Sport is central to life at NUI Galway and our excellent facilities offer you a chance to balance your academic study with a wide range of sporting activities.


University Sports Complex

NUI Galway's new 6,500 sq ft sports complex on the University campus is ideally located for all students as a meeting point for sports activity.

The complex includes:

  • A six-lane, 25 metre swimming pool, with a moveable floor (international competition standard)
  • Dedicated squash and racquetball courts
  • A National League basketball arena and sports hall with bleacher seating for over 600 spectators
  • A 100-piece cardiovascular gym with 35 pieces of resistance equipment
  • A dedicated elite training gym
  • Two fitness studios, suitable for aerobic training
  • A competition-style climbing wall
  • Saunas and a steam room


Outdoor facilities

The University's outdoor sports facilities can be found in Dangan, on the north of the campus. They include:

  • Ten natural grass playing pitches
  • A synthetic grass pitch, suitable for a wide range of sports including hockey, soccer and Gaelic games
  • An eight-lane, international standard track, with jumping and throwing facilities, suitable for athletics, cross-country and general training.

Sports clubs

There are over 50 sports clubs within the University, offering students the chance to keep fit and healthy, while enjoying a great social outlet. 

Club Bookings: To book any sports facilities please fill out this form and email to

External Bookings (Sports Facilities): If you are a non NUI Galway group and would like to book sports facilities please contact(to be updated) 

Sports Clubs

Field Sports Club
Gaelic Football (Ladies)
Gaelic Football (Mens)
Rugby (Ladies)
Rugby (Mens)
Soccer (Ladies)

Off Campus Clubs


Snow Sports
Tennis                                      Triathlon


Indoor Clubs

Basketball (Ladies)
Inline Hockey
Pool and Snooker
Squash                                Table Tennis                      Volleyball

Martial Arts Clubs
Muay Thai
Water Sports Clubs
Swimming & Waterpolo

Sports Scholarship

We offer Elite Sports Scholarships to athletes of outstanding calibre who register as students of NUI Galway. Our programmes focus on developing the athlete so that they can achieve sporting success, as well as academic and personal development during and after their time in university.

The scheme includes sports such as basketball, badminton, ladies' and men's soccer, ladies' and men's rugby, ladies' and men's golf, martial arts, swimming and surfing. ;

As well as the scholarship, you will receive specialist sports supports including physiotherapy, treatment of injury, fitness training, coaching and travel to national and international competitions.

The scholarship is available for the duration of a course of study and all applicants must satisfy the academic requirements for entry to NUI Galway. 

NUI Galway introduced “Performance Points” Sports Scholarship in 2014

This new Sports Scholarship rewards athletes who are performing at the highest levels of their sport while also achieving academically “performance points” that can be added to their CAO points for entry to NUI Galway.

You can apply for an NUI Galway Sports Scholarship online

The closing date for receipt of applications for the Performance Points Scholarship has been extended to the 31st July.  

The closing date for receipt of applications for Elite Sports Scholarship is the 31st July. No applications will be accepted after this date.

If you would like to learn more about Sports Scholarships you can contact Kathy Hynes on P: 091 493475 or E: 

 Sports in Galway

NUI Galway is one of the largest sporting third level institutions in Ireland and we welcome the fact that sport forms an integral part of the social and educational lives of the campus community. This echoes the strong sporting culture that has always existed in Galway and which is such an integral part of both city and county life.

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Quick facts

NUI Galway has :

  • Over 19,000 students.
  • 4,000 international students from 110 countries represented on campus.
  • 2,600 staff members.
  • 110,000 Alumni Worldwide
  • 1,380 links with universities across the globe, including 200 in 25 EU countries and 180 in 15 other countries around the world. 
  • 175 years' experience providing university education. 

NUI Galway is:

  • ranked among the Top 2% internationally according to the QS World University Rankings
  • Ireland's top university for graduate employability with 98% of our graduates employed or in further study within six months of graduating.

NUI Galway is world-leading for research in:

  • Biomedical Science and Engineering 
  • Web Science
  • Human Rights
  • Marine Science, Energy and Environmental Science
  • Applied Social Sciences and Public Policy
    Humanities, in particular literature, Theatre and Irish Studies