Sports and exercise

Our sport facilities are temporarily closed as of Saturday 19 December 2020 due to current government restrictions. If you have any questions during this time, please contact our Sports Facilities Manager Chris Ansell at chris.ansell@aru.ac.uk

The Old Factory gym

View membership options and join The Old Factory online

The Old Factory gym is open to the public and is across the road from our Chelmsford campus in Globe House on New Street, just a five-minute walk from Chelmsford train station.

The Old Factory offers a large refurbished fitness facility with all-new gym equipment including a multi-functional fitness rig, three Olympic lifting platforms and two ten-metre sled tracks, as well as a host of cardiovascular equipment, fixed resistance machines and free weights.

The gym also houses of a large fitness studio, dedicated spin studio, changing facilities, lockers and accessible changing facilities. We offer free on-site parking to members of the public.

Please be aware that training at The Old Factory is slightly different following Covid-19. To accurately monitor capacity in the gym we have introduced bookable slots throughout the day. You can book a slot by downloading our app, using our online booking system or by calling us on 01245 683380. If you need assistance with app or online booking login access, please email TheOldFactory@aru.ac.uk and a member of the team will be happy to help.

Contact The Old Factory

The Old Factory
Globe House
New Street
Chelmsford CM1 1TA
Phone: 01245 683380
Email: TheOldFactory@aru.ac.uk

Opening times

Our normal opening hours are:

  • 7am–9pm Monday to Friday
  • 9.30am–5pm Saturday and Sunday.

The gym is open all year round except for Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. On bank holidays the gym is open 9.30am-5pm.

Please familiarise yourself with our Terms and Conditions for Gym Membership and Privacy Information for Gym Members

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Mildmay Sports Hall

Mildmay Sports Hall features four badminton courts and is fully equipped for a range of other indoor sports including basketball, netball, futsal and indoor cricket. The centre has changing facilities, lockers and accessible changing facilities on site.

Contact us to check availability, book individual courts, half the hall, or the whole hall.

Price Court Half Hall Whole Hall
Public £9.50 £20 £42

 

Contact Mildmay Sports Hall

Mildmay Sports Hall
Anglia Ruskin University
Bishop Hall Lane
Chelmsford CM1 1SQ
Phone: 01245 684321
Email: mildmay@anglia.ac.uk

Opening hours

The Centre is currently open 9am-6pm on Saturday and Sunday for students, staff and members of the public to hire space in the Sports Hall.

For further information and to hire space in the Sports Hall please give us a call on 01245 684321; we're here Saturday–Sunday, 9am-6pm. Alternatively please email mildmay@anglia.ac.uk.

For use of Mildmay Sports Hall, please familiarise yourself with our Sports Facilities Terms and Conditions.

Helmore Gym

View membership options and join Helmore Gym online

In Cambridge, our gym can be found on the first floor of the Helmore Building at the main Campus on East Road and is open to members of the public.

Helmore Gym boasts a broad range of cardiovascular equipment with 15” LCD touchscreen consoles with built in digital channels and internet browsers. In addition to this the gym has Olympic lifting platforms and racks aimed at our performance based athletes, dumbbells ranging from 2.5kg–50kg and modern, functional resistance machines. The equipment at the gym provides options for everybody, no matter the goal.

Lockers, changing facilities and accessible changing facilities are also available.

Please be aware that training at Helmore Gym is slightly different following Covid-19. To accurately monitor capacity in the gym we have introduced bookable slots throughout the day. You can book a slot by downloading our app, using our online booking system or by calling us on 01223 698199. If you need assistance with app or online booking login access, please email HelmoreGym@anglia.ac.uk and a member of the team will be happy to help.

Contact Helmore Gym

Helmore Gym
Anglia Ruskin University
East Road
Cambridge CB1 1PT
Phone: 01223 698199
Email: HelmoreGym@anglia.ac.uk

Opening hours

  • 7.30am–8pm, Monday to Friday:
  • 10am–4pm, Saturday and Sunday

The gym is open all year round except for public holidays, bank holidays and the period between Christmas and New Year when the University is closed

Please familiarise yourself with our Terms and Conditions for Gym Membership and Privacy Information for Gym Members.

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Heart and Sole walks

At our Chelmsford campus you can take part in free lunchtime walks, led by walk leaders.

The walks take place on Tuesdays throughout the year, from 12.15-12.45pm. We meet outside the Lord Ashcroft Building and our route takes us through the beautiful Chelmer Valley Nature Reserve. After the walk you’re welcome to visit our café and enjoy a free tea or coffee.

The walks are part of Chelmsford's Health Walk scheme, Heart and Sole.