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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 facilities are available at each university.

Sports and Activities

These sports and activities are available

A–G
  • American football
  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Bouldering
  • Boxing
  • Cheerleading
  • Climbing
  • Cricket
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Fitness
  • Football
  • Futsal
  • Golf
H–Z
  • Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Martial arts
  • Netball
  • Polo
  • Rowing
  • Rugby
  • Running
  • Shooting
  • Skiing
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Performance Sport

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

BUCS ranking 32nd
Teams in BUCS leagues 57
Teams in BUCS premier leagues 2

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 2
Indoor intramural sports teams 6
Outdoor intramural sports 1
Outdoor intramural sports teams 25

Social and Recreational Sport

This is more casual, requiring no regular commitment.

Hours per week of timetabled informal participation sports programmes 52
Sports and physical activity programmes per week 24
Hours of timetabled drop-in sessions for informal sports coaching 8

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 assessments Yes
Fitness classes (bookable, instructor-led) 50
Fitness class student capacity 1,626

Sports Bursaries and Scholarships

Sports scholarships (or equivalent) programmes Yes
Number of students supported (2017–18) 28
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.