Sports, societies and skills workshops

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At Bucks we understand your university experience isn’t just about studying and earning your degree. It’s about diving into new experiences, finding and exploring new passions and living your best Bucks life. In fact, we take the ‘life’ part of student life so seriously, we’ve named it The Big Deal.

The Big Deal at Bucks means you’ll find a range of clubs, societies or teams to join for free. From basketball to ballet dancing, and film appreciation to acapella singing, there are countless ways to keep busy, learn new things and meet like-minded people.

And because all the clubs are run by students, there’s plenty of opportunity to develop new teamwork, leadership and communication skills that will enhance your CV.

Whether you’re a complete beginner or a seasoned champion in your field, our sports clubs give you the chance to enjoy fitness for fun or to up your game by competing at Varsity or national level.

We currently offer over 20 different sports to dive into, including:

  • American football
  • basketball
  • boxing
  • cheerleading
  • dance
  • karate
  • netball
  • swimming
  • volleyball.

Check out the full list of sports we currently offer.

We also have a focus on performance sport for those student athletes wishing to compete at a high level. We currently offer the following support for elite athletes during their education with us:

Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS)

Bucks is one of only 33 sites, across the UK, accredited to deliver funded support for nominated TASS (Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) athletes. This support is offered through our Human Performance, Exercise and Wellbeing Centre, which comprises of our Human Performance Laboratory (HPL) and our Sports and Wellbeing Clinic.

FA Women’s Super League Academy

Bucks is one of only ten universities to be Higher Education partners for the FA Women’s Super League Academy. We work with Reading Football Club Women as part of the Football Association’s Women’s Super League Academy programme. This programme allows selected players to balance their academic aspirations.

National Swim England Performance Centre

We are proud to have been selected by Swim England as one of only five universities in the country to offer a national swimming Performance Centre. Our partnership with Wycombe District Swimming Club (WDSC) is located close to the University, at the Wycombe Leisure Centre, and will give you access to a leading Performance Programme, providing the right training environment, coaching and support to train for national and international success.

Reading Rockets

Our women’s and men’s teams are coached by National League club Reading Rockets.The University enjoys a strong partnership with the club offering students opportunities to compete, study, and gain work-related experience in areas such as coaching and sports therapy.

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Bucks societies are free to join and give you lots of ways to get involved as well as a great way to socialise outside your own course. And if there isn’t one for you, you can start one of your own and gain CV-ready skills in the process.

Over 30 active societies include:

  • aviation
  • nursing society (Nursoc)
  • cosplay and craft
  • gaming
  • pole fitness
  • musical theatre
  • Islamic society
  • snowsoc
  • climbing
  • yoga.

Found out more about our societies.

Every year, we offer an additional skills programme to help you get ahead. Just like the rest of the activities and workshops at Bucks, majority of them are free.

The additional skills programme changes year to year, depending on what students ask for. Recent skills workshops include:

  • public speaking
  • emergency first aid
  • personal licence
  • interview skills
  • Positive psychology.