Whatever your previous sporting prowess or experience, we have an opportunity to suit you. From simply turning up and playing sport, right through to representing the University in BUCS, we will help you to get involved with sport at Loughborough.
Playing for fun
The depth of the sporting offer is huge at Loughborough and if you simply want to play sport for fun then we have a range options available to you:
Our sessions are open to all Loughborough University students and staff, no membership fees, no commitment, just turn up and play. Whether you’re returning to the game or have never played before, our well organised, well-structured sessions cater for all abilities.
Dotted across our campus you will find purple fenced areas that allow everyone to turn up and play sport without needing to book. Free to use for anybody who wants to play.
The largest example is our ball park area which consists of an artificial hard court surface designed to accommodate a range of ball sports including basketball, netball, tennis and football, there is something for everyone.
Situated on the edge of the student village Games Park is a purpose built recreational area suitable for football, volleyball, rush hockey and much more. The surface is designed to be used throughout the year so there’s always the opportunity to make the most of Games Park.
Yes that’s right we even have a beach right on campus! Based at Holywell Park near the Loughborough University Stadium and made with the same sand that was used for the Beach Volleyball at London 2012 Olympics. You can play beach volleyball on any of our three courts.
At certain times we do have programmed activity on Ball Park as part of our Recreational ‘My Activities’ timetable, but outside of these times the courts are free to use for anybody who wants to play.
Paddock Park (please note the name change)
This is our large grassed pitch opposite to the library, where you can turn up and play anytime! Paddock Park is also home to our very own LSU Quidditch Society fixtures, and there is the opportunity to play rounder’s during the summer using the markings provided.
Playing to compete
If you enjoy sport at the moment and play for your school, a club or county then there are currently two main options that may best suit you:
Social Leagues is a team based programme that runs in 3 different sports: Football, Netball and Basketball. Each week around 1000 students take part in the leagues that run semesterly. The Social Leagues programme is free and open to entries from groups of friends, Departments and Societies.
Is a Department specific competition that runs across the course of the academic year. Departments enter into any of the Social Leagues sports and a range of one day events, specifically run just for Departments. Each Department gets points based on their finishes in each competition to see who comes out as the overall Department Sport Champions.
Hall Sport (Intra-Mural Sport
This is a regular semi-competitive programme with over 30 different sports and 100 fixtures a week, where Halls of Residence compete against each other. The mainstream sports provide a good level competition, whilst alternative sports such as Ultimate Frisbee and Cross Country give you a great opportunity to try something new. This programme is free and teams are based within your Halls of residence (living accommodation).
University Sport (AU Clubs)
There are over 50 different sports to choose from. The Athletic Union compete in regional and national leagues against other Universities and clubs. There are two main memberships in this section: team and development so if you are wanting to compete or improve then here you will have access to regular training and competition as part of your membership. Many of the clubs hold trials or offer taster sessions, so if there is a club you are interested in, make sure you look at the Trials & Taster Sessions list or e-mail the Athletic Union President before arriving.
Playing to perform
This is the highest level of sport at Loughborough, regarded as elite level where you may be competing nationally or internationally. Here you could fall into either two main areas:
Some of the top performing clubs will have some elite athletes that make up a percentage of the club whereby they will compete for the club and train on a very regular basis not just in University competition but also in national leagues.
There are 13 supported sports that the Athletic Union clubs feed into. Facilities, coaches, training programmes, athlete support services and administrative support are available to those participating in the Performance Sports Programmes at Loughborough.
And another thing…
We’re not all about being involved with organised sports. The sports facilities at Loughborough are vast and students have the opportunity to book facilities for their own use, or just turn up and play on one of the many recreational facilities on campus