Outdoor Facilities

Outdoor Facilities - Sport and Wellbeing

Outdoor Facilities - Sport and Wellbeing

Wide Lane Sports Grounds

Wide Lane Sports Grounds were opened in October 2005 by UoS Alumnus and Sports Broadcaster, John Inverdale. The University has invested £4.3 million in the re-development of the 76 acre facility in partnership with Eastleigh Borough Council and the Football Foundation.

Wide Lane Sports Grounds are located just outside Southampton, opposite Parkway Railway Station and Southampton Airport.

Facilities at the sports grounds include:

  • Two floodlit synthetic turf pitches for hockey and 11-a-side or 6-a-side football
  • Eight floodlit tennis courts
  • A pavilion, with conference rooms and bar
  • Grass pitches for a variety of sports


Wide Lane Sports Grounds are available to hire for sporting events.  These superb facilities are available all year round for events ranging from a friendly game of football to an International competition. 

To make a casual tennis court booking please contact the Jubilee Sports Centre Reception on 023 8059 2119, or email sportandwellbeing@southampton.ac.uk

For booking details contact Anita Dowling on 023 8059 6878, or email facilitybooking@southampton.ac.uk

Avenue Campus Tennis Courts

The Avenue Campus offers 2 Tennis Courts that can be booked through the Jubilee Sports Centre Reception.

University Watersports Centre

As Southampton is on the coast, there’s inevitably a major focus on watersports and sailing.  The University Watersports Centre, where the AU watersports clubs are based, is situated close to the Wessex Lane Halls of Residence and gives direct access onto the River Itchen. Watersports are extremely popular due to the proximity of Southampton Water, the Solent and Cowes on the Isle of Wight. 
Sport and Wellbeing runs courses in a variety of watersports with dates and times dependent on the tides.

The Watersports Centre is also home to the Rifle/Archery Range which is well used by the thriving AU Rifle and Archery clubs.