The University of British Columbia
Competitive Sport Clubs
Welcome to UBC Okanagan Heat Competitive Sport Clubs

Launched in 2019, the University of British Okanagan Heat Competitive Sport Clubs are Athletics & Recreation’s newest competitive option for UBCO student-athletes. As a competitive program, all teams participate in club or intercollegiate leagues at a local, provincial, national, and/or international level. Following a self-funded model, each club determines its dues based on expenses related to: competition registration fees, facility or venue rentals, travel related costs, apparel, equipment, and coaching staff. Clubs may receive modest financial support from the University for coaching, National Championships, and competitive enhancement through our Heat Grant application. All competitive sport clubs have been given the designation as official representatives of UBC Okanagan Heat in their respective sports.

To be considered a Competitive Sport Club, a club must demonstrate the sport's viability at the university level in various areas, including our 10 Pillars of Demonstration:

  1. Demonstration of Interest

    • Student-athlete and leadership (including coaches) membership base has been evaluated and has been determined that there will be a long term interest in forming a competitive sport club at UBC Okanagan. Student-athlete membership must be 100% UBC Okanagan students.

  2. Demonstration of Organization

    • A timely, well-communicated, and well-organized plan to complete and submit an application for a Competitive Sport Club is the first essential piece to a Sport Club. After submission and acceptance, a Competitive Sport Club needs to have the resources in place to effectively administer their club.

  3. Demonstration of Financial Sustainability

    • Competitive Sport Clubs have no operating budget offered by the University. It is up to each club to build a ‘pay-as-you-go’ budget plan through student-athlete membership fees. To supplement and offer a heightened student-athlete experience, fundraising, and sponsorship will be essential for the long term financial feasibility of a club. 

  4. Demonstration of Need

    • A Competitive Sport Club cannot replicate an existing UBC Okanagan Heat Varsity sport unless a gender-specific team in the sport does not exist. Gender-specific teams from the same sport must apply for “Competitive Sport Club” status separately. If a Club has both competitive and recreational elements, only the competitive component will be assessed in the application.

  5. Demonstration of Safety

    • The welfare of the Sport Club members must be safeguarded. Evidence should be presented showing well-qualified club leadership, the existence of safety equipment, the supervision of practice and competitive sessions, and Emergency Response Plans through a club-specific Risk Management Plan.

  6. Demonstration of Definition

    • A Competitive Sport Club must be a sport with a national or international governing body (or an independent governing body). Clubs must be able to produce a set of rules published by the sport's governing body. Clubs must also belong to an organized competitive league or have a competitive tournament schedule.

  7. Demonstration of Competition

    • There should be an opportunity to compete for a national championship (or equivalent) recognized event within the sport club’s competitive structure.

  8. Demonstration of Commitment

    • The Club has a commitment to winning, shown through dedication to practice, games, attitude toward the sport and goal to compete at the National level. The Club has a plan in place which will allow them to move toward a national level of play. Sport Clubs should also provide an environment for student-athlete learning and skills development. 

  9. Demonstration of Community

    • The Club establishes positive community connection through a local sport organization (LSO) should be represented to ensure a positive and sustainable integration of competitive club activity into the community.

  10. Demonstration of Conduct

    • The Club including student-athletes, coaches, team staff, student Executive, and other team affiliated personnel shall continually abide by the competitive sport club handbook inclusive of the Code of Conduct policy.

Competitive Sport Clubs should also align with the University of British Columbia’s Vision and Core Values:

Inspiring people, ideas and actions for a better world. As one of the world’s leading universities, the University of British Columbia is pursuing excellence in research, learning and engagement to foster global citizenship and advance a sustainable and just society across British Columbia, Canada, and the World.

Core Values
Excellence - profound and aspirational value: the quality of striving to be, and being, outstanding.
Integrity - moral value: the quality of being honest, ethical and truthful.
Respect - an essential and learned value: regard felt or shown towards different people, ideas and actions
Academic Freedom - a unique value of the academy: a scholar’s freedom to express ideas through respectful discourse and the pursuit of open discussion, without risk of censure.
Accountability - personal and public value: being responsible for our conduct and actions and delivering upon our respective and reciprocal commitments.

Services Provided

There are many incentives when you become a UBC Okanagan Sport Club. A dedicated UBC Okanagan Athletics and Recreation staff member; the Competitive Sport Club and Community Programs Coordinator will assist you with the services (and more) listed below:

  • Official representation and sanctioning of the University in competition.
  • Increased athletic opportunities for student-athletes in their respective sport(s).
  • Documentation assistance and submission, including the club application.
  • Comprehensive leadership training and support.
  • National Championship grants to supplement travel and coach funding.
  • Event management support from UBC Okanagan Athletics & Recreation.
  • Access to letters of academic concession for travel and injury.
  • Sport development through community and alumni engagement support.
  • Marketing and communication resources.
  • Team website integration and social media administration.
  • UBC Okanagan Athletics & Recreation organized and branded promotional opportunities on campus and within the community.
  • Heat student-athlete status, academic and athletic incentives, and recognition opportunities.
  • Financial guidance, including budget tracking of incoming funds and outgoing expenses.
  • Fundraising support, including donations and sponsorships.
  • Uniform and/or merchandise purchase assistance.
  • Travel administrative assistance.
  • Risk Management reinforcement.
  • Registration management.
  • Scheduling support, including facility booking requests for exclusive student-athlete spaces.



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Active Clubs

Active Competitive Sport Clubs require annual renewal application submissions by no later than March 31st of each year. Failure to complete necessary submissions will result in these clubs moving to the inactive (unable to participate) stage.

Men's Rugby

Women's Softball

Prospective Clubs

Thank you for your interest in becoming an official UBCO Heat Competitive Sport Club! If you would like to be added to the list to receive updates and communications about the application process, please email Please include contact details, your current club status, and a small blurb about your club, team or group which will be applying to be a club.  

Contact Us

UBC Okanagan Heat Athletics & Recreation
3211 Athletics Court
Kelowna, B.C.
V1V 1V7

Tel 250.807.9283
Fax 250.807.8031

Do you want to get involved with a recreational sport opportunity? The Students' Union Okanagan (SUO) has Student Associations on campus that you can join to connect with other students who enjoy the same sport or activity such as yoga, golf and badminton.  If you can't find a student association for the sport you want to play and you have at least 15 friends on campus, apply to create a new Student Association.  To find an existing student association or learn the process to create one that doesn't exist, find everything you need to know here!