Oxford Sports and Outdoor Activities

(Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, UK)

There are lots of sports clubs at Oxford university, meaning that there are frequent matches and tournaments for spectators to enjoy. Opened in 1997, the Kassam Stadium is the home ground of the Oxford United Football Club, being built at the cost of £15 million and capable of accommodating more than 12,000 seated spectators. Occasional concerts are staged at the stadium, with Elton John performing here in the past, in front of a crowd exceeding 20,000 people.

Also popular in Oxford is rugby and various rugby union games are played at the Kassam Stadium. If you are looking for a local gym, then the list of fitness centres is certainly an extensive one. Alternatively, there are several swimming pools (indoor and out), cricket pitches, playing fields, bowling greens in local parks (such as Blackbird Leys, Botley and Florence Park), go-kart racing, a greyhound racing stadium and even an ice skating rink.

Oxford Sports and Outdoor Activities

Rugby Union

The Oxford University Rugby Club has a large following. There are regular local rugby matches played during the rugby season, although most popular match, the Varsity Match against rivals Cambridge, actually takes place in Tickenham. Held each year in early December, this match dates back almost 150 years and is watched by literally millions on the television.

United Football / Soccer

Address: Kassam Stadium, Grenoble Road, Oxford, OX4 4XP, England
Tel: +44 (0)1865 337533
Football is one of the most popular spectator sports in the area and the city's main football team is named Oxford United. Regular football matches take place during the season at Kassam Stadium on Grenoble Road, which is located on the south-easterly outskirts of the city and comes with excellent facilities.


There are an increasing number of amateur cricket teams in Oxford and the surrounding area, although at present, cricket is still a minority sport in the city.

Fitness Centres and Gyms

There are numerous well-equipped fitness and sports centres in central Oxford, with excellent state-of-the-art weight training equipment, as well as plenty of aerobics courses and personal trainers. Most gyms tend to open seven days a week, from early in the morning until late at night.

  • Abbey Sports Centre
    Address: Green Furlong, Berinsfield, Wallingford, OX10 7NR, England
  • Blackbird Leys Leisure Centre
    Address: Pegasus Road, Blackbird Leys, Oxford, OX4 5JL, England
  • Carterton Community Sports Hall
    Address: Carterton Community College, Upavon Way, Carterton, OX18 1BU, England
  • Didcot Leisure Centre
    Address: Mereland Road, Didcot, OX11 8AY, England
  • East Oxford Games Hall
    Address: 5 Collins Street, Oxford, OX4 1XS , England
  • Ferry Sports Centre
    Address: Diamond Place, Oxford OX2 7DP, England
  • Go Bananas Sports Centre
    Address: 34-36 Market Square, Witney, OX28 6BB, England
  • Kidlington and Gosford Sports Centre
    Address: Oxford Road, Kidlington, OX5 2NU, England
  • Northway Sports Centre
    Address: Maltfield Road, Headington, Oxford, OX3 9RG, England
  • Old Fire Station Sports Centre
    Address: 40 George Street, Oxford, OX1 2AQ, England
  • Oxford Brookes University Centre For Sports
    Address: Cheney Lane, Headington, Oxford, OX3 0BD, England
  • Regal Sports and Social Centre
    Address: St. Martins Street, Wallingford, OX10 0AL, England
  • South Oxfordshire Leisure Ltd
    Address: 6a Hithercroft Road, Lupton Road, Wallingford, OX10 9BT, England
  • Spiceball Park Sports Centre
    Address: Spiceball Park Road, Banbury, OX16 2PG, England
  • Sport Management Associates Ltd
    Address: 9 Blenheim Road, Shirburn, Watlington, OX49 5DN, England
  • Thame Sports and Arts Centre
    Address: Oxford Road, Thame, OX9 2BB, England
  • The Castle Leisure Centre
    Address: St. Georges Road, Wallingford, OX10 8LP, England
  • The Wizard Cricket Co. Ltd
    Address: Laundry Cottage, Back Lane, Bampton, OX18 2DQ, England
  • Tilsley Park Sports Centre
    Address: Dunmore Road, Abingdon, OX14 1PU, England
  • Wantage Leisure Centre
    Address: Portway, Wantage, OX12 9BU, England
  • Westminster Leisure Centre
    Address: Harcourt Hill, Oxford, OX2 9AT, England
  • White Horse Leisure and Tennis Centre
    Address: Audlett Drive, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 3PJ, England
  • Windrush Leisure Centre
    Address: Witan Way, Witney, OX28 4YA, England
  • Woodgreen Leisure Centre
    Address: Woodgreen Avenue, Banbury, OX16 0AT, England

  • Hinksey Swimming Pool

    Address: Lake Street, Oxford, OX1 4RP, England
    Tel: +44 (0)1865 467079
    Located on the southern side of the city and close to the South Oxford Community Centre, the Hinksey Swimming Pool is a large open-air pool and is always popular with both locals and visitors during the summer months, weather permitting. The Hinksey Pool is surprisingly historic and dates back as far as 1934.
    Open hours: late April to September, Monday to Friday - 07:30 to 09:00, 10:00 to 18:00

    Temple Cowley Pools

    Address: Temple Road, Cowley, Oxford, OX2 2EZ, England
    Tel: +44 (0)1865 467110
    Close to Cowley Road, the Temple Cowley Pools centre is home to three large indoor swimming pools, with lessons, spectator seating, a café and a related shop.
    Open hours: Monday to Wednesday, 06:00 to 16:30, Thursday and Friday - 06:00 to 22:00, Saturday - 08:00 to 16:00, Sunday - 08:00 to 19:00
    Open hours: daily

    Kartex Grand Prix

    Address: Hanger T2, Grove Technology Park, Downs View Road, Wantage, Oxon, OX12 9FA, England
    Tel: +44 (0)1235 772321
    Situated roughly 30 minutes to the south-west of Oxford, in the nearby market town of Wantage, the Kartex Grand Prix is a popular indoor racing circuit with excellent karting facilities.
    Open hours: Monday to Friday - 12:00 to 22:00, Saturday and Sunday - 09:30 to 22:00

    Karting Oxford

    Address: Oxford Stadium, Sandy Lane, Cowley, Oxford, OX4 6LJ, England
    Tel: +44 (0)1865 717134
    Karting Oxford, close to Cowley Road and just across from the city's Greyhound Stadium, is a popular outdoor racing circuit with a stadium area, floodlights and a café.
    Open hours: daily

    Ice Rink

    Address: Oxpens Road, Oxford, OX1 1RX, England
    Tel: +44 (0)1865 467000
    The city's Ice Rink can be found in central Oxford and is a large rink with good skating facilities, such as instructors, classes, disco nights and a café area.
    Open hours: daily