Sport and fitness
Whether you want to participate, play, prepare or perform there's something for everyone at York - from beginners to pros. You can indulge existing passions or try something completely new.
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 you.
The most fantastic feature of the sport here at York is that there really is something for everyone; whether you simply want to be a bit more healthy and active, right the way through to becoming an international-standard athlete! Moments of unity and achievement on the sports pitch can become the most treasured memories for a lot of our students here at York; it is a truly unique experience.”
Laura Carruthers, York Sport Union President 2017/18
"Through being involved with University of York cycling club I have discovered almost every village, every landmark, every hill, every Yorkshire oddity within a 30-mile radius of York. I’ve drunk tea by the riverside at Knaresborough, I’ve eaten chips on the Filey seafront, I’ve watched gliders take off Sutton Bank and I’ve seen the monks wondering the grounds of Ampleforth."
Madeline, PhD student. Read Madeline's guest blog post.
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.
"At York, there is so much sport going on within each college that anybody can get involved in. Whether you’ve played before or not, college sport provides a fun and friendly way to participate in sporting activity. There is competition between college teams too, and the overall winning college will be crowned College Sport Champions for that year!
Zac, College Sport Officer 2017/18
Other key events:
- 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!
"Roses is just the best! Playing in front of cheering crowds of friends, team mates and people you don't even know makes the weekend have an incredible atmosphere. You really feel part of a collective effort to win and that is why it is the pinnacle of the sporting calendar at York!"
Isaac Beever, York Sport Union President 2016/17
Get fit and train
Watch our sports video to see our sports facilities in action and to discover the variety of activities on offer.
York Active is a fun way to play sport in a non-competitive and relaxed environment, no matter what your ability level.
Choose from sports such as netball, badminton, hula hooping and rave spin! You can also play ping pong on free outdoor table tennis on campus.
York Active is a three-year Sport England funded programme which aims to increase sport and physical activity among York students and staff.
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 of facilities on offer (york-sport.com).
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.