York Sport Union

67 different University sport clubs are on offer at the York Sport Union. All our clubs are student-led which means they are run for the students, by the students. We have clubs that range from women’s rugby, hockey and lacrosse, to the more obscure octopush.

Many of our clubs compete in BUCS (British University College Sport). There are three types of competitions that can be entered in BUCS. These are the BUCS Leagues, Individual Competitions or Team Competitions.

Each university is competing for BUCS points which will determine their placing in the BUCS Points Table.  If your club competes in the BUCS Leagues you will play in regular matches on Wednesdays and some Sundays, depending on your club. This will involve travelling across the country to compete against other universities. This is an incredible experience and a great way to meet new people!

The individual and team competitions take place over several weekends of the academic year and include sports such as swimming and athletics. Although they are individual events, your club will travel together to the competition. These competitions are a great way to represent your university and earn some BUCS points, as well as meet new people from your club and other universities.

BUCS Website



Laura Carruthers 
York Sport President

Annie Potter
Sports Development Co-ordinator

Zac Sheppard
BUCS & Sports Assistant

As well as BUCS, many of our clubs compete in local and regional leagues. This means that they got lots of match practice whilst playing against athletes of varying skills and abilities. Don’t forget we also have the College Sport and Give it a go if you want to play against your rival colleges or try a new sport!



The rivalry between York and Lancaster has a long history full of conflict. Stemming from the War of the Roses that resulted in decades of civil war in the fifteenth century, this fierce rivalry lives on to this day, in the form of the largest inter-university sporting tournament in Europe.

Roses is easily the biggest event in the sporting calendar. This bitterly contested tournament alternates between York and Lancaster, with a full weekend of feisty fixtures taking place across over 50 sports. The history books record a narrow lead for York, with 26 overall Roses victories to Lancaster's 25.

This year promises to be the biggest Roses yet as York host Lancaster and look to claim another home win! Make sure to keep a close eye on the Roses website for the latest updates and news on our quest for a home Roses victory in 2017! #RosesAreWhite


Colours Ball

Our annual York Sport Union Colours Ball is the pinnacle of the sporting year at The University of York. It is an evening to celebrate the fantastic achievements of the 67 different university sports clubs we have at York over the year and reward the students who have dedicated their time and efforts. 

Accreditation Scheme 

Our clubs and their members already do fantastic work throughout their time at university and it is only right that this is acknowledged. We have chosen to create a Club Accreditation Scheme that rewards community engagement, being inclusive and promoting development. We have based the accreditation scheme around these three objectives as this is what steers the students movement at York and we want our clubs to be the driving force behind this. 

As a Union we want our clubs to be outward facing, striving to include everyone and working as hard as they can over the year to develop their club and its members. This accreditation scheme will encourage clubs to work harder together and engage members in the objectives, creating a stronger and more unified club.

To view the application pack, click here. 

Performance sport

2014 saw the launch of our brand new York Sport Union Performance Programme in conjunction with York Sport. The scheme provides support and training to our high performing athletes and clubs, promoting excellence and maximising opportunities to improve sporting performance.

The support services on offer are:

  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Sport Science Workshops and Support
  • Discounted Physiotherapy and Sports Massage
  • Guidance and Support from Dedicated Staff Members


Focus Teams

The 2016/17 Focus Teams are:

  • Football Women's 1st
  • Rugby Union Women's 1st
  • Hockey Men's 1st
  • Hockey Women's 1st
  • Rowing Men's 1st
  • Volleyball Men's 1st
  • Lacrosse Women's 1st



As part of the Performance Programme we are able to support our highest performing athletes through the scholarship scheme.  To become a scholar, students must be able to demonstrate excellence in their chosen sporting activity and be willing to represent the university at a high level. Scholars are awarded with financial support throughout the year in addition to the above services.

Before applying for a scholarship, the criteria required of the athletes applying should be read very carefully. Above all, the athlete should be of an extremely high caliber in their chosen sport, capable of spending the award solely on enhancing their sporting career whilst studying at York.

The 2016/17 York Sport Union scholars are:

Beth Richards (Waterpolo)
George Goldsmith (Judo)
Shellby Stephenson (Underwater Hockey)
Matt Tomlin (Softball)
Nicholas Roman (Marathon Kayaking)
Stuart Hosie (Rowing)
Jordanna Morrish (High Jump)
Peter Jordan (Fencing)
Jodie Alder (Swimming)
Elspeth McLeod (Weightlifting)

Key dates

York Sport Union Scholarships: Applications Closed. 

Elite Santander Scholarships

York The 2016/17 Elite Santander Scholars are: 

Shellby Stephenson (Underwater Hockey)
Matt Tomlin (Softball) 

Stuart Hosie (Rowing) 
Elspeth McLeod (Weightlifting)

Equal Opportunities

This year, we decided to re-brand the formerly known Key Contacts into the Equal Opportunities scheme.

We aim to break down the potential barriers preventing people from participating in sport at York and make sports clubs accessible and inclusive to ALL, regardless of race, sexual orientation or nationality. The equal opportunities scheme aims to educate and discuss the issues that arise particularly within sport that prevents them from engaging. Therefore, the members of your club that participate in the scheme will become Equal Opportunities Officers. A variety of liberation networks have signed up to be a part of the scheme showing their enthusiasm and commitment for Equal Opportunities.


York Sport Union athletes have access to an affordable on-campus physio service thanks to a partnership with YUSU and Jorvik physio. For more information about Jorvik , please go to their website www.jorvikphysiotherapy.co.uk/.

For just £7.50 students can receive half an hour of top quality treatment in a comfortable and safe space on campus.


To book an appointment, visit YUSU reception and pay £7.50 up front.

Appointments are available at the following times:

  • Mondays 10:00 - 13:00
  • Thursdays 10:00 - 13:00

If you have any more questions about the service please email l.carruthers@yusu.org


York Sport are the facility provider for sport at the University of York. Facilities are located across two fantastic sites: York Sport Village on Heslington East, and York Sport Centre on Heslington West.

For full information on facilities and membership visit www.york-sport.com