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Social sport

Social sport

Play for fun – whatever your experience

Our social sport programme gives you the chance for students and staff to take part in different sports in a relaxed non-competitive environment, whether that’s trying something new or playing your favourite sport.

Unless specified all our sessions are open to everyone, but we do offer some women’s only sessions as well. 

With loads of sessions each week, you can develop your skills, or simply turn up and play. All sessions are on a pay-as-you-go basis from £2.50.

Please note: New for 2023/24 – All our social sport sessions are accepting online bookings only - you will not be able to purchase a social session over the counter or turn up without a booking - bookings close at the time of the session starting. To book sessions you must have an account. When creating a new account please select Pay As You Go during setup.


Our Social Sports

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American Flag Football

Run by Sheffield Vipers flag football team. Flag football is a non-contact version of American football. It is a fun an inclusive way to learn the game.

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Play singles or doubles matches with as much court time as possible.

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Giving you as much court time as possible, these sessions include match play and small-sided games. Whatever your ability levels, there's always opportunity to improve your game.

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Man playing baseball


Baseball is a very inclusive sport that can be played by anyone of any ability, with both men and women playing on the same field on equal terms. This session is run in collaboration with Sheffield Bladerunners Baseball Club - Options available for training or training plus league play.

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If you would like to play casually , indoors, outdoors, or join a 6-a-side league we have several sessions for you to choose from.

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All abilities welcome, the lacrosse sessions are facilitated by the development players of the team Hallam women’s and men’s lacrosse teams.

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Learn to Lift

A women’s only session in the collegiate strength and conditioning suite. You will be taught the basics from the Sheffield Hallam University Barbell club.

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All abilities are welcome to take part in these classes combing hands-on experience with knowledge-based teaching. Sessions are held at Sheffield Martial Arts Centre.

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If you are a complete newbie, not played since school, or just wanting to play for fun. the social netball session will be a great place for you, along with team Hallam’s development netball team.

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Park Run

The Sheffield Hallam 5km park run takes place in Endcliffe Park, just off Ecclesall Road, every Saturday at 9am. Open to everyone, the run is free and accessible for all ability levels.

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Street Dance

Dance is a great way to have fun, keep fit, and make new friends. Join our weekly classes to learn new street dance routines. We are welcoming to all abilities. The sessions are run by DanceFusionUK.

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Table Tennis

Play tennis in a fun and relaxed setting. You'll be introduced to participants and rotated on and off.

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Wheelchair Rugby League

Not solely a disability sport, non-disabled people are welcome to compete as well, and both men and women can play in the same team. This session is run in collaboration with Sheffield Eagles, so you are sure to get some high-quality coaching.

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The Sport Participation Team are always available to talk to about putting on sport events for your school, college, company, society, academic group, housemates, staff groups or departments. Please contact and let us know what you would like to do. A member of our team will be in touch.


Want to volunteer with us and get experience leading our social sport sessions? Then sign up your interest via volunteer opportunities through the Students Union.