Be active

Love sport, want to play the field, or just stay active? We've got it covered.

We believe that sport will enhance your life, so we focus on making it accessible for everyone. If you're looking for a quick break from your studies, a chance to make new friends or progress your performance, this is the right place for you.

Sport has wider benefits too. Our research here at Essex shows that exercise can have a positive effect on your mental well-being and can boost your employability skills. That’s why we’ve made Essex Sport available for everyone.

We cater for a diverse range of people, from occasional exercisers to international athletes. Plus, through the UNIversal Gym Scheme, we're able to offer our student Annual Gold Members gym access to over 50 universities across the UK*. And with low cost memberships for students, staff and members of the local community, we’ll make sure your health is at the core of everything we do.

 *The UNIversal Gym membership scheme is currently unavailable until November 2021


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What are the opening hours?

 Monday - Friday Weekends 
 Gym and Fitness Classes
 Off Peak

6.30am to 2.59pm

8.00am to 10.00pm 


3.00pm to 11.00pm


   Monday - Sunday
Other Facilities 8.00am to 10.00pm 

Monday - Friday   Weekends
Essex Sport Arena 12.00pm (midday) to 2.00pm 8.00am to 10.00pm
4.00pm to 10.00pm


Where is the Sports Centre located?

University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, CO4 3SQ

Use our Find Your Way interactive map to locate us on campus.

What are the membership prices and how to join?

Memberships can be purchased online.

For more information visit:

What's available for non-members?

Pay-as-you-go bookings for University of Essex staff and student non-members will be available for fitness classes, recreational activities and Active Campus sessions.

Please ensure you have read our Terms and Conditions before making a booking and visiting us. By making a booking, you are agreeing to abide by our terms.

What activities are available?

We have a number of different facilities and activities available to book. These include:

What do I need to bring?

  • Non-marking shoes
  • Please bring your own equipment; we are unable to hire equipment and have limited stock available for purchase (rackets, balls etc)

How far in advance can I book?

The advance booking period depends on your membership:

  • Gold members will be able to book 14 days in advance
  • Silver members will be able to book 10 days in advance
  • Bronze members will be able to book 7 days in advance
  • Non-members will be able to book 3 days in advance

    Are there any COVID measures in place?

    Our COVID measures have recently been relaxed, but there are a number of things we are still doing to keep members and visitors safe whilst visiting Essex Sport. These include:

    • We encourage all members and visitors to regularly carry out a lateral flow test.
    • You are not required to wear a face covering whilst moving around indoor facilities, however face coverings are still required for large gatherings, including spectator sports.
    • Our staff regularly carry out cleaning of all facilities and touch points.
    • Our staff continue to test regularly for COVID-19 and are required to isolate in the event that they test positive.
    • We are now operating as a cashless facility; only card payments will be accepted on site.

    Can I hire facilities privately?

    Due to the activities programmed across our facilities, availability for hiring facilities is very limited. However, for enquiries please contact

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    What's great about sport
    at Essex?

    Access to fitness facilities across 75 participating universities in the UK as part of the UNIversal Gym Scheme
    Get involved in hundreds of activities and sports in your spare time
    Essex Sport memberships available for students, staff and public
    Our Essex Sport Arena with 20 courts built to international sporting standards
    Play tennis whatever the weather in our floodlit and covered tennis dome
    Essex Sport members receive a 1/3 off all of our sports courses
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    Essex Sport Arena
    Make a booking

    You can book online for a variety of fitness classes here at Essex Sport, from freestyle fitness yoga to cycle classes. Plus you can book one of our badminton, squash or tennis courts. And don't forget you can also hire our fantastic new arena space.

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    Essex Sport University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park 
    Colchester, CO4 3SQ
    Telephone: 01206 873250
    Simply Gym 33-41 Victoria Avenue,
    Southend on Sea, SS2 6DF
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