Sport at Birmingham

Sport and fitness at Birmingham is a way of life. From social leagues to competitive squads, from fitness classes to Try a Sport courses - there's something for everyone, so come and join our team!

Find out more about Student Sport at Birmingham

Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

We’re proud to be an Official Partner and to be able to host incredible athletes from across the world at our amazing sporting facilities. It’s going to be a really exciting time for the region leading up to, during, and after the Games, positioning Birmingham as a leading city for community and sport. If you enjoy sports, whether that’s participating or spectating, you need to be in Birmingham in 2022.

Hockey match taking place on the University of Birmingham's Metchley Lane synthetic pitches, with 'Old Joe' clocktower in the background.

Get involved at any level

Ranked in the top 7 of UK university sport, at Birmingham you can choose from 55 welcoming sports clubs. Dedicated development squads are a great place to socialise and learn new skills - and if you want to raise the stakes, our British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) teams compete in the national university league. We also have a sports scholarship programme which has supported many national and international students athletes, including hockey players Lily Owsley MBE and Sophie Bray MBE, who won gold in Rio 2016. And our friendly, recreational Campus Leagues are open to all, and over 2,500 staff and students take part in weekly games throughout term time.

Pride: a group of lions forming at unit

Freddie, Business Management and Spatial Planning

“If you like sport, there’s a wealth of teams, clubs and activities you can get involved in at Birmingham. As students, a lot of the time you throw yourself into university sports and social life!”

Try a Sport & Social Sport

Socialise and support

Sport at Birmingham isn't just for the players - get behind our teams as a supporter and experience the electric atmosphere on campus that comes with competition. Any Birmingham student will tell you that Wednesday is all about sport – with matches happening in the day and Sports Night in the evening, the social highlight of the week and the perfect opportunity to unwind with your teammates.

Courteney, English and Creative Writing

“After my gap year, and juggling everything uni life has to offer, I missed exercising and the impetus it gave me to look after my body and make healthy dietary choices. So I got into a new routine and found that I could do it all!”

Sport & Fitness club

Our pioneering Sport & Fitness club includes a 200+ station gym, 180 fitness classes a week, a huge range of Social Sport and Try a Sport sessions, a 10m climbing wall, six glass-back squash courts, and Birmingham's first 50m pool. 

Tiverton Gym

For students based in Selly Oak, there is a newly-redeveloped gym-only facility, Tiverton Gym, offering a convenient and well-equipped workout in the local student village.

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