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The NAO has a plethora of sports and social teams, so there are plenty of opportunities to get involved in something other than audit. I am a keen member of the NAO’s netball team, despite not having played since being at school. Initially I was hesitant to offer my services, being all too keenly aware of […]

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Sports at the NAO

Posted on September 20, 2013 by

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The NAO has a plethora of sports and social teams, so there are plenty of opportunities to get involved in something other than audit.

I am a keen member of the NAO’s netball team, despite not having played since being at school. Initially I was hesitant to offer my services, being all too keenly aware of my lack of netballing skills and fearful of being more a hindrance than an aide. I have now been playing with the team for over a year. That doesn’t mean to say that I have improved at all; I just go along because I enjoy it and the team are more than happy for me to cause chaos across the court. Thankfully there are far better members of the team who can redeem my amateur performance.

Two weeks ago I played my first match in many months. We travelled over to the sports facilities at Oval after work to face up to our rival – we play in the civil service league against teams from government departments and other organisations. It was a blazing hot evening, almost too hot for netball. Unfortunately, the score wasn’t exactly what we had hoped for (I won’t write it up!), but as they say, it’s the taking part that counts, and that was very much the motto for the match.

We’re hoping to take up our training sessions again as they proved helpful (and hopefully should save us from similar results!). A few months ago we had a few training sessions at work, which was really great, and an opportunity to have a run around even if you couldn’t make it to a match.

There are often football matches, both with teams within the NAO, and also against other firms. There is also a table tennis room, as well as a darts group to name but a few of the sporting activities at the NAO. The NAO also has its own on-site gym and range of classes so you really don’t have to go far to get involved.


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2 responses to “Sports at the NAO”

  1. Flick says:

    Hi Rachael, thanks for sharing your experiences about sports at the NAO. I know this is one aspect of university I am going to miss so was wondering if there is a (public) list of sports societies at the NAO? If a sport is not on the list, are the NAO peeps generally supportive if someone wanted to set one up?
    Thanks

    • Rachael Foster says:

      Hi Flick,
      Thanks for your reply.
      This is the current list of societies that I have pulled off our internal website:
      • Basketball
      • Bridge
      • Chess
      • Choir
      • Cricket
      • Cycling
      • Darts
      • Football
      • Golf
      • Gym (on site)
      • Hockey
      • Netball
      • Pool
      • Running
      • Table tennis
      • Yoga

      Some of these clubs are run by the CSSC (Civil Service Sports and Leisure Club) and are open to all members across the civil service, while other of these activities are run by colleagues at the NAO, for example the netball team I described (although, that said, we do play in a league with other CSSC teams).

      If there is a society that you would like to set up, it is really straight forward. Last year, Hannah Croker (a fellow blogger), myself and another trainee from our intake decided to set up a French society. We put an announcement on the intranet to see who else was interested and just arranged our own meetings from then on. With around 800 people in the office, it’s highly likely that there’s going to be several with similar interests!

      I hope that this answers your question?

      Rachael

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