Sport Clubs

Get involved in sport through our 42 student run sport clubs.


The University of Manchester offers 42 student-run sports clubs all of which are part of our “Athletic Union” or “AU” as it is commonly referred to. The Athletic Union is a collective name given to the highest achieving and most committed clubs who receive funding from the University to help improve participation and performance. The majority of our clubs compete in BUCSThe Christie Championships and several other local and national competitions.

Manchester Students Union also support a large number of sports societies.

Find your sport from the A-Z below.

AU Committee

Find out information on joining your team’s committee!

Athletic Union Sport Clubs A to Z

View our A to Z of Athletic Union Sport Clubs

Students Union Sport Society A to Z

View our A to Z of Students Union Sport Societies

How do Athletic Union Sports Clubs Work?

Sports clubs at University run differently than school sport, the drop down boxes below explain the key points you need to know.

How do I Join?
  • Find the club’s page on the Athletic Union “A to Z”
  • Contact the club either my email or through social media expressing interest, it’s a good idea to give them a brief background of your experience in the sport
  • The most popular sports host trials due to the high demand for places, but most are open to all and host a “Welcome Session” where you can try the sport out before committing
  • You can train for two weeks for free without paying a membership to see if its the right fit for you
Committee & Coaches
  • All clubs are run by students for students, each year club’s hold and Annual General Meeting (AGM) where students elect their peers into leadership positions such as “Club Captain” & “Treasurer”
  • Committee members are offered support and training by The University of Manchester to enable them to fulfil their role and develop future employability skills. 
  • Every Student who joins a club must follow abide to the Athletic Union “Code of Conduct”
  • Athletic Union clubs have highly experienced qualified coaches who attend training, match days and competitions.
  • Committee Members log their volunteer hours through our “Sports Volunteer Scheme” which contribute to the “Stellify Award”
  • Each club has it’s own membership cost, these vary from club to club depending on the cost of the sport
  • Despite there being a charge for students Athletic Union Club activity is heavily subsidised in areas such as:

– Transport, entries & accommodation to competitions & Fixtures

– Discounted training facility hire

– Highly Experienced & Qualified Coaches

– Equipment

– Sports Facilities

– Playing Kit

Training & Competition
  • To be part of the Athletic Union there is an expectation that you are committed to attending training on a regular basis
  • Training is on different times and days for different clubs, these will always fall outside of University teach time
  • For clubs that compete in BUCS Competitions their fixtures are either on Wednesday afternoons (Free from lectures) or Weekends
  • Depending what level each club plays at means travel for competition can range from 3 to 300 miles
  • For sports where we do not have facilities on site we have a number of partnerships with the best sports facilities in Manchester
  • Many students meet their best friends and future housemates being part of sports clubs
  • Sports clubs have a very active social side organising a range of events for members to attend
  • All clubs offer both drinking and non-drinking socials to ensure everyone can enjoy themselves
  • Every year the Athletic Union hosts it’s prestigious “AU Awards” event celebrating all the achievements over the past year

Download BUCS Play

To see fixtures, leagues and competition results for your club download BUCS Play

You must also download BUCS Play & create a profile to be eligible to compete in BUCS

More information

XXI Club


The University of Manchester XXI Club was formed in 1932 and exists to promote sporting excellence at The University of Manchester.

The XXI Club has its origin in elite sport and this is reflected in the current membership. Our members include Olympians, World Champions and World Record Holders and those who have competed for their countries at sports including athletics, football, rugby, hockey, netball, swimming and waterpolo.

Our current President is Mark Palios, owner of Tranmere Rovers Football Club and a former Chief Executive of the Football Association.

We hold a celebration dinner each year in autumn where XXI Club members gather and where new elections are invited to be welcomed to the Club. Amongst our various objectives, we are committed to working with the Athletic Union and UoM Sport to raise funds and provide support for The University of Manchester Sports Excellence programmes. We also encourage our members to continue to participate in sport and to contribute to sport at the University after graduation.

New elections

Each year we select up to 21 of the highest performing athletes and 21 of the highest performing sports club officials to become members.  Those receiving full colours or triple stripe for service are eligible for election to the XXI Club.

Fresher’s medal

We offer the Athletic Union Clubs the opportunity to make an award to the highest performing Fresher in their Club.

  • One award can be made per Athletic Union Club

  • The XXI Club Freser’s medal for each club will be presented at the Athletic Union Awards Dinner in May

  • The recipients will be invited to attend the XXI Club Annual Dinner in autumn

  • You will be invited at the end of the year to nominate the Fresher of the Year for your club

AU Awards

Our AU Awards take place in the third term each year to recognise the contributions and achievements of our students in how they perform and align to the values of the university.  The awards also celebrate the various successes of our clubs and give a chance to reflect on the past 12 months.

Sustainability Award: Awarded to the club who has shown the most creativity, impact and engagement in sustainability initiatives this year.

Social Media Award: Awarded to the club who has demonstrated the greatest social media presence throughout the 19/20 season engaging with UoM Sport regularly.

Fresher of the Year: Awarded to the student who has made the most impact in terms of individual or team performance in their first year of study at The University of Manchester.

Student Coach of the Year: Awarded to the student coach who has had a positive impact on the results, training sessions, motivation or membership of the team(s) for which he or she is responsible.

Coach of the Year: Awarded to the coach who has had a positive impact on the results, training sessions, motivation or membership of the team(s) for which he or she is responsible.

Club Committee Member of the Year: Awarded to a Club Official who has excelled in leading many aspects of club admin of an Athletic Union Club throughout the 2019/20 season.

Team of the Year: Awarded to a team which has excelled in all areas of operation, including competition, management, engagement, administration and contribution to the Athletic Union.

Most Improved Club of the Year: Awarded to a club which has shown extraordinary improvement over the course of twelve months in performance, organisation, financial management and increased membership.

Sportswoman of the Year: Awarded to the most outstanding individual female athlete from any club over the course of the season.

Sportsman of the Year: Awarded to the most outstanding individual male athlete from any club over the course of the season.

Club of the Year: Awarded to a Club which has excelled in all areas of operation, including performance, participation and workforce development. They have excelled at club management and contributed to significant development of their sport at Manchester.

AU Executive Committee
  • AU Executive members are selected from committee members of AU Clubs. Individuals apply to the Sports Sabbatical Officer for one of the positions and are then required to present to the clubs at the AU forum in June where the successful candidates are voted in by their fellow club committee members. The roles are:

Events officer   x 2

BUCS Representative

Marketing and Communications officer

AU Wellbeing Executive officer

Inclusion and Diversity Officer

Sustainability officer