University of Derby Sports

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University of Derby Sports

University of Derby Sports

Our reputation for sport is one of the fastest growing in the country. We have moved up the British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) rankings in the last five years. Partnerships with the likes of Derby County Football Club and being a founder of the National Badminton League means this growth is only going to continue over the coming years.

New Sports Centre

Our new £10.8 million Sports Centre opened in September 2015, boasting state-of-the-art facilities including a 70 station fitness suite, an 8 badminton court sports hall, spacious fitness and cycling studios, climbing wall, squash courts plus a 3-lane indoor sprint track and sand pit.


We offer a wide range of sports courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level across our Derby and Buxton campuses, covering disciplines including sport science, coaching, exercise, development and management.


Our Students’ Union is the focal point for the delivery of sport at the University and provide students with the chance to join teams and compete against other universities. Together with Team Derby, we offer a wealth of sport, health and fitness opportunities for everyone looking to get active or try something new, whatever their level of fitness or ability.


We enter 48 teams across 16 sports in the national BUCS programme, providing our students with the opportunity to represent Derby against other universities in a competitive environment.


Team Derby provides scholarships and bursaries to talented student athletes and those with coaching aspirations, enabling them to achieve both their sporting and academic potential.

A Performance Sport programme has also been established to support our leading sports teams – Men’s Basketball, Badminton and Volleyball, our Performance Sports are provided with specialist coaching, strength and conditioning, and physiotherapy support.


We offer a wide range of education, research and consultancy services for the sports industry, utilising our academic expertise and student body to grow and develop sport both regionally and nationally.