From grassroots to greatness

Sport is a pillar stone of the student experience at Nottingham, catering to all abilities from elite athletes to complete beginners. Your support helps ensure that many more students can count on sport being an important part of their university experience. However, the last academic year was a tale of two halves with six months of activity as usual followed by a global pandemic which put much of the world on hold. Prior to the pandemic, Nottingham was sat atop the national BUCS league tables and 20,000 students were regularly taking part in sport. In September 2020, we were named Sports University of the Year in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021. 

As lockdown restrictions ease and sporting action returns to our campuses, we take a look at how your support for our student project fund Cascade is helping make sport accessible to all.




New rucking shields for the rugby club allow more students to experience the highest level of training. Thanks to your support, the best equipment will be available at all levels.



Your gifts to Cascade mean the floorball club now have goals and goalkeeping helmets, allowing more people to take part in each of the club’s weekly sessions.



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Canoe polo and kayaking

Leaky spray decks take vital time out of training when kayaks need to be continually emptied mid-session. With alumni gifts helping to fund new spray decks, the canoe polo and kayak clubs will have more training time, benefiting over 80 students each week. 

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Helmets, lights and ropes are essential bits of kit for caving. Thanks to your support, the university’s caving club has been able to make more spaces on trips available to their rapidly growing membership.




Alumni gifts are helping the equestrian club to set up and run projects that give more disabled people and school children the chance to experience the joy of horse-riding – as well as giving student members a chance to gain valuable new skills through volunteering.


We believe everyone should have the chance to play sport at university and be the best they can. Thanks to your support, we can provide a bright sporting future for generations of students to come.



Read more from Ambition issue 2:

The Social Impact Game: Everyone's a winner
Find out how student Polly is using the Social Impact Game to help others and develop her skills.

Waste not, want Notts
How student project Foodprint has been helping the local community during the pandemic.

New Covid-19 vaccine in development
A new vaccine is in the works which potentially has greater chances of success against a mutating virus.

How your support has helped students shine through the pandemic
We asked two students to tell us how they have dealt with the challenges created by Covid-19.

Graduating to the frontline
How one medicine scholar has been fast-tracked to the fight against Covid-19.

New home for University Radio Nottingham thanks to your donations
University Radio Nottingham has moved out of its former home in the basement to a shiny new studio in the Portland Building. 



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