Essex Sport Junior

Junior Courses

Junior Karate

Sport courses for 3 to 16 year olds

We offer a range of after-school and weekend introductory sport courses, specifically designed to help your child learn core skills and progress their abilities in their chosen sport.

Courses run for 6 to 12 weeks during each academic school term and are instructed by our qualified, DBS checked coaches.

We also offer drop-in sessions on a 'pay-as-you-go' basis; a great, flexible way to try out a new activity.


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Spring Term 2024

All courses and Pay and Play sessions are held at the University of Essex, Colchester Campus and take advantage of the fantastic sport facilities available to us.

Junior courses


Block 2 - Starting from 28 February

Junior climbing 8-11 years
  • Weekday session times: 4pm - 5.30pm, £60 for 6 weeks
  • Saturday session times: 9.30am - 11am, £60 for 6 weeks
Day Start and end dates
Wednesdays, 4pm - 5.30pm 28 February - 30 March 
Thursdays, 4pm - 5.30pm 28 February - 30 March
Fridays, 4pm - 5.30pm 28 February - 30 March
Saturdays, 9.30am - 11am 28 February - 30 March
Junior climbing 12-15 years
  • Weekday session times: 5.30pm - 7pm, £60 for 6 weeks
  • Saturday session times: 11am - 12.30pm, £60 for 6 weeks
Day Start and end dates
Wednesdays, 5.30pm - 7pm 28 February - 30 March
Thursdays, 5.30pm - 7pm 28 February - 30 March
Fridays, 5.30pm-7pm 28 February - 30 March
Saturdays, 11am - 12.30pm 28 February - 30 March

Find out more about our Pay and Play climbing sessions on our Junior climbing webpage.


Whether you have just picked up a racket for the first time or want to develop your hone your skills as part of a comprehensive tennis pathway, Essex Sport Tennis has something for everyone. Based at our 4-hard court all-weather tennis facility at the University of Essex, our programme offers a thriving and wide-ranging tennis offer that caters for all tennis ability levels at all ages levels, led by our expert and experienced team of LTA qualified coaches.

More information can be found on the Junior tennis webpage.


Our 'pay and play' basketball session is a great way for your child to try an exciting sport, where they can develop their social skills and meet new friends, without committing to a full course.

These sessions are popular, so we recommend booking in advance!

Rebels Play Basketball

  • Dates: 6 January - 23 March (There will be no session on 24 Febuary due to half term school holiday)
  • Price: £5 per session
5-8 years

Saturdays, 9am-10am

Girls ONLY 8+

Saturdays, 9am-10am

9-11 years

Saturdays, 10am-11am

11-14 years

Saturdays, 10am-11am

How to book

Taster sessions

If space permits, taster sessions may be accommodated for a course. These must be pre-agreed by the Sports Development team.

To arrange a taster session, please email For tennis, please email

Waiting list

Demand for places is high and some courses sell out quickly. If you would like to join the waiting list, please visit or contact the Sports Centre Reception on 01206 873250. You will be contacted if a space becomes available.

Get in touch
Sports Development Officer Find out more about current and future junior coursesĀ 
Telephone: 01206 873250