Athletics at Swansea University

For students who take their sport seriously, it is always refreshing to find a university that shares their commitment and ambitions. And at Swansea, sport really matters.

Our vision is to deliver a diversified athletics programme and equitable participation opportunities, encouraging student-athletes to strive for the highest levels of sportsmanship and performance in the pursuit of athletic excellence.

We have a proud tradition of producing high-achieving athletes and distinguished Sporting Alumni, with football, rugby, hockey, surfing, swimming and triathlon all leading sports. Our strong partnerships with premier athletics clubs and organisations mean we are well placed to offer professional coaching and a nurturing environment within which to reach your potential.

With access to first-class facilities, including our impressive Sports Village, 50m Wales National Pool and the new 360 Beach and Watersports Centre, we are able to offer students an extraordinary choice of venues of superior quality from which to participate in your chosen activities.

With our unparalleled natural environment and stat-of-the-art facilities, it is easy to see why Swansea University is the obvious choice for students with a keen interest in sports and an active lifestyle.

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Sports Village

A mere 5 minute walk from the main University campus is our impressive £20m Sports Village. The venue supports indoor and outdoor athletics and has attracted some of the finest athletes and sportspeople. It boasts over 400 parking spaces and all facilities comply with British Universities and Colleges Sport and National Governing Body standards.

Outdoor facilities at the Sports Village include:

Eight-lane athletics track        Floodlit playing fields (rugby, football, lacrosse and cricket pitches)

Pole vault and high jump beds      Two sand pits for long and triple jump

Throwing areas and cage suitable for all throwing events    400-spectator stand and a public address


Our Indoor Training Centre houses:

Sports hall        Tennis courts       Squash courts

60 metre, six-lane runnig track       Long jump / triple jump pit

High jump      Pole vault      Throwing cage     Javelin net

Climbing wall      Six changing rooms (with provision for those with disabilities)

The indoor track has a new casual use policy due to popular use of the facility. We have allocated set times for individual users of the tracks which are provided in the table below. Please note that track access outside of these times will be restricted to bookings, schools and approved athletes.

Indoor Track Casual Use Times


Athletics Clubs

From grass roots to high-performance athletics, Swansea University offers something for every level, across a broad range of interests, giving students the freedom to choose the sports they are familiar with and opportunities to explore new activities, including:

Bodyboarding      Canoeing      Caving    

Hiking  Triathlon    Horse riding     Kite surfing      

Mountain biking    Skiing        Rowing        

Running        Sailing      Snowboarding      

                                                                                Sub aqua     Surfing    Windsurfing

For a full list of Sport Swansea clubs and societies click here

We recognise that students need the flexibility to decide the level of their participation in sports, and with this in mind we have an open-door policy to engage with students and actively encourage discussions about participating in activities.

We have forged a strong partnership with UK athletics club the Swansea Harriers. Based at our prestigious Sports Village, the Harriers have produced many Great Britain and Welsh International athletes in all age groups, and compete in the highest possible leagues in the UK.


Swansea Harriers

Although athletics has taken place in Swansea since the late 19th century, it was not until 1962 that the current Swansea Harriers was formally established. Since then the club has produced Great Britain and Welsh international athletes in age groups from junior to senior, and won Welsh and British titles at Club level. The Harriers were voted UK Athletics Club of the Year in 2009 and the club will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2012.

The club is conveniently based at Swansea University Sports Village. It currently has around 600 members and participates in track & field, cross country, road running, race walking and fell running.


Training takes place on most evenings, with the main club nights being Tuesday and Thursday. Endurance athletes utilise Swansea Bay with sessions taking place at Swansea Beach, Singleton Park, Clyne Valley, Swansea promenade as well as longer weekend runs to the Gower Peninsular.

Club Members

  • Philippa Roles - Olympic discus thrower (Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008)
  • David Greene - World Championships - 400m Hurdles Finalist (Berlin 2009)
  • Ian Hamer - Olympic 5000m (Barcelona 1992)
  • Hayley Tullett - World Championships - 1500m bronze medallist (2003) and Olympics (2000 and Athens 2004)

Visit the Swansea Harriers website

Our Athletes

Swansea University has a proud history of producing high-achieving athletes, who go on to thrive in outstanding sporting careers. A large number of former students have gone on to play international rugby for Wales, England and the British Lions, and represented Britain in the Beijing Paralympic Games.

Learn more about our distinguished sporting Alumni