Get Active

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

Getting Active at Derby

We offer a range of sports and activities that are available to UoD students and staff members throughout the year. From social sports to campus leagues, we provide opportunities to be active in a friendly environment.

Our programme of social 'Just Play' sessions are suitable for all abilities and take place weekly during term-time. These sessions are supported by a student Sports Activator.

If football is your passion, our long-standing six-a-side football league runs 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

*Please note that from June to August there will be no Student Activator leading the sessions.

For more information please contact Sophie Brown 

Sign up for Just Play sessions


4.00 pm - 5.00 pm


Campus sports leagues

Get a team together with some friends, course mates or your pals from Halls. Our campus sports leagues offer regular, friendly games for those who prefer to play a bit of social but competitive team sport during term-time.

Our 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 22-23 competition open in September 2022
  • Team entries for our Spring Term 22-23 competition open in January 2023
  • If you wish to be notified in advance, please email Kate Nelson at 
  • You can find all the latest sports updates 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 (2022-23) can be included in your team
  4. There are 16 team places available in the league
  5. The league will run on Friday afternoons - for approx 10 weeks - Oct-Dec and Feb-Apr
  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 3.00 pm - 6.30 pm

Derby Moves

Derby Moves is our rewards-based app that earns you points for being active. Whether you’re walking, going for a jog, cycling or swimming you can earn points for your activity and then redeem your points for rewards such as a hot drink, free exercise class or water bottle. It is completely free to join.

A person stands on a running track next to a pair of small free weights and a ball.

Sports Centre activity prices

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

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