The university boasts almost 40 sports clubs with a total membership of over 9 000 students and staff.

The more traditional sports are all well catered for, but you also have the option of more exciting individual pursuits such as archery, hiking, mountaineering and more.

Sports and Recreation provides for all levels of competition from purely social programmes through to high-performance sport.

UCT has a proud record of achievement both in the Western Province leagues and at national student tournaments. Each year the university produces a number of sports people who achieve the highest honour of representing South Africa.

Sports development and transformation are taken very seriously at UCT. Our students are actively engaged in promoting sport in the local communities and within their clubs on campus.

Every club welcomes new members, from novices to the more experienced athletes, and is equipped to deal with the needs of each individual.

Most clubs engage the services of top-level coaches, many of whom coach at provincial level.

Sports facilities include an Astroturf hockey facility, an indoor sports complex, and excellent tennis, squash, soccer, rugby and cricket facilities. Our rowing club is one of the best equipped university clubs in the country.

In addition, UCT has access to a mountain near Ceres, an L26 keelboat and many sailing dinghies, an ocean-going dive boat, and a water-ski boat equipped with a 130hp engine.

Sports scholarships

With an excellent record in a wide variety of sports, UCT is keen to continue attracting top sports people to the campus.

If you have represented your country in any sport at a national schools or age-group level, you could be eligible for a sports scholarship of up to R10 000.

Eligible applicants need to apply to Sports and Recreation to be considered for these awards. The closing date for applications is 31 September for study in the following year. See the application form; please fill this in and send it back together with your sports CV once you have started the application process to study at UCT via  Online Applications ( All submissions must be emailed in Word or PDF format only. Please click the link to a access Sport Scholarship Form

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Sports Clubs Practising times

Archery Monday and Wednesday: 16h00-18h00, Thursday: 16h00-17h30- Sports Centre Hall 1
Athletics Monday - Thursday: 17h30-19h00 - UCT Cricket Oval

Tuesday and Thursday:  19h00-22h00 - Sports Centre Hall 2


Tuesday and Thursday:17h00-22h00, Friday: 17h00-22h00

Canoe Tuesday:18H00, Thursday: 16h00 Zandvlei (Club NOT Active in 2023)

Monday & Thursday : 16h00-18h00, Sports Centre Hall 3 Wednesday: 16H00-18h00 

Martial Arts Room.

Chess Tuesday & Thursday: 17h00- 19h00 - Sport Centre North Council Room 

Tuesday:1st & 2nd teams, Wednesday, Women/Social, Thursday: 1st,2nd& 3rd teams 

Out door Artificial Nets,Cricket Oval

Cycling Check Vula Notices
E-Sport Contact Sports Admin
Fitness Centre/UCT Gym Monday - Friday: 06h00-20h00. Weekends Closed. Times Subject to Change
Fencing Monday and Thursday: 16h00-19h00 - Sports Centre Hall 2
Football Monday, Tuesday & Thursday: 17h00-21h00 - Kopano Astro
Golf Check Vula Notices
Gymnastics Tuesday & Thursday : Gordon's  Gym  Mowbray 19h30-21h30

Monday-Friday: 17h00-21h00 - UCT Hares Astroturf


Wednesday: 17h30-20h00, Friday: 15h00-18h30 - Martial Arts Room

Karate Monday:18h30-20h00, Wednesday: 19h00-20h00 - Sports Centre Hall 3/ Martial Arts Room
Kickboxing Monday: 16h30-18h00, Wednesday:16h30 - 18h30 - Sports Centre Hall 3/ Martial Arts Room
Mountain & Ski Check Vula Notices
Netball Tuesday & Wednesday: 16h00-19h00
Para Sports Contact Sports Admin

Weekdays:06h00 or 18h00-Rowing Centre , Weekends: 07h00- Zoekeoivlei

Rugby - Men Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 17h30 - 19h00. Internal Rugby:Wednesday 17h30 - 19h00
Rugby - Women

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 16h00 - 17h00.

Squash Wednesday and Thursday: UCT Squash Courts - 17h00-19h00
Surf Fridays:  15h00-16h00, Saturdays: 10h00-12h00
Swimming Monday and Wednesday - SISSA Pool: 18h30-19h00, Tuesday - SSISA Gym: 17h30-18h30
Table Tennis Wednesday: 19h00-22h00, Friday: 18h00-2100
Taekwondo Tuesday: 17h00-19h30, Thursday: 17h30-21h00 (Club NOT Active in 2023)
Tai Chi Tuesday and Thursday: 17h00-20h00 

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: 17h30-19h00

Underwater Thursdays: 17h00-23h00
Ultimate Frisbee Monday: 18h00-21h00, Wednesday and Thursday: 17h30-20h30, Friday: 17h00-19h30, Saturday: 09h00-12h00
Volleyball Monday and Tuesday: 17h30-22h00, Friday: 19h00-22h00
Waterpolo Monday and Tuesday: 17h30-20h00
Yacht/Sailing Friday: 16h30-19h00, Saturday and Sunday: 09h00-15h00