Sports facilities

Students at BCU can take advantage of a number of sports facilities across Birmingham for free or at reduced membership fees. Some sports club events also take place in rooms across our City Centre Campus.

City South Sports Centre    

The new building at City South campus is home to our sports and physiotherapy courses. It features state-of-the-art sports and fitness analysis equipment as well as a fully equipped sports hall, perfect for indoor sports.

Where to find us:

Birmingham City University, Westbourne Road, Birmingham B15 3TN

Doug Ellis Sports Centre

doug ellis - sports page The Doug Ellis Sports Centre is a fantastic health and fitness facility which is available to all. Work out in the fitness suite, join one of our classes or team up with your friends for an activity in the sports hall.

The fully air conditioned gym has over 80 pieces of fitness equipment to choose from including cardiovascular (great for your heart and lungs), resistance equipment (great for toning the body) and a free weights area. So, whether your goal is to lose weight, look good or feel great, our team of qualified fitness instructors are on hand to help you get the most from your workout sessions.

The eight court sports hall has a semi-sprung wood floor and is marked out for:

  • Badminton
  • Netball
  • Basketball
  • Five-a-side football
  • Cricket
  • Volleyball.

Other features include strength areas, workout studios and all weather pitches.

Where to find us:

Birmingham City University, 150 Wellhead Lane, Birmingham B42 2SY


There are Health and Fitness memberships exclusively available to Birmingham City University students and staff.  All memberships include unlimited use of the Fitness Suite and are available with or without workout classes, allowing you to pick the right membership for you.

Find out more about memberships on the Doug Ellis Sports Centre website.

The Pavillion

the pavilion - sport at bcuThe Pavilion is our home to rugby and football. Its facilities include:

  • Flood-lit full sized all weather pitch
  • Show pitch with advertising space
  • Seven full-sized adult football pitches
  • Two intermediate football pitches
  • Two junior football pitches
  • One rugby pitch
  • 22 changing rooms with further allocation for referees.

Social events and post match relaxation are easily accommodated in the large, first floor function area; complete with extensive bar, comfortable seating and plasma screens showing all the latest sports action.

Where to find us:

The Pavilion, Moor Lane Birmingham, B6 7AA

Find out more on The Pavilion website.

Get in touch

To find out more about sport at BCU please email

Go Green Travel Guide

Sustainable travel can make a huge difference to the environment, boost your health, and save you money.

Check out our Go Green Travel Guide which helps you navigate around our sports facilities in a sustainable way.