Health and fitness in Chelmsford

The Old Factory gym

The Old Factory opened in January 2020 and features:

  • a large, refurbished gym with all-new equipment
  • fitness studio
  • dedicated spin studio
  • three Olympic lifting platforms
  • two ten-metre sled tracks
  • a multi-functional fitness rig.

You’ll find The Old Factory in Globe House on Hoffmanns Way – right opposite campus.

ARU students and staff can use the gym for FREE from 13–31 January 2020. Come and help us road-test the new equipment.

From February, you can become a member. Take advantage of our special discounts for students, staff and alumni.

Join online (annual memberships paid by direct debit) or in person at The Old Factory.

Membership Student Alumni Staff Public
Annual membership – one-off payment £150 £175 £175 £200
Annual membership – direct debit £12.50 per month £14.58 per month £14.58 per month £16.67 per month
Monthly contract £15 per month £17.50 per month £17.50 per month £20 per month

Mildmay Sports Hall

Featuring four badminton courts, Mildmay Sports Hall is on campus and fully equipped for a range of sports, including basketball, futsal, netball and indoor cricket.

Contact us to check availability or book individual courts, half the hall, or even the whole thing: call 01245 684321 or book online.


Type Whole Hall Half Hall Court
Student £18 £9 £4.20
Staff £30 £15 £4.50
Alumni £35 £17.50 £6

Opening hours

  • Monday-Friday 9am-10pm
  • Saturday-Sunday 9am-6pm

Day lockers, changing facilities and accessible changing facilities are available.

Sawyers Gym

With room for up to 25 people, the multi-functional Sawyers Gym is perfect for group activities like exercise classes, basketball shoot or martial arts. It's equipped with large floor mats, exercise mats and table tennis tables so it can be easily adapted to suit your fitness needs. There is access to changing facilities (including accessible ones), as well as showers.

The room is available for external hire at just £17.50 per hour. Contact us on 01245 684321 or email for more details or to book.

Opening hours

  • Monday-Friday 8.30am-10pm
  • Saturday-Sunday: 9am-6pm

Table tennis tables

We have two outdoor table tennis tables in Chelmsford that are free for our students and staff to use. You'll find them next to Marconi and in front of the Student Village.

Equipment is provided at the tables and you can get extra bats or balls, if needed, from the iCentre.

Trim Trail

The Trim Trail is an outdoor exercise circuit, which you can start at various locations on campus.

Download Trim Trail map

Guidelines for use:

  • please wear appropriate clothing and footwear
  • warm-up properly beforehand
  • make sure you have plenty of water to stay well hydrated
  • caution: during wet or icy weather the ground and equipment may become more slippery
  • be aware of uneven ground surrounding the Trim Trail and the possibility of loose footing.

Please contact a member of staff at Mildmay Sports Hall if you need any further information or advice.

+ Sports facilities near campus

For use of all sporting facilities on campus, please familiarise yourself with our Sports Facilities Terms and Conditions and Sports Refund Policy.

Parking is restricted to permit holders only on campus from 7am-4.30pm weekdays, with the exception of Blue Badge holders. You can park after 4.30pm on weekdays, all day on weekends and on bank holidays free of charge.

For more travel information and directions to our campus, visit our Chelmsford page.