Sports and Clubs

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The University is passionate about its sporting activities and currently offers students a wide range of sports, clubs and societies. The University, in conjunction with the Student Union, welcomes as many students as possible to gain the benefits of becoming a member of a University team and meeting fellow students. Sporting afternoon is on a Wednesday, when many of the teams compete against other universities.

Training takes place throughout the week and is arranged by the individual teams. There is a comprehensive range of facilities for sports, both on and off campus, including a University gym, an all-weather pitch, squash and tennis courts. In addition, the University offers its own student swim night at the nearby Cirencester Leisure Centre.

During Freshers' week you can meet your sports captains and have an informal session at any of the clubs. We would also like to hear from you if you have suggestions for starting new clubs or societies - just let the Student Union know and we'll help you!

Clay Pigeon

The Clay Pigeon Club is one of the oldest clubs at the University. It provides the opportunity for both the experienced and novice shots. There are two men's teams and one ladies team that compete throughout the country during the year. Jarvis Quarry, a five-minute drive from the University, is where the team practises weekly. The men’s team currently hold the BUCS League Champions title.

Climbing

The club, which meets weekly, is open to both beginners and the experienced, and members travel to many different locations to learn and improve climbing skills.

Cricket

The cricket club practises at the front of the University on the main cricket pitches and plays its inter-university matches at the nearby picturesque Cirencester Cricket Club ground. The University has a 1st XI which has recently been promoted to the next division of the BUCS championship. The highlight of the cricketing season is beating the staff at the “students –V– staff” tournament at the end of the third term!

Equestrian

Consisting of two teams, which often compete nationally each year. The competitions consist of a dressage test and a show jumping round on the organisers' horses. This forms part of the BUCS Championship and the University has consistently performed to a high standard. They recently placed in the BUCS competition, with Becky Woolven going on to represent Great Britain in the World Student Games in 2010.

Football

The football team trains, both on the pitches at the front of the University and on the floodlit astro-turf and competes weekly in the BUSA League.

Golf

There are a number of golf courses in the area that allow the Golf Club to practise. Fixtures are arranged with various teams and there is also an opportunity for students and staff to mix on and off the course. Members are advised to bring their own clubs.

Hockey

The University has a men’s, ladies and a mixed team that compete in the BUCS League. This allows them to compete against different universities throughout the south west of England and further afield. They train on the University's extensive floodlit astro-turf. The team has produced a number of top class players, including Lisa Wooding, who represented Great Britain in the Beijing Olympics.

Lacrosse

The lacrosse team is open to both beginners and experienced players. The team trains and competes at the front of the University on both the pitches and the floodlit astro-turf.

Netball

The netball squad is an all-girls team that competes in the BUSA League with training twice weekly on site at the University.

Polo

The polo team welcomes both experienced and beginner riders and competes in the university polo tournaments located close to the University. The club has the use of facilities near the University to play arena polo and for students to pay for lessons.

RAC Beagles

The RAC Beagles Club welcomes all students to its weekly meets which incorporate the VWH and Duke of Beaufort country.

Racing

The racing club organises trips to Ascot, Newbury and Cheltenham racecourses. They also invite visiting speakers, such as jockeys and trainers, in order to expand knowledge and create networking opportunities.

Rowing

The boat club trains with the Gloucester Rowing Club in Gloucester. The club has recently gone through a revival and secured a new coxed four boat with the help of a grant from Sports England. There has always been a tradition of rowing at the University and so there is a great opportunity for students to be part of this revival. The club welcomes beginners and experienced oarsmen and women.

Rugby

The University has very successful 1st and 2nd XV rugby teams that compete in the BUSA League. On some occasions they are trained by Josh Frape, who played professionally for both Gloucester and Moseley, and are trained regularly by a Gloucestershire RFU coach on the pitches at the front of the University.

Running

The running club welcomes both experienced and novice runners. Members enjoy the many routes around the local area, which take in the beautiful scenery.

Sailing

All levels are welcome to join the sailing club, which meets at the Cotswold Water Park – Britain’s largest water park. Yacht charters are planned for 2011.

Scuba Diving

New! The scuba diving club is due to begin in 2011 and will meet at a pool in Bristol.

Ski and Snow Boarding

A trip to Val d’lsere is organised each Easter, for beginners through to the highly experienced.

Team Chasing

The University has competed at all levels including novice, intermediate and open. They have four teams which have competed in events such as Heythrop, VWH Cotswold and many more.

Tennis

There are two tennis courts on site at the University. Students can play friendly games or matches.

Wakeboarding

One of the newer clubs in the University. The club uses facilities very close to the University. Beginners are as welcome as the more experienced.