Whether you just enjoy having a kickabout with friends or you’re a budding professional footballer keen to represent BU in the sport, we’ve got a range of football opportunities for everyone.
Our student and staff football campus leagues (men’s 5-a-side, men’s 11-a-side and Freshers 5's Football League) are a great way to play football socially while competing in organised leagues.
If you’re looking to play football without any commitment, our Campus Sport - Social Sport programme lets you do just that – there’s no need to book and you can drop into organised sessions when you fancy playing a game.
Meanwhile, if you're a talented footballer and successful in trials, you'll have the opportunity to represent BU in inter-university matches as part of our Performance Sport programme.
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TeamBU Football, our men’s and women’s Performance Sport football teams, compete in British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) leagues and competitions.
TeamBU football coaches
TeamBU football eligibility and training
Available to: BU students who are talented and passionate football players and are successful at the TeamBU Trials
Training days, times and venues
Men’s teams: Mondays and Fridays 8am-9:30am
Women’s teams: Mondays and Fridays: 8am-9:30am
Venues: Astroturf at Talbot Campus and Wallisdown playing fields
Fixtures day and venue
Wednesday afternoons at Chapel Gate
Annual affiliation fee: £75
If you’re successful in becoming a member of TeamBU, you’ll be required to affiliate to SportBU.
This fee includes: BUCS affiliation fees, personal sports insurance, weekly coaching and conditioning sessions and TeamBU transport.
Our campus football leagues
Get your course friends, flatmates or housemates together and take part in a SportBU campus football league. They’re a great competetive way to stay fit and have fun throughout the year.
We’ll organise everything for you and your team, including the venue, equipment and the referees. We also hold periodic recruitment events for free agents looking to get involved with existing teams.
On match days (mostly played on our Talbot Campus or nearby) teams will compete within their leagues for a place in the finals day cup competition over the course of 8 weeks, seeing who will be crowned champions of the 5-a-Side arena.
Key information – Campus Leagues
Prices and eligibility
Available to: BU & AUB students
Price: From just £2.30 per person, per match
When: Autumn and Spring terms
Get in touch: CampusLeagues@bournemouth.ac.uk
Men’s 5-a-side football
Days and times: Wednesdays, 12 noon–6pm; Sundays, 10am–6pm
Venue: Astro turf pitches, Talbot Campus
Join the SportBU 5-a-side football group on Facebook
See the latest 5-a-side league fixtures, standings and results
Men’s 11-a-side football
Day and time: Wednesdays, 10am–7pm
Venues: Wallisdown playing fields, Chapel Gate, Slade Farm
Join the SportBU 11-a-side football group on Facebook
Freshers 5's football
Day and time: Fridays, 4-6pm
Venues: Talbot Campus Astro Turfs
Join the SportBU Freshers 5's football group on Facebook
New Campus Sport "Freshers 5's football leagues"
If you are a 1st year student with BU or AUB, you’ll have exclusive access to our new Freshers 5's Football league - a league designed to promote your social, mental and physical wellbeing to make sure your university experience doesn’t stop when you step off-campus. The perfect way to make new friends through a shared love of the beautiful game!
Included in the £30 price per person to join the leagues is a discounted entry fee; monthly social activities and a dedicated Facebook group found Here.
Price: £30 per person
Book: Call SportBU on 01202 965012
Campus Social Sport and staff football
Key information – Campus Social Sport
Available to: All BU students (men’s football and women’s football)
Price: Included in all SportBU memberships; £3 per game to non-members
Days and times: Contact SportBU reception on 01202 965012 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Venue: Astroturf pitches, Talbot Campus
Day and time: Tuesday, 12pm–1pm
Location: Astro turf pitches, Talbot Campus
Staff football league
Day and time: Friday, 6pm–9pm
Location: Dorset County Football Association, Hamworthy, Poole BH15 4BF