UCLan Sport

Leading the field in student experience

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At UCLan we offer one of the broadest ranges of undergraduate degree programmes in the country - in the field of sport and the related areas of nutrition and exercise sciences.

We want our graduates to be highly employable when they leave us, so we place a strong emphasis within all our courses on developing practical skills and knowledge as well as on the more theoretical aspects of learning. UCLan's enhancement programmes also support the development of our students as professionals.

Alongside your studies you 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 Membership: All UCLan undergraduates and postgraduates at Preston Campus are eligible. This includes foundation year, 1st year, 2nd year, 3rd year, postgraduate (Masters and PHD), and part-time students. Unfortunately, free membership is not available to students at partner colleges. All SU Club members must have a Sports Membership, view full details.


Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre (STFSC) offers a range of activities from UCLan Students' Union sports clubs to instructor led classes and individual areas.

The £12 million UCLan Sports Arena provides facilities for athletics, rugby league, rugby union, football, hockey, netball, tennis and cycling.


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UCLan’s External Liaison and Access Team is focused on working alongside schools, academies, free schools, sixth forms, further education colleges and University Technical Colleges (UTCs).

You may be eligible for financial support from UCLan’s Financial Bursary allowing you to have free access to sport facilities.

The UCLan School of Sport and Health Sciences delivers exceptional teaching, research and consultancy in the areas of sport and exercise, physiotherapy, nutritional sciences and food safety, the outdoors, tourism, hospitality and event management.


Sport and Exercise Science

UCLan staff and students work in collaboration with partners around the world on a wide range of research activity within sport and exercise sciences. Research in this field has been classed as ‘world-leading’ and of ‘international significance’ in the last Research Assessment Exercise.

UCLan is highly-active within research in the field of sport and exercise science, collaborating with top industry bodies and academic institutions from around the world.

Much of this research relates to the practice, coaching, science and management of sport, the social and cultural study of sport, and specialist areas of physiotherapy and food and nutrition.

British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS)

As a member of the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) programme, UCLan Sport offers access to over 40 teams across a number of different sports.

Designed to enhance student experience through sport, BUCS delivers 50 sports varying from Rugby, Basketball, Cycling, American Football, Table Tennis and Golf.

Across a variety of sports our teams have enjoyed strong seasons in recent years, cementing UCLan's commitment to the BUCS programme by supporting and promoting the lifestyle and educational benefits to communities and individuals of taking part in sport.

BUCS provides outstanding opportunities to all students to engage in sport and related activity in higher education and UCLan Sport is proud to be a part of the programme.