All the news from across UoM Sport

In March, UoM Sport will launch a campaign that celebrates ThisGirlCan. Our goal is to celebrate their achievements, and challenge stereotypes about women!
We want to tell the real stories of women who play sports or get active in a way that works for them. The This Girl Can campaign, led by Sport England, features women of all shapes, sizes, and abilities to promote sport to everyone.


Four million women have taken part in the program since it was launched in 2015. There is evidence that women are put off taking part in physical activity due to fears of judgment – this might be about the way they look when they exercise, that they’re not good enough, or that they should spend more time on other things.

Our aim at UoM Sport is to inspire and empower women. As part of the celebration, we will hear about real experiences and educate on how to support women in sport.

Our UoM Sport community

We want to bring together our community and look at how we can all work together to support women in sport. Whether you identify as a woman or a man, we can all play a part in making a change. Throughout the month our campaign will be focussing on:

  • How we can all support women in sport and provide opportunities for women to get involved.
  • How women have felt barriers on their journey.
  • Celebrating successes and achievements.

Our stories

At UoM Sport we are proud of our community and we love to share the experiences of how they do things. Explore our stories to discover how UoM Sport supports women by making access fairer for everyone.


Find out more about how our Campus Leagues and Sporticipate sessions have developed with women in mind.

Read their stories here

Women's Rugby

Hear from our women’s rugby community about how they are championing their sport. 

Discover more about women’s rugby at The University of Manchester.

Opinion piece

In this opinion piece, PhD Sociology students Sophie Atherton and Abbey Atkinson, talk about promoting fair access and safe spaces for exercise.  

Read about their perspective.

Staff Spotlight

In this Staff Spotlight you can hear about the challenges facing working women and how The University of Manchester supports being active on campus.

Read Rose’s story about running

Your journey

The University of Manchester allows you to meet people from all over the world, spark your intellectual curiosity, and explore your passion for sport.

Through a dedicated programme and access to a wide range of activities and resources, we provide students with the best experience possible.

Discover how you can get involved in our sports programme and access resources in the local area.

Girls' Night In

Join our Girls’ Night In event ran on 19 March 2023, to celebrate women in sport and fitness. The event was well attended and enabled students to connect in a safe, welcoming environment while trying new activities. 

Check back soon for our next event.


Clubs and societies

Take a look at the sport that interests you to see what is on offer and how you can get involved in one of our clubs.

Find out more about our women’s clubs here.

Find ways of joining a society that suits you. Find out more from The University of Manchester Students’ Union.

This Girl Can - Sport England

For more information about This Girl Can, visit their website.

Be Active Classes

There’s something for everyone on our Be Active class timetable. Classes suitable for beginners and getting back to exercise, through to more advanced sessions.

Find out more about our fitness timetable.


Our sessions, programmes and events are open to all abilities, specifically people who are new to the activity or complete beginners.

If you want to try out one of the free Sporticipate sessions, you can see the programme and join in.

Running and walking groups

There are a number of ways that you can stay healthy and active. If you would like to get out for a walk or run in your local area, then take a look at the resources below:

Access to women's only sessions

Manchester offers an amazing range of activities across the city and near campus for women and girls.

Find out what’s on offer in Manchester.