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UoM Sport

XXI Club

The University of Manchester XXI Club was formed in 1932 and exists to promote sporting excellence at The University of Manchester.


The XXI Club has its origin in elite sport and this is reflected in the current membership. Our members include Olympians, World Champions and World Record Holders and those who have competed for their countries at sports including athletics, football, rugby, hockey, netball, swimming and waterpolo.

Our current President is Mark Palios, owner of Tranmere Rovers Football Club and a former Chief Executive of the Football Association.

We hold a celebration dinner each year in autumn where XXI Club members gather and where new elections are invited to be welcomed to the Club. This year the XXI Club Dinner will be held at the Midland Hotel on Saturday 10th November with Sue Campbell as the guest speaker. Sue has a notable career within sport, formally representing England in netball and was head of UK Sport. Since then Sue has focused on transforming women's football with her sights set on winning the world cup and doubling female participation within the game. The ticket prices are set at £39 for members and £25 for new elections/students.

Amongst our various objectives, we are committed to working with the Athletic Union and UoM Sport to raise funds and provide support for The University of Manchester Sports Excellence programmes. We also encourage our members to continue to participate in sport and to contribute to sport at the University after graduation.

New elections

Each year we select up to 21 of the highest performing athletes and 21 of the highest performing sports club officials to become members.

Those receiving full colours or triple stripe for service are eligible for election to the XXI Club.

Please make sure you provide full details of achievements with the colours submissions so that this information can be used by the XXI Club Committee to decide on the elections.

Fresher's medal

We offer the Athletic Union Clubs the opportunity to make an award to the highest performing Fresher in their Club.

  • One award can be made per Athletic Union Club
  • The XXI Club Freser's medal for each club will be presented at the Athletic Union Awards Dinner in May
  • The recipients will be invited to attend the XXI Club Annual Dinner in autumn
  • You will be invited at the end of the year to nominate the Fresher of the Year for your club