Get involved in sport at Essex

Essex Sport is for those who want to be the best and for those who want to do the best they can. There are a number of ways you can get involved in sport at Essex.

Paid-for memberships

Students, staff and the general public can all take advantage of our excellent value for money memberships, giving you access to our Evolve Gym facilities and a great range of fitness classes, as well as access to range of other sports facilities.

training at the sports centre

Whenever you see the Keep It On Campus stamp, you are about to buy a product or use a service which is owned by the University of Essex Campus Services. This includes Essex Sport and the Evolve gym and fitness studios, an owned subsidiary of the University of Essex, offering excellent facilities for students, staff and members of the public.

Memberships offer fantastic flexibility and value for money, and all profits generated are used to support and reinvest in the University. Every time you use a product or service which has the KIOC stamp, such as Essex Sport, you are being informed that your money will be reinvested into the University.

Free for students and staff

If you're a member of the University of Essex, the great news is that you're automatically a member of Essex Sport. This means you can access a range of sports, clubs and facilities completely free of charge.

  • My Essex Sport

    Students and staff can enjoy a wide range of sports sessions at no cost as part of your membership of the University of Essex. This pioneering development gives you easy access to entry level sport activities, sport clubs, offering unrivalled opportunities for everyone to stay healthy and try new sports. Free activities at the Colchester Campus Sports Centre include:

    • squash
    • climbing wall
    • badminton
    • basketball
    • volleyball
    • table tennis
    • martial arts
    • tennis courts

    Included in this free package is insurance (BUCS) and off-campus sport where there is no external charge.

  • Just Play

    Our Just Play scheme introduces students and staff to a variety of sports, ideal if you want to try something new or just want to have fun and get fit at the same time. There’s no commitment, you simply check the termly timetables and sign up.

  • Essex Blades

    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.

Performance sport

We are dedicated to supporting high performing athletes through our Sport Scholarship programme.

Just Play

Just Play

Enjoy team sports but not sure if you want to play for an Essex team? No problem. Offering everything from korfball to cricket, Just Play gives you the opportunity to just play!

Essex Blades

Essex Blades

The county colours of red and black are the colours of the Essex Blades - our sports teams who compete against other universities. Find out how you can take part.

Make a booking

Student playing table tennis

Our online booking facility for is available for Evolve and Evolve+ members. You can book fitness classes, badminton, squash, table tennis and tennis courts.


image of a fun run

Our memberships give you so much more than you'd expect. Included free of charge with your gym membership are our range of fitness classes and access to a number of other sports and facilities.