Recreational sport

Staying active is a mood booster that will have you radiating happiness and vitality. We can't wait for you to immerse yourself in our sports facilities and form friendships for life. 

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Spoilt for choice

Whether you're studying at Preston, Burnley, or Westlakes you'll enjoy free access to amazing facilities. Each location boasts green spaces and plenty of countryside. 

Our friendly 'turn up and play' sessions are perfect for busy lives. We also have award-winning mental health and wellbeing support available for all students. 

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Preston Campus

Free gym and sports facilities: You'll have access to free gym membership and fitness classes when you study at our Preston Campus. Enjoy access to our state-of-the-art Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre and Sports Arena. Why not start your own club and hire out a pitch for a bit of friendly competition.

Membership includes: Double indoor sports hall; squash court; fitness suite with over 100 Technogym stations; two dance studios; numerous instructors led classes; two floodlit 3G Astro pitches; one floodlit hockey pitch (sand-based); four tennis courts/netball courts; floodlit athletics track; 7 grass pitches; cycle track; strength and conditioning facility. 

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Burnley Campus

Free gym and sports facilities: If you're studying at our Burnley Campus, you can enjoy free membership at Burnley Leisure Centres. You'll also have access to the Active Network, providing access to 18 leisure centres across the North West. For more information email our Student Support Team.

Membership includes: 25-metre swimming pool and training pool with a moveable floor; gym with Synrgy 360 equipment and free weights; free personal training sessions; two glass-back squash courts; group exercise studio; a dedicated indoor cycling studio; two sports halls for badminton, five-a-side football etc; sauna, steam room and spa.

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Westlakes Campus

Free gym and sports facilities: Westlakes Campus students can sign up for a free gym membership through Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL).

Membership includes: 25 metre six-lane main pool; teaching pool; gym and multi-functional studio space for fitness classes; classes from TRX suspension; yoga; body conditioning; swimming lessons and water-based activities.

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Turn Up and Play

Just want to try something out?

Alongside the Students' Union League (SUL) we offer a number of sessions where you can ‘Turn Up and Play’. Come alone, or bring your friends and flatmates. Play Futsal, Badminton or Basketball for free without long-term commitment. In partnership with The Students' Union we want to support you every step of the way no matter your ability.

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Are you serious about sport?

Find out about our elite sport, leagues and our support for talented athletes

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