Essex Sport

Active Campus

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Move more. Be well. Make friends.

Our Active Campus programme is an exciting and diverse way to get involved with sport on campus.

Whether you want to find a fun way to stay active, learn another skill or fancy something a little more competitive, we have it covered.

Become an Essex Sport member today, and you get all these social sessions free, plus a discounts on our courses.

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Social sessions

Our social session programme offers a flexible way for students to try new sports and socialise in a fun environment. Open to all abilities and often delivered in partnership with the SU clubs, our programme includes basketball, football, tennis, touch rugby, badminton and more!

Whether you're a complete beginner, or just want to stay active whilst you study, we have something for everyone! We also provide all required equipment!

Social sessions are free for all Essex Sport Gold and Silver members, or available on a pay-as-you-go basis for non-members.


See below for our autumn term reduced timetable being delivered from 16 January to 26 March 2023.


Session Time Location Cost 
Women's doubles tennis 1pm - 2pm  Tennis courts 1 & 2 £5 
Social basketball (women's) 6pm - 7pm Essex Sport Arena £2
Social netball  7pm - 8pm  Essex Sport Arena £2
Basketball scrimmage  8pm - 9pm  Essex Sport Arena  £2


Session Time Location Cost
Alert! Personal self-defence 5pm - 7pm Studio 1 Free
Social football  5pm - 6pm  Synthetic Turf Pitch  £2
Social touch rugby  6pm - 7pm  Synthetic Turf Pitch  £2 
Cardio tennis 6pm - 7pm  Tennis courts £4 
Female football 6pm - 7pm  Synthetic Turf Pitch  £2 
Social basketball (men's) 7pm - 8pm  Essex Sport Arena  £2
Social badminton 7pm - 8pm Sports hall £2
Social badminton 8pm - 9pm Sports hall  £2
Social futsal 8pm - 9pm Essex Sport Arena £2
Social table tennis  8pm - 9pm  Essex Sport Arena  £2


Session Time Location Cost 
Basketball scrimmage 12pm - 1pm Essex Sport Arena £2
Circuits 4pm - 5pm  Studio 2  £2
Social football 5pm - 6pm Synthetic Turf Pitch  £2 
Community tennis 6pm - 8pm  Tennis courts  £2
Social volleyball 6pm - 7pm  Essex Sport Arena  £2 
Alert! Personal self-defence 6pm - 8pm Studio 1 Free



Session Time Location Cost
Social indoor football (new) 12pm - 1pm Essex Sport Arena £2
Social indoor football (new) 1pm - 2pm Essex Sport Arena £2
Indoor social cricket 12pm - 2pm Sports hall  £2
Social climb 7pm - 8.30pm  Climbing wall £8


Session Time Location Cost
Student Doubles Tennis 3pm - 5pm Tennis courts £2


How to book

All social sessions must be booked in advance.

How to book social sessions:

  • Social sessions are FREE for all Essex Sport Gold and Silver members, non-members may have to pay a small fee to participate
  • Book via the Essex Sport App, available for free on the App Store and Google Play
  • Book and pay online with your email and pin number
  • Book by telephone on 01206 873250 using your debit or credit card

If you cannot attend a booked session it is essential that you cancel this no later than 1-hour before the session. This ensures other members have the opportunity to participate and join the session.

Repeated failure to cancel your sessions may result in a fine or restriction being placed on your account.

It is also important that you are registered for our sessions. For indoor sessions please make sure you swipe through the turnstiles. For outdoor sessions, it is your responsibility to speak to the staff member leading the session and to make sure your registration is recorded.

Give It A Go sessions

What are 'Give It A Go..' sessions?

Our ‘Give It A Go’ sessions are an introduction to where you can try several different sports throughout the term for students who are looking to try an activity or sport for the very first time!

No previous experience is required in these sessions, and they represent a great chance to gain confidence in a new sport, make some friends and challenge yourself alongside your studies.

Intramural leagues and tournaments

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

Get together with a group of friends, sign up as a society, department, or accommodation, or join a different sport to your current BUCS club. Win or lose, you’ll have a great time and make some incredible memories.



See below for our spring term leagues timetable. We are now accepting entries for our spring term leagues. Please see below for more information on how to book.


Session Time Location League start date Duration Cost 
7-a-side football league  4pm - 5pm Synthetic Turf Pitch 30 Jan

8 weeks
ends 24 March

£150 per team


Session Time Location League start date Duration Cost 
7-a-side football league 4pm - 5pm Synthetic Turf Pitches 2 Feb 8 weeks
ends 24 Mar
£150 per team


Session Time Location League start date  Duration  Cost
5v5 basketball league 5pm - 8pm Sports hall 3 Feb

8 weeks
ends 24 Mar

£150 per team
7-a-side football league 4pm - 5pm  Synthetic Turf Pitch  3 Feb  8 weeks
ends 24 Mar
£150 per team 

How to book

Bookings are now live for our summer term leagues. Register your team and complete payment online.

You can also download and complete the registration form (.pdf) and return this to our reception team along with payment. If you have any questions about the leagues, payments or registration drop us an email before the deadline!


Tournament Time  Location Date Cost
Support The Troops - Tennis Singles 12.30 - 21.00 Tennis Courts 29 April £25
Grand Slam: Wimbledon 12.00 - 17.00 Tennis Courts  17 May £5
Play your way to Wimbledon 12.00 - 19.00 Tennis Courts  21 May  £5 
Grand Slam: US Open 12.00 - 17.00 Tennis Courts  14 June  £5 
Mini Tennis 12.00 - 17.00 Tennis Courts 25 June £5

How to book

Book via the Essex Sport app, or call our team on 01206 873250.

Learn To 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.


See below for our spring term Learn To timetable. Courses are delivered during spring term commencing 31 January and ending 24 March 2023.


Session Time Location Start date  Duration  Cost 
HITT Tennis 5pm - 6pm Tennis courts 31 Jan 8 weeks
ends 21 Mar


Session Time Location Start date Duration Cost
Tennis intermediate 5pm - 6pm Tennis courts 2 Feb 8 weeks
ends 23 Mar
Learn to Climb 7pm - 8.30pm Climbing wall  2 Feb  8 weeks
ends 23 Mar
Learn to Climb 7pm - 8.30pm  Climbing wall  2 Feb  8 weeks
ends 23 Mar 


Session Time Location Start date Duration Cost
Tennis Xpress (beginners) 5pm - 6pm  Tennis courts 3 Feb 8 weeks
ends 24 Mar
Tennis advanced 6pm - 7pm  Tennis courts 3 Feb

8 weeks
ends 24 Mar


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.


More ways to keep active


Essex Blades 


The Students' Union's Essex Blades are our sports teams who compete in British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) events. 

From ultimate frisbee to football, from table tennis to trampolining, there are nearly 50 different sports clubs in the Students’ Union's Essex Blades, giving you plenty to choose from. Most sports club memberships, training, match fees and travel expenses for BUCS matches are included in your basic University membership.

Clubs and teams

Kitted out in the county colours of red and black, there are more than 50 Essex Blades sports clubs and teams. From ultimate frisbee to football, and table tennis to trampolining, there is plenty to choose from.

However, if you can’t find what you’re looking for and want to start a new club, please email the Student Activities office at

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Sports Development Team

Work with us

We’re constantly on the lookout for passionate, motivated students to work with us. 

Maybe you want to earn some coaching hours, gain experience in a fast and rewarding environment, or you just want to develop your CV. Whatever the reason, get in touch to find out the latest paid and voluntary opportunities available with us:

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Get in touch
Sports Development Team For more information on current and future courses, leagues and tournaments, please contact our Sports Development Team.
Telephone: 01206 873250