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Sports Arena

Our Sports Arena is Preston’s premier multi-sports venue. We cater for a wide range of outdoor sports such as football, rugby, athletics, hockey, tennis, netball, cycling and rounders.

Free membership for students

Students based at our Preston Campus can use our facilities for free with a Sports Membership. Meanwhile, members of staff and alumni can purchase a monthly or annual membership at a discounted rate.

Corporate events

We are experienced in organising and delivering successful corporate events. We can tailor events to suit the needs of your organisation and there are a number of activities you can choose from. These include football, netball, rounders and athletics (fun sports day activities) or you can choose to enjoy a variety of sports. Prizes are available for teams and individuals.

Hot breakfast and buffet lunches are available with refreshments throughout the day, while Cottam Barn and patio area offers an excellent base for the day.

We have successfully catered for corporate days from Hays Accountancy, McDonalds Restaurants, HASSRA and the University of Central Lancashire.

Meeting facilities

We can also cater for your needs if you are looking to host a staff meeting, training day or away day. We can provide comfortable seating for up to 30 people, arranged to suit your event. Breakfast, lunch, finger buffet and drinks can also be provided.

Find us

A shuttle bus runs Monday to Saturday during term time from the Students' Union.

Two bus routes serve UCLan Sports Arena indirectly:

  • Bus 31 – Service from the bus station to Savick and Lea. Bus stop on Fylde Road (outside the C&T building) to Savick Way. There is a short walk from Savick Way, under the railway to the Arena.
  • Bus 88 – Bus stop at the bus station or outside the railway station takes you to Cottam primary school. A short walk takes you on a traffic free cycle/footpath to the arena over the Lancaster canal.

Our address

University of Central Lancashire Sports Arena
Tom Benson Way

Telephone: +44 (0)1772 761000

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Detailed Information

Kit List

  • Final Whistle Cafe
  • Cycle hire
  • Astroturf indoor training facility
  • Seven grass football pitches
  • Two 3G football pitches (floodlit)
  • Three grass rugby pitches
  • Eight lane international standard athletics track (floodlit)
  • Six five-a-side all weather grids
  • One seven-a-side all weather grid (enclosed area)
  • One full-size all weather hockey and football pitch, with seven-a-side also available
  • Four tennis/netball courts (floodlit)
  • 1.5km cycle circuit which include a shorter junior track
  • Multi-purpose activity and meetings rooms available for hire


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Monday to Thursday

9.00am – 10.00pm


9.00am - 7.30pm

Saturday and Sunday

9.00am - 5.00pm


Sports membership

Students: Free for all students based at our Preston campus.

Staff: £9.99 per month, for minimum three months. Payment taken directly from salary or via upfront payment.

Alumni: £130 per year, or £12.50 per month, for minimum three months.

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