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The Sports Centre is now open

We are pleased to announce that, in line with the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown, Essex Sport facilities will be open for students, staff and community from 1 August 2021.

In order to access Essex Sport facilities or activities (including student sports clubs) all students and staff customers will need to adhere to the University’s advice regarding being tested twice weekly at the on-site test centre.

We will be conducting random checks on participants and facility users, and you will be required to provide evidence of having had a test in the past 4 days. If you are unable to provide this evidence you may be subsequently restricted from attending Essex Sport facilities or activities for the next two weeks. Find out more about the University's on-site testing services.

Thank you all for your continued support and understanding, from us all at Essex Sport.


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Sports Centre updates

We are pleased to announce that the Sports Centre re-opened from Monday 19 April 2021, in a phased approach. Activities and facilities available will initially be limited, please see the table below setting out availability and opening hours:

Date Opening
Activities / Facilities Access
17 May 2021 

Monday - Friday
12pm - 10pm

12pm - 5pm



Fitness Classes 

Active Campus sessions

Recreational Activities


UoE Students

UoE Staff

 1 August 2021

Monday - Friday

8am - 6pm


Fitness Classes 

Recreational Activities

UoE Students

UoE Staff


  • Access only for University of Essex Staff and Students until 1 August 2021. Community members will have access from 1 August 2021.
  • Gold members can book gym sessions 7 days in advance and all other activities 14 days in advance,
  • Silver members can book gym sessions 5 days in advance and all other activities 10 days in advance

Returning to the Sports Centre: what you need to know

Please familiarise yourself with the below measures before visiting the Sports Centre.

General measures

Please ensure you have viewed our Terms and Conditions before making a booking and visiting us. By making a booking, you are agreeing to these terms.   

  • Please wear a face mask when you arrive at the Sports Centre, and while moving around the facilities. You do not have to wear a mask when exercising or playing sport
  • Please ensure you bring your membership/student/staff card to gain entry to the facilities. We are unable to grant access through the turnstiles without a card
  • Wash and sanitise your hands regularly during your visit
  • Arrive ready to exercise; toilets will remain available to members, but the changing rooms and showers will not be open
  • Please follow signage and respect social distancing guidelines
  • We are now operating as a cashless facility; only card payments will be accepted on site

Essex Sport Gym

Gym sessions must be booked in advance online or via the Essex Sport app. Members will be able to book and attend multiple gym session per day.

Take a look at this video guide on 'How to book a gym session'

  • Gold members will be able to book the gym 7 days in advance
  • Silver members will be able to book the gym 5 days in advance
  • Please use the lockers provided; bags will not be allowed on the gym floor
  • Please wipe down all equipment before and after use
  • Mats and resistance bands will not be available; please bring your own
  • Arrive 5 minutes before your session and come ready to train

Capacity in the gym has been reduced, in line with social distancing guidelines, to 42 people per 50 minutes in the gym. We will revisit this when guidelines are updated by the Government.

Our ‘no-show’ policy will apply for the gym. This will be a 2-strike rule, followed by a 7 day restriction on bookings for repeat ‘no shows’. This is a necessary step to ensure fair use of gym sessions.

Fitness classes

In person Fitness Classes are available. These must be booked in advance online or via the Essex Sport app.

  • Gold members will be able to book classes 14 days in advance
  • Silver members will be able to book classes 10 days in advance
  • Mats will no longer be available; please bring your own
  • Sanitise your hands at the start and end of the session, and before any drink breaks
  • Do not share or pass any equipment, or use any equipment marked out of use
  • Please arrive for, and exit, classes promptly; you will be able to access the turnstiles 5 minutes before the class start time

Facebook live fitness classes will continue daily and on-demand classes are available to stream via the mywellness app.

Recreational bookings

From 1 August, we will be making available basketball (4 people max), badminton (4 people max) and squash (2 people max), alongside our disc golf course. We hope to soon be able to also offer tennis, this will become available to book as soon as possible. 

Recreational Activities (.pdf)

Once we are able to expand the selection, recreational activities will become available to book via the Essex Sport app or online booking page.

  • Consecutive or double sessions are not permitted
  • Please bring your own equipment; we are unable to hire equipment and have limited stock available for purchase
  • No spectators or guests allowed; only participants allowed into facilities
  • Gold members will be able to book 14 days in advance
  • Silver members will be able to book 10 days in advance
  • Bronze members will be able to book 7 days in advance

Essex Sport members

Current members 

All current Essex Sport members will be contacted directly by our admin team with more information specific to their type of membership. 

Essex Sport frozen memberships will automatically become active from 1 August 2021. Please notify us before Wednesday 21 July if you wish to keep your account frozen until 31 October 2021.

New members 

Memberships can be purchased online. For more information visit:

Student memberships

Staff memberships

Community memberships


Pay-as-you-go bookings for University of Essex staff and student non-members will be available for fitness classes, recreational activities and Active Campus sessions.

Please ensure you have read our Terms and Conditions before making a booking and visiting us. By making a booking, you are agreeing to abide by our terms.

Active Campus

We’re excited to announce we will be delivering a small programme of social sessions, returning from 26 April 2021. As the Government roadmap allows organised outdoor sport to return, we will be starting with football and adding sports over the following weeks.

Please visit our Active Campus webpage to find out more.

Frisbee Golf

The frisbee golf course will become available from 1 August. Please ensure you book the course via our reception team.

Essex Sport Junior

The University is still under Enhanced Protection levels which is being reviewed on a regular basis. This means, despite the Government Roadmap out of lockdown allowing outdoor Children’s sport to return from 29 March 2021, we are currently unable to offer any sessions. 

We are working towards a revised programme when permitted. If you have any questions, please contact


Our popular multi-sport holiday camp, CHUMS, will be running this summer from Thursday 22 July to Friday 27 August.

More details will be released over the coming weeks. If you have any questions, please contact

Mywellness Stream

Essex Sport Gold and Silver members can access hundreds of live and on-demand workouts through the mywellness app.

As well as hundreds of pre-recorded workouts and exercises from Technogym, you'll see a few familiar faces with a series of fitness classes from the Essex Sport fitness team.

How does it work?

Already using mywellness?

  • Ensure you're logged in and have selected 'University of Essex Sports Centre' as your facility.
  • Select the 'On demand classes' tile on the homepage, and you're ready to go! 

New to mywellness?

  • You will have received an email from '', when you first became an Essex Sport member, asking you to activate your mywellness account. If you cannot find the email, please contact who will assist you.

Not a member?

You can sign up for just £4.99 a month!

Keeping active at home

We appreciate that the past few weeks may have made it harder for many to retain their normal levels of physical activity. We are still here to support you. Visit our 'Fitness at Home' page, or contact us at for fitness enquiries and advice.

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