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Durham University

Colleges & wider student experience


The Graham Sports Centre, Maiden Castle

Our sports facilities are set in spacious grounds on the outskirts of Durham City and boast an impressive range of state-of-the-art facilities, including an indoor rowing tank, a world-class fencing piste, indoor cricket nets, and a performance analysis suite. There are also facilities for use by athletes with disabilities, and an extended sports hall and changing rooms.

The facilities at Maiden Castle include:
5 football pitches, a high-performance weights room, 4 rugby pitches, 2 lacrosse pitches, 2 squash courts, 3 training pitches, 4 lane athletics track, 3-court sports hall, floodlit sand-based astroturf, floodlit water-based astroturf, floodlit rubber crumb surface, 2 netball courts, 3 playdeck tennis courts, 3 grass tennis courts, 2 cricket pitches, a well equipped fitness suite, over 20 ergos and spacious changing areas. Maiden Castle also boasts meeting rooms, a bar and restaurant facilities, the perfect place to relax after exercising.

The majority of University sport's managerial, administrative and coaching staff are based at the centre.

Developing our sports facilities - An artistic impression of the proposed new developments to Maiden Castle Sports Centre. 

One of the goals of Durham’s University Strategy, 2017-2027 is to deliver a wider student experience to rival the best in the world, and we are making significant investments to achieve this.

We are investing in our sports facilities to allow students to compete sustainably at the highest levels of British university sport, and allow increasing overall levels of student, staff and local community participation in sport and physical activity. 

The Racecourse 

Situated on the scenic riverside in the heart of Durham City is the Racecourse site. Here the outdoor facilities include a cricket pitch, two football pitches and a rugby pitch. There is also an indoor facility providing two squash courts, two fives courts and extensive changing facilities.