Sports Centre

Our fantastic £10.8 million Sports Centre is fully equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including a superb fitness suite, 3G pitches, tennis courts and climbing wall. 

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 for you to enjoy, keeping you healthy and well. All classes and activities should be booked in advance.

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

For more information about how to join and what's available visit the Everyone Active website or download the app

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Membership can be purchased on an annual or monthly basis direct from the sports centre. 

UserAnnual priceMonthly price
Student £99 £14
Staff £180 £19
Staff Family £180 £19
Graduate £229.90 £22.99
Public £249.90 £24.99
Public Concession £229.90 £22.99
Retired Staff £229.90 £22.99

What's included in your membership

Student, Staff and Staff Family:

Graduate, Public, Public Concession and Retired Staff:

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.

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Sports Centre activity prices

Find out what different rates are available to take part in sports activities.

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Fitness Classes 


Time Activity
5.30 pm - 6.00 pm Core Fitness
6.00 pm - 7.00 pm Fun Climb
6.30 pm - 7.30 pm Zumba


Time Activity
4.30 pm - 5.00 pm Bootcamp
5.30 pm - 6.15 pm Group Cycling
6.00 pm - 6.45 pm Mega Mix


Time Activity
5.00 pm - 5.45 pm Pilates
6.00 pm - 7.00 pm Fun Climb
6.00 pm - 6.45 pm Total Toning
7.00 pm - 7.45 pm Boxing Fitness


Time  Activity
5.30 pm - 6.15 pm Legs, Bums and Tums
6.15 pm - 7.15 pm Yoga


Time Activity
7.00 am - 7.45 am Group Cycling  
5.30 pm - 6.00 pm Core Fitness


Time Activity
10.15 am - 10.45 am Stretch and Mobility

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

Stay Connected with Sport

Keep an eye on our social media channels for our latest news and regular updates on our programmes and activities.

Keep up to date with the University's Sports Centre on social media.

Personal training

You can buy personal training sessions if you would like regular one-to-one support or need a little extra encouragement.

Price guide

We offer several different personal training (PT) packages.

PT PackagePrice
1 x 30 Minute PT Session £15.00
5 x 30 Minute PT Session £71.35
10 x 30 Minute PT Session £135.00
1 x 60 Minute PT Session £25.00
5 x 60 Minute PT Session £118.75
10 x 60 Minute PT Session £225

To book a personal training session, please call +44 (0)1332 497525 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 497525 or email

Further climbing wall information

Supervised roped climbing

  • Monday, 5:15 pm to 9:15 pm
  • Wednesday 5:15 pm to 9:15 pm

Bouldering only

  • Open normal sports centre times

Entry prices for unsupervised bouldering

  • Students, staff and U18s: £5
  • Community: £8
  • Free to students and staff with a gym membership

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
  • £6.70 per person 
  • Saturday, 9.00 am to 10.30 am for 7 to 13-year-olds
  • Saturday, 11.00 am to 1.00 pm 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 a perfect way to celebrate in style.

Times and prices
  • £100 for a maximum of nine climbers for 1.5 hours
  • £180 for ten to eighteen climbers for 1.5 hours 
  • Available on request

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

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

Take a tour of our sports centre

Tour our Sports Centre with Radzi. From squash courts to sports halls, climbing walls and our state of the art 4G pitch, "it's ALL at the University of Derby Sports Centre".

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