Sport and fitness

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Getting active

Wannabe Olympian? Looking for a new sporting challenge? Or maybe you just like looking after yourself.  Whatever your sporting level or interest, our facilities have something for you. No matter your skill level, no matter your experience and no matter which campus you study at, we are committed to making sport at Essex for everyone. 

Sport and fitness facilities

Gym and fitness classes

Our gym at the Colchester Campus is designed to inspire and motivate you to get fit and healthy. Make the most of 160 fitness stations, on-site parking, machines with TV and audio systems, 300 fitness classes every month, a climbing wall and squash courts. Visit our sport pages for further details.

Green exercise

Take your exercise into the fresh air in our 40 acres of outdoor sport area, including an all-weather tennis court, 18-hole disc golf course, three jogging routes, two rugby pitches, seven football pitches, two cricket squares, four tennis courts, a netball court and an artificial pitch for hockey. If you are looking to take a leisurely stroll, you can just enjoy the 200 acres of scenic parkland around campus (it's even won the Green Flag Award!).

Essex Sport Arena

Our £12 million indoor arena offers 20 indoor courts, including basketball, volleyball, netball, badminton and futsal; with seating for up to 1,655 spectators. The main arena is ideal for televising sporting events and there is a performance analysis system for training and improvement, so alongside playing in the arena yourself, you can catch some professional sporting events! 

Southend facilities

As a student at our Southend Campus, you're bang in the centre of Southend with access to a vast range of activities. Kite-surfing and swimming are a stone's throw away if you can brave the cold! Plus, our exclusive arrangement with Simply Gym in Southend offers you 24/7 access to the gym, equipment and fitness classes so you can keep fit around your studies.