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University sports are open to everyone. There are many sports and exercise opportunities for you to get involved in, regardless of your ability, commitment level or past experience.

See a summary of sports and activities offered below, or search the Sports Table to discover which exercise and facilties are available at each university.

Sports and Activities

These sports and activities are available

A–J
  • American football
  • Archery
  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Beach volleyball
  • Bouldering
  • Boxing
  • Canoeing
  • Cheerleading
  • Climbing
  • Cricket
  • Cycling
  • Dance
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Fitness
  • Football
  • Futsal
  • Gliding
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Hockey
  • Judo
K–Z
  • Kayaking
  • Lacrosse
  • Long jump
  • Martial arts
  • Motorsport
  • Netball
  • Pole vault
  • Polo
  • Rowing
  • Rugby
  • Running
  • Sailing
  • Shooting
  • Skiing
  • Skydiving
  • Snooker/pool
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Trampolining
  • Volleyball
  • Weights

Performance Sport

BUCS (British Universities & Colleges Sport) is the national governing body for sport in higher education in the UK.

BUCS ranking 5th
Teams in BUCS leagues 70
Teams in BUCS premier leagues 18

Intramural Sport

Intramural sport is sport played between students at a university or college. Teams are generally made up from halls, societies, or groups of friends. On offer there could be 5-a-side, soccer 6s, 11-a-side football, rugby 7s, badminton and squash leagues.

Indoor intramural sports 15
Indoor intramural sports teams 129
Outdoor intramural sports 18
Outdoor intramural sports teams 56

Social and Recreational Sport

This is more casual, requiring no regular commitment.

Hours per week of timetabled informal participation sports programmes 26
Sports and physical activity programmes per week 55
Beginner/improver sports classes 50
Beginner/improver sports class student capacity 1,350
Hours of timetabled drop-in sessions for informal sports coaching 82

Health and Well-being

This is not to do with chasing the prize and winning the race, but physical exercise in its own right – for personal benefit and welfare. Go at your own pace.

Health and well-being programme Yes
Health and well-being referrals Yes
Health and well-being assessments Yes
Fitness classes (bookable, instructor-led) 67
Fitness class student capacity 1,294

Sports Bursaries and Scholarships

Sports scholarships (or equivalent) programmes Yes
Number of students supported (2017–18) 36
TASS or Winning Students sports scholarships* Yes

*Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) helps athletes in education (16+) in England. Winning Students scholarships are awarded annually to students in Scotland.