Sports & Societies


Stephenson College Sports has something for everyone…why not give it a go?!

Everyone is encouraged to get involved with sports here at Stephenson; the majority of teams have both a Men’s and Women’s side, but there are so many sports we can’t list them all. The full selection of teams can be viewed on the website. There is also the opportunity to start your own team if there isn’t one already in existence.

As well as the usual training and inter-collegiate matches, there is a lot to get excited about this year at Stevo; we have the Queens Campus Varsity, where sports teams at Stephenson will compete against the teams at Snow, to see who wins the College Cup. There will also be an inter-block competition where anyone and everyone is encouraged to take part in alternate sports, a few include: dodgeball, volleyball and even Wii Sports; this will be run throughout the academic year. Your team may even organise a tour abroad, look up Doxbridge!

There are also opportunities to mix with people from other Durham Colleges, such as the College Festival of Sport, the Hill vs Bailey games and for those who wish to play at a competitive and more intense level, you can try out for Team Durham, the clubs who represent Durham University against other universities. Sporting scholarships are available for high calibre student athletes, more information can be found on the Team Durham website.

One of the best things about Durham is that the collegiate system gives you the chance to experience sport in a way that you haven’t experienced it before. A college is a smaller community than university but offers a better experience sport wise, be it if you’ve never even seen a ball in your life or if you’re Olympic standard. Stephenson has the best of both worlds, participating at college or for the more competitive, playing for Team Durham; or even both! There is something here that you will enjoy and hopefully even develop your ability, as the majority of teams will be receiving coaching. Furthermore, the social side that sports teams bring will be a huge part of your life at university as each team often organises social events.

Queens Campus has got a new multi-million pound sports centre with state-of-the-art facilities, which definitely comes in handy. Queens Campus also has a Gym, Sports Hall, Boathouse and we are located close to the Tee Water Sports Centre and three other modern gyms. Also, there is a free bus to Maiden Castle and the Racecourse in Durham which holds additional sports facilities and pitches.

This really is your chance to try something completely new, or even just improve on what you are already good at. If you would like to find out more about anything mentioned here, or if you have any questions about sport at Stephenson, please contact your Sports Officer for the year; Katie Hall at stephenson.jcr-societies@durham.ac.uk