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Celebrate your child's birthday with a fun-filled party with us

We offer a range of great value children's party packages curated to your needs, utilising our excellent facilities, including the Essex Sport Arena, Sports Hall, and climbing wall.

All parties have access to our 'Time Out' activities room; take a break, have a snack and bring out the cake!

Our experienced Essex Sport Party Team will take the stress out of the organising, by providing a variety of sporting activities and fun games for all.


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We offer a fantastic range of parties for 4-16 year olds, all hosted by our qualified Party Coordinators who have extensive experience in delivering fun, safe, and enjoyable children's sessions. Choose from:

  • climbing
  • football/futsal
  • basketball
  • dodgeball
  • multisport
  • Essex Rebels match day basketball

All parties will be led by our experienced and energetic team for the first hour, with an additional hour in the party room, ready for games, music and cake!

Please note that food and beverages are not provided, however, you may bring your own for use in the party room.

"I was really impressed with Zak's party and how it was handled. Zak said it was the best party he's had!"
Gemma, Essex Sport community member

Party packages


Did your child love CHUMS or simply can't decide with sport to pick? Don't worry - we have you covered!

Our multi-sport parties consist of up to two of the following sports, as chosen by you:

  • athletics
  • basketball
  • dodgeball
  • football
  • tennis
  • tag rugby
  • rounders
  • CHUMS inspired and sports day games, such as races, crab football, camouflage, parachute games and space hoppers

Participants in a multi-sport party must be aged 4 or above.

You will have one hour's activity time, plus one hour in the party room.


£150 for a maximum of 16 children.



Perfect for footie-mad boys and girls, our football parties include:

  • fun warm-up game
  • skill drills, such as dribbling and shooting
  • team activities
  • a match refereed  by the host
  • penalty shootout

This party can be booked on our outdoor synthetic turf pitch, or in one of our indoor halls. Participants must be 4 years or above.

You will have one hour's activity time, plus one hour in the party room.


£150 for a maximum of 16 children.


Did you know that South American children don't play football as we know it until the age of 13 or 14? Messi, Ronaldo, Suarez - they all played futsal to get them where they are today!

Try this futsal party for the footie-mad:

  • fun warm-up game
  • learn futsal specific skills, such as dribbling and shooting
  • learn futsal tricks
  • a match refereed by the host
  • penalty shootout

This party can take place in the Sports Hall or Essex Sport Arena. Participants must be aged 4 or above.

You will have one hour's activity time, plus one hour in the party room.


£150 for a maximum of 16 children.


Score a slam dunk with our fun-filled basketball party!

  • fun warm-up game
  • learn new skills: passing, shooting, dribbling
  • put your new skills into action in a mini half-court game
  • move onto a full court game, refereed by the host
  • some fun competitionsto finish

This party can take place in the Sports Hall or Essex Sport Arena. Participants must be aged 6 or above.

You will have one hour's activity time, plus one hour in the party room.


£150 for a maximum of 16 children.

Essex Rebels basketball

Want to take your basketball party to the next level? Celebrate with the Essex Rebels and score the ultimate slam dunk and make your day extra special:

  • 1 hour coaching session by Rebels players and coaches before the game on show court
  • tickets to watch the Essex Rebels match on the same day
  • meet the mascot, Queen B, and join the team huddle
  • use of private room for food with an appearance from a Rebel player
  • Birthday shout-out from the game commentator
  • signed Molten ball or shirt presented at half-time
  • photo with the Rebels on show court after the game

For more information on available fixture dates, please email our Basketball Participation Officer, Stanley Kadzunge.

Parties usually start 2.5 hours before tip-off.

You will have 1 hour's activity time, plus 45 minutes in the party room, plus the game day experience.


£235 for up to 16 children. £295 for a maximum of 25 children.


One of our most popular party packages, you'll experience a variety of fun climbing-based activities, games, and challenges in the bouldering cave and main climbing area.

Under the expert supervision of our qualified instructors, you'll begin with a safety talk and warm up, before having the opportunity to belay, traverse and climb the wall!

Climbing parties can be booked in groups of either 8 or 16. Participants must be aged 8 or above.

You will have 90 minutes activity time, plus 1 hour in the party room.


£150 for up to 8 children.

£225 for up to 16 children.


We have lots of extras and add-ons available to suit your needs and make your party even more fun:

  • additional guests (excluding climbing and Essex Rebels parties) up to 25: £40
  • additional activity time: £30 per 30 minutes

How to book

To book your party, please fill in an Essex Sport Junior party booking form (.pdf) and return it to the Sports Centre Reception, or email the completed form to

Once processed, we will contact you to confirm your booking. Please allow seven days from submission for a member of our team to confirm your booking.

Please note

  • Completing the booking form does not guarantee your requested date / time. The agreement will only come into effect once full payment has been made.
  • Essex Sport party packages do not include food, however, you will have access to our party room where you can bring food
  • Please read our Essex Sport Party Terms and Conditions (.pdf) before booking

Need some help?

We're here to make sure your child's special day will run smoothly. If you have any questions about parties or submitting your form, please don't hesitate to contact our team on 01206 874934 or

"We've been talking about it ever since; Thomas was very proud to have scored a goal during one of the games! We really appreciate the energy you put into the session, and I am amazed you managed to keep them all under control!"
Ben, University of Essex staff


I've sent my booking request form - what happens now?

Please allow seven days after submission for a member of the team to get back to you. All party bookings are subject to availability and we will do our best to accommodate your booking.

Once you receive confirmation that your party has been accepted, we will request payment to guarantee your space.

Is there a discount for University staff and students or Essex Sport members?

Yes, we offer a 10% discount on junior birthday party bookings for University of Essex staff and students, as well as for Essex Sport public members.

Is there a limit to how many children can attend?

Yes, there is a maximum for each type of party, please refer to the package list above.

Parties with more than 16 children will incur an additional £40 charge.

Can I add or amend my party details?

Any changes to the booking must be confirmed at least seven days before the party date, as well as any dietary or medical information needed.

Is food and drink included in the party package?

No, Essex Sport does not supply food for parties, however, you may bring your own food for use in the party room. If you use an external caterer, the University of Essex will not accept liability for any damages, costs, losses, claims, expenses, demands and proceedings, as stated in our Terms and Conditions (.pdf).

What facilities are provided?

In addition to our activity areas, which include two sports halls and a climbing wall, we also provide a party room that you can decorate with balloons, banners, table cloths, etc. and prepare and consume food.

We will arrange the room with tables and chairs to accommodate your party size, and can also provide music systems and party music, if requested at the booking stage.

Is equipment provided?

Yes, we will provide all equipment necessary for your booking.

What if I need to cancel?

We can only accept cancellations with at least seven days notice ahead of the party date. Cancellation requests must be written and sent to or posted to the Sports Centre.

Depending on your reason for cancelling, we will try our best to accommodate your party at another date or time.

You must cancel with at least seven days notice to receive a full refund. Cancellations made within seven days of the party date will not be refunded. Please see our Terms and Conditions (.pdf) for full details.

Is car parking available?

Car parking is available at the University of Essex. Charges apply Monday - Friday 9.30am - 4.30pm.

Please see the campus map (.pdf) for directions.

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Essex Sport Parties
Telephone: 01206 873250