Over 90% of our undergraduates participate in sport at some level, and it can be as big a part of your student experience as you choose.
Sporting activity provides social opportunities and a sense of belonging that can be particularly important in the early days when you are settling in at University. Sporting activity provides social opportunities and a sense of belonging that can be particularly important in the early days when you are settling in at University.
Sport at Durham University focuses on three core strands of performance and leadership, participation and community sport development.
Whether you have played before or there is a new sport you would like to try, through your college you will have the chance to join in and give it a go. Many of our students discover sporting abilities they never knew they had simply through joining a college team, often progressing to play at University-level and beyond
Did you know...
...in 2011/12 there were over 4,200 college sports fixtures, involving 7,500 students across 400 teams!
DURFC Untouchables - BUCS Champions 2013!
DURFC - Untouchables - Class of 2013 - BUCS Champions 2013 Behind the scenes with Durham University RFC as they are crowned BUCS Champions 2013! Will Greenwood reflects on what his time at Durham meant to him and provides a good luck message to the team ahead of the final. Filmed, Produced & Directed by Campo @campbellfilmsuk
Performance and leadership
Our sporting philosophy is to provide opportunities to allow exceptional people to do exceptional things, and few universities so successfully and consistently combine sporting and academic excellence.
Our Elite Athletes Performance Programmes is exceptional. It caters for all of our top athletes and is tailored to individual requirements. Elite athletes have access to a wide range of support services including strength and conditioning training, injury support and nutritional guidance. Add in state-of-the-art facilities in Durham and at Queen’s Campus, with an experienced team of dedicated staff, and you are well on the way to realising your full sporting potential.
Durham enjoys British Rowing Performance Centre status, First Class County Cricket status, British Fencing Centre status, Tennis Foundation University Performance Centre status, and English Lacrosse High Performance University status. We also compete in the England Hockey National Leagues and the British Basketball League, and boast a host of international athletes across over 20 sports. On average we help to develop over 30 student athletes, across over 15 sports, who compete at international level each academic year.
Our student performance programme now includes 16 sports:
Basketball, Canoeing, Cricket, Lacrosse (M & W), Cycling, Fencing,
Football (W), Golf, Hockey, Netball, Rowing, Rugby Union, Tennis,
Triathlon & Volleyball
Plus: part-time coaches in a further 15 sports with the objective of developing a another five performance sport programmes before 2020.
If i had to give something back in a Faustian pact to ensure immortality and I had to choose between returning my World Cup medal, or having my memory of 3 years at Durham deleted from existence, there is no contest. The medal is in the post. The greatest 3 years of my life were spent on the rugby field at Durham University.Will Greenwood, Rugby World Cup winner
Community and Sport Development
With the focus on making sport accessible, we also provide access to a wide range of broader developmental opportunities, all of which create valuable real-life experience in a setting where students can make a difference.
Team Durham’s extensive Community Sport Development Programme offers coaching and outreach activities to schools and community groups. Our students also take part in National Governing Body officiating courses, developing their skills then going on to coach outside of the University and even on to professional coaching careers
For more information visit our Team Durham community outreach pages.
Bursaries and scholarships
The University awards approximately 12 sporting scholarships per year which entitle the chosen athletes to £2,000 on an annual basis throughout their undergraduate career.
For more information visit our Team Durham scholarships pages.
Experience Durham is responsible for co-ordinating University sport, staff and student volunteering and outreach, and in partnership with Durham Students Union, student theatre and music
Team Durham Sport
For Sport information visit the Team Durham website or write to:
The President, Durham University Athletic Union, Room 1 Elvet Riverside, Durham, DH1 3JT
Telephone: 0191 334 1696