Sport at LU

Sport has always been a big part of campus life at Lincoln.

Whether it’s just for recreation playing volleyball in the gym or on Forbes Lawn, with other students in a LUSA club, as a sports scholar or studying it to work towards your career.

We compete against universities and institutions and have played in local competitions for decades: in hockey, rowing, rugby, cricket and a myriad of other codes.

It has been part of how we grow students more than just academically, expanding opportunities and building a sense of pride and accomplishment among peers. It also helps you make friends and simply have fun.

There are lots of opportunities to play sport at Lincoln, and every student has the opportunity to join the fantastic Whare Hākinakina Lincoln Gym, with its state of the art equipment and facilities, which includes a sports lab that can help you monitor your progress towards your fitness goals.

Find out more about how sport and study combine at Lincoln

Download the LU Sport Booklet

Recreational Sport

Lincoln has lots of sports clubs that play on the weekend and during the week, in social and competitive grades, and you don’t have to be a scholar to join. 

We also offer a wide range of on-campus social sports and activities such as badminton, social football, ultimate frisbee, indoor football, Waikirikiri Hockey partnership, squash, tennis and volleyball. You can also test your climbing ability on the bouldering wall in the LU Gym.

There are lots of places to find out more. Just go to Whare Hākinakina LU Gym, the LU Sport website, or log onto the LU Sport Facebook page.

Lincoln is also a member of University and Tertiary Sport New Zealand, a not-for-profit organisation that enables competition and workforce opportunities for tertiary students in sport.


Since 1999, Lincoln has offered sports scholarships for dedicated sportspeople to achieve their goals on the field and court, and in the lecture theatre.

Alumni include All Blacks, Black Ferns, Tall Ferns, Black Caps and Olympic gold medallists.

View the extensive range of Sports Scholarships available at Lincoln University.

We also recognise sports achievement with our long-standing Blues Awards.

LU Gym

Whare Hākinakina LU Gym is integral to Lincoln’s celebrated campus life and is the cornerstone of the University’s acclaimed sport and recreation study programmes, including its sport scholarships which provide our student-athletes with well-rounded programmes to develop their physical, intellectual and personal performances.

The redeveloped facility offers our students, staff and community a comprehensive array of services and equipment to develop their fitness and nourish their physical and mental health:

  • Purpose-built RPM room
  • Enlarged and modernised changing areas
  • All-weather multi-code artificial turf
  • Indoor training track
  • Dedicated yoga room
  • The Trip – fully immersive cycling workout through digitally-created worlds
  • Refurbished squash courts
  • Multi-purpose training spaces
  • Massage and physiotherapy services
  • Nutrition-focused retail outlet

Central to Whare Hākinakina LU Gym's high-performance positioning is its state-of-the-art Sport and Exercise Science Laboratory. Here athletes/coaches and scientists come together to understand why elite athletes achieve great performances, how their performances can be even further lifted, and ultimately how to translate this knowledge into winning outcomes for individual athletes on game day.


Stretch yourself

Try out the Yoga Studio


Boxing fitness

Put on the gloves for an awesome workout


Huge selection of machines

Massive gym space with state-of the art equipment

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Climb new heights

The LU Gym bouldering wall

LUSA clubs

The Lincoln University Students’ Association (LUSA) runs a range of sporting and recreational clubs, where you can take to the field or to the hills. You can find out more at

M8-4S Surf Club Lincoln

The Lincoln M8-4S Surf Club is about helping its members whether they are looking to learn, improve their skills or just hang out and paddle. With several good beaches within easy distance of Lincoln, there are lots of opportunities for surfing trips.

Hunting Club

The Lincoln Hunting club is all about one thing, getting like-minded hunting enthusiasts together and having a great time in the outdoors. Activities include clay shoots, waterfowl shooting, big game hunting, as well as discounts from local hunting businesses, and networking through the hunting industry.

Lincoln Snow Department

At Lincoln we have access to four ski fields within an hour’s travel, and further afield. Lessons can easily be arranged for very little cost.

Recreation Society

The Lincoln University Recreation Society (LURS) is for students studying a sport and recreation-related degree, and are interested in finding jobs, internships or volunteer experiences in the sector.

Lincoln Spearo Club

The Lincoln Spearo Club was created for the purpose of bringing together like-minded people who like freediving.

The group consists of a mix of experienced and inexperienced freedivers sharing experiences and helpful tips to better the diving experiences of all the members.

LU Tramping & Climbing Club

The Lincoln University Tramping and Climbing Club aim to introduce and foster passions for the outdoors.

Universities of Canterbury Association Football Club

Universities AFC provides opportunities for students, at both Canterbury and Lincoln campuses, and the local community to play football in a fun and positive environment. It offers competitive football for those who wish to test themselves against the best in Christchurch, as well as social competitions for those who just wish to have a kick around with their friends.

Study Sport and Recreation

Many of our graduates are currently filling sport and recreation management roles all over New Zealand and overseas in areas like player management, injury prevention, sport development, community sport management, parks management, outdoor education, event management and sport management consulting, to name just a few.

Do you want to turn your love of sport and recreation into a career? We stand out from other universities due to our practical course content, friendly lecturers and connections with various organisations, which will give you a foot in the door before you complete your studies.

A degree in this area can open up a world of career opportunities in an exciting and fast-moving industry.

The sector desperately needs more graduates and we offer a wider range of sport and recreation subjects than any other New Zealand university. The career opportunities are diverse, from working in non-profit or professional sporting organisations to forging a career in outdoor recreation, public health, or the management of sports events and facilities.

Many organisations have hired Lincoln graduates and found them to be immediately work-ready, a quality that is supremely attractive to employers. 

More here.



Learn more about studying Sport and Recreation

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