Essex Sport

Outdoor pitches

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Set within 40 acres of university grounds which are dedicated to outdoor sports activities, we've got heaps of space for professional matches and a friendly kick about.

The area includes an 18-hole disc golf course, two rugby pitches, seven football pitches, two cricket squares and an artificial pitch used for hockey training. 

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Overview

Approximately 40 acres of our grounds are dedicated to outdoor sporting pursuits. These include:

  • Two rugby pitches, which are also marked for American Football, along with grid areas for training.
  • Seven football pitches, which are also marked for junior matches and lacrosse.
  • Two cricket squares.
  • A sand-based artificial pitch (next to the Sports Centre) which is used for hockey and football and can be split into quarters for small-sided football or for training.
  • Three jogging routes ranging from 1.2 miles to 3.2 miles long. They run through the undulating parkland around the Colchester Campus, avoiding roads.

Outdoor pitches

Disc golf

Disc golf is similar to traditional golf, but instead of a ball and clubs, players use a flying disc or Frisbee to complete each hole in the fewest throws. A golf disc is thrown from a tee to a Pole Hole, an elevated metal basket. The player makes consecutive throws as he or she progresses down the fairway. Trees, shrubs and terrain provide challenging obstacles for the disc golfer.

Our 18-hole course is the oldest 18 double-chained basket course in England. It is spread throughout the Colchester Campus, where the mature parkland offers lots of challenges including the infamous lake hole! The parkland is undulating with plenty of small woods, which have been well utilised for the course. There is also a nine-hole course for beginners and children or for a quick practice round. We are a regular host of the British Open Disc Golf Championship. 

For more information visit Essex Disc Golf and the British Disc Golf Association.

You can obtain course maps and buy discs from Reception in the Sports Centre.

Cricket

Cricket may be considered quintessentially English, but is now one of the world’s most popular sports. Playing can improve endurance, stamina, physical fitness, hand/eye co-ordination, and improve your cardiovascular health. Cricket is a great team sport and very sociable.

We have two grass squares which include an artificial wicket. There are also two outdoor nets available. To maintain practice and fitness during winter, we offer two indoor cricket nets and a bowling machine, which are available to hire in the Sports Centre.

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