It’s more than just a game

We believe everyone should have the chance to play sport at University – with the right support, world class coaching and outstanding facilities we can help every student be the best they can.

We’re incredibly proud of our sporting heritage and the inspirational achievements of our alumni and current students. Now we’re at the start of an incredible journey to take sport at Nottingham to the top.

Through ambitious programmes and impressive new facilities, we can give all our students and the local community the chance to reach their full potential.

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Our vision for the future

The new David Ross Sports Village, and our other sporting facilities across our campuses, form an outstanding complex for students, staff and the local community to enjoy.

But these facilities are just the first step on an exciting journey to take University sport to the top of the table. You can join us – be part of our team and together, we can put sport first.

We host more sports clubs than any other UK university, have over 250 teams playing weekly in our intramural sports leagues and welcome more than 2,000 students annually to our Engage social programme. Inclusive sport is high on the agenda and our innovative programmes such as Welfare in Sport are attracting attention across the sector. 

From scholarships for talented athletes, to recruiting top-quality coaches and specialist sports equipment for all, you can help every Nottingham student discover a world of friendship, teamwork and sporting excellence.

A proud history

The University of Nottingham was one of the founding institutions of the Inter-Varsity competition and won the second-ever event, the men’s athletics, in 1920.

Today, our teams continue to excel in the National University leagues; we’re ranked in the top five of the British Universities and Colleges Sport table (BUCS) - while our innovative Tri-Campus Games gives students at all campuses the chance to forge new friendships and think globally through sport.  

After being the first UK University to employ a Disability Sport Officer, our inclusive offer is one of the leading programmes in the sector. Our Wheelchair Basketball club entered their first championships in 2016 as an official club and our student leaders have pioneered the Welfare in Sport campaign, focussing on student mental health.

We’re incredibly proud of our sporting heritage and the inspirational achievements of our alumni and current students - our ambitious vision for the future promises even more exciting moments to come.


Every pound counts - a gift towards elite coaching helped our men's hockey team win BUCS after a 50 year wait.  

"I won hockey Gold while at Nottingham and I wanted to help today's players overcome our biggest rivals and be champions once again. As Leicestershire Hockey Secretary, I knew these students had the capability to do it and to my delight, they did. Now I want to help the women's club do the same." 

John Bell (Pharmacy, 1958)

Hockey - 1960s mens team


How you can help

We’re passionate about supporting talented athletes to achieve their full sporting potential, recruiting high-quality coaches, developing the best inclusive sporting programmes in the sector and training the next generation of sport leaders by running activities in the local community.

Sport at Nottingham is entering into an exciting new era - join us on the journey.

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