Essex Sport

Tennis and netball

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Game, set, and match

We have four hard court tennis courts (or one netball court), which are located next to the Sports Centre. The outdoor courts have floodlighting for evening use and are covered by a bubble during winter, allowing play to continue year-round.

Playing tennis regularly is an excellent method to keep in shape and develop your reflexes, agility, strength, and overall physical health. Men should expect to burn 600 calories and women 420 during an hour-long game of singles tennis. It's a low-impact sport that can be played for fun or as part of a team.

Netball is a fantastic team sport that’s not only fun to take part, but also provides players with skills eagerly sought in the workplace, including problem-solving, pushing yourself to improve your skills, and dealing with adversity. It’s also really good for your health and your body shape.

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Plus points
  • Floodlighting for evening use
  • Four hard court tennis courts; one netball court
  • Bubble covering for all-weather use

Student Activity (Tennis)


Day Activity Time Start date Price
Tuesday Cardio Tennis 6 - 7pm 24 January Cardio tennis: non-members £4. Bronze gym members get 33% discount.  Silver and Gold gym members get free
Sunday Student Doubles 3-5pm 29 January Gym members free, non-members £2


How many tennis teams do we have?

  • Men's 1st Team (BUCS South-Eastern 2B)
  • Men's 2nd Team (BUCS South-Eastern 4B)
  • Women's 1st Team (BUCS South-Eastern Tier 1)
  • Women's 2nd Team (BUCS South-Eastern 3B)

Find out more about our scholarship offer and performance sport at the University

Community Activity

Day Activity Time Start date Price
Tuesday Cardio Tennis 6 - 7pm 24 April Cardio tennis: non-members £4. Bronze gym members get 33% discount.  Silver and Gold gym members get free
Thursdays Community Social Session 6-8pm 27 April Gym members free, non-members £2

Adult Courses

Our Learn To courses provide a structured course-based programme to help improve your skill level and ability. Our courses focus on helping you develop in a fun environment and provide an excellent springboard to help get you started.

Whether you’re looking to learn something new or take your game to the next level we have courses for everyone, and our flexible programme ensures you get a great experience all term long.

All equipment is provided but we do encourage you to bring your own equipment where possible and our coaches are more than happy to chat with you to help ensure you get the right thing!

All Essex Sport gold and silver members also save 33% off all course bookings.


Session Time Location Start date  Duration 
Tennis intermediate  5-6pm Tennis Court 5 May 2023 6 weeks


Session Time Location Start Date Duration
Tennis Xpress (beginners) 5-6pm Tennis Court 6 May 2023 6 weeks
Tennis advanced  6-7pm Tennis Court  6 May 2023 6 weeks


Junior courses

Under the direction of our LTA-certified Head Coach, our mini and junior tennis programme in Colchester is one of the highest-quality and fastest-growing in the area. Find out more about the range of programmes available.

Staff and Statements

  • Tennis Development Officer: Amore Castelyn
  • Junior Head Tennis Coach: Damien Scott
  • Performance Tennis Head Coach: Nigel Parsons
  • Performance Tennis Assistant Coach: Jamie Champion 
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You can book online for a variety of fitness classes here at Essex Sport, from freestyle fitness yoga to cycle classes. Plus you can book one of our badminton, squash or tennis courts. And don't forget you can also hire our fantastic new arena space.

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