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Located next to the main campus, Queen's Sport provides students with the opportunity to continue or start being active. Our world class indoor and outdoor facilities are ideal for recreational, competitive or high-performance athletes.

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Our facilities

The Physical Education Centre (PEC) is the hub of sport at Queen’s.

Our facilities include, a state of the art fitness area with over 200 pieces of CV and resistance equipment, a functional training and weights area with six power cages and Olympic lifting platforms, four studios, 25m swimming and diving pool, two multi-purpose sports halls, martial arts area, 2 climbing walls, 8 squash courts, 2 handball courts, 4 exercise and dance studios, and outdoor 3G grass pitches.

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Exercise Classes

Keep fit with friends at the PEC

With over 75+ weekly classes to choose from you will find a class that suits your needs and your fitness level. We aim to provide everyone with the opportunity to be part of the Queen’s Sport Gameplan through world-class sporting participation programmes that will connect you with other students in an environment where you feel safe, supported and happy to exercise and enjoy sport.

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£20m investment in sport

Our recent investment means Queen’s is now ranked 1 out of 8 UK universities for sporting facilities.

International Student Barometer 2020/21

members of the Queen's University Belfast Mountaineering club using the climbing wall in the PEC

Try something new

Queen’s Sport offers adult and children’s courses such as Climbing, Swimming, Zumba, Kettlebells or Pilates with reduced rates for students.

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Starting from just £16.50 per month our All Inclusive memberships are flexible and tailored to meet your needs. We offer peak and off-peak student membership packages with flexible payment options.

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Join a Student Club

Queen’s has 54 sports clubs, from the most popular, like rugby, to the most unique, like underwater hockey

So you can continue playing your favourite sport or start to play a new sport at Queen’s.

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Campus Sport

Campus sport is recreational, fun opportunities for students and staff to get active and enjoy sport

The programme offers opportunities for all abilities whether you are returning to sport, want to try something new or just fancy meeting new people. We facilitate one off events & tournaments, weekly drop in sessions to new clubs and campus leagues.

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Sporting Scholarships

Queen’s Sport Bursary Awards

These awards are designed to give top sporting individuals the best opportunity to develop their talent during their time at the University.

They are available to current students who have achieved a high standard in their particular sport. The scheme offers recipients a comprehensive package including sports science support, free use of facilities, free equipment and financial assistance for the costs of training at such a high level.

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Queen’s University Belfast has a proud and unique tradition of producing some of Ireland’s most elite sports people and leaders in business.

Queen’s is working with student clubs, governing bodies and alumni networks to develop sporting academies. Currently there are five academies – Rugby, GAA, Soccer, Rowing and Hockey – with over 35 teams and 600 students competing each year.

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Elite Athletes Programme
Elite Athlete Programme
Helping exceptional students achieve their goals

The programme places equal emphasis on academia and sporting ambition and offers benefits including academic support, financial assistance, tutoring, media support, physiotherapy, access to Queen’s Sport facilities and bespoke sports clothing.

Full programme details


rugby match at Upper Malone
Upper Malone

Champions have been made, trophies won and accolades heaped onto thousands of students throughout Upper Malone’s existence.

We have heavily invested in our outdoor facilities, and the new Arena Pitches and Clubhouse is the only facility in the UK and Ireland to showcase rugby, Gaelic games, hockey and soccer all at one site, with an additional 16 floodlit grass and synthetic playing surfaces.

The perfect playing surfaces
Hurling at Upper Malone
Training and Competition

With an additional 16 floodlit grass and synthetic playing surfaces all with changing rooms, Upper Malone is a perfect sporting location for students

Numerous sports, including rugby, football, gaelic and hockey are catered for and a fully equipped Strength and Conditioning Suite ensures all training needs are met.

Giving you a competitive edge

ranked 2nd for sporting facilities

 Among 13 Russell Group universities. International Student Barometer Autumn 2015

Queen’s Boat House

The Queen’s Boat House is home to the Men's and Ladies' Boat Clubs, who have an excellent pedigree through performances at Senior and Novice levels throughout Ireland and beyond

In 2015 the Boat House benefited from an extensive upgrade including new shower areas, crew meeting rooms, a new boat launch pontoon and a motor boat launching slip.

Visit Queen's Rowing website
Mourne activities
Mourne Cottage

Located in the heart of the Mourne Mountains, the Cottage has been used by the mountaineering fraternity and has been a breeding ground for a number of accomplished mountaineers

The Cottage features space for 24, kitchen, living area, showers and toilets, providing the perfect setting for residential, team-building sessions or outdoor activity trips

Visit Queen's Mountaineering Club website
Get Involved

We host a weekly ParkRun at our Outdoor Sporting Facility at Upper Malone and our annual Deep RiverRock 5K race, which attracts thousands of recreational runners.

We have also recently launched an Active Campus initiative with sporting activities and programmes to suit everyone – no matter what your fitness level.

Outdoors and Sports
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Sports Fans

Belfast offers a wealth of choice for sports fans and spectators, whether you fancy a night at the rugby, a Belfast Giants ice hockey game, a soccer match or a fastpaced Gaelic football or hurling match.

The Belfast City Marathon attracts 20,000 participants from around the world every year.

Former Olympic champion, Dame Mary Peters, attending her honorary graduation
Famous faces
From the world of sport

Queen's has conferred honorary degrees on many of the UK and Ireland's most successful athletes.

From rugby to running
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