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 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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Summer Term 2022

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


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

Children will learn the basics of climbing and bouldering. As well as learning the basics these sessions promote children’s overall safety and enjoyment whilst also giving them space to challenge themselves and reach new heights.

Session Day  Time  Start  End  Price 

Junior Climbing
8-10 years

Monday* 4.30pm-5.30pm 25 April 6 June £42.50
Junior Climbing
11-14 years
Monday* 5.30pm-6.30pm 25 April 6 June £42.50
Junior Climbing
8-10 years
Monday* 6.30pm-7.30pm 25 April 6 June £42.50
Junior Climbing
8-10 years
Monday 4.30pm-5.30pm 13 June 11 July £42.50
Junior Climbing
11-14 years
Monday 5.30pm-6.30pm 13 June 11 July £42.50
Junior Climbing
8-10 years
Monday 6.30pm-7.30pm 13 June 11 July £42.50

*Please note: Sessions will not take place on 2 May or 30 May, as these dates are bank holidays.

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


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 specialist coaches will make sure that every child has the best start to their tennis journey in a safe and inclusive environment. In every LTA Youth stage, children will be active, have fun and develop their skills. No matter your child's age or experience we strive to ensure everyone sees progression.

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.


Our 'pay as you go' basketball session is a great way for your child to try an exciting and rapidly growing sport, develop 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

Session Day  Time  Start  End  Price 
Rebels Play Basketball 
5-8 years
Sat  9am-10am  23 April  16 July  £5 
Rebels Play Basketball
9-11 years
Sat  10am-11am  23 April  16 July £5 
Rebels Play Basketball
11-14 years
Sat 10am-11am 23 April 16 July £5 

Please note: There will not be a session during half term, Saturday 4 June

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.

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