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Sport at Cambridge

The sports scene at Cambridge is diverse and welcomes everyone from elite athletes to absolute beginners. Whether you want to continue playing a sport you love or try something new, the University and Colleges offer a variety of facilities and support services to help you lead a healthy and active lifestyle.

More than 80 sports are available, including:
  • American football
  • athletics
  • badminton
  • basketball
  • boxing
  • cheerleading
  • cricket
  • cycling
  • dance
  • golf
  • gymnastics
  • handball
  • hockey
  • ice hockey
  • mixed martial arts
  • modern pentathlon
  • netball
  • orienteering
  • pilates
  • powerlifting
  • rowing
  • rugby
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • squash
  • swimming
  • trampolining
  • triathlon
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • volleyball
  • water polo
  • windsurfing
  • yoga

Sport for all levels

There are College teams for novices and experts alike to compete in inter-College leagues and cup competitions. Alternatively, you could try out for one of the University teams to represent Cambridge against other universities, and local and national club sides.


To support all this activity, we have the University’s state-of-the-art Sports Centre (opened in 2013) that houses:

  • a 37m x 34m sports hall that provides for sports including archery, badminton, basketball, five-a-side football, trampolining, volleyball and more
  • a multi-purpose room for floor-based sports such as martial arts, fencing and dance
  • a team training room with training rig
  • an AstroTurf strip
  • a permanent boxing ring
  • five glass-backed squash courts
  • rugby five courts
  • a fitness suite equipped with the latest cardiovascular and strength training equipment
  • a strength and conditioning room consisting eight Olympic lifting platforms and a plyometric track

Subject to funding, future developments will add indoor and outdoor tennis courts and a 50m swimming pool.

In addition, the University has:

  • a floodlit 8-lane synthetic track (10 lane x 100m) athletics track
  • a floodlit, sand-dressed hockey ground
  • Fenner's Cricket and Tennis Ground (home to the MCCU Cambridge Centre of Cricketing Excellence)

Colleges also provide facilities for traditional team games and sports such as tennis and rowing, and many have their own gym and other sports facilities too. There are several sports centres, gyms and pools around the city as well.

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.

Sports at Cambridge