Joining Sports Clubs

Find your home away from home at the University of Edinburgh! Joining a sports club is a great way to make friends, learn something new, and keep yourself healthy whilst at University. If you missed out on joining a sports club at the start of the semester, you are not too late to get involved! Many of our sports clubs are still open to new members throughout the year. We have listed club's preferred method of contact below so please get in touch with them - our clubs can't wait to welcome you along!

If you are looking to get involved with our Intramural Sport Programme, you can find our more on our Intramural Sport page.

We also have an International Sports Club for international students who would like to meet other students, try different sports, and watch sport matches. To find out more about this club please join their Facebook Group or email our Inclusion Officer.

Semester Time 2023/24

The list below is non-exhaustive, and will be added to throughout the year. If you don't see a sport listed, it is still worth contacting them to ask about joining late - you can find all the contact details for clubs here.

You can view our full programme of summer activities on our calendar.

Regular recreational sessions - open to everyone





American Football

Tuesdays - 7:30-10pm

Thursdays - 8:30-10pm

Sessions are open to all, no prior experience necessary! We meet at the Laurie Liddell clubhouse on Tuesday for a film session before heading to 3G1. On Thursdays we meet just at the 3G1.



Mondays 18:00 - 20:00

Thursday 18:00 - 20:00

Beginners training at the Archery range in the Pleasance. All beginners must join the EUAC Discord found on the website.


Athletics Monday 20:00 - 21:30 Studio @ Pleasance Our circuits session on Monday is designed to provide a full-body workout that builds both strength and overall fitness in a friendly and encouraging environment. This makes it the perfect introduction to sport & exercise for beginners and a great way to relieve stress. We offer everyone a free trial week of training which can be taken up at any point in the semester.



Mondays 18:00 - 19:00

Wednesday 18:00 - 22:00

Saturday 09:00 - 12:00

Mondays: Circuits at Pleasance Salle

Wednesdays: Club Session at Pleasance Sports Hall 

Saturdays: Club Session at St Leonard's


Baseball Saturdays 14:00 Train at Warriston Private Playing Fields


Basketball Saturday 09:00 - 11:00 EUBC has entered 2 mixed teams into the Intramural Basketball league. Matches kick off at either 09:00 or 10:00 and are open to beginners.



Tuesday 17:00 - 19:00

Thursday 17:00 - 19:00

Friday 19:00 - 21:00

Saturday 10:30 - 12:30

Tuesday: Boxing technique + Fitness/conditioning Thursday: For beginners + Fitness/conditioning Friday: Sparring Saturday: Boxing technique + Fitness/conditioning // We usually have a taster period at the beginning of each semester.


Cheerleading and Dance

Thursdays 19:30 - 20:30 in the Salle Studio in pleasance gym (no gym membership needed)

Performance Dance is the recreational dance team offered by the University of Edinburgh Cheerleading and Dance team! This class requires absolutely no previous dancing experience and trains once every week. In semester 1, we are trying out a range of styles and techniques, so there's something for everyone! Each week we learn a small routine in a different style, for example jazz, contemporary, lyrical, hip hop, and even heels! In semester 2, we will learn our performance routine for a performance in March and the EUCD Vixens showcase in April. If you're looking to try something new or have a boogie with your friends pop along any time! Everyone is welcome



Sunday 12:00-14:00

In each session of Recreational Cheerleading, we try to cover all the different aspects that make up cheerleading - Tumbling, Stunting, Jumps, and Dance. Rec Cheer is for anyone looking to improve/try out new skills in a team setting. Semester 1 is focused on acquiring new skills and getting comfortable with cheerleading as a sport - interested students are more than welcome to come and join a session as a taster. As cheerleading is fundamentally a team sport, in Semester 2 we require more commitment as we work on putting together a routine for our club showcase! As a club we are also working towards hosting one-off sessions open to absolutely anyone, specifically those unable to commit to weekly sessions but interested in giving cheerleading a go and joining the fun!


Chinese Martial Arts & Combat Sports

Friday – 18:00-19:30

Saturday – 13:00-14:30

Sunday – 12:00-13:30

Friday – Pleasance Salle 

Saturday – Pleasance Salle 

Sunday – St Leonards Land Gym 3



Wednesdays at 14:30-16:30

Our first session of the year is on 25th October. It will be a free taster session for beginners to try the sport. Following that, all our weekly sessions have one hour of technical training (learning to actually curl) and the we play a game. You must have clean soled trainers to be allowed on the ice.



Wednesday 14:00

Sunday 10:00

Group road rides. Meet outside the Royal Commonwealth Pool . Bring a working bike, a spare tube and pump



Beginner - Wednesdays 15:00

Novice - Wednesdays 13:00 

Intermediate - Wednesdays 14:00

Advanced - Wednesdays 12:00

EUEC has four lesson levels so that everyone who wants to ride a horse can, no matter their experience level. The first lesson is a 'taster session' where you do not need to buy a membership to take part, but you will still need to pay the base lesson fee of £30-31. Join the Lessons 2023-24 Facebook group, where lesson sign-ups are released each week, here:



Wednesday 13:00-14:30

Saturday 09:00-11:00 

Wednesday: Beginner Training (Foil) - Gym 2

Saturday: Beginner Training (Foil) - Gym 3

If you purchase a Beginner membership, only these sessions are available to you.


Flag Football

Wednesday 18:00 - 19:30

Saturday 10:00 - 11:30

All skill levels are welcome into our inclusive team which caters to people of all abilities. Join our training sessions to get involved and meet our skilled and experienced coaches.


Women's Football Saturday 11:00 - 13:00

Register to play recreational football. We have 10 teams that playing in the Intramural league.

EUWAFC truly welcomes players of all abilities, ranging from opportunities to play in the highest university leagues all the way to opportunities for beginners to learn more about football. In addition to our growing football offerings, we truly pride ourselves on our social activity and inclusivity.


Gaelic Football Wednesday 19:00 Training is at Peffermill Playing Fields 3G1 and all standards are welcome



Monday 19:00 - 21:00

Golf driving range session at Braid hills golf centre open to all abilities including beginners. Try it out before buying a membership.


Gymnastics Sundays 13:30 - 16:00 These sessions are open to students and non-students who want to do gymnastics for fun. We have lots of equipment for our members to use including: airtrack, parallel bars, beam, rings, vault, trampette, etc. We accommodate for all abilities including complete beginners to advanced gymnasts and have 3 coaches per session to help people reach their personal skill goals. We usually allow one taster session per person to allow people to try out our facility and equipment before asking people to buy a membership.



Mondays 16:00 - 18:00

Wednesdays 14:00 - 16:00 

Thursdays 07:30-10:30

Monday: 1600-1700: Training at Pleasance, 1700-1800: Beginner’s Session at Pleasance

Wednesday: 1400-1600: Training at Peffermill

Thursday: 0730-0900: Individual/ Shooting training at Pleasance, 0900-1030: Women’s and Men’s Training at Pleasance

So if you are interested in joining us or just want to give Handball a go, please feel free to show up to any of our trainings!


Women's Hockey

Friday 16:00 - 17:00

Our Rec sessions run for one hour every Friday week. The session consists of a warm-up, followed by a variety of drills focusing on skill development, match play, and team bonding. The hour ends with some form of half-pitch match play. The Rec team are a part of an Intramural league so also engage in friendly match play. The team is open to any ability, the sessions are adapted weekly depending on the ability level and what the members want from the session.


Jiu Jitsu

Tuesday 17:00 - 19:00 (Dance Studio)

Wednesday 17:30 - 19:00 (Gym 2)

Saturday 15:00 - 17:30 (Gym 2)

All sessions are open to beginners and are welcomed. Most people find that Jiu Jitsu also improves their self-esteem and self-confidence. Taking part is a fantastic way to meet new friends and offers a vibrant social life out of Club training, with many events organised throughout the year. The best way to find out more is to come along and join in. Even our instructors were novices once! Our aim is to provide a friendly environment. Don’t worry if you are not at the peak of fitness either. All you need to start is some loose clothing and a willingness to learn. Bring a friend along too if you like!



Tuesday 20:30 - 22:00

Thursday 19:00 - 20:30

Saturday 12:30 - 15:00 

All sessions open to beginners. Take a water bottle, and wear comfortable exercise clothes with something full length on
the bottom half - so you don't get grazed on the mat!



Monday  - 19:00 to 20:30 

Tuesday  - 19:00 to 20:30 

Wednesday - 19:00 to 20:30 

Monday  -  Gym 2 (SHOTOKAN)

Tuesday  - Gym 2 (Kata/Kumite/Fitness)

Wednesday - Dance studio (SHUKOKAI)



Wednesday 20:30 - 22:00

Saturday 16:00 - 18:30

Beginner sessions at the Pleasance Studio



Wednesday 16:00 - 18:00 at St Leonards Land

Our Wednesday session is a full club training open to anyone and everyone of all skill levels. We will begin with some drills, go over any rules and then finish up with an hour of game time. it is super fun and is the best time to meet everyone from the club. We usually have a pub social afterwards which everybody is welcome to join. The club allows 2/3 trial sessions for any new member wanting to give it a go and see if it is something they would be interested in joining.


Women's Lacrosse

Thursday 16:00 - 17:00 at Peffermill Playing Fields 3G2

A fun and chill session of mixed lacrosse. Whether you have played before or its your first time picking up a lacrosse stick, anyone is welcome. Spread the word and bring friends, the more the merrier.



Friday 16:00 - 18:00 at Peffermill

2 hour sessions including drills, fun games and match play. Open to people of all abilities.


Orienteering Alternate Thursdays (26th Oct, 9th Nov...) at 18:00 Orienteering training sessions (beginner friendly!). Come and try the sport for the first time. No membership required for newcomers



Tuesday 17:00 - 18:30

Tuesday 18:30 onwards

Saturday 18:00 - 19:30

Tuesday: Outdoor Class, location varies (£5)

Tuesday: jam/informal training, location varies (free)

Saturday: Indoor Session, Room to Move (£6)


Ladies Rugby

Monday 17:00 - 18:00

Thursdays 17:30 - 19:00

Training made for individuals that are newer to the sport but still have the opportunity to play fixtures against other developmental teams



Thursdays 17:00 - 18:30

Sundays 14:0 - 15:30

Training and match play on Thursdays at Pavilion Cafe, Meadows

Recreational match play on Sundays at Pavilion Cafe, Meadows


Sailing Sundays  Beginner / intermediate casual sailing. Sign ups posted on beginners Facebook page


Shinty Wednesdays 18:30-20:30 Open mixed training sessions at Peffermill Playing Fields. Anyone welcome from beginners to experienced.



Wednesdays 17:20 - 19:20

Thursdays 19:20 - 22:00 

Saturdays 16:30 - 18:30

Sundays 18:00 - 20:00

Our club sessions are a great way to have some friendly games of squash and meet other players. The club sessions are open to players of all ability, simply come along and have a hit! Club rackets can be borrowed if needed. If you’re not yet a member, you’re welcome to come along to one session to try it out first before buying membership.



Rec Sessions & Lessons: Tuesdays (Meeting at George Square) at 18:00

Training: Sundays at 16:00

We run training sessions in freestyle and race where team members can prepare for competitions in their chosen discipline (we offer introductory sessions for the first four weeks of semester 1 for anyone who is new to the sport before they join regular training sessions if they so wish), we also run lessons in the first half of semester 1 which members must sign up for, and recreational sessions every Tuesday where rec members are able to free ski at our local dry slope hillend for the evening. We have a taster period for all of these bar lessons (as they are a paid extra) for the first week of semester 1, where anyone can train for free without a membership.



Tuesday 05:30 - 07:30

Friday 05:30 - 07:30

These swimming sessions at St Leonards Land are open to anyone. You must have a EUSWPC & Gym Membership to participate


Table Tennis

Monday 19:00 - 22:00

The first half of the session (19:00 - 20:30) is a popular beginner coaching led by our recreational rep, assisted by a handful of members from the club. The second half is an open session that anybody is welcome to join and is just open play table tennis. If it is anybody's first session at the club, they're welcome to play absolutely free the first session.



Tuesday 19:00 - 20:00

Wednesday 20:30 - 22:00

Open to beginners



Monday 18:00-20:00

Wednesday 13:00-14:00

Thursday 15:30-16:30

Saturday 16:00-18:00

Monday: Social tennis at the Meadows

Wednesday: Beginner coaching at the Meadows

Thursday: Beginner coaching at the Meadows

Saturday: Social tennis at the Meadows

Please sign up for the sessions before coming by using the link found on our Instagram bio


Touch Rugby Sunday 11:00-12:00 Open to recreational players at the Meadows. All players will need to purchase a membership.



Tuesday 20:00 - 22:00

Friday 19:00 - 21:00

Sunday 17:00 - 20:00

All our sessions are recreational and open to anyone, message the Instagram or email to arrange a taster session



Monday 18:30 - 19:30

Easy runs meeting at the Dick Vet Corner of the Meadows. All are invited.


Ultimate Frisbee

Wednesdays 14:00 - 16:00

Sundays 11:30 - 13:30 

Welcome to join at any point in the year, both sessions are held on the Meadows. The first hour is for drills and skills and we play games for the next hour.


Underwater Hockey Wednesday 19:35-21:00

At Dalry Swim Centre

Our sessions are open to all abilities, with many in the club starting when they joined us. Our sessions cover the basics of the sport and normally end in a game being played. We have a two week taster period where individuals can come and try the club and get a basic grasp of the sport and club.



Monday 12:00 - 14:00

Tuesday 15:00 - 17:00

Thursday 15:00 - 17:00

Saturday 13:00 -  14:15 and 14:15 - 15:30.

All sessions are free for first timers. Tuesday and Thursday sessions are outdoor sessions in the meadows. Monday is more for experienced players and Saturday is an indoor session perfect for new players to come and explore the sport. All the information can be found on our Discord and Instagram!



Wednesday 16:00-18:00

Thursday 19:00-21:00

Wednesday: Weightlifting

Thursday: Powerlifting

Purchase a membership before attending. Contact the club for location information


The Sports Union also runs other opportunities to engage in recreational sport throughout the year. You can find information about these here.