Sports facilities

Whether you’re looking to stay fit and have fun, or are an elite athlete, our sports facilities will provide everything you need. Following a £10 million expansion programme, we have two state-of-the-art sports centres – both are filled with modern equipment so you can keep fit, healthy or unwind after a long day.

At both centres you can work up a sweat in the extensive gym, enjoy a swim and or relax in the sauna, steam room and spa pool. Membership of the gyms gives you access to all of our sports facilities. There are a variety of packages to suit your needs and budget.

We also run a packed programme of group fitness classes, from yoga to circuit training to body combat and Zumba. Outside there’s plenty more to keep you active, with countless courts, artificial pitches, grass playing fields. Whatever your sport we’ve got you covered.

Hear from some of our students about sport at Leicester.

Sports clubs and societies

We have more than 30 sports clubs welcoming students of all abilities, from total beginners to casual and keen competitors. Sports range from Trampolining to Tae Kwon-Do and Karate to Kayaking. Traditional sports such as football, rugby, hockey and rowing are all on offer but it doesn’t stop there. You can learn the practical and competitive elements of martial arts such as Taekwondo and Jiu Jitsu or take a step up from your run-of-the-mill Frisbee to Ultimate Frisbee. If your sport isn’t represented we’d love you to start your own society and we’ll give you all the support you need.

Recreational sport

Intramural sport promotes ‘participation through sport’. Groups of students can get involved by forming teams from halls of residence, departments or societies and enter a variety of leagues and cups. Our Let’s Do Leicester scheme allows you to try sporting activities for minimal cost and zero commitment. There are traditional sports such as football, basketball and netball, or more unconventional activities such as bubble football, yoga and Pilates.

Team Leicester

You’ll never forget the first time you get to wear your university’s colours. It’s a proud moment and one you’ll carry with you through your university life. You can represent Team Leicester as they take part in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) competitions against other universities throughout the country. Varsity is without a doubt the biggest event in the Team Leicester sporting calendar, as our clubs face off with local rivals DMU in a battle to determine which University is the best.

Sports scholarships and bursaries

We want to encourage the very best athletes to become part of the Leicester sporting legacy so we offer a number of sports scholarships. Elite athletes in any sport benefit from support, coaching, assessment, mentoring and free ‘Gold’ membership to all our sports facilities. Plus free sessions of sports massage, physiotherapy, and osteopathy over the year to keep you at the top of your game.