With over 40 clubs at the University and a vast array of facilities to use, our Athletics’ Union is the perfect platform for you to achieve your potential in whatever sport or activity you wish to continue with, renew your love for or even try out for the first time. 

From lacrosse to rowing, cricket to archery, we have a sport or activity that you can excel in. If we don’t have a club that you want to try, don’t panic – we also have links to local clubs, so please get in touch – athleticsunion@chester.ac.uk.  

We end the year with our annual Athletics’ Union (AU) Awards. At these Awards we celebrate everything our AU clubs and teams have achieved, both on and off the pitch, in the last academic year. Click here to view the highlights of our 22/23 Awards.  

British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) leagues 

Many of our teams play in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) leagues, and we compete against other universities within the North-West such as Liverpool, Manchester, Lancaster and Edge Hill to name a few.  

With alumni such as cycling supremo Dave Brailsford, Olympic gold and silver medallist in cycling and rowing Rebecca Romero, Netball legend Tracey Neville and ex-women’s rugby union captain Gill Burns, Chester is the perfect environment to launch you into your next phase of development. 

When do teams play? 

The playing season usually runs from October to March/April, however some teams play over the summer months, including our cricket team.  

The BUCs season usually finishes in March with the Varsity competition. At Varsity, a number of our AU teams complete with equivalent teams from the University of Salford in several events to win the coveted Varsity trophy.  

Click here to view our Varsity highlights from the 22/23 academic year or view the full results here.  

Where/when/how can I join? 

All AU clubs are based at Chester sites but welcome all UoC students. Most clubs run from September to April/May time with a break in Summer. Everyone who is a member of a club is required to purchase an AU membership online via Portal. 

How much does it cost? 

Find the latest AU membership prices under membership on our Portal pages here. We strongly recommend you contact any club you are interested in and try it out first before you purchase any membership. 

Can I join more than one club? 

Yes! You are welcome to join as many AU clubs as you like. 

How do I contact a club? 

You can contact any AU club directly via their club email or by searching for them on social media. Find a list of clubs and their contact details via our clubs page on Portal. 

Click here to find out more about our Athletics’ Union, email athleticsunion@chester.ac.uk or follow us on Instagram

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