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University of Birmingham Campus Life

Playing sport at the University of Birmingham

Birmingham, one of the UK's leading sporting Universities, offers you the chance to excel and grow with one of the most comprehensive sport and fitness programmes in Higher Education in the UK. At Birmingham sport is for all; from elite performance to general fitness and almost 4,000 athletes represent the University and UK in regional, national and international competitions.

But there are many other reasons why students choose to take part while studying here:

  • The University is ranked in the top three of the British Universities and Colleges Sport league. Our illustrious alumni include 2013 World Triathlon Champion Non Stanford, olympian Hannah England, and 2012 Paralympic Gold Medallist Pamela Relph
  • The University has over 50 sports clubs that are open to all levels and abilities, such as American Football, Basketball, Track & Field and Soccer. We also have a variety of participation programmes to exercise and stay fit in a fun and friendly environment.
  • We currently offer many sports scholarships, worth up to £6000, which can be used towards equipment, competition and travel costs, annual gym and swim, and access to sport science and sport medicine support from the Hi Performance Centre.
  • The University is investing in a £55 million new sports centre, which will include a 50m swimming pool, arena, squash courts, a gym, and various other facilities.

  • If you decide to come to Birmingham, you will have made a great choice of University. The quality and dedication of our sports teams, clubs, coaches and the professional staff who support them will ensure your time here will be some of the best years of your life.

    Since its inception in 1994, the University of Birmingham Sport Scholarship scheme has been pivotal in developing hundreds of talented student-athletes to realize and reach their performance potential. The University awards scholarships each year to National and International level athletes who are studying, or are about to study, at Birmingham. These awards provide financial and specialist support to talented young athletes. Scholarships are open to all students irrespective of nationality or course. We welcome applications from prospective students, even if they have not yet received an offer, or had a place confirmed at the University. Scholarships are reviewed annually and we encourage applications from any year of study.

    UBSport currently offers around 40 University of Birmingham Sport scholarships per annum, in a gold, silver and bronze format, as well as supporting the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) and the Royal and Ancient Golf Bursary Scheme.

    For more information please see the UBSport scholarship brochure or visit

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