University Sport

Oxford University Sport leads the strategic direction of sport and physical activity within the University community and delivers health and fitness activities to students, staff and the local community. The sports department also manages the University sports facilities at Iffley Road Sports Centre and the sports pitches within University Parks and on Marston Road.

The Sports Federation, which sits within the department, is the governing body for sport at Oxford and supports Oxford’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.

In 2018, Oxford University Sport was involved in a major building project to develop indoor sports provision at Oxford and a new sports hall, studio, reception, café and changing rooms were opened. For more information on opportunities to participate in sport and physical activity please visit Many of our sports clubs are open to students and staff, with the exception of those that compete solely in student competitions.