We have a wealth of sport and fitness opportunities for everyone, keeping the University of Derby fit, healthy and active.

Sport and Physical Activity

Our aim is to enable our students, staff, and communities to enjoy sport and be active, whatever their level of fitness or ability, and provide opportunities for everyone.

£20m+invested in sports facilities
30+sports clubs to choose from
50 Top 50 Sports University

If you have ambitions to represent Team Derby while studying here, over 30 student sports teams are entered in the national BUCS (British Universities & Colleges Sport) competition programme. There are also opportunities to enter as individuals into BUCS championships throughout the year.

If you want to enjoy more relaxed sport and fitness activities, we offer a range of gym, fitness and social sport opportunities through our Sports Centre membership and 'UoD Active' programme.

Get Active

We have a range of opportunities starting with 'Just Move', a programme to support health and wellbeing. There is also the opportunity to 'Just Play', a programme of activities with equipment supplied. In your first year of study, students will also be part of a 'Halls Sport' programme of competition that includes semi-competitive leagues, cups, or trophies in dodgeball, football, mixed netball, climbing, table tennis, tag rugby, pool and badminton. If you want to play social but competitive football, our Team Derby Football League offers weekly, officiated matches during term. You can also get involved in a variety of Get Active Events which run throughout the year.

We are committed to enhancing the performance and success of our student teams, and run a sector-leading Performance Sport programme for Badminton, Men's Football, Basketball, Volleyball, Swimming and Cycling.

Our Sports Scholarship programme aims to help talented student-athletes realise their sporting potential while achieving academic success. We provide tailored athlete-support packages delivered by an experienced multi-disciplinary Performance team that includes a Strength and Conditioning Coach, Physiotherapist, Psychology Coach, Performance Sport Manager, elite Coaches and bespoke access to the Human Performance Unit.

The Human Performance Unit is a dedicated space focused on providing sport science and coach development services to coaches, individuals and teams wanting to enhance their performance. 

We are an accredited Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme university and join a community of institutions providing student-athletes with dual career opportunities. We remain committed to Clean Sport in the UK and publish our Clean Sport commitment.

Our official Team Derby kit supplier is industry specialist Kukri Sports. You can buy your University of Derby training kit and leisurewear direct from our Kukri online store.