A wide and varied range of accessible, inclusive sport and activity for everyone. 


Our recreational sport offer is entitled Sporticipate, and is the entry level programme for all students and staff at The University of Manchester.

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All sessions, programmes and events are open to all abilities, specifically people who are new to the activity or complete beginners. All sessions provide equipment and the sessions are facilitated by the UoM Sport Workforce.

Sportcipate runs a full weekly drop in timetable, structured blocks of ‘Learn To’ coached sessions and regular large scale events. All are either free or at very low cost, which helps you stay fit and active during your time on campus. 

With our #ActiveAnywhere campaign students, staff and the University’s wider community can become, and remain active regardless of where they are.

ALL our activities are managed and run through the Playwaze app/website.

Search for and join the ‘University of Manchester Sport’ from their we have lots of communities to join including Sporticipate.

Click here to join our Sporticipate community. You can register and take part in the range of activities on offer quickly and easily for free.  

Upcoming Events

Saturday 18th September is our FREE Sporticipate taster day at The Armitage Sports Centre. Full details on how to register are below, just click the drop down menu to find out more.

Sporticipate taster day (Saturday 18th September 11-3pm at the Armitage Sports Centre)
Have you just arrived in Manchester and looking to try something new, or just get out from your accommodation for a bit of exercise? If so then please register here for our Sporticipate taster day 
  • Sporticipate is running it's first FREE event this weekend at the Armitage Sports Centre. All sessions are mixed and aimed at the social/recreational level.
  • No equipment is required, just bring comfortable clothes and a drink.
  • To register (places are limited) click here and select the session you wish to attend. Sessions include Netball, Basketball, Badminton, Dodgeball, Touch Rugby, Flag Football, Lacrosse and Quidditch!
  • If you want to attend more than one, please fill out the link again.
  • All future Sporticipate activities will be run via Playwaze, so please make sure you register for Playwaze here or download the app via the Android/App store and join our community here.
The full timetable of taster day activities is here...
  • 11:00-12:00 - Netball (Hall A&B)
  • 12:00-13:00 - Basketball (Hall A)
  • 12:00-13:00 - Dodgeball (Hall B)
  • 13:00-14:00 - Badminton (Hall A&B)
  • 13:00-14:00 - Lacrosse (Pitch A)
  • 14:00-15:00 - Quidditch (Pitch A)
  • 13:00-14:00 - American (Flag) Football (Pitch E)
  • 14:00-15:00 - Touch Rugby (Pitch E)
The Armitage Sports Centre and a special Sporticipate Offer
The Armitage Sports Centre would like to offer students lots of opportunities to come and get active over the welcome period. All sessions are FREE *No equipment will be provided except a selection of badminton rackets. All sessions and activities are only available to book once you are at reception, and cannot be pre booked in advance. It is strictly first come first served at the time. 
Activity When Details
Badminton (X 4 courts)  Monday 20th September – Thursday 23rd September 1-2pm & 2-3pm
  • Just turn up and courts are all booked at reception on a first come first served basis 
½ Basketball (X 2 courts)  Saturday 18th September – Friday 24th September 6-7pm
  • Just turn up and courts are all booked at reception on a first come first served basis 
5 a Side (X 2 pitches)  Saturday 18th September – Friday 24th September 5-6pm & 6-7pm
  • Just turn up and pitches are all booked at reception on a first come first served basis 
Fitness Classes  Tuesday 21st September 
  •  5-5:30pm Legs Bums & Tums (Shelagh) Conference Room
  •  5:30-6pm Aerobics (Shelagh) Conference Room
  Wednesday 22nd September 
  • 5-5:30pm Aerobics (Shelagh) Conference Room
  • 5:30-6pm Step (Shelagh) Conference Room
  • 5-5:40pm Yoga (Dominika) Studio
  Thursday 23nd September 
  • 5-5:30pm Step (Shelagh) Conference Room
  • 5:30-6pm Legs Bums & Tums (Shelagh) Conference Room
  • 5-5:40pm Yoga (Dominika) Studio
Gym Sessions  Saturday 18th – Friday 24th September 
  • 12-2pm (5 spaces per each 15 minute slot) 
  • 4-6pm (5 spaces per each 15 minute slot) 
Drop in sessions (starting from 4th October)
  • Free weekly timetable running each semester. Sporticipate semester one runs from 4th October to 12th December.
  • Over 70 hours of free accessible activity delivered on campus.
  • Meet new people and find exciting new ways to socialise through sport and activity.
  • No commitment! Just turn up and give it a go, try as many activities as you like.
  • Variety of sports and activities ranging from Team Sports, Individual Sports, Dance, Martial arts, Fitness and more!
  • Clear pathway of development if you find the sport you love!
  • To take part you must download the Plawaze app (available via Android/App store). Once downloaded you can join the 'University of Manchester' then search for Sporticipate and all our intramural Sports Leagues!
  • Join the Sporticipate community here once you have the Playwaze app.
Staff Sport
  • Sporticipate is open to all staff. 
  • Specific staff only sessions and activities are also scheduled throughout the year.
  • For more information and to see what else is available for staff please visit the Staff Sport Website or email  

Volunteer with Sporticipate

We require dedicated and passionate individuals to take on leadership roles as part of our successful and ever growing participation programme Sporticipate This role requires you to be in charge of recruitment and marketing of the participation sessions as well as to run them. You will be offered funding towards qualifications and training to increase your skills and knowledge. This role is suited to individuals with a passion to lead or to a couple or group each with different skills – so you can do it with a friend, colleague or team mate. Becoming a Sport Leader will be one of the ways in your university career to increase your employability skills. By leading in this way, you will be learning and developing transferable skills which will be of great use to you once you graduate from university. We even offer free workshops on what this means and how to portray what you have done to future employers. Applications can be made between 1st May and the end of September 2021. Please note that due to the covid -19 pandemic you may not get an immediate response to any questions surrounding your application but be assured we will reply to you as soon as is possible. If you would like this as your new challenge please tell us in no more than 500 words 'Why do you want to be Sport Leader and what do you feel you could offer.' This role is open to students and staff of the University of Manchester. Undergraduate students taking on this role can use their volunteering towards the Step up and Lead section of the Stellify Award. Questions and applications should be sent to email :

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