Boasting a strong sporting heritage, Birmingham and the region is home to three football clubs – Aston Villa, West Bromwich Albion and Birmingham City – the world-famous Edgbaston cricket ground and the Warwickshire County cricket ground.
The National Indoor Arena holds international events such as the Davis Cup and the World Athletics Championships, while the famous Belfry golf course is a short drive away, four time hosts to The Ryder Cup.
The University played host to the 2012 Olympic Jamaican track and field team when they used the Edgbaston campus as their pre-Olympic training ground.
Usain Bolt "I'd like to say all the big up to Birmingham, the University. That’s where we trained, they really supported us. We got everything possible. We got indoor facilities, the gym and everything so, for me, it’s an honour. Thank you guys for everything you have done for me, really. Thank you."
However, sport is not just for elite athletes. University of Birmingham Sport (UBSport) offers you the opportunity to participate in a sports programme to suit your skill level. We are one of the UK’s leading sporting universities, regularly finishing in the top three of the British Universities and Colleges Sport leagues. You can get involved in any of our elite sporting clubs or simply try your hand at beginner classes across a range of activities.
Our Active Lifestyle programme of fitness classes is one of the largest of its kind in the UK, offering a wide range of aerobic, holistic, toning and dance classes. Our award-winning Thrive team also offer free lifestyle assessments and can advise you how to get fit and healthy. We also have a full-time Sport Volunteering Manager to support over 300 students volunteering in the community.