Kirkbymoorside is home to Kirkbymoorside Football Club which has been in existence since around 1890. After many years playing in the Scarborough & District League they moved to the Teesside Football League in 2005 and finished as runners up in Division One in the 2007–08 season and as a result moved up into the Wearside Football League which is a Step7 League and part of the National Pyramid system for the 2008–09 season, finishing in mid table, with a similar finish in 2009–10. 2010–11 saw a move up to 6th place and also an appearance in the final of the historic Monkwearmouth Charity Cup which sadly ended in defeat with Ryhope CW scoring the only goal in the last minute of extra time. The club also has a reserve side which play in the Beckett Football League, winning the League in 2010–11 by remaining unbeaten through the season and also winning the Scarborough FA Junior Cup, and several Junior teams.
The football club shares facilities with the town’s Cricket Club who, after finishing as runners-up in the 1st Division, now play in the Premier Division of the Reader’s Scarborough Beckett League. The team is also a member of the Ryedale Beckett League, and play in the top division.
Kirkbymoorside Golf Club is an 18-hole, par-69 course. Three-time Ryder Cup captain Bernard Gallacher opened its new clubhouse in November 1998.The club celebrated its unofficial centenary in 2008.
The town has a sports field, play park and wide range of other outdoor activities such as walking, cycling climbing and caving can also be done in and around the Kirkbymoorside area.