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The Sports Centre is closed

We are sad to announce that, following the Government’s lockdown announcement, all Essex Sport facilities are CLOSED until further notice.

The health and wellbeing of our members, and our staff, is our top priority. We will continue to review activities on offer, as University, Government, and National Governing Body guidelines allow.


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

 

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Sports Centre updates 

We are sad to announce that, following the Government’s lockdown announcement, all Essex Sport facilities are CLOSED until further notice.

If you have a booking, our admin team will contact you directly.

Please keep an eye on social media and our website as we hope to bring you more information soon.


 

  • Access only for University of Essex staff and students
  • A review of Community member access to facilities will take place in the Spring Term
  • Silver members will be able to access facilities during our current opening hours (10am to 6pm) until 26 December 2020
  • Gold members can book fitness classes 14 days in advance, and gym sessions 7 days in advance
  • Silver members can book fitness classes 10 days in advance, and gym sessions 5 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 & 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. To ensure fair use, members will be able to book and attend one 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 and Studio 1 fitness space 7 days in advance
  • Silver members will be able to book the gym and Studio 1 fitness space 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 48 people per 50 minutes in the gym. We will revisit this when guidelines are updated by the Government.

A ‘no-show’ policy will be in place for the gym and Studio 1. 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

Fitness classes in the Sports Centre will be open until 26 December 2020 and 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.

Recreational bookings

Available activities for University of Essex staff and students:

  • Basketball (single participant)
  • Squash/racketball (single participant)
  • Badminton (two participants)
  • Tennis (two participants)

Activities must be booked in advance online or via the Essex Sport app. You can also book by calling reception on 01206 873250.

  • Consecutive or double sessions are not permitted. 
  • Please bring your own equipment; we are unable to hire equipment and have limited stock available
  • 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 members have the option to unfreeze and continue their membership (Direct Debit costs will be temporarily lowered). Watch this short video guide on how to re-activate your membership.

Those that don't re-activate their membership will remain frozen until such time as our facilities return to 'normal'. Members can choose to unfreeze their membership at any time, providing there is capacity.

New members 

Owing to capacity constraints, we will only be able to accept new student and staff members at this time. 

Community members 

Unfortunately, we cannot grant access to Community members at this time. We plan to review this decision in the Spring Term, in line with the University’s evaluation of the return of activities on campus.

Non-members

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 & Conditions before making a booking and visiting us. By making a booking, you are agreeing to abide by our terms.

Active Campus

Will we be providing some in-person activities as part of our Active Campus programme until 26 December 2020. Please visit our Active Campus webpage to find out more.

Frisbee Golf

Due to the current lockdown and Government guidance, and to ensure we can keep our campus as safe as possible, we have temporarily removed the posts from the Frisbee Golf course, until such time that it is safe to be re-opened.

Essex Sport Junior

Since the University moved back into 'Enhanced Protection' levels in October, we are sorry that we have not been able to review the commencement of sport activities for under 18-year-olds as hoped. We plan to review this in the Spring Term, in line with the University’s evaluation of the return of activities on campus.

Please read the full statement for more information.

Mywellness Stream

Essex Sport Gold and Silver members can access hundreds of live and on-demand workouts through the mywellness app, FREE until 28 February 2021.

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 'noreply@mywellness.com', when you first became an Essex Sport member, asking you to activate your mywellness account. If you cannot find the email, please contact scadmin@essex.ac.uk 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 fitness@essex.ac.uk for fitness enquiries and advice.

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