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  • Sport at Brookes

    Our wide-ranging facilities, classes, and sports teams provide our students with lots of fun and affordable ways to keep in shape, whatever your level of sport and exercise.

    From taking part in our casual Brookes Active initiative, to joining the gym or a sports club, right through to competing at national level in one of our elite clubs, sport at Brookes can take whatever shape you want it to.

  • Casual and fun

    Our Brookes Active initiative ensures that students have the means and motivation to keep fit through a regular programme of fun and informal events, classes and activities. This centres not only on sport and exercise but also mental health and wellbeing. Some recent examples include the Feel Good Festival, bubble football and kendo training.

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    Dom and I aren't exactly avid sportspeople but we decided to train for the Monster Race obstacle course as an enjoyable way of keeping fit and active. I go to body conditioning circuits, use the gym and have even been dragged to Zumba which was pretty hilarious!

    Ellen Kirk, studying Biological Sciences
  • Clubs and teams

    If there are specific sports you’re interested in, then joining one of our 40+ clubs will throw you into a whole new friendship circle while giving you the chance to play and improve in the sport you love, whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro.


    Brookes Sport offers modern gyms, Oxfordshire’s premier climbing wall, swimming pool, boathouse, fitness studios, courts, pitches, and much more. Take the virtual tour of our Headington gym for an idea of what you can expect.

    The UK's fittest city

    Beyond Brookes, Oxford itself has great opportunities for keeping active. In fact, it was recently named the UK's fittest city and is ideal for running, cycling and more...


    After some encouragement from a friend I signed up to the lacrosse team and went to beginners training and the socials. I soon made really good friends with the team and now train twice a week, compete against other universities and am on the team committee as the Tour Secretary

    Elle Davison, studying Law
  • Elite-level sport

    Brookes has a great history of sporting achievement. Our rowers, for example, have won a long list of gold, silver and bronze medals over the last few Olympic games and have had many wins at the Royal Henley Regatta. We also compete in the BUCS Southern Premier and Midlands conferences in 33 different sports and are particularly competitive in football, climbing, rowing, cricket and hockey. Talented athletes at Brookes work hard, play hard, and win big. 


    Since being at Brookes I've competed at lots of national and international events, most recently at the European University Championships in Germany where Brookes were selected to represent GB and won the first Men's 8 title. The boat club is very strongly motivated and driven to be the best that there is, and has three full-time coaches and our own gym to support this

    Matt Aldridge, Brookes Rowing Team
  • Sports scholarships

    To ensure that talented and elite-level athletes are able to maintain their sporting development while at Brookes, we support the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme and Santander’s Sports Scholarships. These can include free use of facilities, mentoring, and financial awards depending on your level and circumstances.

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    TASS allows me to have physiotherapy, massage, strength and conditioning training, and a small amount of funding. I also get free use of the gym and water facilities that Brookes has to offer

    Will Hall, TASS athlete