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Durham University

Colleges & wider student experience


Team Durham

For more Sport information visit the Team Durham wedsite.

No. 1 Team Sport University

BUCS rankings since 2013.

Over 85%

of our students are involved in Sport.

Over 700

College sports teams across 18 sports.

Sport at Durham University focuses on three core strands of performance and leadership, participation and community sport development.


Britain’s Number One Team Sports University 2017/18

We dominated the British University Team Sport Finals! Stunning performances by our sports teams have led us to victory in as many as 13 national finals in last year’s acclaimed British Universities & Colleges Sports (BUCS) Championships, held in Nottingham in March 2018. We pride ourselves on a longstanding tradition of sporting prowess and achievement. We had a record-breaking 18 teams in the ‘Big Wednesday’ Championship Finals in what proved to be a historic day for us.

College Sport

Our unique college structure offers many opportunities for you to participate in 18 sports across 700 different teams,on a weekly basis, making it the largest internal sports programme in Britain. This not only helps to keep you active and healthy, but it also provides social opportunities and a sense of belonging that can be particularly important in the early days when you are settling in at University.

Performance and leadership

Our sporting philosophy is to provide opportunities for exceptional people to do exceptional things, and few universities so successfully and consistently combine sporting and academic excellence. Durham enjoys British Rowing Performance Centre status, First Class County Cricket status, British Fencing Centre status, Tennis Foundation University Performance Centre status, and English Lacrosse High-Performance University status. Our teams also compete in the England Hockey National Leagues, the British Basketball League and the FS Women's Superleague.


Here at Durham, you are able to take part in a wide range of activities and sport continuously proves to be one of the most popular areas of interenst, mainly due to the sheer number of opportunities to participate at varying levels. So whether you have played before, or there is a new sport you would like to try, through your college you will have the chance to join in and give it a go. Many of our students discover sporting abilities they never knew they had, simply through joining a college team, often progressing to play at University-level and beyond.

Community Outreach

We focus on making sport accessible, we provide access to a wide range of opportunities, all of which create valuable real-life experience in a setting where you can make a difference. Our extensive Community Sport Development Programme offers coaching and outreach activities to schools and community groups. We also take part in National Governing Body officiating courses, developing your skills so you can go on to coach outside of the University and even on to a professional coaching career. For more information visit our Team Durham community outrech pages.

Attracting and developing elite athletes

Our Elite Athletes Performance Programme is exceptional.

It caters for all of our top athletes and is tailored to individual requirements. Elite athletes have access to a wide range of support services including strength and conditioning training, injury support and nutritional guidance. Add in state-of-the-art facilities in Durham and at Queen’s Campus, with an experienced team of dedicated staff, and you are well on the way to realising your full sporting potential.

Bursaries and scholarships

The University awards approximately 12 sporting scholarships per year which entitle the chosen athletes to £2,000 on an annual basis throughout their undergraduate career.

For more information visit our Team Durham scholarships pages.

"Graduates who engaged in sport at University earn an average of £5,824 more than those who don't."

The Impact of Engagement in Sport on Graduate Employment, Sheffield Hallam University.