This article will inform you about the partnerships that the University of Portsmouth have with other local sports organisations.

We have effective partnerships with a number of local high performance sports outlets. We believe that partnership is one of the key components of success. Sharing resources, skill sets and ideas is crucial for the continued development of both University sport and the community clubs that we work with.

Portsmouth Tennis Academy

The Portsmouth Tennis Academy is based at the impressively refurbished tennis dome right next door to our own Spinnaker Sports Centre. The academy is a regional and national hub for coaching excellence and has produced players of international standard. The academy offers a friendly, professional environment to anyone wishing to improve their game. The tennis dome is also the home for our University Tennis team training sessions and matches. Sport and Recreation members are able to access the tennis dome courts for free as part of our partnership (at set times). Find out more on how to book here.


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Havant Hockey Club

Havant Hockey Club (National Conference West side) has been an integral part of the national game for many years, and has won the National title on numerous occasions. Players from the University have a long history of representing Havant gaining exposure to National League hockey.

Portsmouth High School - Girl’s Day School Trust

Sport and Recreation have been working in partnership with Portsmouth High School (PHS) for nearly 10 years. At our Langstone campus, PHS invested in the building of the MUGA (Multi Use Games Area) to help support their school activities. Our students have benefited as a result and in return, we provide other indoor and outdoor facilities for them.

Portsmouth High School was founded in 1882 and has a long history of academic achievement with an enviable reputation for success in public examinations year after year. The school offers an independent education for girls from Nursery, through Junior School, Senior School and into the Sixth Form. It is a selective school where girls of average ability and above can achieve success both academically and in a range of extracurricular challenges beyond the classroom.

Hampshire Talented Athlete Scheme (HTAS)

Hampshire County Council provides support services to help Hampshire’s most talented athletes reach world class podiums e.g. Olympics, Paralympics, World Championships. Support starts at county level and goes through to athletes competing internationally. We offer support for those in the scheme, from training facilities to memberships, and even to sports science education classes.

Parkrun (Southsea)

Parkrun is a nationwide initiative aimed at getting more people active. Parkrun organise free, weekly, five kilometre timed runs around the world. They are open to everyone and are safe and easy to take part in. These events take place in pleasant parkland surroundings and encourage individuals of all abilities to take part; from those taking their first steps in running, to fully-fledged Olympic athletes; from juniors to those with more experience; everyone is welcome. Set up by three University staff, we part funded the cost to start up the Southsea Parkrun to offer something a little different. Parkrun takes place every Saturday morning at 9am on Southsea Common.

Athletic Union

The Athletic Union (AU) is the organisation responsible for administrating all aspects of sports club activity at the University of Portsmouth. It comes under the umbrella of the Students’ Union from whom it receives funding to support the broad and diverse range of activities it offers to its members. The AU cater for the sporting needs of all individuals. With 45 clubs which collectively have in excess of 2,000 AU members, there is something to interest everyone. We offer support for the AU from subsidised booking fees for spaces for training and competitions. There are also reduced membership fees for members of the AU.

The Football Association (FA)

The Football Association, also known simply as the FA, is the governing body of football in England. Formed in 1863, it is the oldest football association in the world and is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the amateur and professional game in England. As part of our Campus Sport programme, all small sided and 11-a-side leagues are registered with the FA, and we are an FA refereeing hub developing potential and current referees in Hampshire. The hub provides training for referees and can offer paid opportunities in our leagues or in local leagues.

Portsmouth School Sport Partnership

Portsmouth School Sport Partnership was established in December 2002 to deliver the PESSCL (Physical Education, School Sport and Club Links) strategy. The Government's long term vision is to increase the amount of high quality PE and school sport in schools across the country. This improvement will be delivered via School Sport Partnerships and implemented via the network of Sports Colleges across the Country. Funding has been allocated by Central Government and results are monitored via a Public Service Agreement Target and annual national data is collected. We offer support through educating coaches and teachers to aid the delivery of the PESSCL.

Royal Navy

The Royal Navy has strong roots in Portsmouth with large areas of the city consumed by naval facilities. Locally, the Navy has a vast range of sports facilities near Spinnaker Sports Centre. The University works closely with the Navy to develop the delivery of academic courses and research. Our aim, with the help of the naval authorities, is to provide the best possible facilities for our students and to maximise our position as two of the largest businesses in the city to improve sport and physical activity.

Sport England

Sport and Recreation has recently been awarded funding from Sport England to help increase participation and drive forward the quality of the Get Active, Stay Active programme to give you the best possible experience. 

Portsmouth Golf Centre

We have a partnership established through the Get Active, Stay Active programme which entitles staff and students to subsidised beginner group lessons to learn the basics of golf.

For more information on sports at the University, visit the Sport Portsmouth website.



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