Fitness, wellbeing and social sport

There is a wide choice of gym, fitness, sport and wellbeing activities on campus, so you're sure to find something that you can enjoy.

Health and fitness at Derby

Our health, wellbeing and sports activities are available to all University of Derby students and staff members throughout the year and provide a range of opportunities to be active in a friendly, social environment.

Our fantastic Sports Centre at the Derby campus provides a wide range of gym, fitness and sports activities. If you join the Sports Centre, your membership includes use of the gym, our class/activity timetable, courts and pitches, but non-members are also welcome and can access a range of facilities and classes on a pay-as-you-go basis.

The Sports Centre offers a choice of over 30 fitness and social sport sessions each week. The classes and activities are suitable for all abilities and levels of fitness.

As part of the annual student and staff membership you also have access to over 90 other university gyms around the country at no extra cost through the BUCS UNIversal scheme, a British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) initiative to help you stay active all year round.

If football is your passion, our long-standing social six-a-side football league runs during term time between October and April. You can register a team for this year's leagues in either September or January.

Team Derby's friendly six-a-side league competition runs between October and April each year. Our leagues are open to students and staff at the University, and are mixed gender.

Team registration for the 2020 spring term competition will open in January. 

  • When: Fridays 3pm to 6pm
  • Where: University of Derby Sports Centre 3G Astroturf Pitch
  • Cost: £120 per team per term


  1. Our leagues are six-a-side
  2. Teams require a minimum of six players (max of ten players) per team with a named captain and an original team name
  3. There are up to 16 team places available 
  4. Each term's competition runs for eight to ten weeks (depending on the number of entries)
  5. The spring league starts at the beginning of February
  6. Matches are 40 minutes long (two halves of 18 minutes with a four-minute interval)
  7. Kick-off times are usually 3pm, 3.45pm, 4.30pm and 5.15pm

How to get involved 

  1. Get together your team of six to ten players, nominate a team captain and choose your team name
  2. Register and pay your team entry fee via the Online Shop to secure your place
  3. The deadline for team registrations is noon on Tuesday 4 February (allocations are on a first-come, first-served basis) 

If you'd like more information, come and talk to us at the Sports Centre or email

Activity timetable - 6 January to 30 April 2020


7am-7.45am Kettlebells
12.30pm-1pm Studio Cycling
4.45pm-5.15pm HIIT
5pm-6pm Badminton
5.30pm-6.15pm Boxercise
5.30pm-6.30pm Try 'n' climb
6.20pm-7.20pm Zumba


7.15am-7.45am Studio Cycling
12pm-1pm Football (indoor)
12.30pm-1pm Pilates
4.45pm-5.15pm Ab Blast
5.30pm-6.15pm Studio Cycling
5.30pm-6.30pm Yoga
6.30pm-7pm Kettlebells


7am-7.45am Yoga
12.30pm-1pm Kettlebells
4.45pm-5.15pm Pilates
5.30pm-6.30pm Body Tone
5.30pm-6.30pm Try 'n' climb 
6.30pm-7.45pm Kundalini Yoga


7am-7.45am Bootcamp
12.30pm-1pm Circuits
1pm-2pm Badminton
4.45pm-5.15pm Studio Cycling
5.30pm-6.15pm Legs Bums Tums
5.30pm-6.15pm Tai Chi
6.30pm-7.00pm HIIT


7.15am-7.45am Studio Cycling
12pm-1pm Football (outdoor)
12.30pm-1pm Ab Blast
4.45pm-5.15pm Circuits
5.30pm-6.00pm Ab Blast


10.30am-11.15am Circuits
12.30pm-1pm HIIT


10.30am-11.15am Boot Camp