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Sport and fitness

Whether you want to participate, play, prepare or perform there's something for everyone at York - from beginners to high-performers.

We offer inclusive opportunities for all students to participate in sport regardless of race, sexual orientation, nationality or disability status. Our elected students and graduates - the figureheads of student sporting activity at York - strive to create the very best opportunities for you.

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"Sport at York is fantastic because of the huge variety of opportunities that means everyone can take part. Having university and college clubs means you can find a level that suits you, and find friends who are at a similar level. As well as this all our clubs are student led meaning there's the opportunity to get involved and change your club on committees. Roses and College Varsity are amazing events and bring everyone together in Team York against other universities!" 

Zac Sheppard, York Sport Union President 2018/19

Our 250m Olympic-sized outdoor Velodrome.

University sports clubs

Be part of York Sport Union, the sporting arm of the Students' Union (YUSU). Choose from over 60 clubs including skydiving, triathlon, sailing, American football, cheerleading, netball, potholing, rowing and archery.

Some clubs compete regularly against other universities in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) competitions. BUCS is the national governing body for Higher Education (HE) sport in the UK.

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College sport

3G football pitches at York Sport Village

If casual sport is your thing, college sport is for you.

It's open to everyone whether you've been playing a sport for years or you fancy trying something new. Play for fun or compete against other colleges.

You could also play for your college against Durham University, in the only inter-university college varsity.

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Annual sporting events

There are plenty of sporting events on offer, whether you want to take part in the action or sit back and spectate.

Students cheering on their team during our annual Roses competition.

Roses - help us beat Lancaster

The sporting highlight of the year is the annual Roses tournament against Lancaster University - the largest inter-university sports competition in Europe.

It's the biggest event in our sporting calendar with a full weekend of fixtures across dozens of sports. This year, our athletes will fight to reclaim the trophy here in York.

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Other key events:

  • We host a variety of events throughout the year including the York Triathlon organised by UK Triathlon.
  • The Yorkshire Marathon starts and finishes on campus and attracts over 18,000 people in a mass of activity and celebration.
  • We host regional and national level cycling events, such as the Cyclo-Cross National Trophy.
  • We are the home of York futsal Club, who play in the FA National Futsal league.
  • College Varsity, between York and Durham University, is the only inter-university college sport tournament in the UK.
  • Our annual College Sports Day is our most nostalgic and fun event of the year involving a range of old school sporting events.
  • York Sport Union Colours Ball, the grand finale of the sporting year, celebrates the fantastic achievements of our University sports clubs over the year.
  • The College Sport Celebrations recognise and reward the fantastic students who participate in college sport.
  • Freshers' Fair, where all the University sports clubs will be out in force and looking to entice you into join their club!
  • There's a weekly 5km parkrun starting from York Sport Village on Saturdays.

Get fit and train

Watch our sports video to see our sports facilities in action and to discover the variety of activities on offer.

Performance sport

If you're at the top of your game you may be interested in the York Sport Union Performance Programme. It provides support and training to our high performing athletes and clubs, promoting excellence and maximising opportunities to improve sporting performance. Support includes Strength and Conditioning sessions, physiotherapy and sports Massage.

Santander also support elite athletes at the university through the Santander Universities partnership.

First-class facilities on campus

York Sport Village and Sports Centre give you access to a wide range of first-class sport, health and fitness facilities, services and programmes. You can choose from a range of pay-as-you-go and membership options.

Explore the full range (york-sport.com) of facilities on offer.

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

York Sport Village

Have easy access to our flagship new sports facility on Campus East. Facilities include:

  • Competition-standard 25m swimming pool and 18m training pool
  • Floodlit 3G full-size football pitches and 5 aside pitches
  • 120-station fitness suite
  • Three air-conditioned studios hosting over 90 classes a week
  • Sauna and steam room
  • 1km cycle circuit and an Olympic sized outdoor velodrome.

York Sport Village is 1.8 miles from Campus West and it takes around 25 minutes to get there on foot, or you can take the free bus.

Our county standard 400m athletics track.

York Sport Centre

Make the most of a range of campus-based facilities including:

  • Four sports halls, including three within the York Sport Arena which has hosted the opening events of Roses, and one within the newly refurbished York Sport Hall. with courts team and individual sports such as badminton, basketball and volleyball
  • Indoor and outdoor tennis courts
  • Large performance gym with additional fitness suite and indoor rowing room
  • Four squash courts including two glass back competition courts
  • Floodlit hockey and football pitches
  • Regional standard 400m athletics track
  • Floodlit netball courts
  • 39 acres of grass playing fields
  • Outdoor cricket nets.

YorActive outdoor fitness trail

Run, walk or cycle the new YorActive Trail and use outdoor gym equipment along the way.

The new 5km outdoor fitness trail, open to students, staff and the wider community, connects the west and east parts of campus.

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