The Richmond Hill campus has a multi-purpose outdoor court for tennis, basketball, volleyball and mini-soccer. A well-equipped Fitness Center is available in the Main Building, basement level (open 0600 – 2400 last entry 2300, daily). A cardio studio is available for University sponsored recreational classes on the ground level of the Main Building.
In addition, for a monthly fee, Cedars Health and Leisure Club is located directly behind the Richmond Hill campus and features a full health and leisure facility including a swimming pool.
Richmond Park, the largest urban park in Europe, is a 2,500-acre recreational area less than a five-minute walk from the Hill campus. The Park (in the past a Royal hunting ground for Kings) offers students recreational and competitive sports for every interest and no entry fee. The Student Government Association has purchased bicycles that can be used free of charge for cycling in the Park – and elsewhere.
In Kensington, students may use the athletic facilities of nearby Imperial College for a modest fee. Additional information is available at: www.imperial.ac.uk Imperial has an indoor swimming pool, a squash court, a gym as well as sauna and Jacuzzi facilities. Look to this site for on-going details of what is being offered from term to term.
In terms of sports off campus, London offers fantastic opportunities for students either as spectators or to participate in an endless array of sport and recreational activities. For details on Richmond Park go to: www.guidetorichmond.co.uk/park.html.
London has a full range of football (soccer) teams including Premier League clubs such as Arsenal, Crystal Palace, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United. The two closets clubs are Chelsea FC and local rivals, Fulham FC.
If rugby is your sport, Twickenham, the home of international rugby in England, is only two miles from the campus. Find out more information on the official Rugby Football Union website.
Wimbledon Tennis Club, home of the famous tennis championship is also nearby and the famous boat race between Oxford and Cambridge Universities takes place on the Thames just down-river from Richmond.
The river at Richmond also offers sailing, boarding and rowing. You can find out more infomation on the range of sports as well as schedules on the guidetorichmond.co.uk webpage.
For those of you who do not usually follow England’s summer game, uk.cricket.org explains the rules and tells you all you need to know about Cricket.
To keep up to date with whatever sport you follow, check out www.bbc.co.uk/sport.