This week we talked to the T.S.A.V. Parcival. This is the running club of Tilburg! There is a place for everyone here: for the fanatic runner to the pleasure runner. In addition, the language is English, so everyone feels and is welcome here. The club is characterised by a nice combination of sporting and informal activities. Curious about what a week looks like? And what the activities are? Then read on!
WHO ARE YOU, WHAT IS YOUR FUNCTION AT PARCIVAL AND WHAT DOES IT INVOLVE?
"Hello, my name is Tsjerk and I am the secretary of T.S.A.V. Parcival. I am responsible for the administrative part of the club. That mainly consists of managing the mail and the membership administration. Besides that, we do several things together with the board. For example, we often organise various and varied events together. There is not much of a fixed role allocation within the board. That makes it a lot of fun!"
WHAT IS PARCIVAL IN ESSENCE?
"Parcival is the student running association of Tilburg. Every week there are 4 training sessions. Our training sessions are suitable for both beginners and advanced runners. Besides our training sessions, Parcival organizes many fun activities and we regularly participate as a team in various races. Parcival is open to everyone. That is what we want to convey! You can see it in our members. Parcival is a very diverse group where everyone feels welcome!"
“ AFTER ALL, PARCIVAL IS A VERY DIVERSE GROUP WHERE EVERYONE FEELS WELCOME! ”
WHAT CHARACTERISES PARCIVAL?
"English is our working language. That is why the association consists of members from different cultural backgrounds. I think this is one of the building blocks of Parcival. We have a diverse and open group of people. Another reason for the open atmosphere is the low accessibility of our training sessions. Parcival consists of runners of very different levels and because of this, new members will always find someone they can run with during training and races."
"This also applies to the events we organize. These are very varied and do not always have to do with running. We have already gone bowling, paintballing, organised a cocktail evening and a cantus, and there is the annual club weekend. This usually attracts far less fanatical runners."
WHAT TYPIFIES AN AVERAGE MEMBER?
"An average member is obviously characterised by his or her interest in running. Another characteristic of an average Parcival member is that he or she is social, is open to others and can be himself or herself during the activities with the association."
WHAT DOES AN AVERAGE WEEK LOOK LIKE?
"Training sessions are organised for runners of all levels on Monday and Thursday from 19:00 to 20:30 and on Saturday from 10:10 to 11:40. On Tuesdays, training for advanced runners starts at 18:45 and ends at 20:15."
"All training sessions start from the entrance of the University Sports Centre and are freely accessible to both members and non-members of T.S.A.V. Parcival. You do need to register via the Sport Center app. In addition, T.S.A.V. Parcival organizes a few social events for its members every month. Becoming a member of the association is quite cheap. You pay 15 euros per year. It brings you many fun activities and lots of new friends."
WHAT ARE THE HIGHLIGHTS IN A YEAR?
"The answer to this question is of course not the same for everyone. There are a number of big 'happenings' that take place every year. For example, we have our own 'Snertcross', which takes place in the Warandebos again this autumn. We participate in the 'Batavierenrace' every year. And, we have a club weekend at the end of each year. A few other annual events are our cantus, New Year's Dinner, and Beer Run."
“ IN ADDITION TO THE FACT THAT A MEMBER OF PARCIVAL LOVES THE RUNNING SPORT, THEY ARE ALSO CHARACTERISED BY ITS SOCIAL AND OPEN NATURE. ”