Sport at Lancaster University


As a member of Graduate College you will have access to all of Lancaster University’s outstanding sports facilities, including our state-of-the-art Sports Centre and 11 hole golf course at Forrest Hills.

Clubs and societies

Lancaster University has hundreds of clubs and societies, including sports clubs from aikido and athletics to football, hockey and hiking. You can browse our current societies via the Students’ Union website.

Inter-college sport

The University also runs a number of sports leagues throughout the academic year including football and netball as well as bar sports such as darts and pool. There is also the annual Carter Shield, which pitches all nine Colleges against each other in an event for people of all sporting abilities.

Just Play

Just Play is our recreational sports programme designed to make sport accessible to everyone. Not only are our Just Play sessions enormous fun, but they’re also a great way to make new friends.

Sessions range from zumba and clubbercise to volleyball, table tennis and fencing.

We also run free Just Play weeks throughout the year so members of each College has a chance to try a new sport for free.

Sports Centre

In 2011 we opened our £21m Sports Centre right at the heart of campus. Facilities include:

  • A 25 metre swimming pool with eight lanes
  • Climbing wall and bouldering cave
  • Health and fitness suites
  • Sauna and steam rooms
  • Sports hall
  • State-of-the-art gym

To take advantage of our facilities, you can either buy a membership or pay as you play.


We have recently purchased the site at Forrest Hills, opening up additional facilities for students including an 11-hole golf course.