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Opportunities to participate in sport

High Life Highland - sport centre access

Students cycling in gym

High Life Highland and the University of the Highlands and Islands have agreed a corporate partnership to provide discounted individual leisure membership for students and staff of the University. High Life Highland leisure centres, community centres, and community schools offer a range of sports facilities. To find out where your nearest leisure centre is, and what facilities are on offer, seeHigh Life Highland website

High Life Highland leisure facilities are available at:

Alness Swimming Pool; Averon Leisure Centre; Aviemore Community Centre; The Badenoch Centre (Kingussie); Black Isle Leisure Centre (Fortrose); Craig MacLean Leisure Centre (Grantown on Spey); Culloden Academy Leisure Centre; Dingwall Leisure Centre; Evanton Sports Centre; The Fingal Centre (Portree); Gairloch Leisure Centre; Golspie / Sutherland Swimming Pool; Invergordon Leisure Centre; Lochaber Leisure Centre (Fort William); Lochbroom Leisure Centre (Ullapool); Nairn Leisure Centre; Thurso Swimming Pool; Tain Royal Academy Community Complex (TRACC); Wick Swimming Pool

The discounted membership is also available at Inverness Leisure.

The corporate partnership allows students and staff of the University (including academic partners) to gain 10% discount off High Life memberships. The discount applies to both Direct Debit and Annual payments.

University sports clubs

The students' association, HISA, has a range of clubs and societies for you to join. Some of the sports clubs available include:

Badminton, basketball, boxing, climbing, football, golf, mountain biking, mountaineering, paddle sports, snow sports, sab-aqua, wind & wave, and more. A full list of student Sports clubs is available to download.

If you would like to participate in something that is not currently available, we are pleased to assist with setting up new clubs.

Please visit the HISA site for details of clubs, how to set up a new club and related information.

Sporting Blues

Sporting Blues have been used in universities to recognise sporting excellence since the 1800’s. The university Sporting Blues awards scheme was launched in March 2017 and recognises the sporting achievements of our students. The awards scheme, which is a joint initiative between the university and the Highlands and Islands Students’ Association was proven to be very successful in gaining candidates in its first year with the blues being awarded at graduations to seven winners..

We would like to urge students and staff to nominate outstanding students as well as influencing students to either nominate themselves or fellow athletes.

What are the Sporting Blues?

Full Blues

A Full Blue is awarded to athletes of outstanding ability judged by standards applicable to students’ different sports.

Half Blues

Half Blues are awarded to athletes for playing well above the average standard for a University 1st team (where applicable) or represent the University as an individual in national level competition.


To receive a Colour, athletes, where applicable, need to serve and play for their club and to be regular 1st team members, representing the team in at least 65% of the eligible matches, recording at least one victory.

Sports Person of the Year

This is an award for truly exceptional athletes, the panel will decide annually whether to award it, with the decision following the same criteria as that for a Full Blue.

Who is this open to?

The Sporting Blues are open to:

  • Individual athletes, who compete on their own
  • Individual athletes, who compete as part of a team

To submit a nomation please see our criteria and entry form.

Elite Athletes Fund

This fund is aimed at athletes currently studying at the University or one of our partner colleges who are competing in their chosen sport at national or international level, and where possible are representing the university/college.

The University understands that competing at an elite level can be financially challenging; therefore, the fund is intended to provide monetary assistance to support participation. For example, it could cover travel to competitions, entry fees, training camps and accommodation.

Find out more about the fund, how to apply and how the fund has helped previous recipients.