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Sport at Cambridge

Cambridge offers a diverse range of competitive and recreational sporting opportunities to help you lead a healthy and active lifestyle alongside your academic studies. Whether you want to continue playing a sport you love or try something new, we have more than 80 sports clubs and societies, and the University and Colleges offer a variety of facilities and support services for everyone from beginners to elite athletes.

Among our 80 sports clubs and societies, you will find:

  • Australian Rules Football
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Dancesport
  • Football
  • Handball
  • Ice Hockey
  • Judo
  • Kickboxing
  • Korfball
  • Netball
  • Orienteering
  • Squash
  • Table Tennis
  • Taekwondo
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball

Sport for everyone

At a University level, our teams range from National League hockey to casual badminton, so there are plenty of ways to compete or stay active. You will also find College teams for novices and experts alike. You could get involved in the extensive range of sports available via inter-college competition.

You can also try out to represent the University against other universities, and local and national club sides. Many University teams compete in BUCS (British Universities & Colleges Sport) competitions throughout the season, giving them the opportunity to try their talents against the best teams from universities throughout the UK. Varsity matches, played against the University of Oxford across a range of sports, are a highlight of the season.

Staying active

You don’t have to get involved in team sports to stay active while you’re here at Cambridge. University Sport offers beginner’s strength and conditioning, personal fitness programmes, and a wide range of group fitness classes.


The University’s sport facilities are based at three sites around the city. Colleges also provide facilities for traditional team sports and games such as tennis and rowing, and many have their own gym and sports facilities too.

Sports Centre, West Cambridge Site:

  • Gym (including flexible student gym memberships and personal training
  • Strength and conditioning room
  • Sports hall
  • Studios
  • Team training room
  • Squash courts
  • Physiotherapy and sports injury clinic
  • Group fitness classes

Wilberforce Road Sports Ground:

  • Athletics facilities, including an eight-lane track and all associated field events
  • Three sand-dressed hockey pitches

Fenner’s Cricket and Tennis Ground:

  • Cricket pitch and indoor cricket school
  • Three hard and eight grass tennis courts

Financial support

Some financial support is available for students studying at the University who play competitive sport at a high level or wish to progress within coaching or officiating. For further details see the Sports Service website.

Find out more about University Sport

Visit the Sports Fair at the beginning of your first term to meet the Sports Service team and our clubs, and find out how to get involved with sport and keep active. You can also visit the University Sports website for more information about competitive and recreational sport at Cambridge.

Are you an elite athlete?

If you are a nationally ranked athlete, or you regularly represent your country on the international stage, you may be eligible for the University of Cambridge Athlete Performance Programme (UCAPP). UCAPP is an initiative that offers support from highly qualified and experienced staff who will work with you to enhance your performance, ensuring you don’t have to compromise your academic or sporting ambitions while at the University. To find out more about UCAPP, visit

Sports at Cambridge