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Why Study At Durham University Sport?
Sport at Durham has three pillars; Performance, Participation and Community Partnership. Team Durham is built on teamwork, grows leaders, and is stronger because of its partnerships. Team Durham helps students to uncover their talents, try new things, to be fit and healthy, make a difference to those around them, and be the best that they can be.
The university is Britain’s number 1 Team Sport University and supports over 50 capped internationals per year, it coordinates Britain’s largest participation programme with over 75% of its students engaged in sport and physical activity, and they have over 2,700 community users access its facilities each week working directly with student clubs and volunteers.
With a student participation rate of 75%, Durham has a higher percentage of physically active students than any other institution in Britain. With over 550 teams, across 18 sports, the College Sport structure is one of the largest and diverse intra-mural programmes in the world. Its recreational activities, open to both staff and students, engage a further 2,000 participants.
Britain’s Number One Team Sports University 2017/18
Amazing performances by the sports teams have led the university to victory in as many as 13 national finals in last year’s acclaimed British Universities & Colleges Sports (BUCS) Championships, held in Nottingham in March 2018. Team Durham has a record-breaking 18 teams in the ‘Big Wednesday’ Championship Finals in what proved to be a historic day for them!
Students are offered opportunities to participate in 18 sports across 700 different teams, on a weekly basis, making it the largest internal sports programme in Britain. This doesn’t only help students stay fit and healthy, it also provides social opportunities and a sense of belonging that can be of major importance in the early days when settling in at University.
Performance and Leadership
Durham enjoys British Rowing Performance Centre status, First Class County Cricket status, British Fencing Centre status, Tennis Foundation University Performance Centre status, and English Lacrosse High-Performance University status. The teams also compete in the England Hockey National Leagues, the British Basketball League and the FS Women's Superleague.
The university focuses on making sport accessible by offering a wide range of opportunities all of which create a valuable real-life experience. The extensive Community Sports Development Programme provides coaching and outreach activities to schools and community groups and the university also takes place in National Governing Body officiating courses in order to help students develop their skills so they can coach outside of the university and even on to a professional coaching career.
Elite Athletes Performance Programme
The university’s Elite Athletes Performance Programme is one of a kind. It caters for all of the university’s top athletes and it’s also tailored to individual requirements. Elite athletes enjoy access to a wide range of support services including injury support and nutritional guidance, and strength and conditioning training as well as in state-of-the-art facilities in Durham and at Queen’s Campus, all with an experienced team of dedicated staff.
Bursaries and Scholarships
Durham University awards approximately 12 sporting scholarships per year which entitle the chosen athletes to £2,000 on an annual basis throughout their undergraduate career.
Durham University offers a wide range of sports facilities including programmes, classes, and opportunities for its students. Team Durham Juniors programmes boast weekly clubs in Basketball, Tennis, Girls Football, Badminton, Futsal, and Hockey. It delivers high-performance academies and training opportunities in Cricket and Rowing, and it hosts County and Regional competitions.
The university also works closely with the local community and it works in partnership with organizations to offer numerous opportunities including a Walking Football programme with Durham FA, strength and conditioning support to the Durham Institute of Sport programme working with Durham County Council and work with County Durham Sport to support the delivery of the School Games Programme, and work with Durham City and Chester le Street School Sports Partnership to host a variety of festivals and events.
There’s also the University Sport and Wellbeing Park which is home to a number of local clubs and teams such as Durham City Harriers, Lazlo's Fencing Club, Elvet Striders, Durham City Hockey Club, Durham Mums on the Run, Shincliffe Juniors FC and Durham Women Football Club.
Additionally, the university has a Fitness Centre with state-of-the-art equipment and personal training service. There are gym experts to help each individual by creating an exercise class timetable that caters to all needs. Membership prices vary depending on whether you’re a student, a staff member, or a member of the public community. Classes are included for free with membership fees. There is a wide range of classes available including yoga, pilates, group barbell, barre, group cycling, WOD, HIT, circuits, core, bums and tums, and Connexus circuit and legs.