Active Campus

We offer a range of recreational and social sports activities and events on campus, so you're sure to find something that you can enjoy.

Recreational sports opportunities at Derby

Our recreational sports programmes and activities are available to all University of Derby students and staff members throughout the year and provide opportunities to be active in a friendly, social environment.

We offer a variety of social 'Just Play' sessions that are suitable for all abilities and take place weekly. These sessions are supported by a student Activator.

If football is your passion, our long-standing six-a-side football league runs during term time between October and April. You can register a team for this year's competition at the start of each term, normally in September or January.

If gym and fitness are your passion, the Sports Centre offers a variety of memberships and a great choice of fitness and exercise classes suitable for all levels. You can also access all our sports facilities which are available for you to book.

Just Play Sessions

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4.00pm - 5.30pm


Wednesdays 3.00pm - 4.00pm Rounders

4.00pm - 5.00pm



4.00pm - 5.00pm

Outdoor Football

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Sports Centre activity prices

Find out what different rates are available to take part in sports activities.

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Campus sport leagues

Team Derby's friendly six-a-side league competition normally runs between October and April each year and is open to students and staff at the University.

How to get involved

  • Team entries for our Autumn Term 2022-2023 competition will open in September. 
  • If you wish to be notified in advance, please email Kate Nelson at 
  • You can find the latest Team Derby information on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram


  1. Six-a-side
  2. Teams require a minimum of six players (max of ten players) per team with a named captain and an original team name
  3. No more than four players currently representing the University of Derby in the BUCS football competition (2021-22) can be included in your team
  4. There are 10 team places available in the league
  5. Competition will run for 9-10 weeks, on Friday afternoons 
  6. Kick-off times will be staggered to space out the arrival and departure times of teams. Teams should therefore be flexible and able to play anytime between 3.00pm - 6.30pm