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Achieve your goals

Whether you’re a top athlete or just want to keep fit, our sports facilities and support will help you achieve your health and sporting goals.

Competitive sport

Every week, our teams take part in leagues and competitions against other universities. You could even represent the University in British Universities and Colleges Sports (BUCS) competitions.

Sports teams and clubs

There are more than 40 competitive sports teams and clubs for you to join. These include:

American football • Archery • Athletics • Badminton • Basketball • Boxing • Cheerleading • Cricket • Cycling • Dance • Dodgeball • Equestrian • Fencing • Football • Golf • Gym and tramp • Hockey • Karate • Kayak • Kickboxing and MMA • Lacrosse • Mountaineering • Netball • Octopush • Pole Dancing • Quidditch • Rowing • Rugby • Sailing • Ski and snowboard • Softball • Squash • Surfing • Swimming • Table tennis • Taekwondo • Tchoukball • Ten-pin bowling • Tennis • Ultimate frisbee • Volleyball • Wakeboarding

Varsity at the University of Portsmouth


We have a history of sporting success. Our recent graduates include:

  • Lauren Steadman – Rio 2016 Paralympic Silver Medallist and Double World Champion
  • Ben Khor – Delhi 2008 Commonwealth Games Bronze Medallist
  • Holly Jane Myers – England Rugby Union and Rugby League International

You can also reach the top of your game with our top-quality coaching and support.

University sports leagues

If you want something less competitive, you can pit yourself against other students and staff teams in our campus leagues.

You can play five-a-side football, badminton, tennis and more.

Play sport in your spare time

Social sport

Fancy a taster session before committing to a sports club? Or just want to get active while you have fun with friends?

We offer a weekly schedule of free and low-cost social sport where we provide all equipment and instruction. Perfect if you’re a beginner.

Sports facilities and classes

Our 100+ station gym has the latest fitness equipment, including cardiovascular and resistance machines, and abdominal and free weights areas.

Other sports facilities include:

  • sports halls
  • football and rugby pitches
  • tennis and squash courts
  • floodlit hockey and 3G pitches

You can also access water sports, swimming pools and running facilities through partnered local sports clubs.

Student guide to sports facilities

New sports facility

From 2021, you can use our £50 million indoor sports facility, featuring:

  • 8-lane swimming pool
  • 8-court sports hall
  • extensive gym with 175 fitness stations,
  • multipurpose studios
  • climbing wall with bouldering facility
  • ski simulator

Sports and exercise classes

Our sport instructors lead around 50 exercise classes every week in our air-conditioned studios. You can do classes in everything from piloxing and cardio-cycling to yoga and pilates.

Sports Scholarships

If you’re a talented athlete, you could get a Sports Scholarship worth up to £3,000. This gives financial and specialist support to help you maximise your sporting potential.

You’ll get access to physiotherapy, expert sports advice and analysis, strength and conditioning coaching, one-on-one mentor support, clothing and more.

Coaching and volunteering

Sports coaching, officiating and volunteering is great fun and can improve your job prospects.

At Portsmouth, we make it easy for you to develop new skills and get extra qualifications through supported community placements at schools, events and clubs.

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