Our facilities

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

As part of our commitment to offer students and staff access to entry-level sport, we run free-of-charge, Just Play activity sessions across a wide range of indoor and outdoor sports.

Wide range of indoor and outdoor facilities

We are renowned for our research on the benefits of green exercise and we practise what we preach! We have a wide range of both indoor and outdoor facilities. The outdoor sport area covers 40 acres and includes various sport pitches, courts and an 18-hole disc golf course. There is definitely something for everyone.

The Sports Centre supplements these facilities with a large sports hall, Evolve Gym, squash courts, activity studios for fitness classes, and is the home to our Performance Sport.

New Sports Centre development

Work is underway to build our brand new sports facilities. Housed in a whole new building, it will offer a range of new space including 12 badminton courts, 3 full size basket ball courts, 3 netball courts and 5 volley ball courts.

Live progress

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You can access a number of sports facilities in Southend and Loughton.

Contact us

Contact us

We're here to help you make the most of our facilities. So contact us if you want to book pitches, courts or fitness classes, or if you have any questions about our memberships and facilities.

Just Play

Just Play

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

Evolve gym

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 gym in Colchester.


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Our memberships give you so much more than you'd expect. Included free of charge with your gym membership are our range of fitness classes and access to a number of other sports and facilities.