The UBC Thunderbirds Sport Clubs (UBC TSC) are Athletics and Recreation's newest competitive option for UBC student athletes. Launched in 2015, these student-led sport teams compete in non-CIS/NAIA level competition but officially represent the University.

UBC Thunderbirds Sport Clubs currently feature thirteen sports and sixteen teams, not represented at the Varsity level, in inter-collegiate or community based competitions at a local, provincial, national, and international level.

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Alpine Ski




Field Lacrosse




Synchronized Swimming


Men's Ultimate

Women's Ultimate

Triathlon (coming soon)


About UBC Thunderbirds Sport Clubs

The UBC Varsity teams, as part of Athletics and Recreation, underwent a sport review process to tier the 27 varsity teams into: Tier 1, Tier 2, and Competitive Sport Clubs in order to allocate funding on a tiered system and better support the teams.

Sport Continuum

Each Sport Club is given administrative support and financial support for National Competition travel and Coaches; however each club is built on three key pillars.

3 SC pillars

Frequently Asked Questions

Although Sport Clubs and Varsity Student-Athletes may have similar health and competitive sport goals, UBC Thunderbirds Sport Clubs are completely student driven and compete in non-CIS and non-NAIA competition. Competitive Sport Clubs may have professional coaches and currently receive administrative and some financial support from UBC Athletics and Recreation; but each club in the above list is run by student leaders. These UBC students are tasked with administrative, financial, and social responsibilities for their respective teams which include: scheduling games and tournaments, handling practices and facility rentals, fundraising, organizing competition travel, and hiring coaches - just to name a few. Sport Club Executives and Athletes are presented with an excellent opportunity to build leadership, teamwork, and professional skills that can launch their careers after their time at UBC.

While Sport Clubs and AMS Clubs focus on student leadership and development, UBC Thunderbirds Sport Clubs strives for competitive excellence. With weekly practices, Competitive Sport Clubs travel locally, across Canada, and internationally to compete against other universities, representing UBC at a highly competitive level. Sport Club Athletes are challenged with athletic and self-development, enriching their experiences at the University.

With student leadership driving the Sport Clubs and Intramurals programs, UBC Thunderbirds Sport Clubs allows students to compete at an inter-collegiate level. Sport Clubs encourages athletes to be competitive and successful within their athletic domains, while Intramurals allows athletes to try out new sports at the recreational level. For athletes looking for a balance between competition and recreation, Sport Clubs provides the perfect in-between.


While the above teams will be recruiting athletes, UBC Athletics and Recreation will be recruiting clubs. Sport Clubs across campus will be able to apply to be Thunderbirds Sport Clubs for the 2020/21 year. If you run a highly competitive team on campus and would like to take this next step, please email your inquires to sport.clubs@ubc.ca.

If you would like more information on getting involved with UBC Thunderbirds Sport Clubs, either on an existing team or for a new sport, please contact the team directly through their team email or email sport.clubs@ubc.ca for general inquiries.

The application process for the UBC Thunderbirds Sport Clubs is now closed.

However, if there are any questions regarding the preparation for a successful application for the 2020/21 year, please contact the Sport Clubs office at sport.clubs@ubc.ca. 


 UBC Thunderbirds Sport Clubs

Student Recreation Centre

6000 Student Union Boulevard

Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z1

(Ph) 604-822-3683