Welcoming you back

Service update: Wednesday 1 September 2021

Our two on-campus fitness facilities, the Falmer Sports Complex and Sport Centre, are both fully open - with many of our COVID-secure measures remaining in place to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable time. 

The latest update from the government has confirmed that England will move into Step 4 from Monday 19 July, with all COVID restrictions lifted from this date.

In line with this news, we will be changing our current COVID procedures from Monday 2 August, which will give us time to monitor the situation and ensure that we keep our users’ safety our key priority.

We recognise that, although things are changing nationally, there is a need for continued caution.

Many of our current safety measures will remain in place, but some changes will mean that we are able to open up more of our services and facilities for you - including our shower and changing facilities.

From Monday 2 August, you will no longer need to book visits in advance, and can simply 'drop-in' to our fitness rooms (classes and courts can still be booked in advance, according to your membership booking rights).

We will continue to closely monitor the local situation and remain vigilant, while maintaining the highest service standards. Your safety is our priority and we may make changes to our current policies based on the evolving situation.

You can find out what to expect from Monday 2 August on this page.

Remember, stay home if you’re unwell. Please don’t come into the facilities if you have any COVID-19 symptoms.

What to expect from Monday 2 August

Will you be keeping any of your COVID-secure measures in place?

Yes, many of our COVID-secure measures will remain after restrictions lift nationally.

From Monday 2 August we will:

  • Continue to regularly review risk assessments of our facilities to ensure they follow the most up-to-date University and government guidelines
  • Keep many of our sanitiser stations in place, including at entries and exits, to support a clean and hygienic environment
  • Increase the number of cleaning bottles/stations and will provide a bottle for you to keep with you and use throughout your workout, if you'd prefer
  • Continue regular cleaning of our facilities during opening hours, but we will no longer close the building while it takes place. We intend to clean at 10.30am; 2.30pm, 4.30pm; and 6pm. We will then close at 9.30pm for a final clean. You should still clean down your kit after use every time
  • Continue to follow guidance from the University and government on test and trace usage
  • Look to maintain visible monitoring by our staff of key areas, such as the fitness rooms, to support and reassure you through the transition period
  • Communicate clearly how we will transition out of restrictions on our webpages and social media channels
  • Keep our protective screens at both reception desks until further notice, and continue to promote and operate a cashless system (the quickest and easiest way to buy your membership is online using the University’s shop)
  • Keep signage that promotes good gym etiquette (wiping down kit; good hygiene; being considerate about personal space) visible across both sites
  • Continue to encourage use of masks and face coverings in public areas to protect yourself and others – although this is a personal choice.
What will change once restrictions lift nationally?

In line with restrictions lifting nationally, from Monday 2 August we will:

  • Reopen our changing rooms and showers at both sites
  • Reopen our water fountains at both sites
  • Remove Covid-related capacity limits across our fitness rooms, with equipment moved back to original positions (consideration will be given to the proximity of machines, where possible)
  • Make accessories, such as bands and medicine balls, available again
  • Remove our one-way system, but keep signage throughout our facilities to help direct you during your visit
  • Remove our one-hour booking slots for fitness rooms, so there will be no time limit on your session
  • Remove the need for advance booking ahead of fitness room visits and group exercise classes
  • Remove fitness room (gym visits) bookings; you will be able to just 'drop-in' again - with no need to book
  • Allow spotting for weights if required, though we would encourage you to avoid this unless essential.
How will racket sports and group exercise classes be affected by restrictions lifting?

Organised sports and group exercise classes will also be affected by the national lifting of restrictions.

From Monday 2 August, our updated racket sports policy will mean that:

  • Bookings will revert to pre-Covid terms, with 30-minute breaks between bookings no longer needed
  • Participation numbers will be in line with government and sport-specific National Governing Body (NGB) guidelines.

From Monday 2 August, for our group exercise classes we will:

  • Revert to pre-Covid capacity limits
  • Allow for kit to be shared, where applicable and if deemed appropriate
  • Allow you to borrow mats for classes, but you can still bring your own if you prefer
  • Continue to offer cleaning bottles and wipes for you to use before and after classes
  • Continue to encourage a two-metre distance in classes where possible.

Frequently Asked Questions

What facilities and services are available?

The Sport Centre and Falmer Sports Complex are open for fitness room (gym) visits, indoor and outdoor sports and group exercise classes.

From Monday 2 August, you no longer need to book in advance for fitness room (gym visits), and can simply drop-in to use the facilities. Classes and racket sport courts can still be booked in advance - either online or by phone.

You can view our timetable live online to check the availability of group exercise classes ahead of booking.

Our changing rooms, showers, lockers and water fountains will reopen in full from Monday 2 August.

Our therapy room at the Sport Centre remains closed, but we hope to start offering appointments again very soon.

Spectators are welcome back from Monday 2 August, but we will be closely monitoring this and we may reduce the numbers of spectators allowed at indoor and outdoor events, if local COVID case numbers suggest this is advisable.

Is car parking affected at either site?

Car parking is open at both sites and is managed by the Transport Team in SEF. You can find their latest updates online.

Normal campus parking charges apply at both sites.

What will happen to my membership if Sussexsport has to close because of Covid-19?

If you have paid for your membership in advance (as a student, public or alumni member, or as a member of staff on a fixed term contract), and we have to close our facilities because of government-instructed Covid-19 restrictions, we will freeze your membership from the date of closure.

We will then either extend your membership to cover the closure time once we reopen or, if preferred, offer a pro-rata refund for the closure period.

If you're a staff member and pay by salary deduction and we have to close because of govenment-instructed Covid-19 restrictions, we will freeze your membership with immediate effect and advise payroll to pause your payments. We will reactivate your membership and commence salary deduction payments when we reopen, unless you advise us otherwise.

Please note that our closing date for membership refunds for 2019-20 is Friday 10 December 2021.

Is Active US still running?

Yes, our weekly Active US social sports timetable will start up again in the new academic year (September 2021).

We'll be keeping in touch with you on our social channels, so please make sure you follow us on Facebook and Instagram for the latest information and news on events.

Is the Therapy Room open?

Our Therapy Room and Sports Injury Clinic - which operate from the Sport Centre - will remain closed until further notice. We hope that our practitioners will be taking bookings again very soon.

You can find the most up-to-date information on our Therapy Room and Sports Injury Clinic webpages.

Is the discounted swimming offer for staff and students still available?

Yes, discounted swimming is available at Brighton & Hove pools only, but the availability of pools will depend on Freedom Leisure centres - who we partner with to offer our discounted swims.

Please check Freedom's website ahead of your visit to confirm their schedules. 

You can find out more about our discounted swim offer on our webpages.

When will the Students' Union sports clubs resume training and BUCS fixtures?

Student sports clubs can now resume training on campus. The Students' Union have been in touch with club members with more information.

For more information, please contact the Students' Union who run the student sports clubs and societies.

Are your children's activities running?

Yes, we're pleased to announce that our children's activities are back on, with activities on over the summer holidays. You can find out more information, including how to book online, on our webpages