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Here at St Mary's, we're proud of our success in sports

Our teams have achieved a lot and our players have earned many individual awards. We are committed to good sportsmanship, teamwork and excellence. Whether you are a future student, a graduate, or a sports fan, discover what we can offer.

Pollyanna Briant at the British Weightlifting Championship.An interview with Pollyanna Briant

We caught up with St Mary’s student Pollyanna Briant, who recently competed in the BUCS Weightlifting Championships. Pollyanna came second place in her weight category, achieving a new personal best in her jerk and getting a new clean. 

What is it like training at St Mary’s and being part of the team?

I wanted to join Strength Club as soon as I heard about it, as I knew I would get on well with a group of people who love picking heavy things up and putting them back down!

The support from the weightlifting team has been so lovely, cheering us on at competitions and being there to learn from each other in the PEC. I honestly wouldn’t have pushed myself to where I am now without them.

Discover our sport success stories

Explore sports opportunities at St Mary's

At St Mary’s, we aim to have a diverse offer that caters for a range of needs. Whether you’re taking your first steps into recreational fitness activities, or you’re an international athlete seeking additional support, we have something for you.

Make the most of our world-class sports facilities

Performance Education CentreStudents taking a strength and conditioning lesson in the PEC.

Our state-of-the-art strength and conditioning suite.

Our Strength and Conditioning degree programmes (both undergraduate and postgraduate) are lucky enough to have a purpose built, state of the art, Performance Education Centre in which to deliver taught practical content.

The facility is also available to students to allow them to practice their physical and coaching skills. 


Fitness and Conditioning Suite

Discover the Sports St Mary's Fitness and Conditioning Suite, a premier fitness facility designed to cater to individuals of all fitness levels. We offer everything you need to achieve your fitness goals, with an extensive array of cutting-edge equipment, including:

  • state-of-the-art strength machines
  • free weights
  • cardiovascular machines.

We support our performance athletes

At St Mary's, we recognise the dedication and hard work of our performance athletes. Our commitment goes beyond the field, track, or gym, as we offer support designed to help our athletes excel both academically and athletically. 

Joining St Mary's? Keep up to date with the Sports St Mary's app

The Sport St Mary’s App (not to be confused with the MySMU app) is an app available for all St Mary's staff and students. The app is available to download from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

The app provides users with a variety of features for staff and students including:

  • a schedule of all upcoming sports events and activities
  • the option to buy or renew memberships
  • the ability to book sports facilities and courts
  • a news feed with the latest updates from the University's sports teams and clubs
  • the ability to book for a Les Mills Virtual Class in the studio – free for all St Mary’s staff and students.

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Check out our sport-related degrees

We are internationally renowned for sport. Our sport science degrees include physiology, rehabilitation and physiotherapy, sport psychology, nutrition, coaching science, and strength and conditioning.

Our world-class facilities are constantly used by professional athletes, including rugby teams, athletes, tennis players, Formula One drivers, and American football stars. You will get to use these state-of-the-art labs and training facilities as part of your degree.