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Unrivalled success

In 2010, UEL were ranked 124th in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) league – the National Governing Body for University Sport. With only a handful of teams and no medallists, East London Sport was created.

Two years later we won the BUCS Most Improved University for Sports, increasing our ranking by 48 positions – a remarkable achievement.

In 2014, we finished in the top 50 universities in the UK for sport - an unparalleled rise. UEL is the most improved university for sport in the UK over the past six years. From 0 to 24 medallists and 32 points to 720.5, we believe this is only the starting point.

You can help continue our rise and leave your legacy by playing sport at UEL.

I am extremely proud to be part of TeamEastLondon and to have played a part in the University's rise up the BUCS rankings. One of the reasons I chose the University of East London was because they are as ambitious as I am.
Aimee Willmott , BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science Alumni, double Commonwealth and European medallist
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Unlimited opportunities

  • 160

    sports scholars

  • 500+

    volunteer opportunities

  • 16

    sports available

Opportunities within sport at UEL are endless – from enhancing your talent with one of our sports scholarships, or enhancing your future career with our fabulous range of development options.

As of 2019, we currently have 160 sports scholars studying on a range of scholarships, we provide 500+ sport volunteering opportunities, and have 16 sports available for students to participate in.   

Making the most of the opportunities available to you will bring a tremendous benefit to you personally and professionally. We aim to create an environment that enables you to flourish.

Once you have taken the opportunity to join UEL, the real opportunities start to happen.

Choosing UEL was the best decision of my life. During my undergraduate degree I played for the basketball team, completed an internship with East London Sport and was Chairman of the basketball club. I’m now working full-time for East London Sport while completing my Masters.
Will Ashby , Sports Management and TeamUEL Assistant

Unique partnerships

The achievements and developments within sport at UEL over the last six years has been largely influenced by our fabulous range of partnerships. At UEL, we believe in working in collaboration and utilising the assets, strengths and networks of partners from across the UK.

We partner with many professional, amateur and community sports clubs alongside a wide and varied network of associations, such as national governing bodies of sport, sports foundations, charities and businesses.
Working with East London Sport is extremely valuable to us. The opportunity to work with their staff, students and use their world-class facilities makes them an incredibly important partner to Essex County Cricket Club.
James Foster , Essex County Cricket Club Captain
Essex cricket team