Play University & College 5-a-side Soccer!

If you’re a student at the University of Derby, or at Derby College, you can play 5-a-side soccer right on your doorstep! Situated at the heart of the University Accommodation Quarter, Willows Sports Centre has been running student football leagues for over 25 years! 

Whether you’re a keen football player, who would like to play as much as you can, or someone who would like to kick a ball around recreationally with friends as a part of student life, we have a solution for you!

At Willows Sports Centre, we have two large indoor pitches, with a choice of surfaces, both floodlit with large digital scoreboards, state-of-the-art action replay cameras to capture fantastic goals and unforgettable gaffs and a league support system and team of staff to make your experience one to remember. 

Student 5-a-side on your

Counting down to kick-off ...


Uni Leagues

Wednesday afternoons
£ 25
per match
  • Play against Uni & Halls mates!
  • Flexible match scheduling
  • Action Replays on Big Screens
  • INDOOR PITCHES - escape the weather!
  • 5 minutes' walk from most halls
  • Players' Lounge with great drinks & food offers
  • Dedicated league manager
  • Facebook League Community Group
  • Full website & app package
  • Back for our 25th YEAR!
25th year

Derby College Leagues

as part of Wednesday Enrichment
£ 18
per match
  • Wednesday afternoons
  • Play against College mates!
  • Action Replays on Big Screens
  • Our lowest match fees
  • 2 mins from Joseph Wright Building
  • Dedicated league manager
  • Full website & app package
  • in association with Derby College Sports
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Can't do Wednesday afternoons? No problem!

If you and your team can’t play Wednesday afternoons, don’t worry! Ask us about arranging matches to suit your student life, entering mainstream leagues, or just finding a solution to meet your needs. 

5-a-side & Futsal Pitch Hire for Students

We have superb indoor facilities for 5-a-side soccer and Futsal!

If you’d like to organise a one-off, or regular match between University mates, then book a pitch at Willows Sports Centre and enjoy fantastic floodlit indoor pitches, complimented by free-to-use digital scoreboards, industry leading action replay cameras, refurbished changing facilities, hot showers and lockers and then relax with a post match drink in our Players’ Lounge!

All Derby Students get 20% OFF pitch hire during the 2019/2020 academic year. You can choose to book a one-off match, or organise a weekly game between mates from Halls or perhaps colleagues on your course?

We can provide a ball, bibs and even a referee if you require one (pre-booking only). 

For more details, or to enquire about availability, contact us and we’ll get you all of the details you need and quickly! 

Hire a Pitch

available 7 days a week
£ 35
per hour
  • Midweek daytimes 9am - 6pm
  • Weekends 9am - 10pm
  • Make your own game
  • Action Replays on Big Screens
  • 20% student discount
  • 5 minutes' walk from most Halls
  • Choice of surfaces
  • Fantastic Futsal Court available
20% OFF
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Clubs & Societies - bring your group to us!

We have great facilities for a range of sports ... right on your doorstep!

If you are part of a University Club or Society and you’re looking for a space to use for practice or even a social, come to Willows Sports Centre. 

We’re just a few minutes from most halls and would welcome the chance to work with you and your members. 

Pitch and court hire is available midweek before 6pm and throughout the weekend. As an established Club or Society you also benefit from our lowest hire fees at just £30/hour, or two hours for just £45. 

We can also discuss discounts on socials events too. Contact us for more information … we’d love to meet you over a coffee and talk about your group. 

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JULY 13th 2020

Please be aware that we remain temporarily closed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Following the Government's latest announcement, we are awaiting guidance to be published by sports governing bodies about a return to playing team sports.

For more information and details or our grand re-opening, please like or social media pages.

You can contact us through these pages and via the contact form on this site.

Stay safe and see you all soon! 🤞🏼

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