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About Us

The Sport Programme at Durham University is based upon the three core strands of Participation, Performance and Community. It is the latter of these areas that has completely changed the face of our work within Team Durham Community Outreach. We strongly believe in commitment to support quality volunteering opportunities and individual development. University sport has a pivotal role to play in this initiative, and consequently the impact we have in local, national and international communities is very important to us.

Browse our website to learn more about the amazing programmes we offer and find out how YOU can get involved.

Adult Outreach

Our adult (16+) projects provide a wealth of opportunities for student volunteers whilst supplying our partners and potential employers with critical additional resources. The programme focuses on improving physical, social and mental well-being amongst the hardest to reach groups in society. Our provision has grown over the last few years with community projects becoming bigger and better. Student coaches and volunteers working along with professional coaches help to keep this quality delivery accessible to all participants with appropriate activities tailored to individual’s needs.

Children and Young people

Our comprehensive network of education providers and support organisations enables us to deliver activities and opportunities for children aged 3–18. Volunteers can support individual's educational attainment and raise aspirations through numerous junior projects.

Our outreach supports numerous children and young people, raising aspirations as a direct result of exposure to the University’s sports facilities.

International Outreach

Since the inception of our internalization outreach programme we have created opportunities with international partners to facilitate student and staff engagement, developing and investing in global communities. Every year, a number of Durham University students fundraise and travel to Zambia to deliver sport and drama activities within the local communities in Livingston and Lusaka. Students and young Zambians work side-by-side, developing fantastic partnerships and creating opportunities to develop new and existing skills, exchange knowledge and undertake new experiences beyond those that university alone can provide.


It is impossible to ignore the impact student outreach has in both the North East and further afield. With over 200 students delivering sports activities in schools and the community, whilst approximately 4000 children are offered the opportunity of high quality sports provision on site. We are unique in what we do, we do not offer a brokerage service for student volunteering conversely we work with local partners to identify and respond to community need, contributing over 16,000 hours of practical volunteer support, improving community cohesion on both campus every year

Going forward we are keen to actively engage with new organisations to diversify our volunteering network and student experience; whilst taking advantage of The Graham Sports Centre’s proposed new development site.