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Sport and Recreation

York University, through the School of Physical Education, has developed programs in both Sport and Recreation, aimed at offering opportunities across the broad continuum of physical activity to all students. Programs are designed to allow individuals to select appropriate levels of physical activity participation and, where possible, personal development, wellness and/or leadership opportunities to meet their individual needs and aspirations.

Students have not only the opportunity to participate in Sport and Recreation activities at York, but become involved in the planning, organizing and implementation of programs, either as a volunteer, coop student, or part-time employee. The University also encourages students to take advantage of the exciting environment generated through Sport and Recreation at York by attending events held on campus throughout the season.

Interuniversity Sport

The interuniversity sport program is an integral part of the University's educational mission and complements the potential for personal growth that the York experience fosters. All full-time students are welcome to try out for any of the 30 interuniversity teams offered by Sport York. Sport programs give student athletes the opportunity for skill development and the pursuit of excellence through qualified coaching and competitive schedules.

A Proud and Growing Tradition - For more than 30 years, the York University Yeomen and Yeowomen have been making their mark on the Canadian sport scene. Provincial and national team titles, combined with numerous athletes and coaches who participate on many of Canada's national teams, attest to the success of York University.

Coaches - The coaching staff at York is composed of experienced, highly qualified and dedicated professionals, many of whom hold full-time positions within the University. A majority of our coaches also hold leadership positions in provincial and national sport organizations and are experts in their field of coaching. These individuals are dedicated to the attainment of the student athletes' potential in the sport and in the classroom.

Varsity Teams - York University offers the opportunity to participate at the highest level of university competition. In Ontario, universities compete in each sport for the provincial championship title within the Ontario University Athletics (OUA). Nationally, York competes within the Canadian Interuniversity Athletic Union (CIAU).

Men's Teams - badminton, basketball, cross country, fencing, football, golf, ice hockey, rugby, soccer, swimming, tennis, track and field, volleyball, water polo.

Women's Teams - badminton, basketball, cross country, fencing, field hockey, figure skating, ice hockey, indoor hockey, lacrosse, rugby, soccer, swimming, tennis, track and field, volleyball, water polo.


An important dimension of the total educational experience is the participation in physical activity. The Recreation York program provides an opportunity for the University community to participate in a wide range of activities including intramural sport competitions, fitness/lifestyle and instructional classes, sports clubs and casual recreation. The aim of the program is to provide activities that meet the individual needs, interests and abilities of York students. Registered students may enrol free of charge in most Recreation York programs (space permitting).

Intramural Sports - A variety of individual and team activities are offered at both a competitive and recreational level. Men's, women's and coed teams compete in 24 league/tournament sports and six special events ranging from ice hockey, badminton and ultimate frisbee to flag football and volleyball. Join a team from your college or form your own team with a group of university friends.

Fitness/Lifestyle and Instructional Classes - For the fitness enthusiast, 29 classes are offered each week. Several different levels of step classes, strictly muscle and hi/lo are among the variety of fitness classes available. For those with other special interests, instructional courses are offered in the areas of martial arts, dance, aquatics, relaxation and sports like tennis, skating and fencing (for an additional charge).

Sport Clubs - For those who would like to join other members of the York community in an activity or sport that may not be offered at either the interuniversity or intramural level, there is a sports club program. Squash, cricket, table tennis and baseball are a few of the many clubs waiting to welcome new members.

Casual Recreation - For those who like to swim, run, skate, play tennis or squash, or work out, there are many casual recreational opportunities for the person who enjoys the flexibility of self directed physical activity. Of particular interest is the Tait McKenzie Fitness Centre, featuring exercise machines and free weights, and staffed by qualified fitness personnel who can assist with equipment use and provide exercise prescription. There are also casual use times set aside in facilities such as the gymnasium and the ice rink for pick-up hockey, skating, badminton, basketball, volleyball, indoor soccer, table tennis, outdoor tennis and squash.


York University offers state-of-the-art Sport and Recreation facilities and amenities. At the Keele campus, the Tait McKenzie Centre serves as the centre of activity. For outdoor events, the York Stadium is the main attraction. The University also serves as the home of the City of Toronto Track and Field Centre, the National Tennis Centre and the Beatrice Ice Gardens. At the Proctor Field House on the Glendon campus, a variety of facilities and amenities are also available, including a newly upgraded gymnasium and unique walking/hiking trails that lead to local parks.

Keele Campus - stadium, four gymnasia, three dance studios, seven squash courts, five sport playing fields, three softball fields, nine outdoor tennis courts, seven squash courts, cricket pitch, ice arena, outdoor skating rink, swimming pool, a fitness centre with 23 cardio machines, selectorized and free weights and a Sport Injury Clinic.

Plus - Beatrice Ice Gardens at York University (six rinks, dry-land training facilities), City of Toronto Track and Field Centre at York University (indoor and outdoor), National Tennis Centre (10 outdoor summer courts and four indoor winter courts).

Glendon Campus - two gymnasia, five squash courts, swimming pool, fitness studio, weight room, indoor golf driving range, three outdoor tennis courts, softball diamond, playing field, walking/hiking trails.

For Further Information:

Keele Campus, School of Physical Education, 302 Tait McKenzie Centre, 416-736-5182
Glendon Campus, Department of Athletics, Glendon Proctor Field House, 416-487-6717

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