Sport at Lancaster is evolving to drive sport forward onto bigger and better things. This page details all sport available to Lancaster students. From the purely recreational to the highly competitive, there is something for everyone!

All sport on campus is overseen by the Activities team and exec within LUSU and you can have your say on all things concerning sport at Activities Council which is held a couple of times each year. If you have any ideas, concerns or queries regarding the sporting offer at Lancaster, get in touch with your full-time student officer in this area, the VP Activities.

There are more than 30 different sports clubs on campus, listed below, all of which compete regularly to represent the university in BUCS fixtures.

View a list of all of our sports clubs and societies here and be sure to get in touch with any if you missed them at Freshers’ Fair or the taster sessions.

If you are a member of a sports club executive, you can find more information here, or if you are interested in setting up a new sports club visit the webpages or contact the VP Activities.


In order to become a member of one of our many BUCS competing clubs listed below, then you are required to become a member of the sports centre. Details of sports centre memberships can be found on their website. Read the full Sport Lancaster membership terms and conditions.

  • American Football
  • Archery
  • Badminton
  • Basketball Men
  • Basketball Women
  • Boat
  • Canoe
  • Climbing
  • Cricket Men
  • Cricket Women
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Football Men
  • Football Women
  • Futsal
  • Hockey Men
  • Hockey Women
  • Korfball
  • Lacrosse
  • Netball
  • Rugby Union Men
  • Rugby Union Women
  • Rugby League
  • Sailing
  • Squash
  • Swimming & Water polo
  • Table Tennis
  • Trampolining
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball

As part of the package all Sport Lancaster Plus clubs listed above will have their BUCS fees including affiliation and transport costs covered (in line with current agreements). Members also gain access to the gym (at the times relevant to your level of membership) and exclusively for Sport Lancaster Plus clubs 6.15pm to 11pm every Sunday evening. Members have access to training facilities at least twice a week and will not have to purchase playing kit as it is provided courtesy of LUSU and the university to the club. This kit is club owned, not individually owned and therefore must be returned at the end of the year. Again, full details are available in the terms and conditions.

Anyone wishing to partake in any of the above listed sports, but experiencing financial difficulty and therefore feel unable to commit to membership costs please see the Sport Lancaster Access fund.

Please remember all members must take their library cards to every training session and gym session from now on to be able to partake.

For more information on Sport Lancaster membership, read our FAQ.


Sport Lancaster clubs, listed below, are still BUCS competing clubs, but with different training requirements (particularly off-site) and therefore members of these clubs are not required to have a gym membership, unless it is desired. Read full membership details for Sport Lancaster club executives.

  • Cycling
  • Handball
  • Pool & Snooker
  • Running
  • Shooting
  • Snow sports
  • Triathlon

Due to the nature of these clubs, they are primarily self-funded and therefore fund various activities as and when required, including kit, please contact individual clubs for more details. See our FAQ for more information.


College sport offers a great alternative form of competitive sport within the university and provides a great atmosphere and dynamic for our nine colleges. We have a number of college leagues running throughout the academic year that include football, netball, darts, pool and dominoes with hope to expand this further. There are also inter-college varsities that occur throughout the year including PATRIOTS, FOUNDERS and LEGENDS, and these are certainly events not to miss!

Get involved by speaking to your college sports reps or team captains. No gym membership is required to partake in college sport (unless you also attend the gym of course).

One of the most enjoyable sporting events you can take part in during your time at Lancaster is the CARTER SHIELD! This is an event open to all, where you can play and represent your college in some fun, friendly and alternative sporting events. This year see’s a new scoring system in place with all college leagues contributing to the overall points total to crown the college winner at the end of the year, so why not get involved! Check out the results so far from our Sunday events here.


JUST PLAY is our recreational sports project that has been created thanks to funding received from Sport England’s ‘University Sport Activation Fund’. The JUST PLAY programme consists of a variety of different sports and physical activity sessions that are designed to make sure there is something on offer for those of you that just want to play sport for fun, to keep fit and meet new friends.

The 2015-16 JUST PLAY timetable is now available here. For all other information please refer to the JUST PLAY section of the website. 


Here at Lancaster, an age-old rivalry courses through our veins. The War of the Roses between Lancaster and York is not only a historical one, but also a huge sporting tradition between the two Universities. The Inter-Varsity competition first took place in 1965 and has now been running for over 50 years with the prestige of being named the biggest varsity competition in Europe! The event is hosted on rotation by each institution, with the 2016 edition being held at HOME in Lancaster from Friday 29th April-Sunday 1st May, where we aim to reclaim the trophy in the ultimate end of season event. Students will compete in more than 40 different sports and 100 fixtures over one weekend, early in third term!

Whilst the main focus of the weekend is on our sports teams competing, Roses brings about ample opportunities for engagement with our entire student body, staff, alumni and the community, so everyone can get involved in one way or another. This year, we are aiming to regain the title and level up the scores which currently stand at 26 to York, 24 to Lancaster and 1 draw!

The weekend is going to be a huge event and is a major highlight in the University calendar, so watch this space for up and coming details about the 2015 event and support team Lancaster to make history! This year promises to be bigger and better than ever! Check out what happened last year on the Roses Live website.


If you’re interested in finding out what university sports fixtures are happening on and off campus each week and to follow the results of all our University sports teams, then check out the BUCS website here.

Make sure you show your support and get down to watch some of Lancaster’s finest sporting athletes and tweet us using @LUSUActivities and #BUCSWednesday

Inter-college fixtures and results can also be found by clicking on the links below:


Each year, LUSU hands out a variety of awards to recognise the achievements of our athletes and sports clubs. These awards include Recognition of Sporting Achievement, which are awarded to individuals and individual members of teams who have achieved sporting success at a high level and represented in their sport throughout the current academic year. These are applied for by the individual and will be presented at LUSU’s annual Awards Ceremony.

To find out if you are eligible for an award, check out the criteria and if you are entitled to one then please apply by completing the form.

If you wish to nominate your club then nominate by completing the form here

If your application is successful you will be informed via email.


The 6-a-side league is open to all students and staff of Lancaster University. Matches take place on Sunday evenings between 4pm & 8.45pm on the new 3G pitch throughout the 1st and 2nd terms.

The League is affiliated to the Lancashire FA so you get the benefit of qualified FA referees as well as two matches a week and the ability to play each team in your league twice. The top four teams will then take part in a play off at the end of the season to determine the overall winner.

Registration for the 2015/16 Season has now closed. Please check back again in late October 2016 for details of how to enter next year’s competition. This season’s league fixtures, results and rules can be found here:

LUSU Six a Side Tournament 2015/16