Become a member

Membership benefits

  • Access to state-of-the-art gym equipment in a relaxed, air-conditioned environment.
  • In Colchester, access to an extensive range of other sports and facilities, including tennis, badminton, the climbing wall, squash and much more.
  • Specialist fitness classes, such as fitball and pilates are included at no extra charge with an Evolve membership.
  • Evolve members can take advantage of our online booking facility, allowing you to book certain facilities and manage your membership.

Take part for free with My Essex Sport

Students and staff can enjoy a wide range of free sports sessions as part of your membership of the University of Essex. This gives you easy access to entry-level sport activities and sport clubs, and an unrivalled opportunity to stay healthy and try new sports.

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.

Essex Blades

Essex Blades

The county colours of red and black are the colours of the Essex Blades - our sports teams who compete against other universities. Find out how you can take part.

Fitness classes

Group classes

Fitbox, Beatbox, STEP, Yoga, Pilates, Zumba, Just combat, DanceXtreme, you name it! It all happens in our fitness classes. Come and join in.

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!