How to get involved in sport


Essex Sport offer a range of adult 'Learn To' courses, including tennis, climbing, squash, Latin and ballroom dancing, cardio tennis, and our ever-popular introduction to lifting. Our courses run throughout the academic year and are available to students, staff, and the public. We also offer a Junior courses programme, which includes tennis, basketball, karate, futsal, Wildcats Football Club, multi-sports tots and more. More details and a timetable of this years courses will be available soon.

How to book

  • Book and pay online with your email and pin number *
  • Book by telephone on 01206 873250 using your debit or credit card
  • Print and complete the course booking form and return it to the Sports Centre reception, where you can book and pay in person.

Non-members will need to either telephone or visit the Sports Centre reception. Our friendly Essex Sport team is on hand to guide you through the booking process.

Active Campus sessions

Active Campus session are a fun and easy way to try your hand at a variety of new sports, including tennis, badminton, walking netball, basketball, touch rugby, football and walking football. Open to all and free to our members, Active Sessions have fully qualified activators and coaches leading each session. Simply visit the Essex Sport app to see what’s on, make a booking and give it a try.

Leagues and tournaments

Our recreational leagues and tournaments are for students and staff who want to play competitive sport in a social, fun and relaxed environment.

Throughout the academic year, we offer 5-a-side football, flexi football, mixed netball, men’s basketball and rugby intra-mural. 

How to book

It’s easy to enter. Simply sign up online and return it to our Sports Centre reception team.

BRIT 2022 Challenge

The University, Essex Sport, and the SU joined forces and took on the BRIT 2022 Challenge - uniting to support young adult mental health.

Brit Challenge will return in 2023, more details of how to apply with be available shortly. 

In 2021 everyone at the University worked together to complete the BRIT 2021 challenge raising an amazing £1,700 and submitting an incredible 23,913 total miles.
For our next challenge we'll be aiming to hit a combined donation of £2,022 and go even further than our mile total during the four-week period.

The BRIT challenge is designed so we, as a university work in teams contributing to a larger total. Each week individuals can submit miles achieved by jogging, running, walking, cycling, swimming, rowing, or any other means of self-movement! These will contribute to your team as you go up against other teams internally at Essex. Then all the teams will combine or a total as we go up against other universities around the country!

Anyone can take part and we encourage everyone to join or form a team. Teams can be current students’ clubs or societies, staff departments, alumni, it doesn’t matter. If you can’t find a team you can still take part as we’ll make a ‘best of Essex’ team and you’ll still be able to take part in weekly challenges and contribute to our target.

BRIT 2022 charities

The funds raised through the BRIT 2022 UK-wide campaigns will provide vital support to students & young adults through existing and proactive health, wellbeing and mental fitness programmes and services. All funds raised will be shared equally between the following charities and new for 2022 a charity of the universities choice;

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Contact us
Sports Development Team
Telephone: 01206 873250