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Social sport

Social sport

Play for fun – whatever your experience

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

With loads of sessions each week run by student sport volunteers, there’s always a coach on hand to help you learn and develop your skills, or simply turn up and play. All internal sessions are free to all-inclusive gym members and from £2.50 for non-members. We also have a social sport membership costing £50 for the year allowing you to attend as many social sessions as you want.


We have a range of Outdoor Activities and challenges that you can get involved in and take part in your households. We also offer online classes through our Wellness Team in Zumba and Yoga. If you prefer to workout at home, then you can check out our keeping active at home page that offers workouts, hints and tips that have been tailored to work best in your home.

Our wellness programme is all about students having a positive experience. We have a range of activities such as walking in the peak district, cycling and sessions such as Yoga and Zumba focusing on student wellbeing. The sessions aim to support students and allow them to experience the benefits of sport and physical activity in a relaxed and informal manner. Login to UniHub to see the Wellness offer.

Pop-up Sport

We know that sometimes coming to the gym or astroturf is half the battle, so we are brining sport and physical activity to you. Our pop-up sessions take place across the campus, in halls of residence and open spaces, giving you a flavour of our gym, fitness and social sport offer. These sessions are easy going so you do not need to be an expert. The sessions are fun and there are prizes on offer for all sorts of different challenges.


Throughout the year Sheffield hosts some of the biggest and most interactive physical activity and sporting events in the country. If you don’t want to commit a regular schedule, then some of these could be for you. Not wanting to be outdone we also run lots of events on campus throughout the year for you to come and get involved with. We have created a list of just a few of cool things you can do whilst getting physically active in Sheffield:

If watching sport is your thing, then there is a host of places for you to do this. As the home of the oldest football club in the world, Sheffield FC, to the Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday there is certainly a match in the city for you. If football isn’t your thing we have one of the best Ice Hockey teams in the country and a great basketball team for you to watch. Or you could go to the Crucible and see the best snooker players in the world battle it out for the historical World Championships


Want to volunteer with us and get experience leading our social sport sessions? Then sign up your interest and join hundreds of students in our brand new Leadership and Development Academy

A–Z of Social Sport 


Play singles or doubles matches with as much court time as possible. You can add coaching to improve your skills.


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

Women's football

These fun and relaxing sessions are open to women only. Whatever your ability level, you'll be given as much playing time as possible in small-sided games.


Futsal is a fast-paced, five-a-side football game normally played on an indoor pitch. Focusing on technical skill and ability in high-pressure situations, it's an excellent way to develop your football skills.

Group running

Our group running sessions are free and suitable for all abilities. Routes are adapted to your ability, making them a great way to get into running. Enjoy the beauty of Sheffield as you get fit.

Just play football

It's as simple as turning up and playing. Student sport activators will team you up with other players and you'll play small-sided games. These welcoming sessions are suitable for all ability levels.


Come and learn about one of the fastest growing sports in a friendly environment. Korfball has similarities with netball and basketball and you'll have plenty of time to help hone your newfound skills. With links to the Korfball club, there's a real social feel to these sessions.


Play netball, make new friends and get fit in these sessions. You'll be placed in rotating teams to play small-sided games.


Orienteering is an exciting outdoor adventure sport that exercises mind and body. The aim is to navigate between checkpoints or controls marked on a special orienteering map. It is a great sport to improve decision making and you can go at your own pace in the sessions.

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.


Play Squash in a fun and relaxed setting at the Hallamshire Tennis and Squash Centre. You'll be introduced to other participants and rotated on and off court.


Play tennis in a fun and relaxed setting at the Hallamshire Tennis and Squash Centre. You'll be introduced to participants and rotated on and off court.

Table tennis

Meet new friends, have a few drinks and relax at these free sessions based at the students' union.


Our weekly walks allow you to meet new people and discover some of Sheffield's green city spaces whilst enjoying the benefits of the great outdoors.

Wheelchair Rugby League

Wheelchair rugby league is genuinely the most inclusive sport of all - not solely a disability sport, as 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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