About Us

Welcome to the Centre for Physical Recreation and Sport, the home of sport at Newcastle University.

At Newcastle we believe that your time spent at University should be so much more than just getting a degree or a place of work. The Centre for Physical Recreation & Sport (CPRS), in conjunction with the Athletic Union and its 60+ Sports Clubs, offers an exciting range of sporting opportunities for both students and staff.

The strategy for sport at Newcastle University is focused on the three core functions of performance and participation with a philosophy of sport for all.

University Sports Centre

Performance Sport aims to maximise the performance of our representative teams and individual athletes. Newcastle is one of the leading universities for sport in the UK and is consistently ranked within the top 10% of HE institutions in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) rankings.

Campus sport is our umbrella term for all our sports participation programmes which includes the Intra Mural and Exercise Class programmes. The Intra Mural Programme is aimed at the recreational player and provides opportunities for students not in university teams to compete in ten sports. The Exercise Class Programme operates throughout the year at the University Sports Centre and consists of up to 40 classes per week in term time.

The Newcastle University Student Union (NUSU) also runs sports participation programmes. The GO PLAY sport for all programme is aimed at the casual sports participant with no membership or commitment required. Each term 20+ sports are available for students to ‘try out’. The HALL SPORT programme, launched in 2014, aims to get students from halls of residents and courses active through a range of team sports.

This wide range of sports programme is supported by an extensive portfolio of sports facilities based over 4 sites. It is this potent mix of sports facilities, sports programme and over 60 student led sports clubs supported by a team of dedicated professional staff that ensures that there is something for everyone – whatever your ability or experience – from student to staff, from casual user to club session, from novice to elite performer.

Come and take part. We look forward to meeting you.

Colin Blackburn
Director of Sport