One of the best ways to meet like-minded people, to have fun and to broaden your horizons, is to join a Sports Club.
At the University of Hertfordshire we have 29 clubs offering a variety of sports for all abilities.
To find out more about each club, please click on the image.
American Football is a key performance sport at the University of Hertfordshire. ‘The Hurricanes' play in the BUCS Premier South and have a strong reputation nationwide, having won five national Championship titles, along with always being perennial contenders within the final stages. Many players from the team have subsequently represented Great Britain and won national championships with top British clubs.
The Hurricanes and Tornadoes welcome all potential players. No previous experience is required, just an enthusiasm to try an exciting new challenge!
The Badminton Club caters for players of all abilities, with sessions ranging from those wanting to develop as a player to individuals playing just for fun. With a comprehensive coaching set-up, training sessions are split between squad players who are looking to improve their performance whilst representing the University in BUCS (of which the men’s first team compete in the Premier South), and development players who are progressing and aspiring to reach that next level.
Basketball is a key performance sport at the University. Fast-paced and intense, the club is looking to attract players that will enhance their squads. Training is competitive but enjoyable, aimed at pushing those that participate to the best of their capabilities. The women’s side were named the University’s Team of the Year in 2015-16, having gained promotion to the Premier South, whilst the men’s first team were also league winners last season.
Boxing is the newest addition to the Athletic Union programme, as it launches in September 2016. The Club coaches both beginners who want to experience the sport for the first time, as well as individuals who are looking to compete in the ring within an organised and structured environment.
Canoe & Kayak
The Canoe and Kayak Club meet on Wednesday afternoons and travel to local venues for coaching, such as Lee Valley White Water Centre - the home for Canoe Slalom events in the London 2012 Olympics. In addition, the club carries out a number of white water trips around the country and also enters a number of Polo, Slalom and Freestyle competitions. All are welcome to join this friendly club, regardless of whether you are a complete novice or an experienced white water paddler.
Cheerleading is one of the fastest growing sports in the United Kingdom. Combining stunting, gymnastics and dance, ‘The Sirens’ are the University of Hertfordshire’s Divisional Champion Cheerleading squad who not only compete in competitions nationally, but also rally support for the University of Hertfordshire American Football team on game days. The club works hard and plays hard, with a calendar full of social events and competition dates and are always keen to recruit new members to this exciting sport!
Climbing is a growing sport in the UK, and is suitable for all. The Climbing Club, with their instructed sessions on a twelve metre high wall, cater for those who have never climbed before, to those who want to climb recreationally, as well as those who are regularly on climbing walls and are wishing to compete.
The climbing wall boasts 26 lead and top roping walls including impressive overhang, vertical and slab surfaces, bouldering area and Abseil cave plus Tufa, arétes, crack climbs and high-level stances.
The Cricket Club are looking to build upon their successful 2015-16 season where they finished as champions in both their Indoor and Outdoor BUCS leagues. With aspirations to further develop the club having already established a strong link with South Mimms Cricket Club and possessing a well-engrained social culture, all new players are warmly welcomed to join.
There is a place for everyone within the Dance Club - whether it is participating at a high level in the competitions they enter throughout the year, or deciding to learn to dance for the first time. Over the course of the academic year, members are taught a variety of dance styles and disciplines.
Dodgeball is a sport which has been growing in popularity over the last few years and this hasn’t been missed at the University of Hertfordshire. With the club going from strength to strength in the last few years, they still welcome players of all ability levels to join them as opportunities range from just wanting to have fun to being a part of the competitive squad that enter a number of tournaments throughout the year.
Fencing is one of the most sophisticated and tactical sports on offer, as well as a great way to keep fit and have fun. The University Fencing Club offers something for everyone - including existing fencers that are looking to improve their skills, as well as novices who want to try a new sport, all new members are welcome to join. The club has a men’s side competing in BUCS and also supports women wanting to compete.
The Men’s Football Club are one of the University’s largest clubs with three sides competing in BUCS, alongside a competitive and structured UH Campus Football programme. Well-built camaraderie is set within an excellent football environment with established, well-qualified coaches leading the sides. All the teams are committed to achieving success, with both the first and second XI’s looking to go one better this year after narrowly missing out on league titles in 2015-16.
Women’s Football is a key performance sport at the University and one which has been historically successful having triumphed four times in the Premier South, a league the first team still compete in. There is also a second XI, which is open to all ability levels as it offers a recreational outlet for students wanting to play competitive sport. In addition to the representative teams, there is also a weekly social women’s football session run as part of the Active Students and UH Campus Football programmes.
Futsal, the up and coming FIFA version of 5-a-side football, is a sport that requires players to be quick-thinking within the fast-paced environment of the game; which, when combined with high levels of technical skills from all players, creates an intense, strategic game. The University’s Club of the Year for 2015-16 have three sides (two men’s and one women’s) competing in BUCS, with the men’s first team playing in the South-Eastern Premier. The club as a whole is looking for individuals that will improve, expand and develop the teams to help them compete this season.
Established at Essendon Golf Club, the University’s Golf Club make the most of the fantastic facilities on offer to them as they compete at a high level in their BUCS competition. The club are looking to recruit talented male or female players to further strengthen and develop the squad for the upcoming season.
The Hockey Club offer opportunities for players of all levels and experience to develop their skills and understanding of the game whilst being able to play competitively. The club currently has two women’s and one men’s team representing the University in BUCS, whilst there are also many opportunities for social fixtures through the mixed team who play at the weekend and friendlies arranged against local clubs.
Judo is an exciting and dynamic sport that provides opportunities for all abilities and fitness levels. The sport is a great way to keep fit but also teaches participants fundamental movement skills so an individual’s previous sporting level and involvement does not matter. The club pride themselves on their sociable nature, but also, through the grading system, clear goals can be set for members to reach, whilst there is the opportunity to compete as well.
This traditional style of karate encompasses self-defence, fitness, control, self-confidence and improved coordination. The club are friendly and welcome any individual who would like to give the sport a go, with a fantastic coach who can cater to all abilities. The progress of dedicated students is demonstrated through regular grading and invitations to attend training schools throughout the year.
The Kickboxing Club caters for every level of experience, from seasoned competitors, wanting to improve upon their abilities, or those just wanting to get fit! Training is held in a very sociable environment with a fantastic coach that has over twenty years of martial arts experience. There are opportunities to take this training into practice with national competitions that happen throughout the year, in addition to the chance of being graded through the belt system.
After a successful season developing the club, this year the Lacrosse Club are looking to build on the foundations they set over the past twelve months. With a men’s and women’s side competing in BUCS, the former of which were league runners-up and cup semi-finalists in 2015-16, new players of all abilities and experiences are welcomed to try this fast-paced and exciting sport.
Netball is a key performance sport at the University and is becoming known nationwide as one of the sector’s most successful programmes. The first team currently compete in the BUCS Premier South whilst the second and third teams were both league winners in 2015-16. In addition to the representative programme, there is also the opportunity to compete for a team in the UH Campus Netball league.
The Rowing Club welcomes all levels of ability from complete novice to the experienced competitive rower. Water training (with a former Olympian and Henley winning coach) is held at Lea Rowing Club, where everyone is also given membership. Training also includes ergometers, circuits and gym work. There is an opportunity to compete in a number of events hosted by the Lea, British Rowing and BUCS, which cater for all standards. In addition to weekend’s away racing, the club have a lively social atmosphere, which bring the members together.
With three BUCS teams (two men’s and one women’s) and a development squad, the Rugby Club is dedicated to introducing more students to the sport. The club offers a wide spectrum of playing opportunities to all abilities, encouraging new participants to give the sport a go this year. Both men’s sides are eager to go one better in their respective leagues this season after both finished as runner-up in 2015-16.
The Squash Club offers opportunities for players of all abilities. Experienced players are able to represent the University by playing other institutions in BUCS, whilst there is also the opportunity to get involved on a more social level. As such, it suits those who are looking for a great workout within a social and friendly environment!
The Swim Team is strongly linked with Hatfield Swim Club, a very successful and competitive club in both the East region and nationally.
The team is mainly aimed at competitive swimmers who are looking to train and compete alongside Hatfield Swim Club and for the university at major high level competitions.
As the Table Tennis Club continues to develop and expand, they are looking to recruit and welcome new players of all abilities as they look to raise representation of the sport at the University. Despite just a solitary men’s team representing the institution, they have consistently competed at the top end of their BUCS league.
The Tennis Club welcomes all players of all abilities. By boasting a great link with Gosling Tennis Centre in Welwyn Garden City, the club can hold indoor training sessions on a Monday evening, as well as having an established home for all BUCS fixtures. Furthermore, there are additional social sessions on Tuesday for members not representing the University but who are still keen to play and enjoy the game.
Working in partnership with the nationally successful Levitation Trampoline Club, the University’s Trampolining Club deliver sessions suitable for all levels of ability and experience. Whether it is the chance to have some fun and make new friends or become an experienced competitor, the coaching expertise from within Levitation will cater for your level by providing the opportunity to learn new skills, set routines and develop performance towards a competition standard.
Ultimate Frisbee is a fast moving, self-refereed sport that combines elements of American Football and Netball. The club have men’s, women’s and mixed teams with the men’s outdoor side winning their BUCS league last year. There are dynamic indoor and outdoor sessions as well as training with partners, St. Albans Ultimate, which allows access to coaching from international athletes. As the club continues to grow, develop and succeed, students of all abilities are warmly welcomed, with newcomers encouraged to participate in beginner’s tournaments across the country.
Volleyball is now an established sport in the University of Hertfordshire’s BUCS programme. The club competes in both the men’s and women’s BUCS leagues under the tutorage of one of the UK’s top coaches. Both teams are looking for new players to help with the continual development and expansion of the club, as well as hopefully achieving success during this season.