Sports clubs

We have over 60 sports clubs ranging from traditional sports, such as rugby, football, cricket or tennis, to martial arts, motorsport and watersports.

Many clubs travel all over the UK to compete against other universities in the British Universities & Colleges Sports competition. 

If you don’t have time to commit to a sports club, we also have several extremely popular leagues including 11-a-side and 7-a-side football, netball, squash, tennis, badminton and dodgeball. Simply get a group of friends together and form a team.

Unless specifically stated clubs are offered for both men and women. There is a small charge to join each club but this includes insurance.

Sport BUCS competitor
Aikido No
American Football (men) No
Athletics & Cross Country Yes
Badminton Yes
Basketball (men) Yes
Basketball (women) Yes
Boxing Yes
Canoe Yes
Caving No
Cheerleading (women) No
Cricket (men) Yes
Cricket (women) Yes
Cycling (includes Mountain Biking, Road Cycling etc.) Yes
Dancesport No
Fencing Yes
Football Men (includes Futsal) Yes
Football Women (includes Futsal) Yes
Golf Yes
Hockey (men) Yes
Hockey (women) Yes
Jiu-Jitsu No
Karate - Do Shotokai No
Karate - Wado Kai Yes
Kickboxing No
Kite Surf No
Korfball Yes
Kung Fu No
Lacrosse Yes
Motorsports No
Mountaineering Yes
Netball (women) Yes
Pool Yes
Rambling No
Riding Club Yes
Rifle Yes
Rowing Yes
Rugby (men) Yes
Rugby (women) Yes
Sailing Yes
Ski & Snowboarding Yes
Snooker Yes
Squash Yes
Sub-Aqua No
Surf Yes
Swimming & Water Polo Yes
Table Tennis Yes
Taekwon-do No
Tennis Yes
Trampoline Yes
Ultimate FrisbeeYes
Vollyball Yes
Windsurf Yes
Yoga No

BUCS rankings for Cardiff University Clubs

YearPositionPoints
2014/1515th1810
2013/1422nd1386.33
2012/1319th1473.33
2011/1217th1444

Unless specifically stated clubs are offered for both men and women. There is a small charge to join each club but this includes insurance.

Sport BUCS competitor
Basketball No
Football (men) Yes
Hockey (men) Yes
Hockey (women) Yes
Netball Yes
Rugby (men) Yes
SquashYes

Further information

For further information please contact the Athletic Union:

Athletic Union

Students using running machines

Student sport membership

Join before you arrive to start exercising and make new friends as soon as you get here.