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Essex Sport Junior

Sport 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 9 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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Junior courses


Utilising our brand new climbing wall, our varied and fun-filled sessions provide the perfect spring-board to get into climbing.

Led by nationally qualified instructors, children will learn the basics of bouldering and safety, challenging themselves and reaching new heights.


Run in collaboration with our student Essex Blades dance squad, this course will introduce children to a wide range of styles; fusing street, ballet, and modern moves.

Classes have been designed to be high-energy and fun, providing the opportunity to perform and progress in an encouraging environment.


Did you know that karate will be at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo for the first time?

Designed for those who would like to try karate and not confident with the moves, this is an ideal sport for children to build confidence, balance, coordination, discipline, concentration, and courtesy, while learning basic self-defence skills.


Delivered by our LTA qualified coaching team, our tennis courses are split into four age groups, tailoring the programme to suit all abilities and skill levels.

Our state-of-the-art tennis courts are covered by a bubble during winter, allowing play to continue year-round.

 More information can be found on the Junior tennis webpage.

Pay and Play sessions

Our 'pay as you go' sessions in basketball, futsal and badminton are a great way for your child to try a new activity, develop social skills and meet new friends.

No advanced booking required - simply sign up at the Sports Centre Reception on the day!

SSE Wildcats Futsal (girls only)

SEE Wildcats Futsal, created exclusively for girls aged 5 to 12 years, provides a fantastic first experience of football in a fun, safe and engaging environment.

No experience is required. and all girls receive a Wildcats activity book to track their progress!

Take a look at our junior timetable (.pdf) for more information.

Spring Term 2020

All courses are held at the Colchester Campus and take advantage of the fantastic sport facilities we have at the university. 

Download our leaflets to find out more about junior courses in tennis, climbing, karate and dance, as well as Pay and Play sessions in futsal, basketball and badminton.

There will occasionally be weeks without a session due to other events taking place in the sports facilities; please refer to the course timetables for more details.

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 sportsdevelopment@essex.ac.uk. For tennis, please email tennis@essex.ac.uk

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