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Whether you're an expert or trying something new, you can get involved in sports and exercise. Any level of activity is beneficial for your general health and well-being, and, knowing this, universities are working hard to offer the best facilities and opportunities to encourage student participation.

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

Sports and Activities

These sports and activities are available*

A–K
  • American football
  • Archery
  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Bouldering
  • Boxing
  • Canoeing
  • Cheerleading
  • Climbing
  • Cricket
  • Cycling
  • Dance
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Fitness
  • Football
  • Futsal
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Hockey
  • Kayaking
L–Z
  • Lacrosse
  • Long jump
  • Martial arts
  • Netball
  • Pole vault
  • Polo
  • Rowing
  • Rugby
  • Running
  • Sailing
  • Shooting
  • Skiing
  • Snooker/pool
  • Squash
  • Sub-aqua
  • Surfing
  • 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 110
Teams in BUCS premier leagues 6

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 4
Indoor intramural sports teams 136
Outdoor intramural sports 5
Outdoor intramural sports teams 314

Social and Recreational Sport

This is more casual, requiring no regular commitment.

Hours per week of timetabled informal participation sports programmes 6
Sports and physical activity programmes per week 3
Beginner/improver sports classes 10
Beginner/improver sports class student capacity 160
Hours of timetabled drop-in sessions for informal sports coaching 5

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) 80
Fitness class student capacity 1,525

Sports Bursaries and Scholarships

Sports scholarships (or equivalent) programmes Yes
Number of students supported (2017–18) 55
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.