Colchester Campus

Sport for all at Essex

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You know that motto 'a healthy body means a healthy mind'? Well here at Essex it's not just your brain we're interested in training.

We know that exercise improves your mental well being, can help you keep calm during those stressful exam periods and boosts performance in your studies. 

We have something for everyone from informal drop-in Active sessions, easy to follow learn-to sports courses, a high-tech gym, over 200 monthly fitness classes, indoor and outdoor courts and pitches, and much more. 


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The Essex Blades

The Essex Blades is the shared name for all of the SU Sports Clubs on campus. With 44 clubs and over 4,500 members there's bound to be a club you'll enjoy!

There really is something for everyone, from clubs you're used to playing at school like Netball, Rugby or Football, to ones you perhaps haven't given a go before like Ultimate Frisbee, Fencing or Boxing.

Our clubs train together throughout the year, with many competing in local or national competitions. The SU offer a variety of social events for Blades members through the year too! From Derby Day to Alumni Weekend to Sports awards, there's always a chance to celebrate your club's success.

Just Play

If competitive sport isn't your thing, Essex offers the excellent Just Play scheme. Just Play focuses on engaging students from all abilities and backgrounds, with a non-competitive and low commitment sport.

They plan a minimum of two large scale events per term such as gaming days or the Holi Festival. You can always keep up to date with the latest information by searching Just Play on social media. 

Check out some of the action in the video of our Nerf gun wars, hosted on campus by our Student Union's Just Play scheme.

Essex Sport

Essex Sport is our university run scheme that connects all of our amazing sports facilities here, for athletes and occasional exercisers. First, there's the gym which is home to over 260 fitness stations and a range of daily fitness classes!

Membership packages have been tailored to suit everyone's needs with options of a monthly direct debit or a one-off annual membership.


Sport Facilities

Essex has a great range of facilities at our Colchester Campus. 2018 saw the launch of the £12 million Essex Sport Arena which includes 20 courts for netball, volleyball, basketball, badminton and futsal.

The sports centre is also home to fitness studios, a large sports hall, a climbing wall and plenty of squash courts. If you would rather take your exercise outside hen our 40-acre campus includes excellent all-weather tennis courts, an 18-hold disc gold course with loads of green space for you and your friends to play whichever new sport you've mastered.

Discover new heights with our state-of-the-art climbing wall video.

What's great about sport at Essex?

Get involved in hundreds of activities and sports in your spare time
The new £12m Essex Sport Arena opened in 2018
Choose from over 200 fitness classes per month
Benefit from a wide variety of intensive sports courses with professional coaching
Community membership
Essex Sport Arena
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"If you're looking to gain a new skill, Essex Sport also offers a range of 'Learn To' courses to help you master something new"
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Sports facilities

Learn a new sport or play in leagues and tournaments with your friends and take advantage of our new £10 million sports facilities opening in 2018 at our Colchester Campus.

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