Health and fitness in Chelmsford

Mildmay gym with equipment

Mildmay Sports Centre


Located on the Chelmsford campus, our gym is situated in the Mildmay Sports Centre.

Mildmay Gym boasts a range of modern cardiovascular machines, including treadmills, cross trainers and spinning bikes. There's also a selection of fixed weight machines and free weights, featuring a half-rack, Olympic bar and dumbbells ranging from 1kg-35kg - not forgetting our matted area, dedicated for low impact exercises, perfect for cooling down and stretching.

The handy location, opening hours and selection of equipment provides options for everybody, no matter the goal!

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

Please have a look at our gym membership options.

Opening hours

  • Monday-Friday 7.30am-10pm
  • Saturday-Sunday 9am-6pm

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

Functional Training Area

With equipment such as battle ropes, plyometric box, suspension trainer and wall balls, the Functional Training Area furthers the possibilities of your workout. Situated in courts 3 and 4 of the Mildmay sports hall, access to this area is free with all gym memberships – just sign in at reception. 

Due to sports hall availability, opening hours can vary, so be sure to check our dedicated Facebook page for the latest opening times.

functional gym

Sports hall

Comprised of four badminton courts, the Mildmay sports hall is fully equipped for a range of competitive sports including basketball, futsal, netball and indoor cricket. Our flexible booking system gives you the option to book individual courts, half the hall, or even the whole thing.

To check availability or to make a booking, speak to Mildmay Sports Centre on 01245 684321 or you can book online.


Type Whole Hall Half Hall Court
Student £18 £9 £4.20
Staff £30 £15 £4.50
Alumni £35 £17.50 £6
Public £40 £20 £9 

Opening hours

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

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

Picture of sports hall

Sawyers Gym

With room to accommodate up to 25 people, the multifunctional Sawyers Gym is perfect for group activities like exercise classes, basketball shoot or martial arts. Sawyers Gym is 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 male, female, and disabled changing facilities, as well as showers.

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

Opening hours

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

For use of all Team ARU facilities 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. Parking after 4.30pm on weekdays, all day weekends and on bank holidays is permitted and free of charge.

For more travel information and a map to our campus please visit our Chelmsford page.

Riverside Ice and Leisure

Riverside Ice and Leisure Centre is just a ten-minute walk from our Chelmsford campus. It boasts a range of swimming facilities including a 33-metre, six-lane main pool and diving pit with one-metre, two-metre and five-metre boards. There's also a separate 20-metre learner pool and an outdoor pool which is open during the summer months.

riverside swimming pool

To find out more about Riverside Ice and Leisure Centre, visit

Opening hours

  • Monday-Friday 6.15am-10pm
  • Saturday 6.15am-7.30pm
  • Sunday 6.15am-7pm

Chelmsford Sports and Athletic Centre

Run by Chelmsford City Council, offering first class indoor and outdoor athletics facilities so athletes can train all year round. The Centre offers a floodlit, eight-lane, synthetic all-weather 400m outdoor track with a full range of field event and indoor facilities including:

  • A six-lane 60m sprint straight
  • Long jump practice areas
  • Triple jump practice areas
  • High jump practice areas
  • Pole vault practice areas
  • Indoor throw cages that caters for discus and shot training.
CSAC long jump

Find out more about Chelmsford Sport and Athletics Centre at

Opening hours

  • Monday, Wednesday and Friday 8am-10pm
  • Tuesday and Thursday 9am-10pm
  • Saturday: 9am-6pm
  • Sunday: 9am-9pm

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

An outdoor exercise circuit, which you can start next to Mildmay Sports Centre and various other locations on campus.

Guidelines for use

  • Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear when using the Trim Trail.
  • 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 Centre if you need any further information or advice.

Download Trim Trail map

Training pitches

Melbourne Park

Melbourne Park 3G Pitch.

A floodlit artificial football pitch, newly built in 2013. The pitch is used by our football teams for training and home matches.

Moulsham High School 3G pitch

Moulsham High School 3G Pitch.

A floodlit artificial pitch, built in 2013. This venue is used by our football teams for training.