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UCLan Sport & 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 during your time studying, 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, 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

Get fit and have fun with free membership* of our sports facilities, giving you access to our state-of-the-art Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre and our Sports Arena. Our outstanding facilities include a fully equipped gym and fitness suite, sports hall and outdoor sports pitches, plus your membership also allows you to join a range of activities delivered by the university's sports staff including exercise classes and fitness instruction. You will also have access to the Mywellness app by Technogym, helping you keep track of your sporting, fitness and health goals.

There's also great discounts available for our Alumni, so you can keep active with us even after you graduate.

Membership does not include any sports activities organised and funded by the Students' Union such as joining a sports club, competing in British University College Sport, Students' Union Leagues, or any other activity the Students' Union may organise.

There are alternative arrangements available for our students studying at our Burnley and Westlakes campuses to ensure they can keep fit and stay active whilst studying with us.

*Eligibility criteria applies

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.

Facilities include:

  • 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
  • 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, free gym membership is available though Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL)


University Sport

We are a member of the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) programme, and currently enter around 40 teams to the competition, across a number of different sports.

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Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre

Our multi-million pound, state-of-the-art, purpose built indoor facility is located at our Preston Campus. STFSC offers a range of activities from UCLan Students' Union sports clubs to instructor led classes and individual gym areas.

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American football at the UCLan Sports Arena

Sports Arena

Our Sports Arena is a multi-sports site and caters for a wide range of outdoor sports such as football, rugby, athletics, hockey, tennis, netball, cycling, and rounders.

The Arena is a 64 acre site and is always on the lookout to introduce new sports and different ways to involve our students, staff and the community in sport and fitness.

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Sports Arena running track hurdles

Your Students' Union

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.

Click here to find out about competitive sports clubs
Click here to find out the Student Union Leagues (SUL)
Click here to find out more about non competitive sport

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Bursaries and Scholarships

We want you to excel no matter what your background, and we have a number of Scholarships and Bursaries available to support you whilst studying with us. We are also involved in the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS), click here to find out more. 

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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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