The Sports Federation

From College Heroes to Olympians

Oxford University Sports Federation (OUSF) is here to improve standards, increase participation and support sports clubs at Oxford University.  We are the governing body for sport at Oxford.

We support over 80 sports clubs by giving funding both to clubs and individuals (grants and scholarships), administering their competitions (BUCS and Varsity) and offering support and advice on development, sponsorship, funding and more.

We support Oxford University by providing facility provision for all university members and have oversight of the clubs that run Cuppers and College League competitions.

We provide students with the opportunity to join or set up student sports clubs and oversee their activities as club committee members. We run an Executive Committee of students that volunteer to represent the views and interests of the clubs, with focuses of equality and outreach.

We are also a resource for prospective students – as a central, professional body, we are accessible and knowledgeable about what we can offer students for whom sport is a priority.

We are the first port of call for all of your sports related enquiries, whether you are studying or working at Oxford or just interested in Oxford Sport. If you’re in Oxford, come and visit us – we’re opposite the Dojo and next to the Sports Hall in the sports complex at the Iffley Road site!

Sport and The Sports Federation

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 club that suits you.  The OUSU Freshers’ Fair is an excellent way to meet the current members – this will be held in 0th week of your first term, at the Exam Schools, and you’ll definitely hear a lot about it through your College once you arrive.  Your College might also run its own, in-house version showing you the different options for competing in College teams.  College sport generally requires less of a time commitment and has an overwhelmingly social ethos.

To contact a University sports club, you can view our list of contacts in the club listings on this site

Most major sports compete against other universities in BUCS (British Universities & College Sports) on a regular basis, often every Wednesday.  The strength of Oxford teams has seen us consistently placed in the top ten in the country.  As well as BUCS, most clubs have a fiercely-contested annual Varsity match against Cambridge which is the highlight of the 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 at Twickenham, on the Thames, at QPR/Fulham FC and at Southgate HC respectively.

Sports Facilities

The Oxford University Sports Complex is positioned on Iffley Road (car entrance off Jackdaw Lane) in south-east Oxford and is the city hub for University Sport.

The Rosenblatt Swimming Pool enables the water based sports clubs to train on site, and gives University members the opportunity to swim for training or recreation in a state of the art facility.  The 25m by 17m 8-lane Pool has a maximum 2m depth but also has a moveable floor portion facility allowing competitive and usage flexibility.  The Pulse Gym is also situated at the complex, offering 50 cardio vascular and body conditioning machines and 14 fixed weight conditioning machines.  Qualified gym staff are available to ensure the delivery of a safe and quality service to all members and the rates for student members are the best in Oxford – check out the memberships!  If you want to secure your academic year’s membership now, call 01865 611476 to speak to our reception staff.

Along with the pool and the gym, the Iffley Road Complex houses a large sports hall and a host of sports specific facilities such as the athletics track, football pitch, cricket school/fencing/shooting room, dojo, squash and tennis courts, Astroturf, and climbing wall.  There is also a privately owned cafe on site – Cafe Sub4.

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 we have 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 the small college world, you’ll meet a valuable cross-section of people – your captain might even be able to help with your tute sheets!  The links forged on the field representing Oxford can last a lifetime – so you can arrive with optimism and confidence that, whatever your chosen activity or level of competition, sport and exercise will lend your experience here untold richness and enhancement in many areas.


For further information please contact OUSF President