Sport | University of Oxford
Oxford University sport
Swimmer at Rosenblatt pool, Oxford University Sport, Oxford, UK.
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Do you want to enjoy a sport you love, try something new or keep active? No problem. At Oxford, you will have the chance to play for fun, play for your college or compete for the University. Or maybe you just want to keep active, fit and healthy? Multiple college and University facilities and Oxford’s beautiful green spaces make this easy.

Oxford is currently ranked among the top British universities for sport thanks to coaching and student commitment. As well as the British Universities and Colleges Sports (BUCS) championships and other tournaments, there are inter-university competitions and college leagues.

If you enjoy sport, the collegiate system of the University is ideal. Students of absolutely any ability can get involved in college sport in some form, and if you’re good there are always the blues teams (the University-wide sporting teams) which compete with other universities.


Sport in a nutshell

  • over 80 sports clubs to choose from
  • relaxed competitions between colleges
  • an annual Varsity series (against Cambridge University)
  • a newly extended University sports centre
  • British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) fixtures, leagues and championships
  • casual physical activity and great value fitness offers through your college or at the Iffley Road Sports Centre
  • college facilities including: squash courts, gyms, boathouses, football pitches, cricket pitches and lively clubhouses
  • affordable through subsidies and student pricing

Dark blue accolades

As part of a University Varsity team you can earn the coveted status of Full Blue or Half Blue depending on the sport. Read more about Oxford University Blues.


You have the use of some of the best sporting facilities of any university, on three main sites:

  • Iffley Road sports complex is where many clubs train and compete; it boasts a fitness gym, an all-weather running track, an Olympic-standard hockey pitch, a 25-metre swimming pool, rowing tank, cricket school, sports hall and dojo, along with provision for association football, lawn tennis and rugby.

  • University Parks sports grounds is where the cricketers play – the only place in Britain where spectators can watch first-class cricket for free.

  • Marston Road sports ground and clubhouse gives priority to women's sport and hosts regular football, cricket and rugby fixtures.

Most of the colleges also have facilities of their own, from squash courts and fitness suites to boathouses, cricket pitches and lively clubhouses. All these grounds form a network of green spaces across the city.

The Sports Federation

The University’s Sports Federation helps to run more than 80 clubs - including traditional sports, new and esoteric activities, and everything in between - for anyone from the interested beginner to the international athlete. It helps provide guidance, support and funding to recognised University sports clubs. It delivers the Blues Performance Scheme which provides strength and conditioning, nutrition,  psychology and injury treatment to our highest performing teams and individual student athletes.

Beth Wild, former President, Oxford University Sports Federation, talks about sport at Oxford.