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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: 26 September - 12 December 2016


  • 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: 26 September - 12 December 2016

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: 26 September - 12 December 2016

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: Starts 26 September - ongoing - just turn up and play

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Urban golf

  • Time: 10.00am–11.00am
  • Location: Penrhyn Road main reception area
  • Dates: 27 September - 25 October 2016

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: 27 September - 13 December 2016
  • Note: The badminton session on Tuesday October 4th has been cancelled due to extra 11+ exams in the hall at Tiffins school.

Seven-a-side football league

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Back to netball

  • Time: 5.00pm–6.00pm
  • Location: Kingston College Arena
  • Dates: ongoing

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)
  • Dates: Ongoing
  • 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: Fitness Centre at Penrhyn Road. Meet outside the Fitness Centre for organised runs with a Run England qualified leader.
  • Dates: Ongoing

There are two session available:

  • Kingston Crawlers for all those new to running; and
  • Kingston Runners for those runners looking to improve in a safe and social group.

To join Kingston Runners and take part in the runs is free, but you must register with Run England for free at For more information and registration please contact Kate Brook on 07973569543 or

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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.


  • Time: 4.45pm–6.45pm
  • Location: Tolworth Court sports ground
  • Dates: 29 September – 15 December 2016

A qualified coach will lead the two-hour sessions.

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Wellbeing walks

  • Start: First Friday of the month
  • Time: 12.00noon–12.45pm
  • Location: Meet at the Fitness Centre, Penrhyn Road

Organised walks for students, staff and the local community on the first Friday of every month.

Enjoy stepping out of the office for some fresh air and good conversation whilst appreciating the beautiful surroundings Kingston has to offer!

Walking is simple, free and one of the easiest ways to get more active, lose weight and become healthier. It is an underrated form of exercise but it is ideal for people of all ages and fitness levels who want to be more active. Regular walking has been shown to reduce the risk of chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, type two diabetes, asthma, stroke and some cancers.

Call Sheila Mills on 0208 417 7523 or email for more information.


  • Time: 5.00pm–7.00pm
  • Location: Kingston College
  • Dates: 30 September – 16 December 2016

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: 30 September – 16 December 2016

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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


Courts are free to book in advance by calling 020 8417 2411 or emailing


  • 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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