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uea+sport is pleased to offer a wide-ranging programme of sporting, recreational and health-promoting activities. Whether these are based at the Sportspark, across campus or in the local community, the aim is to provide a great choice of activities. Sportspark's facilities can be utilised by students and staff but also the wider community.

Full time undergraduate and postgraduate students on a taught degree course will have their campus cards upgraded free of charge to an Educational card for the length of their course.

UEA Students need to take their campus cards to Sportspark reception for validation. The Educational card will give free entry into Sportspark and eligibility for the concession price at off-peak times. Outside the off-peak times the member price is applicable. The cost of this is met by the University.

Accessing the Sportspark

The Sportspark has some of the best University sporting facilities in the country.


  • Sportspark offers....
  • 50m Olympic-size swimming pool (with seating for 350 spectators)
  • Fitness Centre with 125 stations
  • Air-conditioned Group Exercise studio
  • Functional Training Studio
  • Myride®+ Indoor Cycle Studio
  • Sports Therapy Room
  • 3 hall indoor arena with 750 moveable seats
  • 2 hall indoor arena with viewing gallery
  • 5 glass-backed squash courts with moveable walls to form doubles courts
  • 10m high climbing wall with bouldering cave
  • Gymnastics Centre
  • 7 Conference Rooms
  • 2 floodlit Astro-turf pitches for Hockey incorporating 6 pitches for 7-aside Football.
  • Soccerpark: 4 Floodlit 3G 5-aside soccer pitches and 3 Floodlit 3G 7-aside soccer pitches All 3G football pitches are enclosed with top-netting)
  • 8 Lane national standard Athletics track
  • 6 outdoor floodlit Tennis Courts incorporating 4 Netball Courts
  • Café and Bar


……and at Colney Lane – 40 Acres of playing fields which are exclusive for students, including pitches for Football, Rugby, American Football, Lacrosse, Touch Rugby, Cricket, Baseball & Softball and Ultimate Frisbee .

...... and access to a range of local external facilities including Whitlingham Boat House, Oulton Broad, Hickling Broad, Eaton Golf Club, Norfolk Snowsports Club, Crystal Seas Scuba and many more. 


Pay & Play Prices at Sportspark

We want to encourage you to take part in exercise on a regular basis to keep fit, keep healthy and socialise. You can simply use Sportspark on a Pay and Play basis as and when you want, but taking out membership makes things easier, cheaper and provides additional benefits.

Full time undergraduate and postgraduate students on a taught degree course will have their campus cards upgraded free of charge to an Educational card for the length of their course.

UEA Students need to take their campus cards to Sportspark reception for validation. The Educational card will give free entry into Sportspark and eligibility for the concession price at off-peak times (the cost of this is met by the University). Outside the off-peak times the member price is applicable.

The Sportspark Pay & Play prices can be found here.

Student Membership

Sportspark currently offers UEA Students five excellent Student Membership packages; which are all designed to help you save money on the classes and facilities that you use the most.

For example, our Student Off-Peak Memberships work out at just £2.89 per week. These allow you to visit the relevant area anytime at the weekend and before 4pm or after 8.30pm during weekdays.

Our student Gold membership allows swim and gym entry at any time (programme dependent).


Membership Type Price (Per Annum): Equivalent to WEEKLY rate of*:
Student Off-Peak Gym Membership Card £150.00 £2.89
Student Off-Peak Group Exercise Membership £150.00 £2.89
Student Off-Peak Swim Membership Card £150.00 £2.89
Student Gold (Peak) Gym & Swim Membership Card £300.00 £5.77
Student All Inclusive (Off-Peak gym,swim & group exercise) £380.00 £7.30


The student membership application form can be downloaded here

Student membership terms & conditions

For more information or to discuss the benefits of Sportsparks upgraded Student Membership offers, please speak to one of our Customer Service Advisors at Reception or call: 01603 592 398. 


Staff Membership

UEA Staff who register their campus cards will automatically gain unlimited free access to Sportspark. Staff can take out any level of membership at a discounted rate, therefore full time members of staff can become Bronze Members for £2 a month, Silver Members for £29 a month or Gold Members for £37 a month. Staff are required to fill out a membership application form at the Sportspark Reception. On leaving the University the standard monthly charges will apply.

For more information or to discuss the benefits of Sportspark staff membership, please speak to one of our Membership Advisors at reception or call: 01603 592398.


This year, BUCS This Girl Can week is running from Monday 19th November – Sunday 25th November and here at uea+sport we have loads of FREE fun activities for you to get involved in. This Girl Can is a great initiative developed by Sport England and supported by BUCS to encourage and celebrate females getting active without the fear of judgement.

Please see the timetable here for a full list of events; there’s something for everyone to get involved in, ranging from a relaxing evening of nail painting, films and yoga, to an exciting night out in the LCR featuring a clubbercise session using glow sticks and UV face paint and glitter, and a great girl-power playlist!

TGC Timetable (PDF)

Some links to go on the TGC website page for signing up to sessions:


- Self-defence session sign up link

- Triathlon turbos sign up link

- Gymnastics session


- Women’s Football Captains Info

- Women’s Football Entry

- Netball Team Entry

- Netball Captains Pack


Tickets for the Girls Just Wanna HAVE FUN LCR night are being released on Friday 16th November on the UEASU website.

If you have any questions about any of the events please email

ueactive - 'Do something different' Taster Sessions

We are offering ‘give it a go' sessions in each of our 61 sports clubs for you to try for FREE! If you fancy trying out a new sport, or want to try the sport before you join the team then this is perfect for you. The taster sessions will be run by our sports clubs so you can join in and see what their training sessions are all about. The presidents and committee members will also be available to answers any questions you may have about joining their team. The sessions will be run in the clubs allocated training times throughout the academic year.

Visit the DSD website here.

For further  information about any of the sessions, please contact the club president directly or alternatively email

ueactive - Drop-In Sports & Group Exercise Classes

As part of the ueactive project we are running drop-in sports and group exercise classes. They offer all students the opportunity to get active and take part in a wide variety of fun, non-competitive and easy to access, sport and fitness sessions. 

ueactive timetable - 2018/19

*Timetables subject to change. Please see the uea+sport website and social media pages for programme changes.

All sports and classes can be booked at Sportspark reception or by calling 01603 592398.

If you have any questions or have any special requirements, please get in touch with the Student Sport Team at or on 01603 593567.

Please note that all ‘Drop In' sessions are operated on a first come, first served basis, have limited spaces for each session and are subject to availability. It is recommended to call or come in to Sportspark reception, prior to each session to reserve your place. 

Chill out or Smash it out

uea+sport is delivering a range of activities for UEA students to take part in for FREE including Yoga, Boxfit and Social Running!

Please note that the timetable below may be subject to change.

Chill out or smash it our programme (PDF)

To book onto one of the activities at the Sportspark please visit the reception or call 01603 592398.


The University of East Anglia, uea+sport and UEA SU have a strong commitment to ensuring opportunities to participate in sporting activities are as accessible as possible. If you have a disability we want to ensure you have a wide range of sporting options available to you and that you are made to feel welcome. The Sportspark is wheelchair accessible, with a lift to the upper floor, accessible changing rooms, and a hoist to access the swimming pool.

This year, we have a brand new referral scheme which has been launched by uea+sport and student support services. The scheme will be offering six free of charge sessions, available for anyone receiving support from the Wellbeing team in the Student Support Services. These sessions will give you the opportunity to try out more than one of our fantastic facilities such as the swimming pool, gym or classes.

For more information or if you would like to talk to us about how we can facilitate access to our facilities and activities please email or call 01603 593567.

For more information on our full ueaccess programme email Rebecca below.

For more information on the referral scheme, please use the below contacts:

Student Support Services Wellbeing team:  

Rebecca Kidman

uea+sport team:

Joseph Skeet

The Ziggurat Challenge

The Ziggurat Challenge is a ‘recreational-level' programme of events open to all students, alumni, staff and faculty of the University including those based at the Norwich Research Park.
Ziggurat is unique to the UEA and has been designed to promote enjoyable participation in the spirit of sporting competition as well as encourage friendly interaction/rivalry between schools.

For more information on what it is about and how to get involved please see the Ziggurat page.

Intra-mural Social Leagues

At UEA there are a variety of ways to get involved in competitive sport and you don't need to be a member of a Union Sports Club to play. All students, undergraduates, postgraduates and UEA staff are welcome to enter the following leagues which we have on offer.

Norfolk FA Football Leagues

Norfolk FA run a number of small sided leagues at UEA Sportspark for students to get involved with. Among the current provisions being offered there are two specific student 6 a-side leagues, details of which are below:

Wednesday Student League: 15:00-18:00, starting on Wednesday 18th October

Sunday Student League: 15:00-21:00, starting on Sunday 8th October

The Norfolk FA also offer a 6 a-side mainstream league on Tuesday evenings, between 6pm-10pm and the new season will begin on Tuesday 10th October. This league is open to all adults and is not student specific.

The final playing opportunity on offer through the leagues is Futsal. This league runs between 7.40pm-10.20pm in the main sports hall on Wednesday evenings. This is not a student specific league and starts on 4th October.

All student teams will be eligible for the reduced match fee of £25 per fixture and this extends to all of the leagues listed above.

You can secure your team’s place into any of these leagues by completing the FREE online application form which can be found here.

If you would like some more information on any of the leagues at UEA Sportspark or don’t quite yet have enough to create your own team but would like to get involved, you can register your interest here and a member of staff from Norfolk FA will get back to you.


Sports Clubs are a great way to get involved during your time at UEA. Clubs create great friendship groups, provide new experiences and offer fantastic opportunities for learning and development and most importantly, for having fun. Each club is run by a committee of current students, supported by uea+sport and uea(su)

There are over 58 active sports clubs on offer, ranging from American Football to Yoga so for more information please visit the club page


Sports Association Membership (SAM) and Club Fees

Before you are eligible to join any of the sports clubs you will be required to purchase Sports Association Membership (SAM) at a cost of £50**. This contributes to the cost of club activities, i.e. coaching, kit, transport, affiliations, insurance and much more. For further information please contact Oli Gray (

*must be purchased before joining any of the clubs.

* Please note, that each club also charges a fee in addition to SAM. Fees vary and are set by each individual club.

Please click here to view the Sports Association Membership refund policy.


British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) is the national governing body for Higher Education (HE) sport in the UK, a membership organisation, and a company with charitable status. Their vision is to enhance the student experience through sport.

BUCS deliver more than 50 sports, including everything from Archery to Ultimate Frisbee to over 170 member institutions, comprising a busy league programme of over 4800 teams and over 100 championships events every year. UEA will enter over 40 teams into BUCS this year, and for all the up to date information on where they are coming in the league tables. For further information please contact Jacki Robinson

Please click here to view UEA's current BUCS position.

Elite Sport

Elite Sports Scholarship 

The University of East Anglia is proud to offer undergraduate ‘Elite’ Sports Scholarships and ‘Developing Excellence’ Scholarships. In addition to a sports bursary allowance, facilities and support are made available to elite athletes with the ability to represent the University in regional and national competitions. If you would like further information about this or you think you may be eligible for the ‘Elite’ or the ‘Developing excellence’ scholarship please visit the Universities scholarship page or email Applications will open in October for the following year.

Norfolk Sports Academy

Alongside the Universities Scholarship scheme, UEA students may also be able to apply for support from the Norfolk Sports Academy. For more information, please visit the Norfolk Sports Academy website or email