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, meet new people, or fancy something a little more competitive, we have it covered.

And if you’re an Essex Sport member, you get the social sessions free, plus a discount on courses.

How to take part

  • All sessions must be booked in advance online or via the Essex Sport App or by phoning the Sports Centre on 01206 873250
  • Active Campus sessions are FREE for Essex Sport Gold and Silver members. Non-members fee applies.
  • Equipment will be provided for Active Campus sessions.
  • Please remember to bring your student ID card.
  • Please don't attend a session if you are feeling unwell.
  • Timetable may be subject to change. Download the app to stay up to date.
  • All students are required to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test within 4-days prior of attending the session. Find out how to book a test.

Social Sessions

Delivered in partnership with the student clubs, we’ve created a flexible programme of friendly and sociable sport sessions in football, tennis, badminton, frisbee golf, and orienteering.

Whether you're a complete beginner, or want to keep playing the sport you love, we have something for everyone!

They're free for Essex Sport Gold and Silver members, or available on a pay-as-you-go basis.



Session Time Location
Social football  5.30pm - 5.45pm Synthetic Turf Pitch
Social tennis 5.30pm - 5.45pm Tennis hard courts
Social badminton 5.25pm - 6.00pm Sports hall
Social tennis 6.00pm - 6.45pm Tennis hard courts
O2 Touch rugby 6.00pm - 6.45pm  Synthetic Turf Pitch
Social basketball 6.15pm - 7.00pm Sports hall


Session Time Location
Social football 12.00pm - 12.45pm Synthetic Turf Pitch

Social football

5.00pm - 5.45pm Synthetic Turf Pitch


Session Time Location
Social football 5.00pm - 5.45pm Synthetic Turf Pitch
Social tennis 6.00pm - 6.45pm Tennis hard courts
Social basketball 6.15pm - 7.00pm Sports hall
Social badminton 7.15pm - 8.00pm Sports hall

Buddy Walks

We have a beautiful, award-winning campus right on our doorstep for you to enjoy!

If you want to get outside for some fresh air and a chat with another student on campus, then get in touch with us and we’ll pair you for a Buddy Walk. Email our Sports Development team at

Plus, we'll give you both a Buy One Get One Free voucher for a hot drink from Crumbs, so you and your buddy can stay warm as you wander round campus.

Please note, the Buddy Scheme is to encourage fitness and wellbeing and is not a dating service.


Fancy a challenge? 

Sign up your club, society, accommodation, or department, and see if you have what it takes to be the fastest team to complete our orienteering challenge and top the leader board! Max of 6 per group. Route completed in pairs.

Want to take your time?

If you'd rather take your time to explore new parts of campus, then our recreational orienteering route is for you.

Email for more details.

Fitness trail

We've set up a fitness trail on campus, so you can explore our beautiful campus as you work up a sweat! There are 14 stations on the route around the field, starting at the pavilion. Each station has an exercise to complete before moving on. Instructions and map are at each station.

COVID-19 measures

This is a hugely challenging time for everyone, but our priorities remain the same; to promote participation and performance, help the University community grow through sport, and to keep everyone safe and active. 

There are some changes to how we deliver our programmes, but we continue to work with the University, sporting governing bodies, and within Government guidelines, to ensure you can carry on doing what you love.

Please take a look at our latest participation guidelines (.pdf), or get in touch if you have any questions. You can also view the University's full COVID-19 guidance.

How to book

All sessions must be booked in advance.

How to book Active Sessions:

  • Active Campus sessions are FREE for Essex Sport Gold and Silver members 
  • 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

Find out other ways to keep active over the Winter Break by using the page links, below.


Sport Hardship Programme

We're excited to be working alongside BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sport) to offer students that are experiencing financial hardship, the opportunity to take part in sport and physical activity they may not otherwise be able to access.

The five-week programme will give those students the chance to take part in:

  • Group fitness training
  • Social sessions
  • Personal development

Each student will also be provided with a voucher or equipment pack to enable continued participation throughout the Christmas break, into 2021, and beyond.

The physical and mental wellbeing of students has never been tested as much as it has over the last eight months, and we're thrilled to be able to work with and support these students, utilising the power of participation in sport, to enhance personal development and lifelong career goals.

Apply online now.

Programme begins week commencing 16 November.


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