Sport at Newcastle University

Sports Clubs

We're a top 10 University for sport (British Universities and Colleges rankings), with over 65 student-led sports clubs, covering a wide range of sports from beginner to elite level.

We are one of the top UK universities for sport. Our wide range of sports clubs compete as ‘Team Newcastle’ in the British Universities and Colleges Sport league and we’re consistently highly ranked in the league, where we excel in many sports including basketball, fencing, lacrosse, rowing, rugby union, squash and water polo.

Our sports scholarship programme enables high-performing student athletes to fulfil both their sporting and academic potential.

Our clubs welcome students of all abilities and, with professional coaching available across many of our activities, it's a great time to try something new.

The Go Play taster programme gives you the chance to try up to 20 sports per term, whatever your sporting ability.

See our full list of sports clubs.

Find out more

Take a virtual tour of our Sports Centre

Download our Sport Brochure (PDF: 7.80MB)

Find us 

Check our Sports Centre address and location map

Students playing rugby

Campus Sports

Our multi million-pound on-campus sports complex is central to the University-wide Campus Sport programme.

The three-storey Sports Centre provides an extensive suite of indoor facilities and acts as a base for our Physical Recreation and Sport Service, which supports a wide range of sporting activities.

Intra Mural Sport

Over 2,500 students take part each week in our Intra Mural sport programme, which is one of the most extensive sports programmes in the country.

This allows you to form new teams with friends, or join established teams associated with your course or halls of residence, and play in one of our recreational leagues. 

Exercise classes

We offer a varied and vibrant programme of exercise classes throughout the year for all ability levels. These include:

  • mind/body classes such as pilates and yoga
  • dance classes such as Zumba
  • fitness classes including aerobics, pump and tone, cardio combat and spin cycling

Annual varsity competition

Each year we compete against neighbouring Northumbria University in over 20 different sports for the honour of lifting the Stan Calvert Memorial Cup.

This competition is an action-packed day that sees over 1,000 students from over 50 teams compete in 22 different sports.

Find out more

To find out more about campus sport at Newcastle:

Find us

Check our Sports Centre address and location map

Student playing football


There are a wide range of indoor and outdoor facilities, with something to suit everyone.

We've invested £30m in expanding our sports facilities, including a new Sports Centre, which is due to be completed for September 2019.

There are different levels of membership to suit the activities you wish to undertake.

Indoor facilities

Our indoor facilities are located in the Sports Centre on campus and include:

Take a virtual tour of Sports Centre.

Outdoor facilities

The University’s outdoor facilities are located a short distance from campus, with 28 outdoor pitches including two artificial turf pitches.

We also have a water sports centre on the banks of the River Tyne, which is home to the University’s rowing and canoeing clubs.

The quality of our facilities was confirmed when Newcastle was one of only four UK universities chosen as an official Games-Time Training Venue for the London 2012 Olympic Games. Our Cochrane Park Sports Ground is to be used by football teams preparing for Olympic matches at Newcastle’s St James’ Park.

Gym facilities

Performance sport

As one of the top universities for sport in the country, we work hard at nurturing the talent of the elite athletes who come to study with us.

Our sports scholarships and specialist support package are designed to help promising students achieve great things in the national sporting arena.

Athletes representing the University at the very highest level receive additional support through:

  • enhanced team funding
  • professional coaching
  • sports science support

Individual sports people who show outstanding potential also receive enhanced privileges to promote them to national and international representative standards.

The support available at Newcastle to help you reach your full potential includes Sports Scholarships and a dedicated Performance Club Programme. Former sports scholars include rowers Ed Coode, Alistair Heathcote, Fred Gill and Gemma Hall; and rugby players Mathew Tait, Rory Best, Tom May and Hugh Vyvyan.

Find out more

For more information about performance sport at Newcastle visit the Centre for Physical Recreation and Sport website or contact:

Fraser Kennedy
Performance Sport Manager
Telephone: +44 (0)191 208 7224
Email: Fraser.Kennedy@ncl.ac.uk

Stan Calvert Cup (Rugby Union)