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 gym, an all-weather pitch, squash and tennis courts, a snooker room and table tennis tables. In addition, we offer our 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!

Boat Club 

The RAU Boat Club has recently moved training facilities to Swindon. The Club offers a challenging and enjoyable environment, catering for both beginner and experienced rowers. The Club has a great team spirit, looking to build on the progress that has been made this year, so there is a fantastic opportunity for new students to push the Club to more success.

Clay Pigeon Club

The RAU clay pigeon club is one of the oldest clubs at the university. It is a friendly club that welcomes both experienced and novice shots from all walks of life to our weekly practice shoots at one of our two clay grounds. We have four men's teams and two ladies teams which are both very successful at competition, the ladies team being both BUCS National champions and Ag National champions


The cricket club practises at the nearby Cirencester Cricket Club ground. The University has a 1st XI which has recently been promoted to the next division of the BUCS championship. 

Darts The darts club undertakes rigorous training each week to ensure the now much heralded team lives up to expectations on the big stage, with reputations staked in matches expect a rollercoaster of emotions.


This club consists 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.

Field Sports

This is where all country pursuits are combined into one. Whether you are a lover of hunting, fishing or shooting the chances are everyone is like minded and enjoys each other’s sport. We try and organise trips to local hunts, fishing trips out to local rivers, lakes and even a few sea fishing trips, and when we are there, there is always a chance of a small walked up day if the right group come together. Why not have a go at ferreting and see if you can add to your list of country pursuits that you have tried and tested.

Fishing Club 

A club for every level of skill, where regular trips occur to our local facilities with the odd trip further afield. A great way to meet other fishing friends which can end up with trips all over the world doing something you love. If you have never fished before do not worry, as we can organise lessons and courses for you to have a go and see if you enjoy the sport. We have all the gear for you to borrow to see if you enjoy fly fishing.


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 BUCS League.


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.

It is a great way to meet new people with many social activities tied in with Netball and certainly a good way to keep fit! 


Lacrosse is an exhilarating and competitive game. Students are welcome to play both recreationally and competitively - no previous experience necessary. We compete in the BUCS league regularly throughout the season in matches both at home and away.

Ladies Hockey

Due to winning the league last season, the ladies hockey team has recently been promoted in the BUCS league. The team trains twice a week on the universities floodlit astro-turf with a match most Wednesdays. The ladies hockey club is one of the universities most competitive women's sports, yet welcomes both novice and experienced players.

Men’s Hockey

The men’s hockey team competes against different universities throughout the south west of England and further afield. They train on the University's extensive floodlit astro-turf, it is a great way to meet people and get involved.


The Royal Agricultural University is very passionate about its sporting teams and activities and the Netball squad is certainly a popular and fun team consisting of all girls, and welcomes anyone with any ability; be it competitive or just for fun.

Our netball team trains twice a week with a match on a Wednesday which we compete against other teams in the BUCS League. This is also another way to meet new people as we play against other universities and teams.


The polo club welcomes both beginners and experienced players. Being situated in the middle of three major clubs we have access to excellent facilities and regularly enter competitive teams to SUPA national competitions. The club practises on Wednesdays and lessons are available through the week.

Rugby Club

 The Rugby Club is one of the most popular Sporting societies at the University with a successful 1st and 2nd XV that competes in the BUCS League. The commitment from all rugby members have made the club expand year to year to gain greater success both on and off the field with fantastic performances among large university supporters. Off the field there are great Rugby socials hosted in the Tithe Barn to get everybody involved whether you are team player or a supporter.

Snow Sports

In our inaugural year, RAU Snow Sports will offer bi-weekly training. This is will be in preparation for competing both domestically and abroad. Open to all, for seasoned pros to raw beginners.

Sporting Rifle Club

Although one of the newer clubs at the RAU, The Sporting Rifle club is quickly developing quite a team. We welcome both those with experience and complete beginners to join us each week at a local rifle range. We also can provide guidance on DSC qualifications.

Tennis Club

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

Water Sports Club

The RAU Water sports club is here to make the most of the top facilities found in the Cotswold Water Park. Focusing on Windsurfing at South-Cerney outdoor education centre and wakeboarding at the Cotswold cable park, we aim to give students their water sports fix and opportunities to compete in the BUCS completions. With RYA training courses available students will be able to achieve internationally recognised certificates on which they can build on in the future, ranging from beginner to advance these courses facilitate for everyone. Meeting on weekly on a Wednesday, come and check out what it’s about!

Yacht Club 

 The yacht club is a fantastic opportunity for both beginner and experienced sailors to get out on the water. Last year saw the club sail from Plymouth bound to Dartmouth and undertake their first cruise abroad to Greece! Suggestions for new trips are always welcome, come along to one of our socials and bring a friend! No previous experience of sailing required.