Sport is important at the University of Exeter, and we are proud of our reputation for sporting excellence, superb facilities and for offering a large variety of participation opportunities for all students. Whatever your ambitions you’ll have every chance to take part in sport using our superb facilities, which are amongst the best in the UK.
We are consistently in the top 10 in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) rankings, finishing 5th in the 2016/17 table, achieving No.1 rankings in both Rugby Union and Sailing. We totalled our highest ever BUCS points and with more teams supported in 2017/18 we expect more growth and even more points.
We believe that sport and wellness should be embedded into student life, so we offer a fantastic range of opportunities in which to take part. You can choose from 50 sports clubs all offering high-performance support. Alternatively, our intramural programme is only for Exeter students, and last year nearly 4,000 took part in 8,682 fixtures across nine sports.
The Student Experience Programme and the Healthy Halls initiative offer you the chance to get involved in activities throughout Exeter and the local area – many of them discounted or free. If you wish to boost your CV, we also organise many coach education courses throughout the year.
More details are on our Sport website.
Our Sports Scholarship Scheme is one of the best in the UK. It provides a comprehensive package of support and financial benefits of up to £6,500 to help meet the needs of individual athletes. More details are available on our Sport site.
Facilities - a £12 million investment
In addition to our brand new fitness centre on the Streatham Campus, which boasts a 200- station gym, our excellent facilities at our Exeter campuses include:
- indoor and outdoor pitches;
- squash courts;
- gym with the latest fitness equipment and free-weight areas;
- exercise studios;
- cricket centre;
- sports halls;
- swimming pools – indoor sat St Luke's Campus and outdoor at the Streatham Campus;
- a fleet of boats at the Roadford RYA Sailing Centre;
- a new, well-equipped boathouse on the Exeter canal.
Sports clubs in Exeter
- American Football
- Cheerleading and Gymnastics
- Clay Shooting
- Jiu Jitsu
- Karate (Shotokan)
- Rugby League
- Rugby Union
- Snooker and Pool
- Speleology (Caving)
- Sub Aqua
- Table Tennis
- Ultimate Frisbee
Fitness classes and personal training
Classes include pump and tone, Nike Training Club, spinning and circuits as well as yoga, zumba, pilates and pole fitness. Personal training and fitness testing are available from highly trained staff.
High Performance Programme
The programme offers assistance to top level student athletes in a wide range of sports. We also manage 10 focus sports which receive the very best coaching, sports science services, physiotherapy, athlete lifestyle support and strength and conditioning training.
Find out more
Further information on facilities, programmes and scholarships can be found on our Sport website.
We offer a wide range of student-run sports clubs, ranging from the competitive to recreational and social. Many clubs play in local leagues as well as University-related competitions. FXU, our Students’ Union, is registered with British Universities and Colleges Sports (BUCS).
Water sports feature strongly in Cornwall; it’s one of the best places in the country for surfing and sailing and the campus has great links with local water sports providers and clubs, including traditional Cornish gig-rowing clubs. The Cornwall-based surf team has recently enjoyed consistent success in the BUCS surf competitions.
The spacious and modern campus Fitness Centre offers the latest fitness equipment, a free-weights area and a fitness studio. Regular classes include spinning, yoga, pilates, kettle bells, boxercise and zumba. You can join as a member or just pay-as-you-go.
Away from the gym, the campus has new one- and two-mile running routes and an orienteering route. These have been set up with the help of the FLEXSI project, which is funded by Sport England, part of a national Active University plan to encourage students to participate in sports and physical activity. We also have a multi-use games area, which offers an all-weather, floodlit facility for 5-a-side football, hockey skills and tennis, for use by students.
All the FXU supported clubs are set up and run each year by students, and change each year to reflect current interests. Current clubs include:
- Kung Fu
- Sea swimming
- Snorkel and dive
- Squash and Tennis
- Tang Soo Do
- Tremorz (Street Dance)
- Ultimate Frisbee
For further information, please see our Penryn Campus Sport Centre page.
FXU sports bursary and volunteering scheme
Students with exceptional sporting talent can apply for the FXU Sports Bursary Scheme (new window). FXU will make every effort to accommodate students’ training and performance needs.
The Sports Volunteering Scheme provides students with a range of volunteering opportunities.
"Studying at the University of Exeter in Cornwall has created a synthesis between getting an excellent degree whilst being in one of the most beautiful parts of the country. My smaller course size means I have more academic support and a better working relationship with my lecturers.
I chose to join FXU Volleyball club for the welcoming and friendly community that surrounds both the sport and the players. As well as being a chance to try a new sport, the dynamic and competitive nature of volleyball drew me in from the beginning. Being President of the club grants me the opportunity to grow the club and make it better than it has ever been before. Developing a sociable community of like-minded people that share a passion of volleyball is incredibly rewarding.
Studying BSc Business in Penryn has helped develop my independence, character and employability. I have made some lifelong friendships and have found a sport that I will undoubtedly play for as long as I can!"
Oliver, Volleyball Club President, studying Business
"As a first-year, I started playing lacrosse with no previous experience. It has been a brilliant way to meet people (some with whom I’ve lived for the past two years), learn a new sport and also travel to other parts of the country whilst competing in the South West Women’s Lacrosse League. Having enjoyed my first year so much I decided to take over the role of Chairperson for the club which in itself has taught me a number of valuable skills, such as leadership, teamwork and communication. I couldn’t recommend joining a club and/or society more as it has been one of my best experiences as a student."
Jessica, studying Zoology with Study Abroad
"Exeter prides itself on its sporting experience and offers one of the broadest and best of any university. We have some of the best facilities in the South West and over 50 sports clubs. Our aim is to provide a platform for all people to enjoy sport, no matter what your sporting niche or skill level is."
Jim, Athletic Union President, 2017/18