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 are open for University of Essex students and staff as of Monday 19 April.

Facilities will re-open in a phased approach. Ahead of any visit, please ensure you view our Important Information which sets out current opening hours, facilities and activities available, as well as temporary measures in place to keep you safe during your visit.


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Be active

Love sport, want to play the field, or just stay active? We've got it covered.

We believe that sport will enhance your life, so we focus on making it accessible for everyone. If you're looking for a quick break from your studies, a chance to make new friends or progress your performance, this is the right place for you.

Sport has wider benefits too. Our research here at Essex shows that exercise can have a positive effect on your mental well-being and can boost your employability skills. That’s why we’ve made Essex Sport available for everyone.

We cater for a diverse range of people, from occasional exercisers to international athletes. Plus, through the UNIversal Gym Scheme, we're able to offer our student Annual Gold Members gym access to over 50 universities across the UK. And with low cost memberships for students, staff and members of the local community, we’ll make sure your health is at the core of everything we do.

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What's great about sport
at Essex?

Access to fitness facilities across 75 participating universities in the UK as part of the UNIversal Gym Scheme
Get involved in hundreds of activities and sports in your spare time
Essex Sport memberships available for students, staff and public
Our Essex Sport Arena with 20 courts built to international sporting standards
Play tennis whatever the weather in our floodlit and covered tennis dome
Essex Sport members receive a 1/3 off all of our sports courses
Woman playing hockey
Essex Sport Arena
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You can book online for a variety of fitness classes here at Essex Sport, from free style yoga to cycle fit. 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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Essex Sport University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park 
Colchester, CO4 3SQ
Telephone: 01206 873250
Simply Gym 33-41 Victoria Avenue,
Southend on Sea, SS2 6DF
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