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.

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.

New Household Sport
UoM Sport want to make sure that as restrictions ease we are doing what we can to get you and your friends active. Structured, competitive sport has really suffered this last year and we know how much everyone just wants to get back, playing social, recreational sport. Household Sport is aimed at giving existing bubbles within residences or accommodation the opportunity to get active safely.  The Armitage Sports centre is expanding the Household Sport offer and from 24th May there will be indoor sports halls available to book and more 5-a-side pitches for informal social use. The outdoor pitches are primarily used for informal Football activity, whilst the indoor sports halls can be used for Netball, Basketball and Badminton. the choice is yours!  The full timetable is below: 
Monday-Friday 12:00-13:00 5-a-side Pitch
Monday-Friday 13:00-14:00 5-a-side Pitch
Monday-Friday 14:00-15:00 5-a-side Pitch
Monday-Friday 15:00-16:00 5-a-side Pitch
Monday-Friday 12:30-13:30 Indoor Sports Hall
Monday-Friday 13:30-14:30 Indoor Sports Hall
Saturday-Sunday 15:00-16:00 5-a-side Pitch
Saturday-Sunday 16:00-17:00 5-a-side Pitch
Saturday-Sunday 17:00-18:00 5-a-side Pitch
How to book:   
  • To book a slot please click here to be redirected to the online store. 
  • Fill in all the details including the names of all the other people from your household who will be attending and an indication of the type of activity you will be doing on the pitch (this is to allow the facility staff to get the pitch ready for you). 
  • Select your timeslot on pitch then pay the £5 fee.  
  • You will be sent a booking confirmation and a disclaimer including links to the latest Government COVID guidelines. You will also be sent a Risk Assessment for the pitch and activity. Make sure read this in advance of your booking.   
How it works: 
  • Booking will be released for each week and require that you book at least 24 hours in advance. This allows the information to be communicated to the Armitage Sports Centre staff.  
  • The lead name will be held responsible for the household group adhering to the sports centre rules and latest Government guidelines. 
  • No equipment can be provided by UoM Sport apart from goals and nets that are already on the pitch. Any equipment required (bibs, balls, cones etc) will need to be provided by the household group. 
  • You are required to report to reception before and after your allocated booking slot. This allows the centre staff to open and close the pitch for your use. Please do not come in with your entire group, just the named person who made the booking.  
  • Please wear a mask at all times when inside the facility and adhere to social distancing rules. 
  • There will also be UoM sport staff on site to spot check activity is being carried out safely. 
Staying Active During National Lockdown
Don’t let the current restrictions stop you being active! Whilst we know that a large number of our programmes cannot take place and sport facilities across the country are having to shut, it has never been more important to keep active to support your health and wellbeing.Over the next few months we will continue to be providing resources to support you in getting, or staying, active. Keep an eye on the #ActiveAnywhere campaign and follow us on our @UoMSport social media channels to hear about the latest opportunities.As we work on bringing you more programmes, continue to try and take time out of your day to exercise. It is important to remember that even in the full current lockdown, government guidance allows:
  • Local outdoor exercise in a public place once a day with your household, support bubble, on your own or with up to one other person from another household (socially distanced) 
  • Unlimited exercise within your own place of residence on your own, with your household or support bubble
So whether its just doing some chair based stretches and making a point to get up to move around each hour or planning in some time each day to go for a walk/run or take part in a home workout; make the time to keep active and look after yourself!
Timetable and More Information
Below is our current online timetable running from 7th May - 6th June. All links to join the sessions are included.
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
*Stronger Together Pilates13:00-14:00St Peters (Zoom)Click Here to Join *Breakfast Yoga8:30-9:30St Peters (Zoom)Click Here to Join *Flag Football20:30-22:00Armitage Sports Centre - Pitch EClick here to register on Playwaze *Outdoor Flow and Glow Yoga12:00-13:00St Peters (Live)Click Here for Information *Friday Flex12:00-12:30UoM (Zoom)Click Here to Join *Hatha Yoga11:30-12:30UoMYogaSoc (Zoom)Click Here to Join *Power Yoga10:30-11:30UoMYogaSoc (Zoom)Click Here to Join
  *Mindful Pause12:30-13:00St Peters (Live)Click Here for Information   *Hatha Yoga18:00-19:00UoMYogaSoc (Zoom)Click Here to Join *Be Here Now: Mindfulness Meditation13:00-14:00St Peters (Zoom)Click Here to Join    
  *Vinyasa Yoga17:30-18:30UoMYogaSoc (Zoom)Click Here to Join   *Pilates in Mandarin19:00-20:00 (fortnightly) St Peters (Zoom)Click Here to Join *Outdoor HIIT13:45-14:30Armitage Sports Centre - Pitch AClick Here to Join    
      *O2 Touch Rugby20:30-22:00 Armitage Sports Centre - Pitch EClick here to Register      
Drop in (Currently not running)
  • Free weekly timetable running each semester. 
  • 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!
  • Register here to be kept up to date with all Sporticipate related activities. It takes seconds and we will only email you with relevant information. 
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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