As a member of staff at the University, you have the option of choosing a Gold, Silver or Bronze Essex Sport membership, offering you access to our state-of-the-art facilities, including the Essex Sport Arena. The new space, with seating for 1,655 spectators, offers international standard sporting facilities, suitable for staging televised sporting events, conferences, exhibitions and other large-scale events.
The Essex Sport Arena offers:
We also offer a spacious, fully air-conditioned gym with state-of-the-art Technogym equipment, 4 glass-backed squash courts, 250 metres of climbing space, 2 activity studios, and a variety of fitness classes. View our latest fitness class timetable via the Essex Sport App, available to download from the App Store or Google Play.
We have an extensive range of outdoor pitches located within the University of Essex grounds and covering 40 acres. Our outdoor sports area includes an 18-hole disc golf course, all-weather tennis courts and enough space to cater for large sporting events or a casual kickabout with colleagues.
To sign up online you'll need your Essex email address and a PIN. To request a PIN choose "Forgotten your PIN" at the start of the registration process.
You will be asked to confirm that you’ve read the terms and conditions (.pdf) and the health commitment statement (.pdf).
You can pay for your membership by monthly direct debit. This is available to all staff, including those who are not on the University payroll. You can set up your direct debit membership online, but if you would prefer to do it in person then please complete a direct debit form (.pdf) and hand to the Sports Centre reception.
You can also sign up at our Sports Centre. Just pop into reception and a member of our team will be happy to answer any questions you may have and process your payment then and there. We will be operating as a cashless facility when we re-open; only card payments will be accepted on site.
We require at least one calendar months’ notice in writing in order to cancel a Direct Debit membership i.e. if you would like to cancel for the following month, your cancellation request must be received no later than the 1st of the current month. We kindly ask that you state your reason for cancelling, as we value feedback in order to improve our services. Cancellation requests should be sent to email@example.com
For information on cancelling annual memberships, please refer to our terms and conditions (.pdf)
For more information on the memberships and fitness classes we offer, please email or call us on 01206 873250.
Whatever type of fitness experience you’re looking for, with over 300 classes each month, you’re sure to find it in our timetable. Whether you’re looking for a high-intensity workout like Cyclefit, Dance fitness and Insanity®, a conditioning session like Core and Stability, Metafit or Studio Pump, or our holistic classes like Pilates or Yoga, at Essex Sport our fitness instructors offer members an unrivalled range of expertly devised classes which utilise our fully air-conditioned, spacious and versatile fitness studios.
We also offer virtual classes for some of our yoga, cycling and conditioning sessions. This increasingly popular ‘Fitness on Demand’ approach gives you the flexibility to workout outside of normal class hours. An instructor will always be on hand to get the class started and answer any questions you may have.
To find out more and see our fitness class timetable (.pdf), check out our fitness classes page.
Essex Sport memberships do not cover Southend at this time.