Sport and recreation

Kent Sport has something for everyone - whether you’re an elite sportsperson or just want to try something new.

Sports Centre, Canterbury

Choose from over 30 different activities, from racket sports to gym workout, at our state-of-the-art Sports Centre on Canterbury campus. Facilities include:

  • Air-conditioned fitness suite with latest StarTrac equipment
  • Kent Sport Physiotherapy Clinic
  • Large group exercise studio with full timetable of dance, studio cycling, toning, holistic and combat classes
  • Three multi-purpose sports hall for activities including badminton, basketball and martial arts.
  • Squash courts with viewing gallery
  • Café area
  • Accessible parking, showering and changing facilities.

The Pavilion, Canterbury

The Pavilion, opposite Parkwood accommodation, is a base for outdoor sports and events at the University. Facilities include: 

  • Bicycle rental and advice/repair services. 
  • Full-size, floodlit 3GX rugby pitch 
  • Grass pitches for sports including rugby, football and cricket
  • Outdoor cricket nets
  • Showering and changing facilities 
  • Pavilion Café Bar 
  • Accessible parking
  • Four-court Indoor Tennis and Events Arena available by September 2020.

Medway Park

Medway Park, close to our Medway campus, offers facilities including:

  • Echoes Gym
  • swimming
  • sports hall
  • track and field
  • dance Studio
  • Judo centre
  • café.

Kent also has a centre of excellence for sports science and sports therapy teaching and research based at Medway Park. 

Staff memberships


Kent Sport membership is available to all Kent staff based at the Canterbury campus. 

Choose from Premium Plus, Premium, Plus and Pay to Play depending on your interests and how much you wish to use the facilities.

Premium Plus is an all-inclusive membership with unlimited access to all sports facilities including the fitness suite and entry to all fitness and dance classes. 

Premium offers unlimited gym and fitness and dance class membership 

Plus is a sports-only membership with access for intramural sports and recreational sports bookings. 

Pay to Play gives you the flexibility to play at your own pace.


Staff can purchase a leisure pass for use at Medway leisure centres, including:

  • Medway Park/Strand Leisure Park
  • Strood Leisure Park
  • Stirling Centre Gym
  • Deangate Ridge
  • Hoo Pool

Facilities can be booked up to seven days in advance and times are unrestricted subject to availability. The leisure pass can be purchased from Medway Park Leisure Centre using a current and valid University of Kent staff card.

Keep active

If you don’t wish to become a member, there are plenty of other ways to keep active.

At Canterbury, you can sign-up for five-a-side football, a friendly tennis league and the Vice-Chancellor’s Cup, an inter-departmental staff competition.

Kent Sport is providing 30-minute activity sessions for students and staff, regardless of ability or age. Activities from badminton to running club, basketball and touch tennis, are available at Canterbury and/or Medway campuses. 

Staff can also join in weekly netball coaching (every Monday lunchtime at Canterbury campus)

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