Sport at University can enrich your student experience whilst at UCL and help provide a balance between student life and your studies. It’s a brilliant way to meet a new circle of friends and keep healthy. At TeamUCL there is a sport or form of physical activity for everyone.
- Sports Clubs
We have over 70 sports clubs to choose from so there is an opportunity to try something completely new or hone your skills in a sport you’ve played for years. Head over to our clubs and society directory to find a sports team for you.
All of our sports clubs welcome students from beginners all the way up to elite athletes. Get involved with social training sessions or trial for our teams competing in British Universities & College Sport (BUCS) and London Universities Sports Leagues (LUSL) for the opportunity to represent TeamUCL on a weekly basis. Club activity also goes beyond the sporting environment with many getting involved with volunteering in their local community, fundraising for designated charities and organising regular social events. Get in contact with a sports club via their webpage (accessed through the club and society directory) or social media platforms.
- Bloomsbury Fitness
Bloomsbury gym and fitness studios can be found on campus (3rd Floor, 15 Gordon Street). The facility offers affordable yearly, monthly and daily passes for access to a comprehensive array of cardio and weight training machines, barbells and free weights, a spin suite, fitness classes, personal training, squash courts and 1-2-1 inductions. Head over to the Bloomsbury Fitness website or visit the team in person.
- Project Active
Project Active is a “no commitment, no judgement” physical activity programme that allows you to exercise in whatever way works for you! There are a number of social sport opportunities and online and in-person classes (including dance, yoga, BoxHIIT and more!) available at very low cost (or free!).
We also run ‘Postgraduate Project Active’, which is growing year on year. There are a great number of postgraduate students at UCL and Postgraduate Project Active is designed to work around your schedules and is tailored to your specific needs. It also gives you a great opportunity to meet new people undertaking a similar academic journey to yourself.
- TeamUCL Leagues
TeamUCL leagues launched last year and it provides all students with another opportunity to access some friendly but competitive sport. Our own sports leagues are also growing year on year and we plan to offer leagues in 11 aside football, 6 aside football, netball, touch rugby, dodgeball, and basketball. This form of sport does not require you to be a member of a club. You can enter as a group of course mates, or friends from halls for example. If you want to play some competitive sport, you’re in!
- TeamUCL Elite Sport
We also run an elite athlete programme for students performing to International, National and Regional standards, as well as a high performance programme for sports clubs competing at the highest tiers of BUCS.
Our elite athlete programme offers 3 levels of provision (Bronze, Silver and Gold). All 3 levels of the programme offer a minimum of free Bloombsbury Fitness membership, unlimited physiotherapy and strength & conditioning, free TeamUCL sports kit and financial support for attending English University and World University Games.
Our high performance programme is facilitating our ambition of being the best university for sport in London. It provides clubs with high quality strength & conditioning, physiotherapy and use of our performance facilities.
TeamUCL organise a number of standout events that are often the highlight of many students’ years.
UCL are the holders of one of the oldest Varsity series. The UCL-KCL rivalry began nearly 200 years ago and both institutions battle it out every year to be crowned London varsity series champions. The series sees TeamUCL compete against Kings College London across a range of sports throughout the week. The victor is crowned after the final event of the series and a trophy is awarded to the institution that has won the greatest number of fixtures.
Mandy Walker Games
The Mandy Walker Games was created in honour of a former UCL hockey player and sports officer. It is coined as an Annual Alumni Sports Day where former members of UCL are invited back to London to compete in friendly matches against current TeamUCL clubs. Sport takes place across London and throughout the day before a social takes place after the Games. It’s a fantastic opportunity to catch up with old friends and reinforce the community atmosphere our sports clubs create.
Pride in Sport Games
The Pride in Sport Games is a week’s worth of fixtures that coincides with Pride Week. Unfortunately the event has been hampered by the COVID-19 pandemic, but the vision is for clubs to compete against London based LGBTQ+ clubs in friendly fixtures over the course of the week. The Games hopes to be able to increase access and create partnerships between TeamUCL and the LGBTQ+ sporting community.
Sports Awards and Sports Ball sees us round off a successful year of sport. It is an opportunity for us to reflect on the previous year and commend the efforts of sports clubs and individuals on their outstanding achievements.