The University’s Sport and Fitness programme offer students of all abilities the chance to compete or simply have fun with sports. As members of British Universities & Colleges Sport, there are also opportunities for individuals to compete at varsity level in a variety of championships throughout the year. Opportunities exist to participate in a number of team sports, both on and off campus. However, if team sports aren’t for you then you might prefer to work out in our fully-equipped gym or take an exercise class, have a game of squash or badminton, or any of over a dozen other sporting activities that we offer. The University’s sports field is equipped with a floodlit training area, sports pavilion and changing facilities. There is also access to an all-weather pitch for all-year-round activities.

Varsity Sports Competition

Buckingham has competed against close neighbour Cranfield University in the annual Varsity Competition since 2013. The results have been:

  • 2013: Cranfield 5 Buckingham 4
  • 2014: Cranfield 5 Buckingham 3
  • 2015: Cranfield 5 Buckingham 2

61 students travelled to Cranfield to play the 3rd annual Varsity Competition on 2 August 2015. The two universities competed across a range of sports: table tennis, badminton, basketball, tennis, cricket, 11-a-side football and touch rugby.  Cranfield won 5-2; Buckingham’s points came from table tennis and touch rugby.  There were a lot of positives for Buckingham: the re-formation of the Cricket Club, the camaraderie of the Badminton Club, and the masterclass from the Rugby Club. Next year we hope to have even more students competing! Read a full report by Callum Roberts (PDF file, 41 KB).


Cricket at the 2015 Varsity Competition

Sports for pleasure

A programme of sports is organised for those who prefer more informal activities, but still, want to join in with partner or team sports. See the Summer Term 2017 programme below.

Badminton Tuesdays & Wednesdays (club training) 18:00 – 20:00 Queen’s Sports Hall

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Tuesdays & Thursdays (club training) 20:00 – 22:00 Queen’s Sports Hall

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Thursdays 20:00 – 22:00 The Studio, Tanlaw Mill
Football (Women’s): Coaching Wednesdays 13:30 – 14:30 Swan Pool all-weather pitch
Netball Wednesdays MK Summer League

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Wednesdays Dallas Burston Polo Club
Rugby Club

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Thursdays (club training) 19:00 – 21:00 Buckingham Rugby Club
Wednesdays (Touch Rugby) 14:30 – 16:00 Swan Pool all-weather pitch
Skiing and Snowboarding Extreme Sports Club
Table tennis Table with bats and balls available Tanlaw Mill
Volleyball  Wednesdays 16:15-17:15 Verney Park Sports Field

* Register in advance with the Sports Officer

A selection of sports equipment may be hired on short-term loan (on payment of a returnable deposit) from the Sports Officer.

Buckingham Royals Korfball Club offer students two weeks free after which it’s just £2 per session for students; contact their coach Darren at

Please contact the Sports Officer if you would be interested in playing for:

Fitness & instructional classes

Health & Fitness Centre

The Health & Fitness Centre located on the top floor of the Tanlaw Mill is equipped with a comprehensive range of cardiovascular and resistance equipment. Annual student membership is £100 (or £60 for 6 months) and is available from the Sports Officer. New members are required to complete the Health & Fitness Centre application form and attend a short induction session. The Health & Fitness Centre is open between 06:00 – 00:00 daily.

Instructional classes

Fridays 12:10 – 12:40

Yoga-based Virtual Exercise Class
Mondays 12:00 – 12:30 The Studio, Tanlaw Mill
Wednesdays 08:00 – 08:30
Thursdays 12:30 – 13:00
Martial Arts inspired Virtual Exercise Class
Mondays 17:15 – 17:45 The Studio, Tanlaw Mill
Fridays 08:00 – 08:30
Full body workout using light to moderate weights
Wednesdays 17:15 – 17:45 The Studio, Tanlaw Mill
Fridays 17:15 – 17:45
Boxing Fitness (Beginners)*
8-week course costs £40 until 14 July, £50 afterwards; starts 17 July
Mondays & Wednesdays 18:00 – 19:15 The Studio, Tanlaw Mill
Boxing Fitness (Intermediate)*
8-week course costs £40 until 14 July, £50 afterwards; starts 17 July
Mondays & Wednesdays 19:30 – 21:00 The Studio, Tanlaw Mill
Virtual Exercise Class
Mondays 08:00 – 08:30 The Studio, Tanlaw Mill
Thursdays 17:15 – 17:45
Fitness Centre* Annual student membership is just £60 and is available from the Sports Officer. Open daily 06:00 – 00:00 Tanlaw Mill
6-week course costs £25; starts 19 July
Wednesdays 16:00 – 17:00
17:00 – 18:00
Buckingham Golf Club
Kick Boxing
Pay the instructor on the night: £5 per session
Tuesdays 19:30 – 21:00 The Studio, Tanlaw Mill
6-week course costs £15 until 14 July, £20 afterwards
Tuesdays 13:30 – 14:15 The Studio, Tanlaw Mill
Dance-based Virtual Exercise Class
Tuesdays 17:15 – 17:45 The Studio, Tanlaw Mill
Fridays 12:10 – 12:40
6-week course costs £15 until 14 July, £25 afterwards; starts 17 July
Mondays 12:40 – 13:30 The Studio, Tanlaw Mill
6-week course costs £15 until 14 July, £25 afterwards; starts 18 July
Tuesdays 12:15 – 13:15 The Studio, Tanlaw Mill
Ashtanga Yoga*
A 10 class pass can be purchased from the Sports Office for £25
Sundays 09:00 – 10:30 The Studio, Tanlaw Mill

* Register in advance with the Sports Officer

Participative sports

MK Lacrosse

They have both men’s and women’s sections, both are small so we are looking for new players. The men’s team should be entering the English Southern League ( in October provided they can attract a few more players over the summer. The women’s section is just training at the moment, often mixed lacrosse training with the men.  They train throughout the year at various venues in Milton Keynes. Their website has the details:

Gyms & health clubs in Buckingham

Swan Pool, London Road, Buckingham Tel: +44 (0)1280 817500
Bourton Mill Health & Leisure Club, Bourton Road, Buckingham Tel: +44 (0)1280 823423

Swimming pools in Buckingham

Swan Pool, London Road, Buckingham Tel: +44 (0)1280 817500
Bourton Mill Health & Leisure Club, Bourton Road, Buckingham Tel: +44 (0)1280 823423
Best Western Buckingham Hotel Tel: +44 (0)1280 822622

Tenpin bowling

City Limits, Milton Keynes (in XScape) Tel: +44 (0)1908 295200
Tenpin, Leisure Plaza, Milton Keynes Tel: +44 (0)871 8732450

Winter sports

The Snozone, XScape, Milton Keynes Skiing, snowboarding etc Tel: +44 (0)1908 230260
Planet Ice, Central Milton Keynes Ice skating Tel: +44 (0)1908 696696

Sailing & water sports

Cycling & walking

Other sports

Quasar laser shooting. Leisure Plaza, Milton Keynes Tel: +44 (0)1908 231400
Roller skating, Rollers, Milton Keynes Tel: +44 (0)1908 366440
Climbing wall, XScape Silvertrek Tel: +44 (0)1908 200388
Kart racing, Daytona
Aerial Extreme, Milton Keynes
Airkix, Milton Keynes
Rockingham Circuit, Northants

Spectator sports

Motor Racing

Silverstone Circuit The home of British motor racing. A great day out. Events on every month, with the British Grand Prix held in July. Tel: +44 (0)1327 857271

Horse Racing

Towcester Races, Easton Neston, Towcester, Northants Enjoy a day at Towcester Races. Whether you win or lose you’ll still experience the exciting atmosphere of jump racing. Tel: +44 (0)1327 353414

Rugby Union

Northampton Saints European Rugby champions in 1999 / 2000. A great day out with a fabulous atmosphere.

Ice Hockey

MK Lightning One of the fastest games on earth! Ice hockey matches at English Premier Ice Hockey League level.


The Wellness Centre

The Wellness Centre at Bridge Cottage, Hunter Street, provides access to a range of complementary therapies on campus.