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 great choice of fitness classes and social sport activities each week. All our classes and social sport activities are suitable for all abilities and levels of fitness.

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 at the start of each term, normally September or January.

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.

Fitness Classes and Activities

All activities listed are FREE to members, but if you don't have a membership you can still take part on a pay-as-you-go basis. Fitness classes are £3 per person. The social football and badminton sessions are £2 per person.


7.00am - 7.45am Body Tone 
10.15pm - 10.45pm Ab Blast 
12.15pm - 12.45pm Studio Cycling
4.30pm - 5.30pm Social Badminton
5.15pm - 6.00pm Lean Body Tone 


7.00am - 7.45am KettleBells  
12.15pm - 12.45pm Pilates 
1.00pm - 2.00pm Social Football (outdoor)
5.15pm - 5.45pm  Studio Cycling 
5.30pm - 6.30pm Yoga 


7am - 7.45am Yoga 
12.15pm - 12.45pm Cardio and Core 
5.15pm - 6.00pm Body Tone 


7.00am - 7.45am Lean Body Tone 
12.15pm - 12.45pm Kettlebells 
4.30pm - 5.30pm Social Badminton
5.15pm - 6.00pm Legs Bums Tums 


7.00am - 7.30am Studio Cycling  
12.15pm - 12.45pm HIIT
5.15pm - 5.45pm Cardio and Core


10.15am - 11.00am Kettlebells 
12.15pm - 12.45pm HIIT 


10.15am - 11.00am Lean Body Tone 

Social Sport and Campus Leagues

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

Term 3 Competition 

Our Spring league competition (April to May) has now finished. If you would like to register your interest in entering a team to the Autumn Term 2021 league (starting in October), please email Kate Nelson at


  1. 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 10 team places available in the league
  4. Competition will run for nine weeks, normally on a Friday afternoon
  5. Matches are 40 minutes long (two halves of 18 minutes with a four-minute interval).
  6. Kick-off times will be staggered to space out the arrival and departure times of teams. Teams should therefore be flexible and able to play anytime between 15.30-18.00

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 at the Sports Centre Reception to secure your place
  3. Team places are allocated are on a first-come, first-served basis

If you'd like more information, please email

Our social football and badminton sessions take place at the Sports Centre. Sessions follow sports-specific covid-guidance for your safety.


Mondays and Thursdays: 4.30 - 5.30pm


Tuesdays: 1.00pm - 2.00pm


  • Free for Sports Centre members
  • £2 per person per session for non-members

As numbers per activity are strictly limited we strongly advise that you book your place in advance at the Sports Centre. 

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