The Activities Council looks after the sport supported by LUSU, from teams competing nationally in BUCS to the annual inter college tug of war  as well as the thrashing of York at Roses.  Everything is organised by the Activities Exec and LUSU to make sure you’re  getting the most out of your sport. Whether you have been playing since childhood or just want to try something new, we can provide you with the chance to play your sport, be it inter varsity, inter college or in local leagues, there really is something for everyone!

Information on setting up a new group

Sports Groups

We have over 35 sports clubs ranging from American Football to Korfball as well as the staples of rugby, netball, football, and hockey who all compete against other institutions regularly with the hope of winning their leagues and competitions.

View a list of all of our sports clubs and societies.

To join these groups and try out for the teams then make sure you find them at Freshers Fair on the Thursday of Intro week between 12-5pm. You can also go along to one of the many Intro Talks and Team Trials taking place by downloading the schedule below. However, all groups still take members throughout the year so don’t feel put off if you want to join later on in term.

Sports Exec members

If you are a member of a sports exec you can access all the useful information you need to run your club successfully in the my Union pages.

Sport England Project – JUST PLAY

JUSY PLAY is our new recreational sports project that has been created thanks to funding received from Sport England’s ‘University Sport Activation Fund’. The JUST PLAY programme will consist of 18 different sports and physical activity sessions that are designed to make sure there is an offer for those of you that just want to play sport for fun, to keep fit and meet new friends.

A timetable of events is available here.

To subscribe to our newsletter keeping you up to date with all the Just Play Activities on offer, health and fitness training tips and ideas, recipes and sporting opportunities, simply sign up for free here.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer to assist with the delivery of the project you can email Rick Barnes at

British Cycling - Recreational Rides

As part of the JUST PLAY project funded by Sports England, we have teamed up with British Cycling to bring you guided rides around Lancaster setting off from the University Campus.

Starting at Alexandra Square and led by British Cycling trained Ride Leaders, the ride makes the most of the fantastic cycle route links between the University and Lancaster city centre.  Join us and see just how easy it is to get to the city centre and back or if you simply fancy getting out on your bike and enjoy a leisurely bike ride!

This ride will be followed by weekly recreational rides aimed to encourage more students and staff to lead an active lifestyle in a fun and social environment.

To take part in any of these rides please bring your own bike and wear suitable clothing and choose from one of the rides below to book your place.

Oct 15th -12pm, Lancaster University Rolling East to the Trough

Inter College Sports

Want to be a part of the winning college this year?

Some people may say playing for your college is not as prestigious as representing the University, but have you ever seen some of the inter college matches? Bitter rivalry seeps through the very core of most inter college athletes and losing is not an option. It’s very easy to forget defeat against another University, lose to another college and you’ll be reminded of it every day.

Sporty, skilful or just wanting to give something a try, there’s bound to be a sport for you in the Carter Shield or one of the Inter College Leagues.

If you want to play sports that are a bit different then the Carter Shield is for you.  Whether it is to try sports that you have never even heard of or ones that you did not think you are good at you can.  It’s fun and a great feeling when you pick up the trophy at the awards ceremony at the end of the year.

We have a number of college leagues running throughout the academic year that include football, netball, darts, pool and even dominoes. These are some of the most popular sports we have at the university and always create a great atmosphere at each of the events, so get involved by speaking to your college sports reps or team captains.

There are sports for all so why not contact your college sports reps!


LUSU 11 a side Just Play Football League

This year we have the opportunity to increase this league and provide more opportunities for the students at Lancaster who do not have the chance to play for the University Club or in the College league A & B teams.

Groups of students can form teams or departments of Colleges who may have enough students to form either one or two more teams. This League is also open to anybody that would like to make teams with groups of friends across campus whether that be from courses, societies or just a group of friends that have a shared interest in football.

The matches will either be played on the new 3G pitch or Astro Pitch 2 on Saturdays and Sundays. The league is being subsidised by funding from Sport England and only costs £100 per team for the season.

Registration for this league opens at 10:00am on Friday 24th October and will be on a first come first served basis. To register you just need to come to the welcome desk in LUSU and pay your £100 team fee, let us know your team name and provide contact details for both your captain and vice captain. For more details please contact Rick Barnes at

Six-a-Side Football



TIME: 10:00 – 13:00 THEN 14:00-16:00


HOW MUCH: £225




This league is open to current students and staff of Lancaster University.

Matches take place Sunday Evenings between 4pm & 9pm 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.

  • There are 24 places available
  • The teams will be registered on a first come first serve basis
  • There shall be two leagues known as six a side 1 and six a side 2
  • Captains will determine which league they are in by random draw at registration
  • Teams will play two matches every Sunday commencing as soon as the league is full
  • Teams will play each team in their league twice
  • The top four  teams of each league will take part in a play off at the end of the season to determine the overall winning team

All teams must submit a squad sheet before the first match and all players should be made aware of the rules:

For more information contact us on



Roses is the Inter Varsity event between the Universities of Lancaster and York, a fierce rivalry formed by the war of the Roses from the 15th Century. The event takes part over a weekend early in the summer term consisting of over 100 fixtures in around 40 different sports making it one of the biggest Inter Varsity events in Europe and an event not to miss in the university calendar. The event is hosted on rotation by each institution with the 2014 edition being held at Lancaster where we secured an impressive victory .

This year’s event will be hosted by York but there will still be the opportunity to go across the Pennines to support our teams as part of the Red Army.


Recognition of Sporting Achievement

Every year LUSU awards colours in the form of a stylish medal to individuals and individual members of teams who have achieved sporting success throughout the current academic year. These are applied for by the individual and are presented at the Activities Award Ceremony in week 8 in the summer term.

To find out if you, your team or your club are eligible check out the criteria below and if you are entitled to one then please apply using this as any request not submitted in this way will not be considered.

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


LUSU Merit of Achievement
  • Individuals/teams who win a non-BUCS Competition/Tournament within their sport
    • This does not refer to leagues as winning a league brings its own reward (i.e. BUCS league winners receive a plaque, Archery league winners receive medals and a cup
  • Teams who win a BUCS Conference Cup
    •  apart from Cricket Tier 1 where Championship, Trophy and conference Cup are played for in the same league
University Half Colours
  • An individual who reaches County representational level in their given sport
    • Individuals must have played in the fixture/match/competition as it is not enough just to have been selected
  • Individuals/teams who reach 3rd in a BUCS points scoring event
University Full Colours
  • An individual who reaches regional or divisional representational level in their given sport (e.g. North West)
    • Individuals must have played in the fixture/match/competition as it is not enough just to have been selected
  • Individuals/teams finishing 1st or 2nd in a BUCS points-scoring event (not BUCS conference or premier league)
University Half Rose
  • An individual who reaches national student representational level in their given sport
    • Individuals must have played in the fixture/match/competition as is is not enough just to have been selected
  • Teams who reach the final of their national BUCS Championship or national BUCS Trophy competition
    • as part of the Premier and Conference League programme (i.e. only relevant to a team competing in Tier 1)
University Full Rose
  • An individual who reaches full International (senior) representational level in their given sport (e.g. Great Britain)
    • Individuals must have played in the fixture/match/competition as it is not enough just to have been selected


Fixtures and Results

Whether you are interested in the University teams, college teams, or other sports, keep up to date with what’s going on in the university sporting world with the links below:

Carter Shield – TBC