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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. Please note that some activities on the programme are run by external clubs and these may not be free. However, they will always offer a discounted student rate.

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 site and then contact them directly.

Touch tennis – Pop Up Sport

  • Time: 11am – 12pm
  • Location: The courtyard area outside the John Galsworthy building.
  • Dates: Ongoing  - weather permitting

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: 23 Sept 2019 – 9th Dec 2019

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 free 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

Table tennis

  • Time: 10am – 11.30am
  • Location: Fitness Centre, Penrhyn Road 
  • Dates: Ongoing

Free sessions. 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.

Recreational Netball

  • Time: 5pm – 6pm
  • Location: Tolworth sports ground-hardcourt area
  • Dates: 8th October 2019 – 10th Dec 2019

This session is FREE and for all those students wanting to play netball in a friendly sociable setting. Beginners most welcome.

Recreational Volleyball

  • Time: 6pm – 8pm
  • Location: Tiffins School ( Queen Elizabeth Rd, Kingston upon Thames KT2 6RL)
  • Dates: 8th Oct 2019 – 10th Dec 2019

This session is FREE and for all those students wanting to play volleyball in a friendly sociable setting. Beginners most welcome.

Social Netball League

  • Time: 6.30pm – 9.30pm 
  • Location: Tiffin Girls School KT2 5PL
  • Dates: Ongoing

Run by GOMAMMOTH

For more details email hello@gomammoth.co.uk or visit the Go Mammoth site.

You don't have to be great to start but you do need to start to be great.

Womens Kick Box Class

  • Time: 7pm – 8pm
  • Location: Fitness centre, Penrhyn Rd
  • Dates: 24th Sept – 10th Dec 2019
  • This is a free class as part of the 'This Girl Can' campaign. Learn self and defence, relieve stress, have fun and meet new people. Female coach.

5-A-SIDE Football League

Simply get a team together and fill in the registration form

Team entry is Free
Return the form to the Fitness Centre at Penryhn Road and we will contact you with all the details.

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Wednesday

Pop Up Sport

  • Time: 11.00am – 12 noon
  • Location: Tennis courts at Kingston Hill
  • Dates: 25th Sept 2019 – 11th Dec 2019
  • 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.
  • If there is no activator on site then please go to the Yorkon building to sign out the sports equipment for your own use.
  • Plan to meet friends at this time for regular recreational fun and maybe warm up by running the Fitness Trail located around the Kingston Hill campus grounds.

Strength & Conditioning – female only 

  • Time: 12 – 1pm
  • Location: Fitness Centre Studio, Penrhyn Rd
  • Dates: 25th Sept – 11th Dec 2019
  • 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, led by qualified female instructor.

Strength and  Defence – female only 

  • Time: 2.00pm – 3.00pm
  • Location: Fitness Centre Studio, Penrhyn Road
  • Dates: 25th Sept – 11th Dec 2019

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, led by qualified female instructor.

Running Club

  • Time: 2pm – 3pm (intermediate to advanced runners) 3pm – 4pm (beginners) 
  • Location: Meet outside the Fitness Centre (Penrhyn Road) to run with a group
  • Dates: Ongoing
  • Simply turn up at the Fitness Centre, Penrhyn Rd ready to join the running group. Members of the athletics club lead the intermediate group at 2pm and a student sports activator leads the beginners at 3pm.
  • Showers are available for runners in the Fitness Centre

Yoga

  • Time: 5.45pm – 6.45pm
  • Location: Kingston Hill Drama Hall 
  • Dates: Ongoing
  • Please note that there is a charge for this class with discounts for students. 

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Thursday

POP UP SPORT

  • Time: 11am – 1pm
  • Location: John Galsworthy Courtyard, Pen Rd
  • Dates: 26th Sept – 12th Dec 2019

Simply join our sports activator for a kick around, 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.

Table Tennis

  • Time: 2.00pm – 3.00pm
  • Location: Fitness Centre, Pen Rd
  • Dates: Ongoing

Back to Netball

  • Time: 7.00pm – 8.00pm
  • Location: Raynes Park School, London, Surrey, SW20 0JL
  • Dates: Ongoing

Contact Leigh Martin to confirm dates and more details. Or visit the Back to Netball site. 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: 26th Sept 2019 – 12th Dec 2019
  • A student sports activator will be on hand to lead this FREE session.
  • Beginners more than welcome. We have some spare rackets available but if you can bring your own that would be preferable.

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.

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Friday

Pop Up Sport

  • Time: 11.00am – 12 noon
  • Location: Tennis Courts at Kingston Hill
  • Dates: 27th Sept 2019 – 13th Dec 2019
  • Simply join our sports activator for a kick around, game of badminton, tennis or volleyball as you are passing. Just pick up a racket or ball and join in.
  • If there is no activator on site then please go to the Yorkon building to sign out the sports equipment for your own use.
  • Plan to meet friends at this time for regular recreational fun and maybe warm up by running the Fitness Trail located around the Kingston Hill campus grounds.

Friday Foam Roller Party

  • Time: 3.30pm – 4.15pm
  • Location: Fitness Centre Studio, Pen Rd
  • Date: 27th Sept – 13th Dec 2019

Instructor led class that includes fascia release rolling techniques and plenty of exercises using the foam roller to tone abs, glutes and arms. All set to some club tune classics.

Big Read Fitness Trail

  • Time: 4pm – 5pm
  • Location: Fitness Trail at Kingston Hill campus – meet at Station 6 of Fitness Trail outside the halls
  • Dates: 27th Sept 2019 – 13th Dec 2019

Come and join our student sports activator outside the Kingston Hill halls by the Fitness Trail sign.

Just turn up ready to either walk, jog or run around the Fitness Trail. Stopping at each exercise bench to either discuss the 'Big Read' book or do the exercises that the 'sports activator' guides you to do. Or both at the same time if you have the breath!

Badminton

Time: 5.30 – 7.30pm

Location: Kingston College, The Arena

Dates:27th Sept – 13th Dec 2019

Come along to this FREE recreational session, ready to play, led by a level 2 qualified coach. All welcome.

Fitsteps

  • Time: 6pm – 6.45pm
  • Location: The Fitness Centre studio, Penrhyn Road 
  • Dates: 27th Sept – 13th Dec 2019

An energetic, up beat dance fitness class led by an instructor, featuring all of your favourite Strictly dances. Suitable for all ages and abilities and you do not need a partner. To guarantee a place please call the Fitness Centre reception on 0208 417 2414 to book. (Trainers and work out clothes that you can move in.)

Clubbercise

  • Time: 7pm – 7.45pm
  • Location: The Fitness Centre studio, Penrhyn Road
  • Dates: 27th Sept – 13th Dec 2019

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! Glow sticks provided to wave around at this session.

Basketball

  • Time: 8pm – 9pm
  • Location: Tiffins School ( Queen Elizabeth Rd, Kingston upon Thames KT2 6RL)
  • Dates: 27th Sept – 13th Dec 2019

Come along to this FREE recreational session, ready to play, led by a  level 2 qualified coach. All welcome.

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: 10.15am–11.15pm & 1.15pm–2.15pm
  • 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 site.

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 £288 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 recycling 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.
  • 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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Sport and Active Lifestyles

Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 2413
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