The Sports Federation

Oxford University Sports Federation is the governing body for sport at Oxford University. Created by Oxford University Sport, the Sports Federation exists to support all recognised sports clubs at Oxford and aims to deliver the Oxford University Sport mission and vision by supporting each sports clubs individual programme. The Oxford University Sport vision and mission are: –

“To provide Oxford University and the community with the best experience of sport and physical activity – with sport and wellbeing recognised for its positive contribution to student experience and academic performance”

The Sports Federation is based within the sports department at Iffley Road Sports Centre and works alongside multiple departments and Colleges across the University in order to support the 84 sports clubs at Oxford.

University Sports Clubs

Whether you’re a beginner wishing to try something new or looking for continuity from what you practised at home or at school, we hope that there’s a an Oxford University club that suits you. Our A-Z of sports is a great way to find out which activities are on offer and contact the existing students involved in our clubs.

Many of our clubs compete against other universities in BUCS (British Universities & College Sports) and other inter-university competitions on a regular basis.  The strength of Oxford teams has seen us consistently placed in the top 15 institutions in the country.

As well as BUCS, most clubs have a fiercely-contested annual Varsity match against Cambridge which is the highlight of each club’s calendar.  These matches alternate annually between the two cities, apart from the high profile Rugby, Rowing, Football and Hockey Varsities which take place in central venues, often in London.

Sports Facilities

Oxford University Sport provides facilities for many of our sports clubs either at Iffley Road Sports Centre, at University Parks or at Marston Road Sports Ground. Where facilities within the University don’t exist, our sports clubs will utilise local facilities within Oxford. The Sports Federation supports clubs to access the best possible facilities for their sporting activity. If you would like to find out where a specific club trains then please contact them directly using our A-Z of sports.

Club Development​

​​The Sports Federation aims to support each recognised sports club to develop the programme for their individual sport, in order to enhance the experience of their own club members. If you are a current club member or committee members and have an idea or project for your club that you would like support with please email

Find Out More

Now why not fully investigate the rest of the website?  Hopefully it will give you a fuller picture of what Oxford sport can offer you and what role sport has to play in that. So many of those that join sports clubs in their first term at Oxford come to view it as the best decision they made at university – you’ll make friends from outside of your college and you’ll meet a valuable cross-section of people whilst staying active at Oxford, which can have a big impact on your health and wellbeing! If you have any questions about the Sports Federation, please email

Club Support

To find out more information about the support offered to Oxford University Sports Clubs by the Sports Federation, please visit our club support pages. This is only available to students and staff at the University of Oxford and will require a single sign-on username and password.