University of Nottingham Sport launches new Vision for Sport

Closely aligned with the University's and Students' Union strategies, this Vision for Sport provides an exciting roadmap for the next decade for University of Nottingham Sport.

Football players celebrate

The new University of Nottingham Sport strategy sets out five key priority areas through which the University will drive a sector-leading sport, fitness and wellbeing offer. The ambitious vision aims to help more than 24,000 students as well as 10,000 members of their local community to stay physically active by 2034.

Through our plans, University of Nottingham Sport will continue to work closely alongside the University of Nottingham Students’ Union and the University to further enhance the Nottingham student experience and ultimately to provide an education that is more than just a degree.

Within our new vision, and as the the current Sports University of the Year 2024*, we set out a series of priorities and target outcomes to achieve our ambitions. These fall into five key areas; health and wellbeing, achieving potential, reputation and recruitment, community and partnerships and sustainability, and are complemented by the University’s core values and enablers.

At the core of the new vision is embedding regular participation in sport and physical activity for all which University of Nottingham Sport will do through delivering high-quality opportunities and inspiring and impactful programmes. Equitable access to opportunities will be key and we aim to remain the sector-leading inclusive sport provider.

Our vision is to be the best UK university for sport, physical activity and wellbeing. To achieve this, we deliver the best all-round university experience through engaging and inspiring the whole of our community to benefit from the value of sport and supporting them to excel.

Dan Tilley
Director of Sport

In the performance sport space, University of Nottingham Sport look to build on our current status as the top UK University for team sport and maintain their podium finish in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) rankings. Off the pitch, meaningful leadership opportunities and support for dual career athletes will ensure that students involved in sport will continue to outperform their peers in terms of degree attainment and graduate outcomes.

Within their wider community, the University aims to impact over 10,000 people in Nottinghamshire through their offer as well strengthening the sense of belonging and ‘Nottingham for life’ within our growing alumni network.

In 2016, thanks to the incredible generosity of David Ross, Nottingham were able to open our state-of-the-art flagship venue David Ross Sports Village. In our new strategy, we remain committed to offering world-class facilities and the highest per capita provision within the UK Higher Education sector.

All target outcomes will be driven and supported by clear and sustainable action plan focussing on reducing emission targets, growing income generation and working strategically with key partners to complement our work.

To read the Vision for Sport in full, please click here. 

*As named by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide and the Daily Mail.

It's incredibly exciting to share our plans for the next chapter for University of Nottingham Sport. Sport has had a hugely positive impact on my Nottingham experience and I'm delighted to see that future students will be able to benefit from the same opportunities and more.

Sean Nolan
University of Nottingham Students' Union Sports Officer

Notes for editors

University of Nottingham are the 2024 Times and Sunday Times and Daily Mail Sporting University of the Year. Health and wellbeing are a huge part of life here and we have a proud history of success at all levels. To find out more about our offer and how you could support our work, please email or click here.