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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–La
  • American football
  • Archery
  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • BMX
  • Bouldering
  • Canoeing
  • Cheerleading
  • Cricket
  • Cycling
  • Dance
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Futsal
  • Golf
  • Hockey
  • Kayaking
  • Lacrosse
Lo–Z
  • Long jump
  • Martial arts
  • Netball
  • Rowing
  • Rugby
  • Running
  • Sailing
  • Shooting
  • Skiing
  • Skydiving
  • Snooker/pool
  • Squash
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Trampolining
  • Volleyball
  • Wakeboarding
  • Water polo

Performance Sport

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

BUCS ranking 30th
Teams in BUCS leagues 48
Teams in BUCS premier leagues 2

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 8
Beginner/improver sports classes 6
Beginner/improver sports class student capacity 120
Hours of timetabled drop-in sessions for informal sports coaching 2

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) 39
Fitness class student capacity 713

Sports Bursaries and Scholarships

Sports scholarships (or equivalent) programmes Yes
Number of students supported (2017–18) 33
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.