Essex Sport

Children's activities

Essex Sport Children's Activities

Children's sports camps and courses

We want to keep kids as active and healthy as you.

That's why our team are qualified, professional and friendly, offering a fun and nurturing environment for your little ones to grow, develop new skills and make friends.

We offer a range of sport courses for kids to sign up to, from karate to tennis and more. Plus we also run CHUMS holiday camps which are open to all children ages 5 to 14 years during school holidays.


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Sport courses

Courses timetables

All courses are held at the Colchester Campus Sports Centre. Find out more about our children's courses in tennis, futsal, basketball, karate and multi-sports for tots by downloading our junior sport courses timetable (.pdf) and our tennis timetable (.pdf).

How to book

CHUMS Holiday Camps

CHUMS Holiday Camp

Our popular CHUMS Holiday Camp (.pdf) is open to all children aged 5 – 14 years.

Our Essex Sport team places the safety of your children at the forefront of everything they do. Our team is qualified, professional and friendly, offering a fun and nurturing environment for your little ones to grow, develop new skills and make friends.

Our CHUMS Holiday Camp utilises the fantastic facilities available here at our University of Essex, Colchester Campus, including the Essex Sport Arena, which offers 21 courts suitable for basketball, netball, futsal and more!

Key information


Week 1: Monday 8 April - Friday 12 April 2019

Week 2: Monday 15 April - Thursday 18 April 2019


Drop off: 8.30 - 9.00 am

Pick up: 5.00 - 5.15 pm

Early drop off and late pick up is available for an additional supervision fee of £2.50. This will be from 7.45 - 8.30am and 5.15 - 6.00 pm. For both options, you will be required to pay £5. To add early drop off or late pick up to your CHUMS booking, please contact our Sport Centre Reception on 01206 873250.

 Download our CHUMS leaflet (.pdf) for more information.


Easter CHUMS Holiday Camp

Day booking:
Student / Staff: £22.50 per child
Public: £25 per child

Week long booking:
Week 1:
Student / Staff: £90 per child
Public: £100 per child

Week 2:
Student / Staff: £67.50 per child
Public: £75 per child

 Save 10% if you book before 28 February 2019


Activities will include professional coaching in a variety of popular sports such as tennis, football, basketball, and other fun team-based games.

Mini CHUMS offers a personalised program tailored to children aged 5 - 8 years old, with a fun range of different sports including group games, tag games and craft sessions.

Junior CHUMS, for ages 8 - 14 years, provides a fun-filled bespoke programme of over 25 different sports which include favourites such as football, touch rugby, climbing, camouflage and kwik cricket, as well as offering professional coaching in tennis provided by our LTA Accredited coaches.

Children will have the opportunity to improve their skills across a variety of sports and learn how to play as a team, but most importantly, they will have lots of fun and meet new friends.

How to book 


Bookings for CHUMS can now be made online

Before commencing the online booking process, please ensure you have the correct email address and PIN number for your child.  If you don’t have this number to hand, please contact us on 01206 873250 or email

  1. Log in to our online booking system using the details provided for your child.
  2. Select 'Make a booking'.
  3. Select the required CHUMS option from the list, such as, Easter CHUMS Week 1.
    1. If you would like to book for the whole week, please choose the ‘Full Week’ option. On the next screen, you will only need to select the first day to book for the full week.
    2. If you would like to book individual days, please select the required day. Please note, you wil need to book each day separately.
  4. You can add multiple bookings to your basket and proceed with payment when ready.
  5. You can view your bookings via the ‘Manage Bookings’ tab at the top of the page.


Sports Centre Reception

Parents can also book via the Sports Centre reception by either visiting or telephoning on 01206 873250, and paying using a debit or credit card. Parents will also need to complete an application and consent form (.pdf) and return to reception.

Terms and conditions

What to bring

Children should bring a packed lunch. Some of the activities take place outside, so wet weather clothing or a change of clothes recommended.

Get in touch
Get in touch
CHUMS Holiday Camps Find out more about CHUMS holiday camp 
Telephone: 01206 873250
Sports Development Officer Find out more about current and future kid's courses 
Telephone: 01206 873250
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