Sport for students

Oxford University Sport manages the University sports facilities at Iffley Road Sports Centre and the sports pitches within University Parks and on Marston Road. The health and fitness activities on offer at Iffley Road Sports Centre include:

  • running on the Sir Roger Bannister Running Track
  • swimming in the Rosenblatt Pool
  • access to multiple gyms
  • a wide variety for fitness classes delivered in the GLD Studio
  • casual bookings for racket sports including badminton, squash and outdoor tennis

The Sports Federation, which sits within the department, is the governing body for sport at Oxford and supports Oxford University’s 80+ registered sports clubs to deliver the best possible experience to their club members. Although sports clubs are independent of the University and as such can have vastly differing programmes, in most cases a sports club will include some level of casual sport, one or more inter-college competitions and several inter-university competitions culminating in a Varsity match against Cambridge University. Each sports Varsity match is part the annual Varsity series against Cambridge.

A diverse and adaptable number of sports pitches are also available at Iffley Road Sports Centre, within University Parks and at Marston Road Sports Ground. These include:

  • football
  • hockey
  • cricket
  • rugby union
  • rugby league
  • lacrosse
  • american football
  • aussie rules football
  • ultimate frisbee 

These can be adapted by department specialist grounds staff to suit the needs of University sports clubs, inter-college sports competitions and independent bookings.

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