Latest updates on our facilities, memberships and programmes

Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for students and staff

The latest advice and updates from the University

Indoor Sports Centre and Indoor Tennis Centre are open

We can confirm that we received our COVID-Secure certification from the University for the Indoor Sports Centre and Coombe Dingle Sports Complex in August.

Due to the additional health and safety requirements, there will be some changes to how you access our facilities and services. Please view these short videos on returning to the GymStudio 1 and Sports Hall before your first visit back.

Book online
Access to the gym and classes will be through pre-booked sessions only - book online. Gym sessions will be for one hour and you will only be able to make one booking per day.

One way system
There will be a one-way system in operation around the Centre (view the videos for more information).

All payments will need to be through your online account, we will not be taking payments at the Welcome Desk.

Face coverings
We recommend members wear a face-covering when moving around the building, but this is not mandatory. Once you enter your exercise area it is at your own discretion as to whether you wear a face-covering whilst undertaking your activity.

Changing facilities
Changing facilities are not currently available, so please bring minimal items with you and arrive dressed for your activity. There will be a few small lockers available for essential personal belongings, e.g. keys, phones, available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please note:
It is really important that if you do feel unwell that you do not visit any of our facilities.

The essence of our service remains the same and we will provide our usual high-level support from our qualified and knowledgeable staff and instructors.

Sports Medicine Clinic

If you would like to book a telephone or video appointment with Henry or Patricia, our Sports Physiotherapists, please do get in touch.

Swimming Pool refurbishment

As you my be aware, failure of the water management systems at the swimming pool, which comprises of water circulation, treatment and filtration, has been responsible for numerous closures over the past 18 months. This has been really frustrating for everyone but the current system is now in need of a complete refurbishment.

The University will be investing in the replacement of all these systems.  The work is costing in the region of £300,000 and will deliver a much more reliable swimming pool experience for all our visitors. We are also designing the new circulation system to operate more efficiently with fewer chemicals, which will reduce the swimming pools' carbon footprint.

The pool is expected to reopen on Monday 12 October.

Memberships - what happens next?

All members had their membership automatically frozen from Wednesday 18 March.

For members who pay annually, your member benefits* will automatically resume when the Indoor Sports Centre reopens. 

For members who pay by direct debit, to resume your member benefits* please contact Memberships Team and we will restart your membership when the Indoor Sports Centre reopens. 

*Please note: this will not include swimming pool access due to the refurbishment, as outlined in emails recently sent to all members. 

Any questions you may have should be sent to

Tennis at Coombe Dingle

We re-opened our outdoor tennis courts at Coombe Dingle on 15th June and re-introduced coaching on 22nd June. We are adhering to the University of Bristol Campus guidelines alongside the LTA guidelines for venues, coaches and players, these guidelines include social distancing measures, encouraging hand hygiene and adhering to lock down advice. Please familiarise yourself with these guidelines before proceeding to make a booking.

Outdoor courts are available to book Monday to Friday 9 - 8pm (last booking 7 - 8pm) and 9 - 2pm at the weekend (last booking 7 - 8pm). £8 per court per hour. You can book online here.

Suspended activities

The following programmed activity is still suspended:

  • B:Active Campus
  • B:Active Residences
  • Community Exercise
  • Swim School

Please watch

If you are returning to the Gym or Classes after the covid-closure, please watch the three short videos below to familiarise yourself with our new policies, put in place to keep you safe when you visit us.

Strava club

Join our new University of Bristol Sport club on Strava where you can log your runs, compare your training, view recent accomplishments, and chat with club members. With more people than ever getting out for a run during these strange times, it's a great way to keep engaged with our lovely #TeamUoBristol running community.

Les Mills home workout videos

From 1st May access to the Les Mills on-demand service has changed.  You'll now be able to view 800+ workouts which change monthly, 13 fitness programmes and access from your tv, tablet, computer or phone.  Normally this costs £11.95 per month but we have exclusively secured all University of Bristol students, staff and sports pass holders a free two-month long trial*, and a discounted monthly rate of £7.94 thereafter should you wish to pay for the service. 

**Les Mills on-demand free trial

Please note: you will need to enter your email address and bank details to sign up for the new Les Mills service, so please remember to cancel before the end of the trial in order to not be charged if you don't want to pay for the service after your trial ends.

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