you are or what you do! Also, within the association you can make it as wild as you want. Play volleyball on a high, intermediate or beginner level, become active in committees, cheer on other teams along the lines, join in on all the drinks or a combination of all that. It should be clear that there is a place for everyone and that there is plenty to do. Did you get curious? Read more below.

WHO ARE YOU AND WHAT DO YOU DO WITHIN GEPIDAE ?

"I am Liza and I am currently the secretary at Gepidae so I am responsible for the membership administration and such. I myself am playing in Ladies 4 for the third year now!"

"I'm Naomi and I'm currently the PR officer at Gepidae so I'm responsible for promotions, website, external relations and social media. This is my second year with Gepidae, but due to an injury I unfortunately cannot play myself."

WHAT IS GEPIDAE?

Liza and Naomi enthusiastically explain, "The most fun student sports association in Tilburg!"

"We have activities and parties, but also really serious competition. You can play volleyball with us at a professional level, but also just for fun or as a beginner who has never played volleyball before. So we really have a good range of all kinds of volleyball and the super fun of student life alongside it."

"You can choose to play only volleyball, to do only activities and everything in between. We also have the beach volleyball training sessions. So if you don't like the regular volleyball, but you like the beach volleyball, that's there too. We have a total of 339 members, which makes us - if all goes well - the third largest sports association in Tilburg."

YOU CAN CHOOSE TO PLAY ONLY VOLLEYBALL, TO DO ONLY ACTIVITIES AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN.

HOW ARE THE TEAMS PUT TOGETHER?

"We have a total of six men's teams. Among the ladies, we have fifteen teams. So the vast majority are ladies teams. Here there are then differences between teams that play at a high national level and at a recreational level. Also, in the ladies we have two beginner teams, which do not play matches."

WHERE DO YOU PLAY VOLLEYBALL AND WHERE DO YOU DRINK THE BEERS?

Naomi tells us, "The home matches of the national league and the trainings of all the teams are actually all at the sports center of the university. The away games can of course be anywhere. All recreational league games are at T-kwadraat. Finally, the get-togethers often, but not always, take place at the O'Café in the sports center.

WHAT ARE EVENTS YOU ORGANIZE?

"Basically we have the gala every year. We have a Gepidae weekend, where we go away for a weekend with everyone who wants to. We organize the Gepidae Open and a Beach Open, which is a big tournament where teams from outside Tilburg can participate as well. And there is an opening weekend. So there's plenty to do throughout the year!"

"In addition, there are also smaller events within our association, such as beer bikes, cantuses and things like that. We also try as much as possible to encourage the teams to encourage each other and have contact with each other. Fortunately, that works out very well."

WHAT ARE THE HIGHLIGHTS IN A YEAR?

"A big highlight are the cycling dinners. On these evenings you are a duo with someone and eat a starter, main course or dessert somewhere else. Of course, this includes the necessary drinks. Often former members return to Tilburg for these dinners. Besides that, Gepidae Open is always a great success, because a lot of different teams from outside of Tilburg come to play here. It's a tournament, with a very big party."

WHAT TYPIFIES AN AVERAGE MEMBER?

Liza says: "What I really like is that literally everyone is welcome. I really experienced that from the beginning. It doesn't matter what you study, how big or small you are, how young or old you are. You are always welcome and everyone likes it that you want to join. You get drawn in pretty quickly from the beginning, everyone is open to new people and very happy when new people join."

WHAT I REALLY LIKE IS THAT EVERYONE IS WELCOME!

WHAT ARE THE OPPORTUNITIES TO DEVELOP YOURSELF?

"In total, we have nineteen committees. A lot of them are activities committees, but some committees do focus on other things. It's really just very diverse and we have a committee for almost everything. Some committees take little time and some take a little more. You can choose how much time you want to spend on it. So there is enough for everyone to develop themselves."

WHAT ARE TRADITIONS WITHIN THE ASSOCIATION?

"We have one anyway," the girls are quick to tell us. "That's adtje shoe. If you spill beer, you have to do an adtje schoe. So you have to chug a beer out of your shoe. This rule really applies all the time. It doesn't matter where you are. It's really a standard."

Naomi outlines an example, "It's really everywhere. We were just sitting with some people in the sunshine in the park yesterday. Even there it was done and we weren't even in a Gepidae 'setting'."

IF YOU HAD UNLIMITED RESOURCES, WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

"Get a lot bigger! We have a waiting list at the moment and we hate that so much. Ideally, we would have unlimited gym space, allowing everyone to train as often as they want. The hall space is now a limiting factor. We want everyone to be able to do their thing as much as possible and we need more hall space for that," Naomi tells us.

"Some teams want to train more. They can't do that now and that's a shame, but on the other hand, it's no different. So if we had unlimited resources, we really want to address that," adds Liza.

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