Whether you’re looking to play, develop or compete in sport there is something for every student with Team Derby

Team Derby is the focal point for the development and delivery of sport at the university. It provides students, staff and members of the public with a world of sporting opportunity, fitness and activity.

Our inclusive attitude to sport, exercise and health shows we passionately believe in the ethos of ‘sport for all’.

Team Derby take pride in nurturing talent both on and off the field, but also recognise that sport has a place for everyone, and whilst we know that winning isn't everything, we believe that enjoyment is.

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There are a wide range of opportunities for students to play sport whilst studying at University, with the emphasis on fun, enjoyment and meeting new people along the way.

We offer Give It A Go and Pay As You Play sessions that cater for all abilities, whether you’re a seasoned pro or have never played the sport before. Our Social Sport Leagues also provide students with the chance to enter a football, touch rugby or netball team into University-only competitions.


Team Derby actively supports students who wish to enhance their leadership, sports development and vocational skills whilst studying here at the University. Team Derby offers students personal development opportunities through coach education, training and volunteering in sport.

Team Derby also provides financial support to help students fund sport national governing body coaching awards, officials training and CPD courses and workshops through its Coaching Bursary Scheme.


Team Derby is committed to increasing sporting opportunities and improving the performance of all our University’s sports teams. A Performance Sport programme for selected clubs has been developed to attract, retain and develop student athletes form Derbyshire and beyond.  Benefits include:

  • High performance coaching
  • Educational workshops
  • Performance testing
  • Strength and conditioning
  • Physiotherapy provision
  • Discounted Team Derby Fitness membership
  • Scholarship opportunities.

Sports clubs

Our Students’ Union runs lots of sports clubs, from football and netball to less common sports like dodgeball, rowing and archery. If the sports clubs that are already running aren't really your thing, then you could always start your own!

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Scholarships and Bursaries

We understand that it can be difficult to combine academic studies and sporting ambitions. We therefore aim to provide scholarship and bursary opportunities to assist talented individuals realise their sporting potential and support them through their academic studies.

  • Scholarships are available to talented and committed individuals participating within one of the Team Derby Performance Sports, or athletes that compete on an individual basis at an International Level in a BUCS sport
  • A Team Derby Bursary award provides financial support and access to educational workshops, physiotherapy and strength and conditioning support. The award is offered to talented national level athletes who compete in British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS), in sports which are not part of our performance sport programme.

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An introduction to Team Derby

Team Derby is the focal point for the development and delivery of sport at the University of Derby. Team Derby provides students, staff, and members of the public with a world of sporting opportunity, fitness and activity.