Get involved with Para sport

Loughborough University is renowned as a world leader in sport. One thing we’re incredibly proud of is how broad and inclusive our sports offer is so whatever level you’re at or whatever your interest, find out more and get involved.

Athletic Union

a woman wheelchair tennis player holding a racquet

The Athletic Union is proud to say that all our clubs welcome members of all abilities. We are also thrilled to welcome Wheelchair Basketball as our 60th AU club in the 2020/21 academic year

Currently we compete in three BUCS Para sports (Para-Athletics, Para-Swimming and Para-Cycling), though we are also in the process of advocating BUCS to add more competitive Para sport opportunities for its students.

All club committee members are welfare trained to ensure they can facilitate their clubs to be as inclusive as possible and The Athletic Union continue to work closely with LSU’s Disability Support Network (DSN) to ensure we understand how we can improve upon our disability offer and cater for a range of abilities.

If you do have any feedback on the Athletic Union’s accessibility or would like more information on any of the above, please feel free to get in touch with our Sport Executive Officer:

Recreational Sport

wheelchair basketball players on court

The recreational sport programme at Loughborough offers free and inclusive sport opportunities for students and staff which are DSN (Disability Support Network) friendly. These take the form of either weekly sessions, specific courses or one-day festivals.

Our weekly Wheelchair Basketball session is one example a popular activity for individuals with and without disabilities. In addition, we will be introducing Boccia through a variety of formats in the 2020/21 academic year.

If you require any adjustments to participate in the recreational sport programme, just notify the activator leading the session who will make adjustments wherever possible. You can also join the DSN Facebook group to connect with other students with disabilities.

Hall sport (IMS)

close up of a person's legs and a football, one leg is prosthetic.

Also called Intra-Mural sport (IMS), this is a free programme open to all Loughborough University students.

It’s a fantastic way to make friends and compete in a range of sports either in a league format or one day events.

Wheelchair Basketball is one of the most popular IMS one day events and we are currently looking at adding additional inclusive sport events to the IMS programme.

If you have any specific needs that you would like to discuss prior to participating in an IMS event, then please email

Social sport

wheelchair boccia players on court

The Social Sport programme at Loughborough prides itself on being accessible to a wide range of students and we are always looking at ways to make the programme even more inclusive.

Departments, Halls, Societies and groups of friends can enter teams in Social Sport leagues as well as a series of one day events that run throughout the year.

If you have any specific needs that you would like to discuss prior to participating in a Social Sport event, then please contact


Coaching and Volunteering

people playing sitting volleyball

Thanks to the rich and varied Para sport environment, students at Loughborough have access to some unique coaching, placement and volunteering opportunities in the field of Para sport. These vary from year-long placements with Para sport performance programmes to volunteering opportunities at Para sport events and competitions that take place on campus. In addition, there are opportunities to gain coaching qualifications in Wheelchair Basketball and Boccia.


equipment in the Holywell gym

Holywell Fitness Centre and Powerbase Gym are both accessible facilities catering for all abilities.

Our fitness instructors are used to working with gym members of all levels and sporting backgrounds, from Paralympians at the very top of their sports to recreational gym users.

We have a range of fitness equipment and areas that allow access to all members, whilst providing the option of 121 instructor’s assistance in how to use them.

We can aid in the development of fitness programs catered to each individual.