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UCLan 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. 

As well as having access to great facilities at The University of Central Lancashire, Preston is also home to a number of parks and green spaces, and so is Burnley, if you wanted to explore the natural world around you.

Alongside your studies you'll also have the option of completing National Governing Body Awards, volunteering with local sports clubs and community groups, and accessing a wide range of opportunities to enhance your personal and professional skills.

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.

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
UCLan's Burnley Campus

If you’re studying at UCLan Burnley, you can enjoy free membership at St Peter’s Leisure, an iconic leisure and health club right in the heart of Burnley town centre.

Membership includes:

  • 25-metre swimming pool and training pool with a moveable floor
  • Gym with Synrgy 360 equipment and free weights
  • 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
UCLan's Westlakes Campus

If you’re studying at UCLan’s Westlakes Campus, a free gym membership is available 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, to Yoga and body conditioning.
  • Swimming lessons and water-based activities.
people playing rugby

University sport

The university works closely with the Students' Union and there are more than 40 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 run throughout the year, giving students the chance to try sports and societies without commitment.

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Trainer and student using the Sir Tom Finney Sports centre

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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Students in sport science class

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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