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Sport lies deep in the roots of Sheffield and its people.


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We take an enormous amount of pride in the city’s rich sporting heritage as the National City of Sport. The city is home to two massive football teams, as well the oldest football club in the world, Sheffield FC. That’s not to mention rugby (union and league), ice hockey and basketball teams. We also boast the prestigious English Institute of Sport, regularly blessed by our very own Olympic Gold Medallist Jessica Ennis-Hill and heavyweight boxer, Anthony Joshua

Activities and Fitness Club

At The Sheffield College you will have the chance to be part of our very own Activity and Fitness Club, and continue the city’s sporting legacy.

Whether you want to compete, play for fun or simply get fit, we have something for you to get involved in.

Our Activities and Fitness Club is constantly putting on new sporting opportunities for all of our students to join, no matter where you study or what you study.

Here's an example of some of the sports that you can take part in:

  • Football 
  • PAN disability football 
  • Volleyball 
  • Netball
  • Badminton 
  • Cricket
  • Table tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Basketball

The Activities and Fitness Club also help to organise things like sports days, biking sessions, Duke of Edinburgh, colour runs, TAG rugby leader training, and have also set up a Young Activator Academy (in partnership with the Sheffield and Hallamshire County FA and the WEUROS '22) and volunteering opportunities for students. These kinds of additional opportunities and qualifications look brilliant on your cv, but are also loads of fun to take part in and help you switch off from your studies.

We're always on the look out for new activities and sports to offer our students, too. If you really want to give something a try but don't know where to start or where to join a team, you just need to let us know and we'll do our best to bring the sessions to college!

The Sheffield College Basketball Academy

Do you want to combine your studies with training and competing for some of the best basketball teams around?

Our male and female basketball teams, that are part of our Elite Sports Academy, are amongst some of the best in the country and have just had the most successful year in our history - so far.

We have a number of teams of different abilities, competing against colleges, universities and other basketball academies in the Elite Academy Basketball, Association of College's Yorkshire and Humber, and BUCs leagues.

Joining The Sheffield College Basketball Academy will give you the chance to train with professional coaches, play in these top leagues and develop a career in sport, alongside studying any study programme or A Levels.

If you are an elite athlete you can also study our Sport Basketball Elite Performance study programme, and we'll also help you study additional qualifications for players with the potential to turn professional. We have been chosen by Basketball England, the sport’s governing body, to be part of the England Development Programme for basketball in Yorkshire and are the only college in the region to deliver this qualification.

Oweing to the success of the Academy, five of our students have just been offered sporting scholarships in the USA, and we also have male and female players playing for their national teams on the global stage! Click here to find out more

Sport Scholarships

Are you an elite athlete competing at either regional, national or international level, and thinking of studying sport with us?

If so, our Sport Scholarship programme is something you need to find out more about! It offers loads of benefits which will allow you to continue to compete at elite level, hilst balancing your studies so that you are able to reach your potential in both.

As a sports scholar, you will get:

  • flexible timetable around your studies
  • opportunities to represent the college at AOC and/or BUCS level competition
  • sports science support (physio and gym access)
  • sports kit and equipment
  • mentor support

Students who have recently completed our Sport Scholarship programme include, Reagn Stott (boxer) and Frankie Ashton (kickboxer) who have both been a part of Team GB selection and training camps.

British University & Colleges Sport (BUCS) Accreditation

The Sheffield College's university level sport provision is accredited by BUCS, the national governing body for Higher Education (HE) sport in the UK.

As a member organisation of BUCS, our sports teams will have the opportunity to compete in a national league with other universities and FE colleges. There are teams competing in almost every sport you can think of, from football and rugby, to swimming and trampolining.

If you're serious about competing against some of the best young talent in the country, either individually or in a team, the BUCS league will will enable you to develop your skills as a player, and give you some brilliant experience for your CV as well!

BUCS clearly know all about Sheffield's sporting legacy too - they hold their National Championships right here in Sheffield every summer, so you can get involved whether you're a player or a spectator.

Our amazing facilities

Our sports facilities are impressive. Our floodlit, all-weather pitch at Hillsborough Campus is 3G and has markings for a full-sized football pitch and three 7-a-side pitches. We have fully equipped gyms and sports halls for you to use. If you love sport, this is the place to be.

As a student you’ll also have access to hire our gym facilities and sports halls if you would like to book them for your use.