Essex Sport

Active Campus

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Move more. Be well. Make friends.

Our Active Campus programme is an exciting and diverse way to get involved with sport on campus.

Whether you want to find a fun way to stay active, learn another skill or fancy something a little more competitive, we have it covered.

Become an Essex Sport member today, and you get all these social sessions free, plus a discounts on our courses.

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Social sessions

Our social session programme offers a flexible way for students to try new sports and socialise in a fun environment. Open to all abilities and often delivered in partnership with the SU clubs, our programme includes basketball, football, tennis, touch rugby, badminton and more!

Whether you're a complete beginner, or just want to stay active whilst you study, we have something for everyone! We also provide all required equipment!

Social sessions are free for all Essex Sport Gold and Silver members, or available on a pay-as-you-go basis for non-members.


See below for our autumn term reduced timetable being delivered from 10 October to 16 December 2022.


Session Time Location
Social basketball (women's) 6pm - 7pm Essex Sport Arena
Social netball  7pm - 8pm  Essex Sport Arena
Basketball scrimmage  8pm - 9pm  Essex Sport Arena 


Session Time Location
Teqball volleyball edition (new) 12pm - 2pm Essex Sport Arena 
Social football  5pm - 6pm  Synthetic Turf Pitch 
Social touch rugby  6pm - 7pm  Synthetic Turf Pitch 
Cardio tennis 6pm - 7pm  Tennis courts
Female football  6pm - 7pm Synthetic Turf Pitch 
Social basketball (men's) 7pm - 8pm  Essex Sport Arena 
Social badminton 7pm - 8pm Sports hall
Social badminton 8pm - 9pm Sports hall 
Social futsal 8pm - 9pm Essex Sport Arena
Social table tennis  8pm - 8.55pm  Essex Sport Arena 


Session Time Location
Basketball scrimmage 1pm - 2pm Essex Sport Arena
Give it a go 4pm - 4.55pm Essex Sport Arena
Social volleyball 6pm - 7pm  Essex Sport Arena 
Alert! Personal safety session 6pm - 8pm  Sports Centre



Session Time Location
Social indoor football (new) 12pm - 1pm Sports hall
Social indoor football (new) 1pm - 2pm Sports hall 
Give it a go 12pm - 12.55pm  Essex Sport Arena 


How to book

All social sessions must be booked in advance.

How to book social sessions:

  • Social sessions are FREE for all Essex Sport Gold and Silver members, non-members may have to pay a small fee to participate
  • Book via the Essex Sport App, available for free on the App Store and Google Play
  • Book and pay online with your email and pin number
  • Book by telephone on 01206 873250 using your debit or credit card

If you cannot attend a booked session it is essential that you cancel this no later than 1-hour before the session. This ensures other members have the opportunity to participate and join the session.

Repeated failure to cancel your sessions may result in a fine or restriction being placed on your account.

It is also important that you are registered for our sessions. For indoor sessions please make sure you swipe through the turnstiles. For outdoor sessions, it is your responsibility to speak to the staff member leading the session and to make sure your registration is recorded.

I've never tried...

What are 'I've never tried...' sessions?

Our ‘I’ve never tried’ sessions are an introduction to several different sports throughout the term for students who are looking to try an activity or sport for the very first time!

No previous experience is required in these sessions and they represent a great chance to gain confidence in a new sport, make some friends and challenge yourself alongside your studies.

During the spring term we will be running the following:

  • Climbing – Wednesday 26 January, Wednesday 2 February and Wednesday 9 February
  • Kickboxing – Wednesday 16 February and Wednesday 23 February
  • Women’s football – Wednesday 2 March and Wednesday 9 March
  • Handball – Wednesday 16 March and Wednesday 23 March

To book head over to the Essex Sport app and we look forward to welcoming you to the start of your sporting journey!

Intramural leagues and tournaments

Our recreational leagues and tournaments are for students who want to play competitive sport in a social, fun and relaxed environment.

Get together with a group of friends, sign up as a society, department, or accommodation, or join a different sport to your current BUCS club. Win or lose, you’ll have a great time and make some incredible memories.


See below for our autumn term leagues timetable. We are now accepting entries for our autumn term leagues. Please see below for more information on how to book.


Session Time Location Duration
Indoor 5-a-side football league  12pm - 2pm Sports hall 8 weeks


Session Time Location Duration League start date
11-a-side football flexi league 1pm - 4pm Grass pitches 8 weeks 19 Oct


Session Time Location
5v5 basketball league 5pm - 8pm Sports hall

How to book

Bookings are now live for our summer term leagues. Register your team and complete payment online.

You can also download and complete the registration form (.pdf) and return this to our reception team along with payment. If you have any questions about the leagues, payments or registration drop us an email before the deadline!

Learn To courses

Our Learn To courses provide a structured course-based programme to help improve your skill level and ability. Our courses focus on helping you develop in a fun environment and provide an excellent springboard to help get you started.

Whether you’re looking to learn something new or take your game to the next level we have courses for everyone, and our flexible programme ensures you get a great experience all term long.

All equipment is provided but we do encourage you to bring your own equipment where possible and our coaches are more than happy to chat with you to help ensure you get the right thing!

All Essex Sport gold and silver members also say 33% off all course bookings.


See below for our autumn term Learn To timetable. Courses are delivered during term commencing 10 October and ending 16 December 2022.


Session Time Location Start date  Duration 
Tennis Xpress (plus) 5pm - 6pm Tennis courts 21 Oct  8 weeks 


Session Time Location Start date  Duration 
Tennis intermediate 5pm - 6pm Tennis courts 20th Oct  8 weeks 


Session Time Location Start date  Duration 
Tennis Xpress (beginners) 5pm - 6pm  Tennis courts 21 Oct 8 weeks
Tennis advanced 6pm - 7pm  Tennis courts 21 Oct 8 weeks

How to book

Book and pay online with your email and pin number.

Book by telephone on 01206 873250 using your debit or credit card.


More ways to keep active


Essex Blades 


The Students' Union's Essex Blades are our sports teams who compete in British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) events. 

From ultimate frisbee to football, from table tennis to trampolining, there are nearly 50 different sports clubs in the Students’ Union's Essex Blades, giving you plenty to choose from. Most sports club memberships, training, match fees and travel expenses for BUCS matches are included in your basic University membership.

Clubs and teams

Kitted out in the county colours of red and black, there are more than 50 Essex Blades sports clubs and teams. From ultimate frisbee to football, and table tennis to trampolining, there is plenty to choose from.

However, if you can’t find what you’re looking for and want to start a new club, please email the Student Activities office at

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Sports Development Team

Work with us

We’re constantly on the lookout for passionate, motivated students to work with us. 

Maybe you want to earn some coaching hours, gain experience in a fast and rewarding environment, or you just want to develop your CV. Whatever the reason, get in touch to find out the latest paid and voluntary opportunities available with us:

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Get in touch
Sports Development Team For more information on current and future courses, leagues and tournaments, please contact our Sports Development Team.
Telephone: 01206 873250