Sport and wellbeing

Here at the University of Central Lancashire we are passionate about sport and wellbeing. Whether you're looking to start a sports-related degree programme. Or simply looking for a uni with great facilities, activities and clubs to join. We have something for everyone to get involved in.

We have a range of excellent sports facilities including our Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre, and a short distance from our Preston Campus, our Sports Arena. Meanwhile, if you're based at our Burnley Campus, you can also make use of local facilities that we have partnered with so you can keep fit wherever you happen to be studying. 

Free sports facilities and gym membership

UCLan's Preston Campus

If you’re studying at UCLan Preston, you can enjoy free membership at the state-of-the-art Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre at the heart of the Preston Campus and at our Sports Arena based on the outskirts of the City.

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University sport

The University works closely with the Students' Union and there are more than 35 different sports clubs you can take part in, all run by the Students' Union. If your sport of choice isn't currently represented, then you can even take the lead and start your own club. The Students' Union can help support you every step of the way. Just want to try something out? Give It A Go activities and the SUL (Students’ Union League) run throughout the year, giving students the chance to ‘turn up and play’ without long-term commitment.

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Get qualified in sports coaching

We provide a range of National Governing Body sports coaching qualifications to enrich your CV and employability. 

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Bursaries and Scholarships

The University offers Gold, Silver and Bronze scholarships for high performing student-athletes to be supported with their aspirations of maintaining their playing career whilst also studying for a high-quality degree.

UCLan is also a Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) institution, which means we are one of 37 delivery sites across the country that are recognised for their profile, experience and reputation associated with performance sport delivery.

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Physiotherapy Clinic

Our Wellbeing Physiotherapy Clinic is staffed by Senior Chartered and HCPC registered Physiotherapists with many years of experience who are dedicated to providing a positive experience of healthcare to our students and visitors.

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Focal sports

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    Rugby league

    Rugby league at the University of Central Lancashire develops players at all levels. You'll develop mentally and physically, testing your tactical and technical abilities. You'll work together with the team to succeed.

  • Students playing netball


    Are you a professional netball player? Do you play for fun, or want to pick up a sport you once loved? The University of Central Lancashire delivers high quality netball training, aimed at players of all abilities.

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    Men's basketball

    The University of Central Lancashire basketball programme is open to players of all levels. Compete in the BUCS Leagues, train with the team or play recreationally.

  • Students playing womens football and kicking the ball towards the goal

    Women's football

    Love football? Want to keep fit and achieve your sporting potential alongside your studies? The University of Central Lancashire women's football is open to members of all abilities.

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    Table tennis

    Table Tennis at the University of Central Lancashire provides players with a professional, high-level training programme that enable players to fulfil their sporting potential.

Discover our sport and nutrition courses

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    Sport and Exercise Sciences

    The University of Central Lancashire has an excellent reputation for delivering high-quality courses in the fields of sport and exercise sciences and our links with elite level sports teams demonstrates this.

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    Sport Coaching and Leadership

    Our Sport Coaching and Leadership courses have been carefully created to ensure you'll leave our University with in-depth subject expertise and highly developed transferable skills which are valued by employers in the world of sport.  

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    Nutrition and Food Safety

    We are home to some of the world’s leading researchers in the field of nutrition and food safety which means our courses benefit from the expertise of the industry leaders.