Student Sport


Having had a sports scholarship for the 2017-18 academic year enabled me to train and perform consistently and effectively in both, my studies and chosen sport. I strongly believe that the scholarship and support system I've received has made a positive impact on the current success I've had this year.

Lagilagi Tuima
BSc Exercise and Sport Sciences

Why Exeter?

Golf - Exeter students achieved 9 top 3 finishes in the BUCS Student Tour events and 4 men and 3 women qualifying for the Tour Finals. 1st team captain Monty Scowsill was proud of the clubs achievements, "It's been an extremely successful season both individually and as teams. For me finishing in the top 5 in all 5 BUCS Student Tour events I played in is something I’m proud of. The 1st team lost in the finals weekend to an extremely strong Stirling team, who bolstered 5 international players and the 2nd team were edged out in defense of thier title 5-4 by University of St Andrews 2nd.  However, a BUCS semi-final and a silver is something to be proud of and we strive for Gold next year!"

Tennis - Performance Burser Athena Nathalia finished the 2017-2018 BUCS season unbeaten in league and cups matches, assisting the women’s 1st team to a fantastic 4th place in the BUCS National League. As a result of her efforts she was crowned number 1 on the British Universities Leaderboard. Athena felt it was a highly competitive year, "We were so close to 3rd place in the Premier National League but fell short by 2 rubbers. The team worked hard and showed exceptional spirit and our coaches regulalry go above and beyond. Without this support from the High Performance Programme, it would have been impossible to balance our academics and a high standard of tennis. Once I have completed my studies I can get back into intensive training and look to play some professional tennis tournaments in the UK and overseas."

Rugby - The Men's team secured an important win resulting in a place in the South West Premier League after winning the BUCS Super League. Sam Morley and James McRae have both signed professional contracts with Exeter Chiefs and Simon Linsell, George Gosling, Felix Maddison, Aaron Bagwell and Ted Landray were all selected for England Students. Our Women's team won the Women's Championship at Twickenham in a fantastic game that went into extra-time. Lagi Tuima, Caity Mattinson, Poppy Leitch, Hollie Cunningham, Jess Thomas and Ebony Jefferies were all involved with England teams this year which shows the quality in the Womens team and is a testament to the hard work that goes in from all the coaching staff and support services.

Gym investment  - We are very busy this summer, replacing 32 cardio-vascular machines in the gym at the Sports Park and all the cardio-vascular equipment in the gym at St Luke's Sports Centre. We are also creating dedicated HIIT areas in the Sports Park gym with new equipment as well as investing in equipment and training to offer gym floor classes and workshops. Additionally, our fitness class programme will be getting a revamp with lots of new and innovative classes being planned.

Cricket Centre - The Cricket Centre is receiving a major overhaul with new netting, new lanes, new high performance lighting as well as a full refresh of the flooring. We are also installing a purpose-designed large coaching screen linking to the video analysis technology.

Check out all out latest news on the news section of our website.

The Sports Office is coming up to it's 20th anniversary! Investment in the sporting infrastructure and services has been incredible. Our flagship Russell Seal Fitness Centre, complete with new reception, changing rooms and classes studio opened in September 2013 following an £8.6m investment.

Since 2013, we have invested in a Performance Analysis Suite, refurbished our squash courts, purchased new gym equipment, expanded and remodelled the gym at St Luke’s Sports Centre, refurbished our 3G rubber-crumb pitch, water-pitch and sand-filled astro, constructed a changing pavilion for the hockey pitch, built the Vic Ambler Golf Centre, created the Athlete Development Centre, improved the surfaces at our outdoor sports grounds, invested in support staff for our Student Sport programmes and developed numerous social sport activities. 

We have also created partnerships with teams and organisations to ensure our students have the best opportunities to play, perform and participate. We host the Western Storm Women's Cricket Team, work with Exeter Chiefs on our Rugby programme and partner with Team Bath Netball.

We are always working on our future development, with many fantastic improvements coming soon! We are grateful to all our supporters, sponsors and Alumni donors who help make these happen.

We are planning major improvements to the Sports Park and St Luke’s Sports Centre focussed on gyms, classes and sports hall provision. As soon as we are able to share more details of our plans we certainly will as we are as excited about them as you will be!

Smaller projects include further investment in the equipment in the gyms, new fitness classes, new sports equipment to benefit our clubs and our on-going maintenance programme to ensure all our services are to the standard we expect. We are also investing in Mental Health Awareness across our sports teams and support services.

The University of Exeter is home to some of the best sports facilities in UK Universities with a commitment to Excellence in Sport for all our students, staff and users. We are dedicated to providing an excellent sporting experience to all players, at all levels, of all ages and across all our sports. Over the past decade we have invested in excess of £25 million in the creation of the highest quality training environments, resources and services for the development, coaching and playing of sport.

Clubs and activities - we provide support for 50 sports clubs who welcome both international athletes and students who have never tried the sport. The clubs offer social sport, competition and coaching opportunities as well as a safe environment to make friends. In addition to clubs we have over 5,000 students engaged in Intramural sport, the Healthy Halls initiative, events and other activities throughout the year.

BUCS - our performances in the British Universities and Colleges Sports competitions reflect our commitment to excellence, we consistently finish in the top 10 in the UK and were 5th in the 2018/2019 season. Points are scored and achievements gained across a wide range of team sports and individual events, we award sports scholarships each year in sports within our Performance Programme:

The Performance Programme supports approximately 450 athletes as well as working with National Governing Bodies of Sport and the TASS programme to support high performance sportsmen and women.

Facilities - our sports facilities are superb and include:

  • Two gyms
  • Athlete Development Centre - High Performance training facility
  • national standard water-based hockey pitch
  • sand filled astro
  • 3G rubber-crumb
  • 5-a-side MUGA
  • 10 indoor tennis courts
  • Indoor Sir Christopher Ondaatje Devon Cricket Centre
  • Performance Analysis Suite
  • Indoor pool
  • Outdoor pool
  • 8 badminton-court sports hall
  • 3 badminton court sports hall
  • Outdoor grass pitches for football, rugby and lacrosse
  • Nicholas Bull Boat House - Rowing
  • 4 squash courts
  • Outdoor cricket pitches
  • We also partner with many local and regional sports facilities

You will have the opportunities to participate in the sport and activities you love, you will get the best support and guidance to improve your game, you will have the opportunity to access excellence pathways, you will have the best opportunities to compete! We will give you the support you need to achieve your goals.