Loughborough Sport has a proud heritage of success however with over 16,000 students attending this spectacular campus university each year there is more on offer than you might think.
Whatever your previous sporting prowess or experience, we have an opportunity to suit you. From simply turning up and playing sport, right through to performing for 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:
My Lifestyle – Free sports sessions each week. Simply turn up and play. There are also reduced fitness classes and swimfit for just £1.50. All equipment is provided for you and this is very welcoming to all participants with the main aim being recreation and fun.
Parks – Over the past 2 years we have had 4 new recreational Parks that were built for recreational sports. No booking required, just turn up and play with your mates. These are ‘Ball Park’, ‘Games Park’, ‘Beach Park’ and ‘Paddock Pitch Up’ (grass surface).
Individual Pursuits – Loughborough is one of the biggest single site campuses in the country and therefore lends itself very well to using the environment. You can join a gym, go running, swimming or cycling.
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:
Hall Sport (Intra-Mural Sport) – This is a regular semi-competitive programme with over 40 different sports and 60 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 Canoeing 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:
Athletic Union – 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.
Performance Sport – 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.