University Sport

With outstanding Olympic standard sports facilities and a vibrant Sports Union hosting more than 50 different sports clubs, there are so many opportunities to get involved in sport at Aberdeen!

The Aquatics Centre

The new Aquatics Centre offers an Olympic standard swimming pool and diving area and hosts internatoinal competitions with a range of facilities.

Fitness and excercise

You can use the university fitness suite whilst you are a student and there are many and varied classes throughout the day and evening to keep fit.

The Sports Union

There are over 58 sports clubs which include rowing, boxing, fencing, climbing, shooting, athletics and more.

Sports Union

Aberdeen University Sports Union is home to fifty eight different Sports Clubs winning medals in many sports. The university has an excellent record in The Granite City challenge, the largest multi-sport event in Aberdeen, competing against local rivals Robert Gordon University. The Students Association organises a wide range of non-competitive clubs, intra-mural leagues and one-off physical activity events. Many of our students have competed in the Commonwealth Games, the Paralympics and many other national and international competitions. 

Aberdeen Sports Village

The Olympic standard Aberdeen Sports Village is the premier sports facility in the North East of Scotland. It is open to students, staff and the public with facilities for athletics, football, swimming, racquet sports, hockey, martial arts, weight lifting, boxing and fitness classes, as well as spaces for a variety of sports clubs such as trampolining and ultimate frisbee. The Centre is designed to be somewhere for people to enjoy, train and compete in sporting activities. 

Facilities in the Sports Village include:

  • Full size, 3rd Generation FIFA approved indoor football pitch,
  • IAAF approved indoor athletics area with 135 metre running straight, throwing and jumping areas and free weight zone
  • 50 metre, 10 lane Olympic standard swimming pool
  • International standard diving pool with moveable floor
  • Sauna and steam room
  • Large multi purpose sports hall,
  • 4 squash courts (2 glass-backed),
  • Large fitness suite and performance gymnasium; 2 studios
  • 400 metre outdoor athletics track and stadium
  • Floodlit water based hockey pitch; performance
  • Well-being Centre (with physiotherapy clinic)
  • A crèche, café and spectator seating 

There are a range of services available within the Aberdeen Sports Village, including one to one advice on all aspects of fitness and training, nutrition, weight management, fitness assessments, body fat analysis and personal training. There is also a range of exercise classes which cater for all levels of ability, from novice to advanced, including aerobics, circuits, sports conditioning, boxfit, body conditioning, step, studio cycling and zumba.  

The facility allowed the North of Scotland to play an integral part in the run up to the London 2012 Olympic Games, and again, was used as a key training facility for elite athletes competing in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. It is a training ground for elite athletes and allow sports stars of the future to achieve their full potential and compete at the highest level. Add to this a vibrant and growing Sports Union with 58 sports clubs, 3,500 members, numerous events and six intra-mural leagues and we have the perfect environment to offer students a sporting experience second to none!Please see below for more information on our sports facilities:

Aberdeen Sports Village
Aquatics Centre

Other facilities

The King's Pavilion contains a performance weights gym, dedicated ergo training suite, and changing facilities. There are attractive outdoor playing fields, two rugby pitches, a lacrosse pitch, an artificial cricket wicket, as well as three tennis courts, which double as a floodlit training area during winter.  Balgownie at Bridge of Don hosts football and shinty teams. The Hillhead Centre hosts an exclusive stadium grass football pitch, a full-size sand-dressed synthetic pitch, and an impressive sports pavilion. We also have a boathouse on the banks of the river Dee which serves the thriving rowing club, as well as a climbing bothy in Royal Deeside.