Serious about SPORT? Well you don't have to be the next Jessica Ennis to join. Most clubs are open to all levels of ability. All you need is plenty of enthusiasm, a hunger to win and be prepared to have lots and lots of fun!
So what is the 'Athletic Union'? It quite simply means that the sports clubs are organised for students, by students, with a little bit of support from our members of staff. Also all the affiliated clubs represent the University in British Universities and Colleges Sports (BUCS) competitions, where we are currently ranked 8th in the UK. Not bad eh?
However, there is more to it than pulling on your purple kit and playing sport on a Wednesday afternoon. You can also get involved in the prestigious Christie Championships, local varsity matches and the famous AU Social!
So if you want to join the 'Purple Pride' of sport enthusiasts then along along to the SPORT Fair during Welcome Week in the Students' Union and have a chat to the students that regularly play sport and find out why they recommend joining an Athletic Union club.
For information about our partnerships with local clubs please click here.
Club Name: The University of Manchester American Football Club - Manchester Tyrants
Club Captain: Sam Purkiss
Phone number: 07765 936800
Website: Manchester Tyrants American Football Team
Facebook: Manchester Tyrants Official Page
Teams: We have 1 team competing in the Big North West conference of the BUCS American Football league, finishing 3rd out of 10 teams in the division last season. Made the quarter-finals of the National Plate competition last season as well, the furthest the Tyrants have ever made it in their short history.
About the club: We train three times a week at various venues such as the Armitage Centre for contact sessions and Manchester Grammar School for circuit training. We’re looking for driven and hungry individuals willing to give everything for their team.
Club philosophy: The club is about working hard on the field, and playing hard off it. It’s about giving everything, not only for you, but for the team. It’s about willing to learn and better yourself both as a player and as a person. That is what Tyrant football is about.
Training times and location: Wednesday 5.30 pm ,-7.30pm at The Armitage Centre and Sunday 11am- 2pm at The Manchester Academy School.
Club Name: The University of Manchester Men's Football Club
Club Contact: Jack Warren
phone: 07800 783 257
Facebook: University of Manchester Men's Football Club
Teams: 1st (Northern 1A), 2nd (Northern 2A), 3rd (Northern 4A), 4th (Northern 4C)
About the club: Club members are expected to train in their respective squads twice a week, some may be required to attend additional strength and conditioning sessions also. Club members are always expected to give 100% in every training session and match, while always respecting the decisions of their coaches and team captains.
The social side of the club off the pitch is vitally important to bringing a togetherness and success on the pitch. All club members will be expected to attend events and socialise with their team mates throughout the course of the season.
Club philosophy: You get out what you put in. UMMFC is all about hard work and commitment to the club both on and off the pitch. We are one of the most successful university football clubs in the country and so club honours are expected and achieved every season. From 1st to 4th teams standards are extremely high and giving anything less than your all for the club and your team mates won’t be tolerated.
Realising this and becoming a committed member of the club is guaranteed to bring you some of the best days and nights if your university life.
Training times and locations: 1st and 2nd team training Sundays 5.30pm-7pm at Stockport Sports Village 3G | 3rd and 4th team training Thursday 6.00 pm (run) 6.30-8pm 3G at Armitage Sports Centre
Club Name: The University of Manchester Women's Football Club
Club Contact: Chloe Mapp
Phone no: 07969 764 848
Teams: 1st team – Northern 1A, 2nd team – Northern 3A, 3rd team – Northern 4A
About the club: UMWFC welcomes all members and abilities, from people who have never played before to those who have been playing competitively for years. We have 3 teams who all had successful seasons last year, including cup success and promotion for our first team. We are always looking to improve and set our sights higher each year. As well as these 3 competitive teams, some of our members coach a beginner’s course for those who have limited experience or just want to try something new. We are a club that stands by the work hard, play hard philosophy, with organised weekly socials.
Club philosophy: UMWFC, the most unacceptably acceptable club on and off the pitch. Purple and Proud!
Training times and locations: Tuesdays 5-6:30pm (3rds and beginners) and 8-10pm (1sts and 2nds) | Fridays 6-7:30pm (1sts, 2nds and 3rds)
Club Name: The University of Manchester Athletics & Cross Country Club
cross country: Hannah Wilson
Contact: or 07720 921673
Facebook: The University of Manchester Athletics & Cross Country
Website: The University of Manchester Athletics & Cross Country Club
Teams and current position: Athletics team finished 13th overall in BUCS 2013 Outdoor Championships (inc. 2 bronze medals)
About Cross Country: We have are regular training sessions held throughout the week, please come along to as many as you like all abilities welcome! Training consists of repetition/interval sessions on a Monday lead by our coach Jackie, circuit training on Tuesdays, tempo repetitions or steady run on Wednesday afternoon and a steady run on Thursdays and Sundays. All sessions start from The Armitage centre, Fallowfield unless arranged otherwise.
About Athletics: Our athletics team is a small, close-knit group of runners concentrating our training mainly on events from 100m-800m. We train three times a week at the excellent Sportcity facility. Our season highlights are the BUCS indoor and outdoor championships. All abilities welcome.
Club philosophy: We are a close knit group of all abilities – everyone welcome! We do lots of social activities throughout the year including the AU club nights, the freshers curry and the Christmas Dinner! There are lots of events during the year which the Club attends and competes against other Universities. The highlights of the year are the BUCS Cross Country and Athletic events and the Isle of Man Weekend. Post events there are great nights out, some of us drink, some don’t – there is no pressure either way!
Training times and locations:
Cross Country: Monday 6:30pm-7:30pm, Intervals/Repetitions, Armitage Centre | Tuesday 7:00pm-8:00pm, Circuit training, Armitage Centre. (also open non-club members) | Wednesday 2:30pm-4:00pm | Armitage Centre/Stockport Athletics Track/ Steady Run or shorter repetitions | Thursday, 6:30pm-7:30pm, Armitage Centre, Steady Run | Saturday, Race weekend or Platt Fields Parkrun 5k | Sunday Morning, Race weekend or steady run
Athletics: Monday 6-8pm | Wednesday 3-5pm | Friday 6-8pm at Sportcity
Club Name: The University of Manchester Badminton Club
Club Captain: James Kee
Facebook: The University of Manchester Badminton Club
Teams: Men 1st (Premier North), Men 2nd (Northern 1A) & Men 3rd (Northern 2A). Women 1st (Norther 1A) & Women 2nd (Northern 2A)
About the club: We are always looking for new members to improve our competitive teams. They all play at a high standard and we are always on the lookout for good players to improve them! However we very much believe that badminton is an inclusive sport and our keen to involve all people to wish to get involved at whatever level. Additionally we have a thriving social calendar including many nights out, meals, comedy nights & many more activities for all to enjoy!
Club philosophy: We play hard on the court, and play harder off it ;). A great club if you like badminton and want to play to a serious level or at a more recreational level where the social side of things is equally important to you. We hope that whatever you’re after you’ll come and find us in Welcome week! Purple and Proud!!!
Training times and locations: Monday 6.30-8.30pm Sugden Sports Centre | Thursday 8-10pm Armitage Sports Centre | Sunday 6-8pm Armitage Sports Centre (Elite Session – Invite only)
Club Name: The University of Manchester Basketball Club
Club Captain: Freddie Stephenson
Phone No: 07786 263 932
Facebook: University of Manchester Basketball Club
Teams: Men 1st (BUCS Northern 1A), Men 2nd (BUCS Northern 3A), Men 3rd (Campus league) & Women 1st (BUCS Northern 1A).
About the club: The club is looking for members who enjoy playing basketball and socialising. We hold regular socials and many other events throughout the year. Trials for the men's teams will be held for the 2013/2014 season on the Saturday 21/09/2013 at the Armitage Centre from 1-4pm and Sunday 22/09/2013 from 11.30-1.30pm at the Sugdens Sports. The women's team trial will take place on the Sunday 22/09/2013 from 1.30-3.30pm at the Sugdens Sports Centre. Further information will be given at the sports fair (17/18 of Sept) and on our Facebook page.
Club Philosophy: The clubs main aim this year is for each of the teams to maintain and improve their position in respective leagues. We have a relaxed friendly atmosphere at our socials.
Training times and locations: Monday 18.00-20.00 Armitage Sports Centre (Mens 1st) | Tuesday 20.30-22.30 Armitage Sports Centre (Mens 2nd) | Thursday 17.30-19.00 Armitage Sports Centre (3rds) | Friday 18.30-20.30 Sugden Sports Centre (Mens 1st) | All club fitness session at time tbc, Manchester Grammar School
Club Name: The University of Manchester Boat Club
Club Captain: Simon Moss
Phone No: 07814 363 320
Website: The University of Manchester Boat Club
teams: There are no set leagues for rowing; our crews compete in numerous difficulties from novice (no prior experience) to elite levels depending upon the nature of the event and what categories are available.
About the club: Our boathouse is situated in Sale, Trafford on the Bridgewater Canal. Where we have approximately 8km of canal at our disposal. We also organise land training sessions, at either the Sugden or Armitage sports centres. As fitness and technique are essential to rowers in equal measure, we train often and hard! The novice squads having at least four water and gym sessions a week while the senior squads will train every day either on the water or land (or both!). Rowing is tough but rewarding so members need to be enthusiastic, dedicated and willing to give there all.
club philosophy: To be a successful rower you need to be very hard-working, dedicated, prepared to train at all hours and under all conditions, and have a tremendous attention to detail. Above all you also have to have a strong will to win. These personal characteristics are very much the ones you need to be successful in life and work after university. We believe that everyone should be able to take part and have an opportunity to train and improve and that hard work and perseverance deserve recognition..
Club Name: The University of Manchester Boxing Club
Club Captain: Kris Gower
Phone No: 07530 859 211
Facebook Group: MUABC
About the club: We have various training sessions every night of the week and on a Wednesday afternoon. We train at Champs Camp, Phil Martin Centre with Maurice Core, ex European Champion. Anyone and everyone is welcome with no prior experience required. We cater for members who; have fought before, want to fight competitively and also those who train for the social side of the sport and to get fit. No one will ever be forced to do anything they do not want to do, sparring/ fighting is not compulsory and only for those members who wish to do so and also are at a standard in which it is safe for both parties. Everyone at the club is very friendly and willing to help.
Club Philosophy: Train hard. Play hard.
Club Name: The University of Manchester Canoe Club
Club Caontact: Eleanor Grugeon
Phone no: 07746 695 227
Facebook: Manchester University Canoe Club
Teams: Mens and Ladies Polo Teams, Teams at BUCS slalom and BUCS Wild Water Racing. Consistently finishing in the top 10
About the club: Manchester is perfectly central for all things kayaking! With North Wales, Yorkshire and the Lake District all within two hours drive we are spoilt for choice when it comes to paddling. Every weekend we run river trips culminating in our annual Scotland (March) and Alps (June). If you’re interested in a sport that’s fresh and exciting, the Canoe Club is a fantastic way to meet new people and discover the great outdoors from a whole new perspective!.
Club Philosophy: Whether you were born in a boat or have never paddled before, you’ll find a warm welcome at the Canoe Club. From 1st year freshers to seasoned PhD students we have paddlers of all abilities and run trips to suit everyone. If you’re new to the sport you’ll quickly learn how to control your boat and paddle some amazing rivers with beautiful scenery and if you're more of a pro you might fancy some more challenging river trips. We organise weekend trips for all abilities throughout the year, along with ample socials, an annual 16-day trip to the Alps, and a week in Scotland!
Training times and locations: Tuesdays are Pool Sessions 19.00-21.00 at Manchester Aquatics Centre | Thursdays are Polo Training 20.00-22.00 at Moss Side Leisure Centre (meet 19.45 at Ford Maddox Brown)
Club Name: The University of Manchester Men's Cricket Club
Club Contact: Elliot Gerrard
Phone No: 07805 170550
facebook: The University of Manchester Cricket Facebook page
Teams: 5 BUCS teams and 2 Friendly teams.
About the club: The UMCC offers cricket to all abilities all year round, we train twice a week at Manchester grammar school and have indoor competitions running through to Easter before the outdoor season. In the outdoor season we have 7 teams that compete with Universities and other local sides. We also participate in an outdoor t20 competition at the Armitage. The club is re-developing a new home ground at the Armitage and has just completed a two week tour of Sri Lanka, playing on test match grounds.
club philosophy: The UMCC is committed to developing cricketers of all levels from first time players to potential first class stars. We have a dedicated, organised and welcoming committee that help bind the club with a strong team ethos, embodied in our training intensity and our prestigious socials.
Training times and locations: Manchester Grammar School, Mondays and Fridays from 6-9pm, 2 sessions on each (1.5 hrs).
Teams and positions: We have one team who won the Northern 1b division in 2012-13
About the club: UMWCC is a sociable, friendly club that is open to all, with current members ranging from county team players to absolute beginners. We train in Fallowfield once a week and organise regular social events. We compete in the BUCS league during the summer against other women’s university teams, as well as plenty of friendlies against local teams and indoor tournaments in the winter..
Club philosophy: At UMWCC, we aim to be a fun, vibrant club catering to all standards. We enjoy a variety of social activities as a team whilst still being competitive on the pitch as shown by last year’s league positioning.
Training times and locations: Winter training: Every Tuesday 19:00-21:00 The Armitage Centre, Fallowfield (near Owens Park accommodation) | Summer training (nets): Every Tuesday 18:00-20:00 Didsbury Cricket Club (Easily accessible via bus)
Club Name: The University of Manchester Pool & Snooker Club
Club Contact: Catalina Georgiana Cimpoeru
Phone No: 07552 233 925
About the club: Hey guys and gals! Never played pool or snooker before? Play now and again with your mates? Or are you the next Ronnie O'Sullivan?! We welcome all standards, male and female, at University of Manchester Pool & Snooker Club. Many of our players have played little or no pool before, but several have progressed to take part in national tournaments. The atmosphere in the club is one where we all learn from each other and the only prerequisite needed is enthusiasm. We have been fortunate enough to have a nationally qualified snooker coach help us in the last two seasons. Interested…? Come along and have a few games! Play weekly throughout the year at our social Monday night events! Also join up with our competitive practice sessions and external league teams for lots of opportunities to play in our 14 mixed teams – 8 ball, 9 ball and snooker catering to all standards! Trips across the country anywhere from Great Yarmouth to Liverpool representing YOUR university!
Club philosophy: The snooker and pool is great, but the real enjoyment comes from sharing experiences with other members and teammates, and many of our members form long lasting friendships. It is this friendly, inclusive atmosphere that all our success has been borne out of.
Training times: Rileys Pool and Snooker Club - 8-Ball Practice on Monday 6.30-11PM; 9-Ball Practice Wednesday 2-6PM; Snooker Practice every fortnight on Thursday 7-11PM.
Club Name: The University of Manchester Cycling Club
Club Captain: Rebecca Baraona
Phone No: 07449 305 306
Facebook: University of Manchester Cycling Club
Teams: Road racing, time trial, cross country and downhill and track.
About the club: We take full advantage of our local terrain with weekly MTB rides in the Peak District and Wales; road rides through Cheshire and Manchester and regular visits to the National Cycling Centre; a great local resource to try your hand (or legs) at track and BMX riding. We also run a competitive race team. The club is open to anyone who wants to give it a go no matter what level of experience or ability. We enter all BUCS and local BC affiliated events. Throughout the year we organise weekend trips for road and MTB. A chance to get out of the city, forget about work, have a laugh and do some awesome riding. We welcome any new members of any ability.
Club philosophy: UMCC is a club for all abilities and interests. Whether you enjoy riding up or down mountains, want to experience riding on the road and track or simply want to get a bit fitter whilst socialising we can guarantee we’ve got something to get your wheels rolling!
Training times and locations: Road Rides - 1:30pm Wednesday | 10am Saturday (Meet at Armitage centre, to Cheshire and Greater Manchester) | XC Rides - 10am Saturday
Club Name: The University of Manchester Fencing Club
Club Contact: Jennifer Schofield
Phone no: 07763 551 947
Facebook: The University of Manchester Fencing Club
Teams: Mens 1st (premier), womens 1st (1a) and Mens 2nd (2a)
About the club: We have a beginner’s night on Tuesday nights 8:30pm-10:30pm at the Sugden Centre which runs as a course specifically tailored for those interested in learning the sport. We also run an intermediate course on Thursday evenings 8:30-10:30pm at the Sugden Centre for more advanced fencers. We are looking for you! If you are interested in trying a different and interesting sport then come along to the Sports fair or contact us on our Facebook Page!
club philosophy: Our fencing club is there to cater for fencers of all abilities. We have some international level fencers and coaches but also provide a fun and relaxing atmosphere for all. We also welcome those who have no experience of the sport and who want to try something new. The club is about more than just sports; we have regular social events including nights out and white water rafting (no seriously). Feel free to come on by and see what we’re all about and maybe you could become a fencing champion.
Training times and locations: Tuesday: 8:30-10:30pm Sugden Sports Centre | Thursday: 8:30-10:30pm Sugden Sports Centre
Club Name: The University of Manchester Futsal Club
Club contact: Mizhael Herrera
Phone No: 07525 192 780
teams: 1st (Northern Premiership)
about the club: The University Futsal Club was founded in 2009 and after just 3 years has establish itself as a strong futsal club within the Futsal university community. For the first time we will be playing in the highest national university league and our aim is to become BUCS national champions in order to play the European Futsal University Championships! In addition, you will have the opportunity to train periodically (and play if you have got what it takes!) with the FA and Northern League Champions Manchester Futsal Club in the FA National Futsal League! An amazing and achievable challenge but for that we need you! Now it is time to show England what Manchester is made of! 1, 2, 3…UMFC!
club philosophy: Ever wondered how some of the world's most skillful players developed their ability to beat opponents at will? How did players such as Messi, Ronaldinho, Ronaldo, Iniesta or Xavi developed the skills that have taken their game to the highest level? Futsal! Futsal has provided these players with the platform to become some of the world's most technically gifted and exciting players. No other game explores the skill, energy and fitness required to beat players and show the flair, drive and ball manipulation that can leave the opponent standing.
Club Name: The University of Manchester Golf Club
Club Contact: Liam Whitehouse
Phone No: 07548 858 681
University of Manchester Golf Club
Teams: Two teams both play in BUCS Norther 2A (Mixed) League. Our first team finished 2nd, narrowly missing out on promotion and our 2nd team finished 4th, beating two of our biggest rivals.Facebook:
About the club: Through various social events you get the chance to meet other golfers and regular competition enables you to play at a varied standard from representing the University by playing for the 1st or 2nd Team to friendly rounds at the weekend. We train once a week at PlayGolf Manchester, have matches every Wednesday and play on Sundays, too! We are looking for golfers of all standards to join a very welcoming, tight knit social group, who meet regularly throughout the week enjoy the best Manchester has to offer.
Club Philosophy: The University of Manchester Golf Club allows golfers of all levels to compete, play and socialise whilst improving their golf. Keeping golf fun.
Club Name: The University of Manchester Handball Club
Club Captain: Tom Hulin
Phone no: 07783 996 841
Website: The University of Manchester Handball Club
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UMHC1Twitter: @manunihandball
About the club: Looking for members who want to meet new friends, try a fast-paced and exciting sport along with people who already have a passion for handball. We have players who have played handball for over fifteen years and we welcome newcomers. We encourage newcomers to take part in our Introductory Handball course, organised in partnership with Campus Sport.!
Club Philosophy: We are a fun, friendly and multicultural club, often described as a second family by our members. We offer a good workout, team spirit and exceptionally sociable pub sessions and parties. We always perform well in national, university competitions.
Training times and locations: Sugden Sports Centre (114 Grosvenor St, Manchester M1 7HL) Mondays and Wednesdays 20:00 – 22:00 starting from Monday September 2nd
Club Name: The University of Manchester Men's Hockey Club
Club Contact: Patrick Urey
Phone no: 07748 843 904
Facebook: Manchester University Men's Hockey
Teams: 5s, 4s, 3s, 2s, & 1s
About the club: MUMHC is one of the biggest sports clubs at the University. With 5 Men’s teams and 6 Women’s, you will undoubtedly meet many new people. Across the range of our teams you will find a suitable fit to your mo]va]ons to play hockey. This varies from our highly compe]]ve 1st team playing in the Na]onal Premier League to a much more relaxed approach with a greater emphasis on the social life and enjoyment of the sport. Training takes place on Monday evenings and fixtures are held on Wednesday aZernoons with socials following in the evening..
Club philosophy: We take pride in our performances on the pitch and make great emphasis on the benefits of teamwork. Our team ethos throughout the club is shown by the rela]onships between members across all teams from both sides of the club. This is developed from our commitment to training, fixtures and weekly social events. Sport is a great way to be compe]]ve, meet new people and enhance your University life. University of Manchester Men’s Hockey Club will undeniably provide all of the above.
Training times and locations: 1s and 2s: 6.30 ‐ 8.30 Monday Evenings | 3s, 4s and 5s: 5.30 ‐ 6.30 Monday Evenings
Club Name: The University of Manchester Women's Hockey
Club Contact: Lyndsay Connor
Phone no: 07428 745 751
facebook: University of Manchester Women's Hockey Club
Teams: 1s (Premier League), 2s (Northern 1A), 3s (Northern 3A), 4s (Northern 3A), 5s (Northern 5A)
About the club: UMWHC is proud to be one of the largest and most exciting clubs within the AU. All the girls from our 5 teams work incredibly hard both on and off the pitch. Our 1s play in the BUCS Premier League and both the 2s and 4s have been promoted after a successful season. The 5s and 6s have merged to form a larger 5s squad, allowing more people to play in the BUCS leagues. We work closely with our coaches and are looking forward to making this season even more successful than the last! UMWHC welcome anyone, and we can't wait to meet you on the pitch soon!
Club philosophy: At UMWHC, we're purple and proud. We come off the pitch knowing we've tried our hardest, and we go to the next match and play even harder.
Club Name: The University of Manchester Jiu Jitsu Club
Club Captain: Thomas Pacey
Contact: 07833 172 947
Website: The University of Manchester Jiu Jitsu Club
Facebook: University of Manchester Jiu Jitsu Facebook Group
About the club: At Jitsu we welcome all abilities, builds, backgrounds and ages. We are a Jitsu Foundation club and follow Shorinji Kan style of Jiu Jitsu. Many of our members have previous experience of martial arts, across a broad range of grappling and striking styles. We also welcome many new starters to martial arts and Jitsu every year. See our website for more information on starting out and your first session. Your first session is always free, and you have 2 weeks of training before you need to register and buy insurance. No invite or notice needed; turn up and train!
Club philosophy: We are a martial art focused on teaching practical self-defence from day 1. Defence is taught through primarily throwing, grappling and striking. We foster an attitude of respect and friendship on the mat; there is no hazing or battering of newbies with us. The onus is on the development of the student as a martial artist and advancement through the belts, with four gradings a year. We attend 2 national level competitions a year, and strive to offer these as cheaply as possible for all students. Please come down to one of our free taster sessions.
Training times and location: Mondays and Wednesdays 20.30 to 22.30 at the Armitage Sports Centre (price £3)
Club Name: The University of Manchester Judo Club
Club Contact: Joe Perry
Phone no: 07816 424 684
Email: Joseph.perry-2@student .manchester.ac.uk
Website: The University of Manchester Judo Club
Facebook: Manchester Judo
About the club: We are a very wide ranging Judo club! We regularly train with the current British Champion 100+kgs, former Paralympic Gold Medalist, Former British and Commonwealth champion.
However, we also have no shortage of beginners! So whatever your skill level, we can accommodate you. We train Mondays and Wednesdays 7PM – 8:30PM. See you there!
Club philosophy: We pride ourselves in our diversity of abilities, so that anyone (from an international competitor to a complete beginner who has no knowledge of the sport) can turn up and have a great session. We’re all looking to improve our Judo, for some that means they’re seeing if it’s a sport for them, others are trying to hone high-level skills. It’s an excellent workout and a very tactically intriguing sport. It is guaranteed to get you fit!.
Training times and locations: Mondays and Wednesdays from 19:00-20:30 at the Armitage Sports Centre (Conference Room)
About the club: Just across the street from University Place. Anyone who is enthusiastic, committed, wants to learn self defense but also have a lot of fun is welcome. Even though we are a Shotokan club, we would like to encourage not only beginners but any grade from any style to come and train with us as we are a very diverse club. Apart from BUCS, we encourage all grades to compete in KUGB competitions whenever possible and attend their courses, many of which are free, in order to deepen our understanding of the art of Karate.
Club philosophy: As part of the KUGB, the biggest single style organisation in the UK, the Club emphasises the character building aspects of Karate in which respect for the dojo, instructors and fellow students is an essential principle. The ultimate aim of the Art of Karate lies not in victory or defeat but in the perfection of the character of its participants through hard training, sincerity, effort, etiquette and self control.
Training times and locations: The times will be confirmed at a later date but they will definitely be on Tuesday and Friday at Trinity Sports Centre.
Club Name: The University of Manchester Korfball Club
Club Contact: Tom Davies
Phone no: 07765 316 789
facebook: University of Manchester Korball Club
Teams: 1st Team compete in the BUCS Nationals and the Central English Korfball League. 2nd Team compete in BUCS Championships and the Northwest Korfball League. 3rd Team compete in Northwest Korfball League.
About the club: We have two training sessions each week: open training on Wednesdays run from 6-8pm for all players, and Tuesdays 7-8:30pm for 1st and 2nd teams, with both sessions held at the Armitage Sports Centre in Fallowfield. We are always looking for new members to come and join our club. Our club offers a wide range of levels for you to play at, so whether you are looking for high-level competitive sport with the potential to compete at a national level or a more relaxed, social activity, we have something for everyone. Our first two training sessions are free for everyone, so anyone is welcome to come and give it a go!
Club philosophy: Our club prides itself on having a wide mix of players; from 1st years to PhD students, all here to have a great time and make new friends too. Korfball as a developing sport, is a chance to play a fast paced, skilled, mixed gender team sport. With the opportunity to progress quickly into the highest calibre of the sport. Korfball will offer; weekly socials, tournaments around the country and finishing the end of our year on a high with a trip to Amsterdam to play in an international tournament. With the Korfball Squad, you’ll be sure to never have a dull moment!
Training times and locations: Open training on Wednesdays 18:00-20:00 Armitage Sports CentreM (Main Hall). 1st and 2nd team training on Tuesdays 19:00-20:30 Armitage Sports Centre Main Hall.
Club Name: The University of Manchester Men's Lacrosse Club
Club Contact: Chris Monks
Phone no: 07947 554 947
Website: The University of Manchester Men's Lacrosse Club
facebook: UoM Men's Lacrosse Club
Teams: 1st Team (Premier), 2nd Team (North 2A)
About the club: Lacrosse is the fastest growing University sport in the country and it is a fun, fast-paced, full contact sport. We cater to every level of player, from complete beginner all the way up to seasoned Premiership players. Our training sessions are tailored so that players of all abilities can make progress under the supervision of our coaching team, Tuesdays: 5:30-7:00pm, Thursdays: 8:00-9:30pm. We are able to provide full equipment and specialised training to newcomers to the sport. A focused and hard-working but fun and welcoming club ethos means that we can offer all members a fantastic time both on and off the pitch!
club philosophy: We encourage all standards of players, especially beginners to join a friendly and supportive club. Our club philosophy means that someone picking up a lacrosse stick for the first time in September could be turning out for the first team by the end of the year if they put the effort in for matches and training. Our team selections are based purely on performance and effort in matches and training sessions making Men's Lacrosse a truly all-inclusive sports club at The University of Manchester.
Training times and locations: Tuesday 17:30 – 19:00, Thursday 20:00 – 22:00 at the Armitage Sports Centre
Club Name: The University of Manchester Women's Lacrosse Club
Club Contact: Amy Burns
Phone no: 07538 681 783
Website: The University of Manchester Women's Lacrosse
Teams: 1st (BUCS Northern Premiership) & 2nd (BUCS Northern 2A)
About the club: Training takes place at the Armitage Centre twice a week on Tuesdays 18:30-20:00, and Thursdays at 20:00-22:00. We are always looking for new players to come and join the club, whether they’ve played before or not, all standards are welcome.
Club Philosophy: Our aim is to get people enthused about the sport and we’re really eager for beginners to come and learn to love the sport so the club can progress, improve and expand. Most importantly great emphasis is placed on motivating each other and working hard as a team to gain our well-deserved victories!
Teams: Both bouldering and lead climbing teams compete annually at BUCS and the Christie Cup. Larger teams of boulderers compete at less formal, more regular competitions throughout the academic year.
About the club: MUMC train at least twice a week at indoor venues in Manchester. On Monday evenings we head to Rockover bouldering centre and on Wednesday afternoons Manchester Climbing Centre. We also head out on regular meets to local outdoor venues (usually the Peak District) and a few times a year on weekend trips to North Wales, the Lake District, Pembrokeshire and Scotland. On top of this there is the annual week-long trip to the mecca of bouldering, Fontainebleau in France. Regular escapes from the big city are guaranteed for everyone!
Club philosophy: MUMC is a large, inclusive club that welcomes both complete novices and gnarly, experienced climbers alike. We spend about as much time in the pub chatting about the days exploits as actually out on the rock, meaning that there is really something here for everyone. Our members are here for exploring new places, seeing the sights that most people only dream of, finding new adventures and chilling out when we’re all done. Psyche!
Training times and locations: Wednesday 1pm at MCC, get in touch and we’ll show you the way.
Club Name: The University of Manchester Women's Netball Club
Club Contact: Helen Gavin
Phone no: 07532 281 415
website: University of Manchester Netball Club
Facebook: University of Manchester Netball Club
Teams: 1s (Premier north), 2s (Northern 2A), 3s (Northern 3A), 4s (Northern 4A) and 5s (Northern 8A)
About the club: The University Of Manchester Women’s Netball Team have 6 teams, 5 in the BUCS league and 1 in the Campus league. 1-4’s train every Monday 8-10pm and 5-6’s train every Tuesday 6-7pm. 1-5’s also train every Thursday 7-8 all taking place at the armitage. The type of member the club is looking for is someone is committed and willing to dedicate their time to their team and the club as a whole. We are a friendly, hardworking club which encourages the development of netball skills and also pursues a professional and high standard of team work.
Club philosophy: As a club we want to encourage all members from teams 1 to 6 to feel like they each have a big part to play in the club. Team work is obviously a massive part of the netball game and this is something that we pursue both on and off the court through training and also activities such as fundraising. We also want to make each moment spent training valuable to each member which is why training sessions are carefully planned to improve both the strengths and the weaknesses or all teams.
Training times and locations: 1-4 Monday 8-10pm, 5-6 Tuesday 6-7pm, 7-8 Thursday 7-8pm at the Armitage Sports Centre.
Club Name: The University of Manchester Equestrian Club
Club Contact: Abbi England
Phone no: 07854 376 998
Facebook Group: University of Manchester Equestrian Club
Teams: Three teams A, B and C competes in BUCS leagues. Last year we reached the national final.
About the club: If you’ve ever wanted to try riding, or if you just can’t imagine your life without an equine fix, this is the club for you. We welcome people from all walks of life! We are one of the few sports where men and women compete on equal footing and enjoy a great social schedule alongside our training. We train at John Shaw Equestrian in Urmston every Wednesday with lessons for all abilities running from 12-6pm. We welcome all members who have an interest in horses, from complete beginners through to hard core dressage divas and showjumping stars.
Club Philosophy: Whilst being a competitive club that strive for performance excellence, our aim is to develop all riders into competent, sympathetic horse men and women. We are also very committed to making all our members feel welcome and ensure they have a great time. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Training times and locations: We train at John Shaw Equestrian in Urmston every Wednesday with lessons for all abilities running from 12-6pm.
Club Name: The University of Manchester Men's Rugby League Club
Club Contact: Adam Longworthy
Phone no: 07919 896 265
Facebook: The University of Manchester Men's Rugby League Club
teams: 1st (3rd North West 1) & 2nd (2nd North West 2)
About the club: We are looking for members who are both experienced competitive rugby league players and those who have no playing experience but who have a good work ethic and are fast learners. Our club offers opportunities for all those who put the work in to potentially progress into a 1st team starting position. We train on a Monday evening from 19:00 - 20:30 at the Armitage Site on the astroturf pitches. We are currently arranging a 2nd training session but the time, date and location is yet to be confirmed.
club philosophy: On the pitch we strive for success and have achieved this with the 1st team consistently having a top 3 league finish over the past 5 years, including winning the 2011 National Shield; and the 2nds, in their first year, coming 2nd in their respective league. As a club, we pride ourselves on being one squad, both on and off the pitch. Whether a part of the 1st or 2nd teams, all members train and socialise together as a squad, so either way we offer the chance to meet a bunch of good lads who are enthusiastic about rugby league and always up for a good night out.
Club Name: The University of Manchester Men's Rugby Union Club
Club Contact: Perry Wilson
Phone no: 07776 291 531
facebook: University of Manchester RFC
Teams: 1st (Northern Premiership B), 2nd (Northern Conference 2A), 3rd (Northern Conference 3A) and Development Team (RFU Merit League).
About the club: We have 3 BUCS teams and a development team which play every Wednesday. We are looking for players with a good knowledge of the game and high levels of commitment and motivation to get involved. We are always desperate for front row players as they are in constant short supply but all are welcome and encouraged to trial.
Trials will be held September 21st and 22nd followed by the Ernst & Young Varsity on the 25th. Successful trialists will be invited to a Fresher only social followed by a Fresher tournament before the first training session with the club in order to ensure a comfortable integration. After this, it will be performance that allows access to each team and there will be constant feedback on how to improve and gain access to the higher teams.
The socials will be held usually every Wednesday night and everyone is expected to attend so we can celebrate together as one whole squad. There will also be a tour in the Easter break which always brings great memories and better stories every year.
Club philosophy: UMRFC is a squad of 80+ lads with the aim to play at the highest levels of University Rugby. We work hard and play harder and are always one squad - never 4 divided teams. We will always celebrate wins and commiserate losses together and we will always look out for one another, on and off the pitch. With our strong Old Boy foundation, the friends you make here will remain with you for life and we are proud to keep the club traditions alive.
Club Name: The University of Manchester Women's Rugby Club
Club Contact: Hannah Watson
Phone no: 07707 355 039
Website: The University of Manchester Women's Rugby Club
Teams: 1st (Northern 1A) & 2nd (Northern 3A)
About the club: We’re a fun, dedicated club, training twice a week, every week. All girls are welcome of any ability whether experienced or have never seen a rugby ball before; we’ll have a development coach to help all new players develop new skills and confidence within the sport. We will have two teams competing in BUCS next season so all girls are guaranteed match time on a weekly basis, if they are confident enough. We’re an all-inclusive club, and simply ask girls to give it a try. We’ll be holding a taster session during Freshers’ week and everyone is welcome to come along.
Club philosophy: We are a club who very much live by the ‘work hard, play hard’ philosophy. We take our training seriously, and work hard to win matches, and as a celebration we enjoy at least one weekly social. We are a club that focuses on all our members, not just those who play for the 1st XV, we believe that all members are equally important so training session and socials are based around that belief. We welcome people from all walks of life and enjoy being such a diverse club.
Training times and location: Monday evenings – Burnage Rugby Football club (time TBC), Thursday 5pm-6.30pm – Armitage Centre Astro-turf (for confirmed times check our FB group)
Club Name: The University of Manchester Sailing Club
Club Contact: Cianna O’Brien
Phone no: 07833 075 069
Website: The University of Manchester Sailing Club
Facebook: Manchester University Sailing Club (Past & Present)
Teams: 1st Team Manchester Purple, 2nd Team Manchester Yellow; 7th and 13th in Northern Qualifiers respectively.
About the club: Welcome to the University of Manchester Sailing Club. We have two competitive teams who compete throughout the year on the university circuit andreceive training at West Kirby Sailing Club, a world renowned club. We run a beginners and intermediates course each semester, and are trying to make social sailing a regular activity, and not just the kind that occurs in the SU each week! For those who prefer bigger boats, we have opportunities to sail yachts out of Liverpool harbour every weekend.
Club Philosophy: Whether you sail yachts or race dinghies, the University Sailing Club has something for everyone. Our doors are open to both the seasoned professional and the absolute beginner. We go out to do our best, take on new challenges, and bring home a trophy. We attempt smack downs at mark four and jives on the SU damcefloor. After a year of 7am starts, boating birthdays and enough curry to make you a true Manc, we hope you’ll feel a part of the MUSC family.
Training times and locations: Training occurs at the weekend as we have a 40min drive to get to WKSC. The 1st team will usually train both Saturday and Sunday; the 2nds will sometimes have to commit a full weekend. Commitment to the team is important to our overall improvement, however personal considerations are taken into account and training schedules can be modified.
About the club: SKUM is a collection of sociable and competitive people and has a huge social scene to go with them. We have multiple events and socials almost every week throughout the year as well as a series of dry-slope and snow competitions for our teams (where other members are highly welcomed to come and support). The highlights of the year are our massive Christmas and Easter holidays to get out hands on some real snow on some real mountains!
Club Philosophy: At SKUM we are all fun-loving, snow-seeking individuals brought together by our passion for snowsports. However not everyone in the club is a seasoned pro! We welcome beginners and new members warmly and we love to show them what they’ve been missing out on in the world of Uni skiing and snowboarding.
Training times and locations: We train most Wednesday afternoons on snow or dry-slope depending on availability and the surface on which we are next competing.
Club Name: The University of Manchester Speleology Club
Club Contact: TBC For more information contact AU Chair 0161 275 6977
Website: The University of Manchester Speleology Club
Coach: Xander Davis
Thursday: We provide all the training you need in single rope technique [SRT] at the Church of the Holy Innocents in Fallowfield with three sessions of 16:00-17:00pm, 17:00-18:00pm, 18:00-19:00pm. Come along to whichever you can!
About the club: Speleology [or caving, or potholing] is the exploration of caves, caverns and underground passages. It involves climbing, abseiling, rope work, and squeezing through tight, wet and muddy spaces. It's an exciting adventure to experience the beautiful and varied scenery there is underground! We usually cave around Yorkshire Dales, Derbyshire, Mendips and South Wales with occassional excursions and expenditions overseas.
'Purple and Proud' We are a friendly, open and inclusive club. The idea of caving can be frightening at first, but we have experienced members that will be there to help you every step of the way. Join us and you'll get to see a part of the world that very few people will see, and be involved a sociable caving culture of many clubs across the country!
Best achievement: The club has a long and illustrious history, with recent expeditions to Matienzo in Spain to discover previously unexplored passages and also ongoing work in Derbyshire to dig entirely new connections!
Club Name: The University of Manchester Squash Club
Club Contact: Richard Johnson
Phone no: 07979 432 278
Facebook: The University of Manchester Squash Club 2013/14
Teams: Mens 1st (BUCS Northern Premierships), Mens 2nd (BUCS Northern 1A) & Mens 3rd (BUCS Northern 2A). Womens 1st (BUCS Northern Premiership) & Womens 2nd (BUCS Northern 1A).
About the club: The University of Manchester Squash Club is a friendly and ambitious club that caters to all abilities, from complete beginner to nationally ranked players. We have training for beginners, intermediates and team players so whether you want a relaxed run around or a competitive match there will always be like-minded people for you to enjoy games of squash with, as well as attending our fantastic social events. We are a very sociable club and organise regular nights out so that all our members can to get to know each other..
Club Philosophy: We are one of the most successful clubs in the University, securing the most BUCS points of any sports club for the second year in a row, as well as winning the Athletics Union “Team of the Year” award. The Men’s 1st team reached the semi-finals of the BUCS Squash Competition, and the women’s 1st team reached the quarter-finals. The Squash club is undoubtedly one of the most 'Purple and Proud' clubs - as we enter many different competitions at many different levels, be it team or individuals. We give our all and we are proud to represent the university.
Training times and locations: Monday – Beginners 19:40 – 21:00 Sugden Sports Centre; Tuesday – Intermediates 20:20 – 21:40 Sugden Sports Centre; Men’s 3/Women’s 2 – Tuesday 19:00 – 20:20 Sugden Centre
Semester 1 sees us begin our theory and pool sessions for both new and old members wanting to venture into the world of SCUBA diving or improve their skills. As people progress we run various weekend trips to local dive sites and further afield to get real open water experience and hone the skills you learnt in the pool. Theory sessions are always followed by the customary weekly social!
About the club: Hello and welcome to Manchester University Sub Aqua club.We are a unique club here at Manchester as we are the only non-competitive sports club. What this means is we don't enter any serious competitions, instead it is all about you doing as much diving as you want to do, and going as far in terms of qualifications and experience as you want to go.Our club is a great way to learn or to progress as a diver, and as the teaching is done by students, the instruction is cheap [a pint or two and expenses] and on your level.Needless to say, we are a really sociable club, meeting once a week, and then as long as those pesky exams don't interfere there are dive trips almost as frequently.So come along and try us and the whole world of scuba diving!
'Purple and Proud' We pride ourselves on being the University of Manchester's only non-competitive sports team but that doesn't mean we don't train hard and play hard! Our members regularly gain SCUBA qualifications and have been taught by other students. Diving isn't an easy feat either when you live in Manchester but that doesn't mean there's any shortage of opportunity - we run trips most weekends!
Best achievement: Having all our wonderful alumni stick around to train our new members so the club feels like a real family!!
Club Name: The University of Manchester Surf Club
Club Contact: Tommy Scott
Phone no: 07598 488 405
Facebook: University of Manchester Surf Club
About the club: UMSC runs many trips every semester to various locations around the UK including two legendary trips to Newquay in Cornwall, chilly trips to Abersoch in Wales and many more. Trips are ran at the weekends with the odd day trip thrown in now and again when we are feeling too dry. During the holidays UMSC also runs week long trips to Morocco and various places in Europe and you cannot come to University without experiencing a trip abroad.
Club Philosophy: It doesn't matter if you are already a pro, learning to shred, just off a foamie or a surfing newbie the University of Manchester Surf Club is the place to for fill all of your surfing desires.
Club Name: The University of Manchester Swimming Club
Club Contact: James Garland
Phone no: 07745 708 143
Facebook: Manchester Uni Swim
About the club: We have two squads a competitive squad and a recreational squad, we also run swimming lessons for anyone who wants to learn how to swim. The two squads cater to all abilities from those who have just learnt to swim all the way to the high performance national swimmers. Both squads train at the Manchester Aquatics Centre on Mondays and Thursdays 19:00-21:00 and there is an extra session for the competitive squad on Wednesday 13:30-15:00. We also have a circuits session on Saturdays which is free to members 12:00-13:00.
club philosophy: Our club philosophy is work hard and play harder. We are a very sociable club who hold many socials throughout the year. We are a club that is open to everyone and anyone can join in and come and have fun.
Training times and locations: Competitive: Mon & Thurs: 19:00-21:00, Weds: 13:30-15:00; Recreational: Mon & Thurs: 19:00-21:00; Circuits (all members): Sat 12:00-13:00
Club Name: The University of Manchester Table Tennis Club
Club Contact: Jonathan Keough
Phone No: 07929 081 092
Facebook: University of Manchester Table Tennis
Teams: Mens 1st (BUCS Northern 1A) & Mens 2nd (BUCS Northern 2B). Womens 1st (BUCS Northern 1A) & Womens 2nd (BUCS Norther 2A).
About the club: You think you got the ping? Do you pong? Come play Ping Pong!! The club currently has 2 men's teams and 1 women's team. The process of selection to play for the University is based on the level displayed at the club sessions and ultimately up to the captains to decide. The level is very high. However, the club welcomes players of all abilities and accommodates for all needs, whether one wants to play competitively, improve fitness or just to play socially.
Club Philosophy: In the effort of promoting the sport of table tennis and sport in general to the students of the university, the club welcomes players of all levels. Whether you want to participate in competitions, get fit, play socially or to meet new people!
Club Name: The University of Manchester Tennis Club
Club Contact: Sebastian Cox
Phone no: 07920 001 219
Facebook: The University of Manchester Tennis Club
Teams: Men’s: The 1st team is competing in the Premier North division. Both 2nd and 3rd teams are in Northern 2A (equivalent to the third division). Ladies: The 1st team is in Northern 1A whilst the 2nd team is in Northern 2A.
About the club: Players of the UMLTC competitive teams train and play home matches at the indoor courts at Sportcity, next to the Etihad football stadium. Historically training has been once a week on either a Monday or Tuesday with BUCS matches taking place on Wednesday.
Social tennis takes place at the Fallowfield Lawn Tennis Club and there are three slots weekly, which include coaching, games and casual play. Social tennis is for players of all standards who really enjoy the game and want to get involved in a fun and enthusiastic atmosphere.
Club philosophy: UMLTC aims to allow its BUCS team members to develop their game in an enjoyable yet competitive fashion. The purpose of Social tennis is to enable students of the University of Manchester a forum where they can meet people to who have similar interests as themselves, as well as remaining active and holding an interest in tennis at university.
Training times and locations: Monday (Sportcity): 18:00 - 20:00 and 20:00 - 22:00, Tuesday (Sportcity): 18:00 - 20:00 and 20:00 - 22:00, Tuesday (Northern Tennis Club): 21:00 - 23:00 Both Mens and Ladies teams are subject to alternating training schedules weekly for the above times as well as sharing sessions amongst other teams.
Teams and positions: We compete in Bucs championships, in 2013 we won the men's team event and over 60% of our competitors made it through the qualification day to the finals. We also compete in the Northern England Universities trampoline league, in which we placed second overall in the teams vent and won many of the individual awards available.
About the club: We train at the sugden sports centre (hall A) three times a week. Two of these sessions are open sessions and we have a Friday squad sessions for those who are interested in competing. We welcome any members whether competitive bouncers or complete beginners. At each session we have qualified coaches who can help you improve.
Club philosophy: Fancy something to put a spring in your step? Why not try trampolining? Wether you can front drop, somersault, rudi or have never bounced before its great fun so come and have a go! Trampolining is a great sport for anyone and most people pick it up really quickly. We have qualified coaches at every session to get you started or help you advance if you've done it before. We also attend about 8 competitions a year all over the country which are open to everyone and are great fun.
Training times and locations: Sugden sports centre Tuesday 20:00 - 22:00, Thursday 20:00 - 22:00, Friday (squad session) - 18:00 - 20:00
Club Name: The University of Manchester Ultimate Frisbee Club - Halcyon
Club contact: Matthew Nancekievill
phone no: 07960 449 570
Teams and positions: Open (2nd Indoor Nationals, 4th Outdoor Nationals), Women (19th Nationals), Mixed (5th Nationals)
About the club: We are a mixed gender club that caters for all abilities, including those who have never played or even heard of Ultimate Frisbee before! In competition, we consistently perform well at a National level. Outside of competition, we provide numerous opportunities for 'social antics', including trips abroad (usually an Italian beach). We look for anyone who is enthusiastic in learning a new sport as it is very quick to pick up! There are also separate open and women’s squads trainings for the more competitive players every week with many beginners usually making the team to play at nationals.
Club Philosophy: It is the community, the parties, the people and the travels that make the sport so distinct and attractive. And you’ll get the best of it here in Halcyon. We're a truly mixed club who train, compete and socialise together. We welcome everyone from beginners to professionals, from those looking to relax to the ultra-competitive. Come and see if we are the Club for you!
Training times and locations: Wednesdays 14:00-16:00, Platt Field Park, Fridays 20:00-22:00 Armitage Centre, Extra Squad Trainings once a week 2 hr session TBC
Club Name: The University of Manchester Volleyball Club
Club Contact: Alkis Avgoustis
Phone no: 07531 760 727
Website: University of Manchester Volleyball Club
Teams: Men 1st (BUCS Northern 1A), Men 2nd (BUCS Northern 2A), Women 1st (BUCS Northern 1A) & Women 2nd (BUCS Northern 2A).
About the club: We train at Sugden sports centre 3 times a week (Monday, Thursday and Sunday). We are looking for any player interested in volleyball from beginners to advanced players. We have dedicated training for all levels!
Club Philosophy: We'll always play our hardest, beat the opposition, remind them who University of Manchester are - then pick them up, dust them off and buy them a pint - that's purple and proud. We’re a competitive club, with first teams that regularly emerge victorious from clashes with some of the very best teams in the land, but which has a commitment to making sure that everyone feels welcome and get the chance to play as much volleyball as possible! Hope to see you soon.
Club Name: The University of Manchester Water Polo Club
Club Contact: Rory McCloskey
Phone no: 07730 412 529
Facebook: UOM Water Polo
Teams: Women’s 1st and 2nd Team/Men’s 1st and 2nd Team. Both 1st teams compete in the top leagues of UPOLO and BUCS. We also field a men’s and women’s second team in the second division of BUCS, where we hope to develop players who may then be able to play in our first team.
About the club: We’re a club for both men and women. We train together three times a week at the Aquatics Centre. Each session is taken by our expert coaches and last for one hour and a half. We are looking for everyone from beginners to experienced players to help our club grow.
Club Philosophy: Our aim is to provide training that is suitable for both beginners and experienced players. We want everyone to get involved and be just as committed to having fun at training as at our many social events.
Training times and locations: 18:00 – 19:30 ; Monday and Thursday (Both), 15:00 – 16:30 ; Wednesday (Ladies), 16:30 – 18:00 ; Wednesday (Men), All training takes place at the Aquatics Centre.
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