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Recreational sport and active lifestyle activities

Free activities on offer every day of the 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.

Would you like to start a new activity but feel you need someone to accompany you initially? If so then maybe the u GO i GO initiative could help. The u GO i GO initiative is a short term stepping stone for helping people access activities at the University. We can provide a fellow student to accompany you for the first couple of weeks/sessions, to provide that little bit of extra support and confidence in trying out a new activity or joining a new club. Just contact your Sport and Active Lifestyle team on 020 8417 2412/13 or via studenthub.kingston.ac.uk. All recreational sports activities are listed as events on KU Extra.

See what sports are available on:

Monday

Triathlon

If you would like to become involved in triathlon whilst at Kingston University we recommend joining Kingfisher Triathletes. The club is very friendly and welcoming and is open to all ages (18+) and abilities including complete beginners. Swim training takes place on a Monday evening at Kingfisher Leisure Centre (5 minutes walk from the centre of Kingston) and on Wednesday evenings at Hampton Open Air Pool. Run training is at Kingsmeadow Athletics Track every Tuesday evening. There is a coached cycle session every Thursday and a long social club ride every Sunday morning. The club has full and PAYG member options, with a student discount, and members can attend as many or as few session as they choose. The club also organises several beginners courses during the year. To find out more and attend a free trial session, check out their website and then contact them directly.

Touch tennis

  • Time: Pop up session
  • Location: Look out for this activity popping up on every campus
  • Dates: Ongoing

Boccia

  • Time: 1.30pm–2.30pm
  • Location: Bedelsford School, Grange Road, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT1 2QZ (located between the Penrhyn Road and Knights Park campuses)
  • Dates: 1 October 2018 – 10 December 2018 (please note that there will be no Boccia on the following dates; 29th Oct, 5th, 12th & 19th Nov)

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.

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Tuesday

Social Netball League

  • Time: 6.30pm – 9.30pm 
  • Location: Tiffins Girls School KT2 5PL
  • Dates: Ongoing
Run by GOMAMMOTH
For more details email hello@gomammoth.co.uk or visit the website.
You don't have to be great to start but you do need to start to be great.

Table tennis

  • Time: 10.00am – 11.30am 
  • 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. Look out for information on termly table tennis tournaments.

5-A-SIDE Football League

  • Time: 7pm – 9.15pm
  • Location: Goals Tolworth (https://www.goalsfootball.co.uk/)
  • Dates: 9th October 2018 – ongoing

Simply get a team together and fill in the registration form

Team entry is £32 per team (approx. £5 per team member)
Return the form to The Fitness Centre at Penryhn Road and we will contact you with all the details.

Urban golf

  • Time: 10.30 – 11.30am
  • Location: meet at main reception at Penrhyn Road
  • Dates: October 2nd – 20th November 2018

Simply turn up. No gold experience necessary. Equipment and coach are supplied. Practise tricky challenges in quirky locations around the university.

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Wednesday

Pop Up Sport

  • Time: 11.00am – 12 noon
  • Location: Tennis courts at Kingston Hill
  • Dates: 3 October 2018 – 12 December 2018
  • Simply join our sports activator for a kick game of badminton, tennis or volleyball as you are passing. Just pick up a racket or ball and join in.
  • Or plan to meet at this time for regular recreational fun.

Boxercise – female only 

  • Time: 1.00pm – 2.00pm
  • Location: Fitness Centre Studio, Penrhyn Road
  • Dates: 10 October – 12 December 2018 

FREE sessions as part of the ongoing 'This Girl Can' campaign to encourage more girls to take part in physical activity.

Studio windows will be covered, session for women only, lead by qualified female instructor.

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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Thursday

Back to Netball

  • Time: 7 pm – 8 pm
  • Location: Raynes Park School, London, Surrey, SW20 0JL
  • Dates: Ongoing

Contact Leigh Martin to confirm dates and more details. Or visit the website. Back to Netball sessions are running across England and provide women of all ages with a gentle re-introduction to the sport. Run by passionate and enthusiastic coaches, sessions cover the basics of the game including passing, footwork and shooting. Sessions finish with a friendly game to put the skills you have learnt into practice.

Tennis

  • Time: 5.00pm – 7.00pm
  • Location: Tolworth sports grounds
  • Dates: 4 October 2018  – 13 December 2018

  • There is a level 2 qualified coach at this session to lead the activity.

Kingston University 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 email.

Pop Up Sport

  • Time: 11 am – 1pm 
  • Location: John Galsworthy Courtyard, Penrhyn Road
  • Dates: 4th October 2018-13th December 2018
  • Simply join our sports activator for a kick game of badminton, tennis or volleyball as you are passing. Just pick up a racket or ball and join in.
  • Or plan to meet at this time for regular recreational fun.

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Friday

Pop Up Sport

  • Time: 11.00am – 12 noon
  • Location: Tennis Courts at Kinston Hill
  • Dates: 5 October 2018 – 14 December 2018
  • Simply join our sports activator for a kick game of badminton, tennis or volleyball as you are passing. Just pick up a racket or ball and join in.
  • Or plan to meet at this time for regular recreational fun.

Clubbercise

  • Time: 4.00pm – 4.45pm
  • Location: The Fitness Centre Studio, Penrhyn Road
  • Dates: 5 October 2018 – 14 December 2018This is a high energy dance class set to club classic music. The studio is blacked out and the only person who can be seen is the instructor in her glow outfit so that you can follow her moves.

This class is part of our ongoing ‘This Girl Can' campaign where we try to break down barriers that may be preventing girls/ladies from taking part in exercise.

So come along and dance like no one's watching.....because they won't be able to see you in the dark!

You will be given rechargeable, eco- friendly glow sticks to wave around at this session.

Badminton

  • Time: 5.30pm – 7.30pm
  • Location: Kingston College
  • Dates: 5 October 2018 – 14 December 2018

Simply 'turn up and try' our free badminton sessions. There is a level 2 qualified coach at this session to lead the activity.

Saturday

Table tennis

  • Time: 2.00pm–3.00pm
  • 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.

Sunday

Table tennis

  • Time: 11.45am–2.00pm
  • 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.

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For more information about all of the active lifestyles activities above please contact Jo Heath by email j.heath@kingston.ac.uk or call 020 8417 2412.

Additional activities for any day of the week

Njinga Cycling

Offers training for riders looking to improve their cycling. Our wattbike lab just on the Kingston Bridge, offers wattbike classes 7 days a week. Yoga and strength & conditioning classes for cyclists are also available. Find our schedule on the Njinga app or visit our website.

All new customers entitled to our new customer offer of 2 classes for £14.

  • Ongoing pay as you go student rates are: £9 per class (Adult classes normally £17).
  • Our unlimited monthly wattbike student package is £60 (50% off adult prices). To include yoga and strength & conditioning for cyclists add £15 per month.
  • There are no admin or membership fees.
  • We also run a referral scheme.

Golf

  • Hampton Court Palace Golf Club, Richmond
    £550 membership deal for Kingston students and staff which includes: no joining fee, full 7 day membership, includes unlimited play year-round. Contact James Cooper, hamptoncourtpalace-sales@crown-golf.co.uk
  • 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 j.heath@kingston.ac.uk  or call 020 8417 2412.
  • Plogging
    The new Swedish fitness craze that combines exercise and eco-friendly activity.
    Simply pop into see the Sport and Active Lifestyle team in Grove House, Penryhn Rd to pick up gloves and a bag and away you go.
    The idea is to combine your walk, jog or run with picking up plastic along the way.
    Return your reycycling to us and we will log your activity.
    Prizes for those clocking up the most runs throughout the term and those collecting the most plastic.
  • Fitness Trail
    Location: Kingston Hill Campus
    Why not schedule a walk, jog or run around our Trim Trail at Kingston Hill.
    Follow the blue signs to the next exercise station and follow the instructions for a great workout in the great outdoors.

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

Squash

  • 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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Student Wellbeing Group:
Sport and Active Lifestyles

Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 2413
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