Sport and gym facilities

Sports facilities

Our sports facilities include outdoor pitches stretching across 40 acres as well as extensive indoor facilities.

We have an impressive selection of indoor and outdoor activities and facilities, including our first-class Evolve Gym which members of the public are welcome to use.

The University works not only with its own athletes but young people and sports clubs throughout the east of England.


Our Sports Centre and facilities at the Colchester Campus, include a state-of-the-art gym, fitness classes, tennis and squash courts, outdoor pitches and much more. Find out about our general public memberships.

Human Performance Unit

Our Human Performance Unit (HPU) offers practical lab sessions for schools, triathlon coaching and sport science testing. Our HPU team works with top athletes to improve their performance.

Holiday camps

Our holiday camps (CHUMS - Children’s Holidays at the University of Essex Multi-Activity Sports) activity club for eight to fourteen-year-olds welcomes hundreds of children during the Easter, summer and Christmas holidays.