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Adventurous Training and Sport

During your time with the UOTC you will have plenty of opportunities to get involved with sports or Adventurous Training expeditions. Sport is used to develop leadership and teamwork, as well as maintain physical fitness. Third and second year students play an active role in organising and leading the teams.

Adventurous Training

Adventurous Training (AT) is designed to expose people to fear and risk management and build up individual and teamwork skills. It does this by placing you in situations that push you to your limits and beyond. There are plenty of opportunities to do AT, you get paid for most of them and often gain qualifications. The following are examples of expeditions:

  • Skiing in the Alps
  • Sailing the Solent
  • Hiking in Europe
  • Climbing in Wales

There are also unique expeditions. In short, if you or your fellow members conceive of it and the army can support it, there are tremendous opportunities for AT.


Sport is a key part of the British Army’s ethos. It builds both team skills and personal fitness.

The UOTCs have teams for the major sports that run throughout the year, which include football, rugby union, hockey and running. But if you have an interest in a sport not already played, then why not set up your own team! There are regular training sessions and UOTC teams play a mixture of university faculty teams and other local military teams. 

The Queen's Cup

The culmination of the year's sport occurs at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst where UOTCs compete for the Queen's Cup. Here, all 18 UOTCs are invited to enter teams in several different competitions including hockey, rugby, football, and cross country. Not only is it a great chance to meet (and beat) other UOTCs but it's also good fun.

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