We believe that taking part in sport can make a real difference to your time here and to your career prospects. Research shows that students who enjoy sport at university go on to earn more and that sport can make you happier.

We are committed to making sport available to all through our unrivalled free Just Play programme and an impressive selection of activities, facilities and sports clubs. We also fully support our high performing athletes and competitive sport, so you can pursue your favourite sport at a high level or try something completely new.

Our extensive indoor and outdoor facilities are at the heart of all our activities, including our first-class Evolve Gyms.

Whether sport is a welcome break from your studies, a chance to make new friends or an opportunity to progress your performance, here at Essex we can share your goals.

Our strengths

  • Nearly 50 clubs
  • Just Play sessions
  • Sports scholarships
  • Excellent facilities and gyms
  • Dedicated top-class volleyball and basketball coaches

Evolve gyms

Personal training in gym

Designed to inspire and motivate you to keep fit - students, staff and the public can all benefit from a great value membership at our Evolve gyms in Colchester and Southend.

Make a booking

Student playing table tennis

Our online booking facility for is available for Evolve and Evolve+ members. You can book fitness classes, badminton, squash, table tennis and tennis courts.

Just Play

Just Play

Enjoy team sports but not necessarily want to play for an Essex team? No problem. Offering everything from korfball to cricket, Just Play gives you the opportunity to just play!