The Athletic Union

Welcome to the home of student sport at Cardiff University! We facilitate 68 student-led sports clubs and offer 5000+ students the opportunity to represent Cardiff regionally, nationally and beyond.

We primarily compete in BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sport) whilst providing opportunities to compete at other prestigious competitions and events, both indoor and outdoor sports.



As part of the AU, you get the amazing opportunity to represent Cardiff University and join as many sports as you want! For a small fee, the AU provides all sorts of benefits to members including facility hire, BUCS affiliation, BUCS subsidy, insurance coverage, staff support and so much more!

Don’t know what sports club to join? Check out our Give It A Go programme!

Non-Cardiff University students can apply to join Sports Clubs as an Associate Member by completing this form and emailing it to the Students' Union Finance Department.

Tier 1 AU membership top up fee - BUCS participant

Ref: P10356180

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Price: £15.00
This product is to be purchased by any Athletic Union member who participates in a BUCS weekly League/Competition.

Upcoming Events

Karate GIAG
1st November - 30th June
Please purchase this if you want to come along to try a session before signing up for the membership.
13th January - 8th February
Buckmore park karting
Only for inters drivers. Dont buy if not told to!
13th January - 8th February
Buckmore park karting
First round of the BUKC at BUCKMORE PARK. Please do not buy if not told to.
BPW - Show of interest
23rd January - 23rd February
Grab this ticket if you think you want to come to BPW


Memberships are available to purchase from September - head to the Club pages below and the AU Fee will be applied to your first membership purchase.

Any questions? Come and see us on the 3rd floor of the Students' Union or contact us.

Sports Clubs

We are a fully inclusive institution providing activity for all abilities, but we advise that you contact Clubs prior to signing up to discuss commitments, additional costs and the timing of sessions. Also be aware that there may be limitations in capacity for a few of our more popular clubs linked solely to resources such as facilities, transport or instructor availability.

Check out Give It A Go or Trial sessions to get a taster before you join!