Sports & Recreation

Sport is an important part of University life and the University caters for everyone – from the recreational through to highly competitive persons. The Edgewood, Howard College, Pietermaritzburg, and Westville campuses all have an impressive range of indoor and outdoor facilities. Each of the campuses has its own tennis and squash courts, swimming pool, jogging areas and gymnasium for those who want to enjoy recreational sport in their own time. Those interested in a more structured sporting and competitive experience can join one or more of the available sports clubs, which provide excellent facilities, coaching and equipment for students who wish to compete at any level, from beginner through to international level. Some of the major sporting activities offered at the Edgewood campus include basketball, football, netball and karate.There are both indoor and outdoor facilities. The following sports and activities are presently offered at the Howard College and Pietermaritzburg campuses: athletics, aerobics, basketball, ballroom dancing, canoeing, cricket, golf, hockey, karate, mountaineering, netball, rugby, soccer, softball and squash.  Howard College, which has its own indoor sports complex, also offers boxing, chess, gymnastics, surfing, underwater sport and yachting, while Pietermaritzburg also offers tennis, rowing and volleyball.  The Westville campus boasts a well equipped and modern indoor sports complex and an Olympic-size swimming pool. The following sports are offered on the Westville campus: athletics, aerobics, badminton, basketball, boxing, ballroom dancing, chess, cricket, gymnastics, golf, karate, netball, soccer, softball, squash, swimming, table tennis, volleyball and weightlifting/body building. All sport is administered by the Sport Administration Office on each campus.

University sport is affiliated to USSA (University Sport South Africa) and many opportunities are provided for competition at regional and national level, culminating in the World Student Games which are held biennially. Sports Scholarships are available for top performers. Any student who is selected for provincial or national representation can apply to the Sports Administration for financial assistance.

For more information please contact:

Edgewood Tel: +27 (0)31 260 3610

Howard/Medical School

Tel: +27 (0)31 260 2281/2197

Pietermaritzburg Tel: +27 (0)33 260 5189

Westville Tel: +27 (0)31 260 736

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General Enquiries

DBN: +27 31 260 1111
PMB: +27 33 260 5111
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South Africa's best-known and most popular television maths and science teacher William Smith obtained a Master’s degree from the former University of Natal

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