Northamptonshire is home to several top sports teams, with regular football, rugby and cricket matches taking place near to the university.


Northampton Saints Rugby Club is one of the top premiership clubs in the country. The club has a strong reputation at national and international level and features world class players.

The Northampton Saints play at Franklin’s Gardens, a world renowned venue close to Northampton town centre.


Northampton Town Football Club play at Sixfields, a purpose built athletics stadium surrounded by leisure amenities including restaurants and a cinema.


Northamptonshire County Cricket Club play their County Championship and Sunday League matches at the County Ground, situated very near to both university campuses.

Motor racing

Northamptonshire is home to the Silverstone Circuit. Silverstone hosts the British Grand Prix as well as many other high profile events. There is also Rockingham Motor Speedway and Santa Pod Raceway which offers a range of drag racing events.

Other sports

The area has excellent golfing facilities, including the PGA course at Collingtree. There are also many equestrian and country activities, and several excellent water sports centres, such as the Nene Whitewater Centre, for sailing, waterskiing and canoeing.

There are also more than 30 gyms, health clubs and leisure centres in the area to cater for all needs and budgets.