COVID-19: Sussexsport service updates

Service updates: Monday 30 March 2020

Following the latest updates from the University about the campus response to Coronavirus, we wanted to let you know what Sussexsport is doing to protect the welfare of our users.

From 6pm on Friday 20 March 2020, we will be closing the Sport Centre and Falmer Sports Complex.

This was a difficult decision to make, but following government advice on social distancing we believe that this is the most responsible thing to do for our users and staff team. The health of our users is of the upmost importance to us.

What does closure of Sussexsport mean?

We understand that our members and users may have lots of questions. Please read through the Frequently Asked Questions below, as we hope you will find the answers you need.

If you require further assistance we are still around to answer queries from Monday-Friday during office hours. Please email us and we will get back to you as quickly as possible, but please be aware that this may take a little longer than usual given the current circumstances.

We aim to provide regular service updates on our webpages and social media channels.

Please bookmark this page and check it when you can. You can also keep in touch by following us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram, where we'll share our latest news with you.

Online workouts: Stay home with US

We’re still around, but we’ve moved things online. So although you may not be able to be with us in person, our fantastic Sussexsport team is working hard to keep you motivated from afar.

Visit our Stay home with US page to find out more.

Join us for live online classes on Zoom and Facebook Live, run by some familiar faces. These are open to everyone in our Sussex community.

Classes are free and you'll just need a Zoom account, registered to your Sussex email address (or BSMS and IDS), to get involved. If you're signing up for a Zoom account as a University of Sussex student or staff member, please register here.

If you miss a class, don't worry. We'll be recording some of our sessions for Facebook and YouTube, so you can always rewatch at a convenient time for you. 

We've also partnered with Life Fitness, who have provided us with hundreds of online workouts that you can do at a time to suit you. Watch and download at any time.

Our Fitness Team are producing regular video tutorials and articles to help keep you fit and well at home, too. You can read these on our Medium page.

Frequently Asked Questions

I'm a Sussexsport member - what will happen to my membership?

If you have a student membership, please take a look at the FAQs on our student pages for more information.

If you have a staff, alumni or public membership, you can find more information on our staff webpages.

Our online booking system has been temporarily deactivated while we are closed.

When will you reopen?

For now, our facilities are closed until further notice. As this is a fast-moving situation, we will keep this under constant review and let you know more details as soon as we can.  

We will endevour to update our webpages and social media channels regularly. If you don't already do so, please follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and make sure you bookmark our website.

Are your outdoor facilities still open?

No, all of our facilities - including our tennis courts, sports pitches and outdoor gym - are locked and will remain this way until we reopen.

We cannot guarantee our users' safety on outdoor facilities while we are closed and we must comply with government advice on social distancing for the wellbeing of our staff team and users.

Our online booking system has been temporarily deactived while we are closed.

Will you be moving some Sussexsport activities online?

Yes, we have a weekly timetable of online classes run by some of our popular Sussexsport instructors, so you can still workout with a familiar face! These are open to the whole Sussex community and we encourage you to get involved. 

We've also partnered with Life Fitness, who have provided us with hundreds of online workouts that you can do at a time to suit you. Watch and download at any time

During this time it is so important to keep active for your physical and mental health, and we want to make sure we can help you with this.

For now, running, cycling and walking outside are all good ways to maintain physical activity so long as you practice social distancing. This is, of course, subject to change so please make sure you always follow the latest guidelines from the government and World Health Organisation.

The charity MIND also have some excellent advice on coronavirus and your wellbeing.

Is Active US still running?

No, all of our Active US sessions are cancelled until further notice, including our off-campus Bouldering sessions.

We'll be keeping in touch with students on our social media channels during this time, so please make sure you follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

Is the Therapy Room open?

No, our Therapy Room and Sports Injury Clinic - which operate from the Sport Centre - are now closed until further notice.

If you had a booking, your therapist should have been in contact to advise you on how to proceed. You can find more information, including contact details for our practitioners, on our Therapy Room and Sports Injury Clinic webpages.

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

No, as of Friday 20 March, all leisure centres - including Freedom and Wave Leisure, who we partner with to offer our discounted swims - are closed until further notice, following government advice.

We are not sure when they will reopen, so please check Freedom and Wave Leisure's websites directly ahead of your visit to confirm the situation.

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

Will Students' Union sports clubs still have BUCS fixtures?

No, the Students' Union has announced that this year's Varsity event has been cancelled and BUCS fixtures are paused until Wednesday 1 April, although this is subject to review. 

For the most up-to-date information, please check the Students' Union website. You can also visit the BUCS website for upates on fixtures and events.

Will children's activities be going ahead?

No, all of our children's activities, including Circus Skills Sundays and our birthday parties, are cancelled until further notice.

We really hope that we can still offer our May half term and summer activities programmes, so please check our webpages regularly or email us to get the latest updates

If you were booked onto our Easter activities or this term's Circus Skills Sunday Club, we have emailed you and we will be issuing a refund or credit to use on future activities. If you were expecting an email but haven't seen it, you can let us know and we will get back to you as soon as possible.