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Recreational sport and active lifestyle activities

Five days of free activities every week...

As an alternative to, or as well as, joining a Kingston University sports club, why not take advantage of our active lifestyles programme?

All activities are available to students and/or staff at Kingston University.

If possible please bring your own racket to the tennis and badminton sessions. We have a limited number of spare ones.

See what sports are available on:


Touch tennis

  • Time: 12.00noon–1.00pm
  • Location: Meet at the Fitness Centre reception at Penrhyn Road to move to unusual spaces in and around the University's sites
  • Dates: 24 April – 12 June 2017


  • Time: 1.30pm–3.30pm (but you can come along for an hour if you can't make the whole two hours)
  • Location: Bedelsford School, Grange Road, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT1 2QZ (located between the Penrhyn Road and Knights Park campuses)
  • Dates: 24 April – 12 June 2017

Boccia is a game similar to bowls. It is played from a seated position to allow for participants using wheel chairs. It is all inclusive and open to all Kingston University students, either with a disability or not. Participants do not need any previous experience playing Boccia.

This is a recreational session for all to enjoy. The session will be led by Jayson Shetty who is a Kingston University and Bedelsford School alumnus.

DDMIX class

  • Time: 1.00pm–2.00pm
  • Location: Fitness Centre, Penrhyn Road
  • Dates: 9 January – 27 March 2017

A brand-new exercise class offering a diversity of dance styles choreographed by Darcey Bussell. All welcome, no previous dance training required.

Pitch up and play football

  • Time: 5.00pm–6.00pm
  • Location: The Arena at Kingston College
  • Dates: 24 April and 8 May 2017 only – just turn up and play

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Urban golf

  • Time: 10.30am–11.30am
  • Location: Penrhyn Road main reception area
  • Dates: 25 April – 13 June 2017

Recreational fun learning various golf skills. Exciting exit routes for those wishing to take this sport further than recreational via the 'Skills League'.


  • Time: 6.00pm–8.00pm
  • Location: Tiffin School, Queen Elizabeth Road
  • Dates: 25 April – 13 June 2017

Seven-a-side football league

Self Defence - Taekwondo class

  • Time: 3.00pm–4.00pm and 4.00pm–5.00pm
  • Location: Penrhyn Road Fitness Centre 
  • Dates: 25 April – 13 June 2017

Female only class – female instructor. Part of the 'This Girl Can' programme to provide an all inclusive female only space to workout.

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Back to netball

  • Time: 5.00pm–6.00pm
  • Location: Kingston College Arena
  • Dates: 19 April – 10 May 2017

All welcome – just turn up ready to play.


  • Location: Hampton Open Air pool (heated)
  • Time: Any time during public swimming sessions (including weekends)
  • Dates: Ongoing

Free entry to any public swimming session at Hampton pool – you must show Kingston University student/staff ID.

  • Location: Kingfisher pool
  • Time: Any time during public swimming sessions (including weekends)
  • End date: 31 May 2017
  • Note: Kingfisher free swim is available to students from 1st October

Free entry to any public swimming session at the Kingfisher pool – you must show Kingston University student/staff ID.

Running club

  • Time: 5.45pm–6.45pm
  • Location: Meet outside the Fitness Centre (Penrhyn Road) to run with a group
  • Dates: Ongoing

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Table tennis

  • Time: 10.00am–12.00noon
  • Location: Fitness Centre, Penrhyn Road
  • Dates: Ongoing

There are additional tables at Kingston Hill campus (outside Kingston Business School), Clayhill halls of residence and Roehampton Vale campus for all to use.


  • KU students and staff can book free tennis courts at Tolworth Court sports Ground between 8.30am–4.30pm.
  • Courts must be booked in advance by calling First Response on 020 8417 7523 or by emailing

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  • Time: 5.00pm–7.00pm
  • Location: Kingston College
  • Dates: 28 April 2017

Simply 'turn up and try' our free badminton sessions. A qualified badminton coach will be on hand to organise the sessions and provide coaching tips and hints to improve your game.


  • Time: 7.00pm–9.00pm
  • Location: Tiffin School, Queen Elizabeth Road
  • Dates: 28 April – 16 June 2017

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For more information about all of the active lifestyles activities above please contact Jo Heath by email or call 020 8417 2412.

Additional activities to book any day of the week


  • Hampton Court Palace Golf Club, Richmond
    £550 membership deal for KU students and staff which includes: no Joining fee, 16 rounds of golf, free lesson, £50 on the bar, free guest pass. Contact Matthew Adamson on 0208 977 2423.
  • Strawberry Hill Golf Club, Twickenham
    Four free beginner group lessons and free club hire. Balls cost £5.00.
  • Sunbury Golf Centre, Shepperton
    Seven-day free trial of up to four one-hour group lessons, range and use of the course at off-peak times. Free club hire.
  • Sandown Park Golf Club, Esher
    Two free beginner group lessons and free club hire. Balls cost £6.00 per session.
  • World of Golf, New Malden
    Six free beginner group lessons and free club hire. Balls cost £5.00 per session.
  • London Scottish membership
    Also available is a fantastic student golf membership offer from London Scottish (near Wimbledon Common) for only £345 for the year. This will entitle any bona fide student to play seven days a week all year round and enter all competitions to gain an official handicap. This would normally cost £902 for the year! For more information and booking about all golfing activities please contact Jo Heath by email  or call 020 8417 2412.

Horse riding

  • Location: Chessington Equestrian Centre
  • When: Off peak
  • Booking: Call 020 8398 7668 for more details, students get 10% discount when you show your student ID


  • Location: Surbiton Squash Club, Berrylands
  • When: Monday to Friday 8.00am–5.00pm
  • Booking: Students can book into this private club on production of Kingston University student card and a court is approx £5 per hour during off peak hours. To book a court call 020 8399 1594 on the day and state you are a Kingston University student.

More active lifestyles

  • Go karting at Sandown Park: discounts available if students book online.
  • Laser Quest at Sutton: Two games for £5.95 weekdays and two games for £7.95 at weekends for Kingston University students.
  • Ten-pin bowling (The Rotunda Kingston): Student discounts available Monday to Friday until 6.00pm. Two games of bowling for £5 or unlimited bowling for £7.49. To book call 0871 221 0000.

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Contact us

Student Wellbeing Group:
Sport and Active Lifestyles

Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 2413
Email us

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