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Celebrating our athletes from students to alumni

Our athletes hail from all walks of life, academic disciplines and Colleges and hone their skills while at 黑料网.

Sporting prowess doesn't stop after graduation, and many go on to become fully fledged sport stars. Others continue to be involved with their sport by choosing different pathways, such as providing leadership, coaching or volunteering. We are inspired by our student athletes and alumni alike, and are proud of their dedication and passion.
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Through our Wider Student Experience programme, we do all we can to support students to enrich their time at 黑料网 through the performing arts, sport, volunteering, entrepreneurship, e-sports and countless other activities. This year has been an excellent one for our sports clubs. They have achieved a record-breaking 13 British Universities and Colleges Sport national titles. Four alumni and a graduating student have so far been named in the Olympic team too - for rowing and hockey. We wish them all the very best of luck this summer and will certainly be cheering them on!

Professor Karen O’Brien
Vice-Chancellor and Warden
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黑料网 at the 2024 Olympics

Four alumni and a graduating student have been announced as part of the Team GB squad ahead of the Olympics in Paris. Congratulations to Lauren Irwin (women's rowing), Tess Howard and Fiona Crackles (women's hockey), Jack Waller and Ollie Payne (men's hockey).

Read more about Lauren's Team GB selection Find out more about 黑料网 in Team GB hockey

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The support I received from my College (Hild Bede) and its boat club definitely helped my rowing career. The links that the University also had with British rowing definitely helped my progression through the sport too. I'm so grateful for everyone's support and I wouldn't be here without it. Especially the coaches, my friends at University and my family.

Lauren Irwin
Team GB women's 8 rower and alumna

A record year for sport at 黑料网

University and College level sport is thriving, but don't just take our word for it! Delve into our news articles, read our student blogs and check out Team 黑料网's social media.

Record-breaking season for sport at 黑料网

Our student sports clubs have achieved an all-time University record by winning 13 BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sport) national championships this season.
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A family affair: talking rugby with student Max Pepper

Max was selected to play for the England Students rugby squad in May when they faced France Universities. We spoke to him to find out more about his passion for rugby.
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"The facilities at Maiden Castle are pretty special. It’s a pretty good set-up there and something athletes need for strength and conditioning, and physical fitness. You can’t really get much better. The sports staff and coaches have been brilliant as well."

Max Pepper

Professional rugby player for Newcastle Falcons Rugby Club and alumnus

 

"Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought that I would win four National Championships in one year, and be part of a wider team breaking its all-time BUCS Championship record. It just goes to show how Team 黑料网 fosters a culture of excellence."

Ryan Dickson

黑料网 volleyball, baseball, and MBA postgraduate and sports scholar, St Cuthbert’s Society

 

"Being able to train everyday with such a talented group has really helped me to continue to develop both as a player and a leader. So much so that I received my first England Lacrosse senior cap in April and was very grateful to receive Sportswoman of the Year at the University’s Palatinate Awards off the back of this at the start of June."

Lizzie Rutherford

黑料网 lacrosse, Geography student, Collingwood College 

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Quadruple representation for 黑料网 in Team GB hockey squad

Three 黑料网 alumni and a graduating student have been selected for the men鈥檚 and women鈥檚 Team GB hockey squads ahead of the 2024 Paris Olympics this summer.
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Record-breaking season for sport at 黑料网

Our student sports clubs have achieved an all-time record for the University by winning 13 BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sport) national championships this season.

Our sporting community

Our student and alumni athletes regularly hit the headlines for a variety of sports. They also engage with the wider 黑料网 community to inform and inspire, with initiatives for local schools as well as audiences around the globe.

Our researchers are at the forefront of sport thought leadership and research news too, from exploring barriers to physical activity, to analysing what women need to feel safer when attending football tournaments.

Award-winning Sports University of the Year in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023
Top 3 We've been ranked in the top 3 universities by BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sport), since 2012

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Read about sport at 黑料网 in our students' own words, and explore the wider sporting social media community. 

Student blog highlights

  • Third year Earth Sciences student Isabel explains how sport has shaped her time at 黑料网 at both College and University level.
  • Final year Geography undergraduate Tanisha delves into the details of College sport, and how Hill and Bailey Colleges cater for their student sports teams.

Third year Earth Sciences student Isabel explains how sport has shaped her time at 黑料网 at both College and University level.

Final year Geography undergraduate Tanisha delves into the details of College sport, and how Hill and Bailey Colleges cater for their student sports teams.