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The Sports Service supports students, staff and the wider community in pursuit of their health and wellbeing, competitive and elite sporting ambitions and encourages a positive, lifelong association with Cambridge University Sport.   Physical activity plays a vital role ensuring the wellbeing of our students and staff so that they are able to cope with the working and academic demands of life at Cambridge.  Sport and physical activity therefore have an important role in supporting the strategic aims of the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy, as well as underpinning Cambridge’s mission and core values.

People who move and exercise regularly have a lower risk of many chronic diseases, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, and some cancers.  Research demonstrates that physical activity can also boost self-esteem, mood, sleep quality and energy, as well as reducing the risk of stress, depression, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.   Therefore the Sports Service actively encourages all members of the University to engage in pursuits that they find rewarding, enjoyable and which can contribute positively to their physical and mental wellbeing.  The University Sports Centre has a fitness suite, strength and conditioning room, sports hall, squash and fives courts, studios and team training room used by a range of people. Members vary from those who enjoy using the facilities and engaging in activities as a means of maintaining fitness and wellbeing to performance athletes, all training alongside each other. The Sports Service also maintains dedicated athletics and hockey facilities at Wilberforce Road Sports Ground, while cricket and tennis have their home at Fenner's, one of the country's most historic and iconic sports venues.   Anyone can become a member of our gym, or get involved with our classes and clubs.  Free gym inductions and personal fitness programmes are available to members of the fitness facilities.

Other services provided at the Sports Centre include Health Checks, Personal Training, GP Referrals, Children’s Parties/Activities and Away Days for University Departments wanting team building exercises available at the Centre.

In summary, the University Sports Service is committed to developing sport and participation within the University and across Cambridgeshire. You can find out more on our website or you can contact us if you have further questions. 

“It’s mentally and physically challenging and that makes me feel happy.” Kate, Squash Player. 

“I get to train with like-minded positive people.”  Matt, Gym member.

“It (sport) has the ability to bring people together from across collegiate Cambridge in a shared endeavour – these experiences forge lifelong memories and friendships.” Vice Chancellor.