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. 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 11am-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.

+ 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.


Please note that due to the Government’s advice and guidance relating to coronavirus, our sports programme is currently suspended. This includes all ARU sports facilities which are closed until further notice.

We're using this time to make our sports programme even better in the future and look forward to engaging with you again as soon as possible.