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Our off-campus facilities

Off-campus facilities

To complement the range of indoor facilities available on our Talbot Campus, we partner with five local sports venues and clubs – all of which are within easy reach from both our Talbot and Lansdowne campuses.

These offer a high standard of indoor and outdoor facilities for a number of our Performance and Social Sports including tennis, athletics, netball, squash, football and cricket.

Chapel Gate

Chapel Gate clean 2

Managed by BU Community Business, Chapel Gate is a 65-acre multi-sports site, neighbouring Bournemouth Airport and just a short drive from both our campuses.

It’s home to a variety of individual and team outdoor sports, including football (5-a-side, 7-a-side, 9-a-side, 11-a-side), rugby, hockey, table tennis, cricket, archery and rifle shooting.

As well as being one of the main playing venues for BU, including our Performance Sports teams who compete in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) league on Wednesday afternoons, it also supports a range of local sports clubs, events and community activities.

Plus, every May, it hosts the world’s largest Sports & Music festival, the Bournemouth 7s.

The Bournemouth Gardens Community Tennis Club

Located in Bournemouth’s Central Gardens (and just under a 10-minute drive from our Talbot Campus), The Bournemouth Gardens Community Tennis Club is a great place to play tennis, all-year-round.

It has eight tennis courts in total, five of which are outdoor floodlit courts (four artificial and one macadam) and three of which are indoor acrylic courts (covered by an air dome from May to October).

Whatever your level of tennis, The Tennis Club offers something for everyone.

If you are part of TeamBU Tennis, you will train at The Tennis Club and play British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) home fixtures here throughout the academic year. Or, if you are simply looking to enjoy a game of tennis with friends, you can hire a court from £8 per hour (October through to April).

Kings Park Athletics Centre

Kings Park Athletic Stadium

Situated just over 10 minutes east outside of Bournemouth, the Kings Park Athletics Centre (which is also home to Bournemouth Athletics Club) is an impressive athletics venue.

Its facilities include an all-weather track, cross-country course, a throws area, weights room and a large, covered stand for spectators.

If you are a member of TeamBU Athletics, all of your training will take place at the Kings Park Athletics Centre in preparation for your competitions within the BUCS league.

Sir David English Sports Centre

The Sir David English Sports Centre is a short drive from our Talbot Campus and plays host to TeamBU Netball (both their training and home games) as well as the intramural Netball League.

It’s also an ideal venue if you are looking to play netball socially too, with outdoor, floodlit courts available on a pay-as-you-go basis.

The West Hants Club

West Hants tennis

Our partnership with The West Hants Club benefits both our students and staff.

As a TeamBU Squash player, all of your training sessions and BUCS home fixtures will take place across the four squash courts at The West Hants Club.

If you enjoy playing squash socially, you can hire the courts on a pay as you go basis as part of our Campus Social Sports programme.

Plus, The West Hants Club is only a 15-minute walk from our Talbot Campus.

Wallisdown playing fields

Wallisdown playing fields football

Neighbouring our Talbot Campus, Wallisdown playing fields offer two football pitches and a cricket pitch over the summer months.

The pitches are predominantly used for our Performance Sport football teams training sessions as well as our intramural 11-a-side football leagues.

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Join SportBU

We offer a variety of membership options at SportBU to give you the most flexibility.

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On-campus facilities

Whether you just want to keep fit and healthy or are a top athlete, our on-campus indoor facilities, which includes two gyms and fitness studios, will help you achieve your sporting aspirations.

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Find a sport or class

From fitness classes to team sports, extreme sports and martial arts, SportBU offers a huge variety of activities to get involved with – find a way to get active with us.