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Indulge your passions or try something new. From beginner to high performer, there is something for everyone at York. At York, sport is all about having fun, being social and giving everyone the opportunity to get involved.


Our award-winning sports facilities are recognised as some of the best in the region, helping you to unwind and stay healthy. Facilities include a competition-standard swimming pool, floodlit 3G football pitches, an Olympic-sized outdoor velodrome, floodlit road cycle circuit, athletics stadium and 39 acres of grass playing fields.

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Our 250m Olympic-sized outdoor Velodrome.

University sports clubs

We have more than 60 university sports clubs to choose from. Many also offer the chance to compete in BUCS (British University College Sport), representing York across the country against other universities.

Take your pick from skydiving, triathlon, sailing, American football, potholing, rowing and more.

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Being part of the University football team has been one of the highlights of my time here at York. The variety of sporting activities available here means that you can just try things out or even compete at a high level. There’s a brilliant social life to match, with regular training and social events, which creates a great atmosphere within the clubs. I’ve had the privilege of making friends for life through football and have loved every minute.

Tom, Men’s Football Club President 2019, MPhys Physics

College sport

3G football pitches at York Sport Village

College sport is open to everyone – you can play for fun or compete against other colleges at York.

You can also take part in College Varsity - the only inter-university college competition in the UK - in which our best college teams play against Durham University.

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I was born partially sighted and always wanted to take part in the Great North Run. As a student at York I was able to pursue sport for the first time and I started completing half marathons. People at York were so supportive, showing me that friendship is more important than winning. In 2008 I was asked to join the Great Britain disability triathlon team. In 2012 we won gold in the European Paratriathlon Championships.

Charlotte Ellis, Athlete (BA Language and Linguistics, 2005)

Our competition-standard 25m swimming pool, located on Campus East.

Working out

There are gyms and exercise studios available to you on both Campus West and our flagship Sports Village on Campus East, which is the perfect place to keep fit.

  • 120 station fitness suite
  • free weight and stretch areas
  • over 100 classes a week
  • health suite with sauna, steam room and spa pool
  • spin and dance studios
  • two swimming pools
  • discounted personal trainer programmes for members.

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Annual sporting events

Whether you want to take part in the action or cheer from the sidelines, there are plenty of sporting events in York. The sporting highlight of our year is the annual Roses tournament against Lancaster University – the largest inter-university competition in Europe.

We also host a variety of events, including weekly park runs on campus, the annual York Triathlon, National Cyclo Cross events and the Yorkshire Marathon.

YorActive outdoor fitness trail

Stretching across both campuses, the YorActive Trail is a 5km route with outdoor gym equipment along the way.

Open 24 hours a day and completely free to use, you can run, walk or cycle the route to get your fitness fix.

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