Sports Centre

Our fantastic £10.8 million Sports Centre opened in September 2015 and is fully equipped with state-of-the-art facilities.

The sports centre is currently closed due to government guidelines. For any enquiries, please contact us by email

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Sport at Derby

In line with Government policy to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our students, staff and local community, our sports facilities are closed and a reduced staff team are working from home.

Whilst you may find it hard to maintain your normal levels of exercise and physical activity during this period, staying active will help keep your mind and body healthy.

What you can do

Derby Moves – You can track your activity and accrue points using our free Moves+ app. We are not currently able to offer our usual rewards due to the campus closure, but we are still running regular challenges to keep you moving. Visit our Moves page to find out more. 

Outside – Governing guidance allows you to leave your home to take exercise. This is limited to walking, running, or cycling. You can also garden and working on an allotment is permitted. Please remember to keep the recommended two metres from others as outlined in the social distancing guidance. Exercise should be taken alone or with members of your household only.

At Home – There are some great resources available online to help you #stayinstayactive.

Sport England have put together a wide range of resources and links to websites/apps. 

You can find free easy 10 minute workouts from Public Health England and exercise videos to try at home on the NHS Fitness Studio.

And ‘the Body Coach’ Joe Wicks offers a range of videos including his daily PE with Joe and 10 minute home workouts for adults. 

Sport Scholarships

We are still taking scholarship applications. Please refer to our sports scholarship page for more information.

Stay Connected with Team Derby Sport

Keep an eye on our social media channels for our latest news, ideas, and tips to stay active from home.

Q) If I want to cancel, will my April payment be cancelled?
We will be freezing all payments on your membership, so you do not have to worry about any further money coming out of your account. Freezing your membership gives you total peace of mind but will also give you access to a wide range of online content that we will be launching soon to you via email and on our social channels.

Q) Will we be refunding members from today until 31st March 2020?
We are looking at how we can credit your membership, to take into account the period of time from 21 March- 31 March. Further details will follow.

Q) What will happen with outstanding PT sessions that have already been paid for?
Your outstanding PT sessions will be frozen in place, ready for you to use when we re-open.

Q) If I have an annual membership how will I be refunded?
We will be crediting the time we are closed onto the end of your membership, this will happen automatically when we reopen.

Q) If I do not want a credit for PT will I be able to get a refund?
At this stage, as you can imagine, we are working through many different scenarios, not least our intention to continue to pay our staff during this period of closure. Please bear with us and we will communicate further measures over the coming days and weeks.

If you have an urgent question about your membership, please call our Customer Contact Centre on 0300 123 6200.

Welcome to the University of Derby Sports Centre

Our Sports Centre is open to students, staff and the wider community all year round. You can join as a member from as little as £99 for the year, but many of our activities and facilities are also available on a pay-as-you-go basis.

We have a superb fitness suite and offer a range of weekly classes and social sport activities for you to enjoy, keeping you healthy and well.

Our other top quality facilities include: squash courts, double-sized sports hall, indoor climbing wall, external 3G pitches and two outdoor tennis courts.

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Membership can be purchased on an annual or monthly basis direct from the sports centre. The annual (one year) student membership is also available to puchase from the University online shop.

UserAnnual priceMonthly price
Student £99 £14
Staff £180 £19
Graduate £215 £26
Public £250 £29

What's included in your membership

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.

Non-member options and prices

We understand that not everyone may wish to take out membership to use the Sports Centre. Students and staff at the University who do not have membership can still access our facilities and activity timetable on a pay-as-you-go basis. All 3G pitch players must be current University of Derby students or staff.

Squash, tennis, badminton (playing with a member)

£4 per court per hour

Squash, tennis, badminton (playing with non-member)

£5 per court per hour

Timetabled class/activity £3 per class/session
Full 3G pitch - peak time (Monday to Friday after 4.30pm)

£40 per hour

Full 3G pitch - off-peak

£25 per hour

Half 3G pitch - peak time (Monday to Friday after 4.30pm) £25 per hour
Half 3G pitch - off-peak £15 per hour

Centre opening hours

We are open:

Regular opening hours may be subject to change during the Christmas and Easter holiday periods and on bank holiday weekends.

Contact us

Personal training

You will automatically be offered a free gym consultation when you become a member of the Sports Centre. You can also buy personal training sessions if you would prefer regular one-to-one support or need a little extra encouragement.

Price guide

We offer several different personal training (PT) packages.

PT packagePriceEquivalent cost per session
3 sessions £105 £35
10 sessions £300 £30
4 sessions (paid by direct debit) £100 £25
8 sessions (paid by direct debit) £200 £25
12 sessions (paid by direct debit) £300 £25

To book a personal training session, please call +44 (0)1332 591790 or email

Personal training sessions, including block bookings, must be booked and paid for at reception in advance.

Climbing wall

Our climbing wall offers 164 square metres of top-rope and lead climbing, abseiling and bouldering.

Roped climbing walls are up to 13m long with over 20 individual route options for people of all ages and abilities.

The abseil balcony is 10m high with easy access for all. The 4m-high bouldering walls provide challenging climbing at a lower level with crash mats underneath in place of the rope system.

The climbing wall is open to groups of all ages and abilities from schools to University students and staff and from birthday parties to corporate team building.

Competent climbers or those just wishing to boulder can register as a climbing wall user and climb anytime it is open.

For more information, please call +44 (0)1332 591790 or email

Further climbing wall information

Unsupervised roped climbing

  • Monday, 4pm to 10pm
  • Tuesday-Friday, 2pm to 10pm
  • Saturday, 9am to 5pm
  • Sunday, closed

Bouldering only

  • Open normal sports centre times

Entry prices for unsupervised climbing

  • Students, staff and U18s: £4
  • Community: £5
  • Free for gym members

Young Climbers Club

This is a fun and educational climbing class for young people. The weekly class develops climbers' skills from novice to fully fledged rock climbers. The Young Climbers Club is a great opportunity to get involved in a new sport, meet new friends and build up fitness in a fun and engaging environment.

Young climbers of all abilities are welcome to join the sessions.

Times and prices
  • £8 per person (book a six week block for just £40)
  • Saturday, 9am to 10.30am for 7-to-13-year-olds
  • Saturday, 11am to 1pm for 14-to-17-year-olds
  • Booking is essential

Birthday party

Happy birthday! Get older and braver and come climbing at the University of Derby. A birthday party at our wall in the Sports Centre will be a fun-filled one-hour session that includes climbing, bouldering, games and abseiling.

Working in teams, you will climb and help to keep friends safe on the rope. From ages seven to 70, a climbing party is the perfect way to celebrate in style.

Times and prices
  • £70 for nine climbers (extra people are charged at £10 per person)
  • Available on request

Taster session

Taster sessions are a one-hour session for you to try out the climbing wall with a group of friends or family. You will learn what indoor climbing is all about. A taster session is perfect for anyone who is unsure if climbing is for them or for people looking for a fun new activity in Derby. The session includes climbing, bouldering and abseiling.

Times and Prices
  • £40 for four people (extra people are charged at £10 per person)
  • Available on request, phone: +44 (0)1332 590500

School Holiday Club

The School Holiday Club is an activity filled day for ages 10 to 17, providing new challenges each day including climbing, abseiling and lots of games. We will break for lunch around midday. Please bring a packed lunch and an afternoon snack. No previous climbing experience is necessary.

Times and prices
  • 10am to 3pm on selected dates (Derbyshire school holidays)
  • £15 per person for one day
  • Booking is essential

Indoor climbing offers young people the chance to experience adventure in a safe and controlled environment. Team work, communication and confidence boosts are all a natural part of the activity with challenge, excitement and improving motor skills thrown in for good measure.

Climbing provides a physical challenge for everyone regardless of ability level. Different routes on the wall allow everyone their own individual challenge. It’s not just about the exercise either, climbing requires lots of problem solving to work out the best way to use the holds to get to the top of the wall.

We can offer a range of sessions to suit your group’s needs, all at a competitive price.

Just for fun

These sessions can be just for fun as a one-off taster, an end-of-term treat or a way to try out the wall before deciding to book a block of sessions. Typically the sessions are between one and two hours, including a mix of roped climbing, bouldering and abseiling.

Why not use indoor climbing as a practical learning tool to support your sessions inside the classroom?! The possibilities for linking a climbing session with your classes are endless as topics such as mountains, forces, angles, gravity, vectors, communication, friction and many more can be tied into the sessions.

Block sessions

A block will typically be over six weeks to tie in with the school half term. Students will begin the block with a fun session to get a feel for what climbing is all about. Over the weeks, everyone will learn knots to tie onto the rope, how to fit a harness properly and how to keep each other safe on the rope. Instructors will adapt the activity to the needs of the group and to each individual. Each child will be supported and challenged in equal measure.

Fitting into your timetable, we can offer sessions right through the day, from GCSE PE classes to after-school climbing clubs.

Times and prices

  • £40 per hour per group of nine
  • Almost any time depending on availability


Try 'n' Climb

Try 'n' Climb is a "give it a go" session for people who have never climbed before. This hour session will give you a chance to sample the wall before committing to one of the longer courses. Participants can book onto this course as an individual.

Times and prices
  • Monday, 5.30pm to 6.30pm
  • One-hour session, £3 per person or free to Sports Centre members
  • Booking is essential

Learn 2 Climb

Over two two-hour sessions, participants will learn all of the essential climbing skills needed to use the wall safely without an instructor. These skills include: how to fit a harness correctly, how to tie onto the rope, how to belay (using the rope to keep a climber safe) and how to use the bouldering wall safely.

The aim of this course is to learn the skills for climbing rather than simply having as many climbs as possible. No previous experience necessary, ages 18+.

You can book on as an individual but there is a minimum of two participants required for the session to go ahead.

Times and prices
  • Saturday, 2pm to 4pm
  • Two two-hour sessions, £15 per person for students, £20 per person for external non-members or free for Sports Centre members
  • Booking is essential

Advanced Skills

The Advanced Skills session is designed for people who already know the basics of tying onto the rope and belaying and want to progress their skills to a higher level.

Each session will be different depending on who attends. We will aim to work with each person to achieve their goals on anything from honing climbing technique, learning how to train and even lead climbing for people with sufficient experience.

There is no need to book as this session is only for people who can already climb safely without supervision.

Times and prices
  • Monday, 6.30pm to 8.30pm
  • Two-hour session, standard entry charges apply

Learn 2 Lead

Lead climbing involves starting without a rope in place on the wall and clipping it into the quickdraws on the wall as you go. Lead climbing is an advanced form of indoor climbing and therefore is only suitable for people that are already competent top rope climbers. Over four hours, you will learn how to lead climb and belay, picking up techniques and skills that will help you to progress your climbing to the next level.

Minimum of two participants required for the session to run.

Times and prices
  • Two two-hour sessions, £30 per person
  • Available on request

Indoor climbing offers participants the chance to experience adventure in a safe and controlled environment. Team work, communication and confidence boosts are all a natural part of the activity with challenge, excitement and trust thrown in for good measure.

Climbing provides a physical challenge for everyone regardless of ability level. Different routes on the wall allow everyone their own individual challenge. It’s not just about the exercise either, climbing requires lots of problem solving to work out the best way to use the holds to get to the top of the wall.

We can offer a range of sessions to suit your company’s needs, all at a competitive price.

Team building

Roped climbing in groups will help to build trust, confidence and communication between your colleagues. The climbing session will be designed around the theme of team building, with ice breakers slotted in between climbs to get the group working together. Typically the sessions are between one and two hours, including a mix of roped climbing, bouldering and abseiling.

Times and prices
  • £100 per hour, per group of nine
  • Available on request

External instructors are welcome to use our climbing wall. There are several features that make it a great venue for groups: 

  • Contained space for the whole group
  • 10m abseil with easy access to the top
  • Routes for all abilities
  • Access to the wall outside of public opening hours
  • Viewing platform for non-climbers

External instructors can use the wall during Sports Centre opening times from 6.30am to 10pm, Monday to Friday and 9am to 5pm on Sundays. We will not usually be able to admit external groups on Saturdays, however, please feel free to ring ahead and check our availability.

We strongly recommend booking the wall in advance as booked groups will be given priority.

To use the wall, you must register as an external instructor (this can be done on the day of your session). We require copies of the following before your session:

  • Relevant mountain training qualification
  • First aid certificate
  • Public liability insurance
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