Here you'll find everything you need to get involved in competitive teams and casual sport, and find out more about health and fitness through our brand new sports centre.
Sport at the University of Portsmouth | University of Portsmouth
Sport at Portsmouth is more than just sport itself, make friends for life, find your place and stay active. Whether you are currently play, train or compete at any level or have never put on a pair of trainers our 35 sports clubs have a place for you. Sport at the University of Portsmouth is so much fun, just hear what some of our students think.
The best part of playing sport is the sense of community that you have.
The amount of friendships you make is just awesome.
You become literally like a little family.
So many different cultures, so many different people. It's like a second home.
It doesn't matter what ability you are. We've always got space for everyone.
We start with a beginners level, a development level and then our competition level.
It's not just about competing, it's about getting the best out of yourself, which for me is what really drives me.
Give Me Sport is a fantastic weekend where you have three days where you can try out any sport you want.
It really does open up a whole window of opportunity.
You meet friends. It is a really great way to socialise in your first weeks of university. It's just a really positive experience.
As soon as I set foot into that trampolining centre, I was like, oh, I like the environment, I love all supportive people here and I love the sport. It was so nice to just try something new. It's that time where you can make mistakes and learn new things and why not give everything a try?
The facilities that we have at the University of Portsmouth are amazing and ever-growing.
Ravelin is a state of the art leisure centre.
We've got squash courts,
sauna and steam rooms,
strength and conditioning
I just couldn't ask for a better sports facility.
Training is an amazing escape sometimes from the stress. I have some days where I have a really long library session, I can go to training here in Ravelin and then go straight back to the library and it just completely refreshes me.
Having sport alongside your studies allows you to relax.
It's a bit of a break away to meet your friends and have some fun.
Take a moment to not think about anything else.
There's always lots going on. Each club will have a different event every week.
We go out to Purple Wednesday, where everyone dresses up in a particular theme and then we all shout very loudly and have loads of fun.
But then we also do karaoke nights, game nights and we have a monthly quiz.
We also have Varsity, where Portsmouth competes against Southampton in all of the sports here at the university.
There are chants, shouting and screaming.
We're going to beat Southampton. (Cheers)
If someone is new to the university and thinking about doing sport, I'd say 100% do it. It's the best community you can ever be a part of.
It will give you great memories, it will improve your university life and make you meet friends.
The sense of achievement that you can have from it is fantastic.
I was really nervous to do it and now that I've done it, I am a completely different person and it's made my university experience so much better.
Ravelin Sports Centre
Play, train and compete in our brand new, world-class facility. Be inspired to reach your potential and achieve your best in one of the UK’s greenest sports centres. Check out your great value membership options, starting from £15.99 per month. Here are some of the centre's key features:
- Unlimited gym use - 175 station gym powered by Technogym
- 25-metre 8 lane swimming pool
- Over 100 classes per week - In person and virtual classes including world renowned Les Mills
- Climbing and bouldering - 10 metre wide auto-belay wall and bouldering area, perfect for beginners and experienced climbers alike
- Squash - Two squash courts separated by a movable wall
- Double Sports Hall - for Badminton, Volleyball, Netball, Futsal and more
We can't wait to see you there. Come in any time to meet the team and have a look around the facilities.
All students can make use of our great value Core, Super and Ultimate memberships - chose whichever works best for you.
Getting started checklist
- Download the UOP Sport app – set up your account on our app, then you're sorted for booking sessions or buying memberships
- Memberships – check out the great value memberships options, including our gym and pool, for Ravelin Sports Centre, the home of UOP Sport
- UOP Sport on Instagram – follow us on social media to stay up to date with all things UOP sport
- Give Me Sport – take part in our four-day Give Me Sport event to try out our 34 Team UOP Sports Clubs and more
- Sports Fayre – come to Sports Fayre to meet our 34 Team UOP Sports Clubs, find out about joining, and explore our fantastic Ravelin Sports Centre
- Freshers' Fayre – come to Freshers' Fayre for another chance to meet our clubs, and find out more about our great value health and fitness memberships
- Team UOP Clubs on Instagram - all of our clubs have their own social pages
More sports opportunities
At the University of Portsmouth, there are loads of ways to get involved in sport, so regardless of your ability or previous experience, you can get involved!
Performance teams are our teams that will be competing in BUCS Tier 1 or above in the upcoming season. Performance teams receive additional support in the form of coaching, facility allocation, strength and conditioning, and performance analysis where possible. A range of performance advice workshops will also be offered to them this season. Performance teams for the 2023/24 season are:
- American Football
- Badminton M1
- Basketball M1
- Cricket M1 & M2
- Dodgeball M1 & W1
- Futsal M1
- Futsal W1
- Football M1
- Football W1
- Golf M1
- Netball 1s
- Rugby M1
- Rugby W1
- Squash W1
- Tennis W1
- Volleyball W1
In addition, American Football, Basketball and Netball are our three Focus Sports. These clubs have additional player recruitment support, sports psychology support, and are developing partnerships with relevant clubs in the local area.
Joining and memberships
You can sign up for a health and fitness membership at Ravelin Sports Centre today.
Play, Train and Compete with our 34 Team UOP Sport Clubs
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