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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

Mind the Gap

As part of our uGOiGO scheme we are offering a FREE virtual session called 'MIND THE GAP' to help students take steps towards starting a new activity.

The title of the sessions "Mind The Gap" was created by Michael, a highly experienced yoga and meditation teacher, to give people a memorable phrase that they could use for general mindfulness sessions to help them in their everyday lives. For example, the gap between feeling and thinking, thinking and doing, breathing and releasing.

In the sessions, students will receive simple but effective breathing and relaxation techniques to help with anxiety, depression and general well-being. There are easy-to-follow guided visualisation exercises and gentle and reassuring guidance for achieving a more peaceful state of mind in a relaxed and safe environment.

Participants do not have to have their camera switched on if they so wish. Whatever works and whatever is comfortable is the most important thing. Michael is also open to Q&A after each session if people want to ask questions or share their thoughts, and all emails will be answered within 24 hours.

The sessions will not require any special equipment, just a quiet place where you can join in and enjoy the time. Students can join at any time during the term.

  • Time: 11am–12noon
  • Location: Virtual platform on Teams
  • Dates: Starts Monday 28th September and is ongoing until Monday 7th December 2020

To sign up and join the session please email: Michael@yogahara.com

Dance barre classes

As part of the Sport and Active Lifestyle team delivery to keep our staff and students moving, Jo Heath will be running dance barre classes on Zoom. If you would like to get involved, please email Jo at J.Heath@kingston.ac.uk to register interest and then she will send you the Zoom links each week.

Classes are free for students and staff.

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 (five 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 the club's site and then contact them directly.

Touch tennis – Pop Up Sport

  • Time: 11am–12pm
  • Location: The courtyard area outside the John Galsworthy building.
  • Dates: Cancelled until further notice.

Boccia

  • Time: 1.30–2.30pm
  • Location: Bedelsford School, Grange Road, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT1 2QZ (located between the Penrhyn Road and Knights Park campuses)
  • Dates: Cancelled until further notice.

Boccia is a game similar to bowls. It is played from a seated position to allow for participants using wheelchairs. It is 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.

Abs and pads

  • Time: 7.15–8.15pm
  • Location: Fairfields Park
  • Dates: 1 August 2020 to 7 December 2020.

This class is free for members of the More Energy Fitness Centre at Penrhyn Road campus and £5 for guests. Contact personal trainer, Simon Bent for more details at coach.king.fitness@gmail.com or on Instagram – @coach_kings.

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Tuesday

Table tennis

  • Time: 10–11.30am
  • Location: Fitness Centre, Penrhyn Road 
  • Dates: Cancelled until further notice.

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: 5–6pm
  • Location: Tolworth sports ground-hardcourt area
  • Dates: Due to start back 3 November 2020, pending further developments.

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

Recreational Volleyball

  • Time: 6–8pm
  • Location: Tiffin School (Queen Elizabeth Rd, Kingston upon Thames KT2 6RL)
  • Dates: 6 October to 8 December 2020.

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: 6.30–9.30pm 
  • 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 Fitness Class

  • Time: 7–8pm
  • Location: Fitness centre, Penrhyn Rd
  • Dates: Cancelled until further notice.

This is a free class as part of the "This Girl Can" campaign. Learn self defence, relieve stress, have fun and meet new people.

5-A-SIDE Football League

Team entry is free. Simply get a team together and fill in the registration form. 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: 11am–12 noon
  • Location: Tennis courts at Kingston Hill
  • Dates: Cancelled until further notice

Simply join our 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.

Box Fit

  • Time: 12 noon–1pm
  • Location: Fairfields Park
  • Dates: 1 August 2020 to 9 December 2020

This class is free for members of the More Energy Fitness Centre at Penrhyn Road campus and £5 for guests. Contact personal trainer, Simon Bent for more details at coach.king.fitness@gmail.com or on Instagram – @coach_kings.

Strength Defence – female only

  • Time: 2pm–3pm
  • Location: Fitness Centre Studio, Penrhyn Road
  • Dates: Cancelled until further notice.

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 and the sessions are for women only, led by qualified female instructor.

Running Club

  • Time: 2–4pm (mixed abilty group, from beginners to advanced) 
  • Location: Meet outside the Fitness Centre (Penrhyn Road) to run with a group
  • Dates: 14 October to 9 December 2020

Simply turn up at the Fitness Centre, Penrhyn Rd ready to join the running group. Members of the athletics club lead the group.

Kick Fit

This is a free class as part of 'This Girl Can' campaign for women only. It is a great workout and stress buster. Contact Yaasmeen the instructor for more details: yaasmeen_muhammad@outlook.com or on Instagram - @IAMF_T

  • Time: 7–8pm
  • Location: Online Zoom platform 
  • Dates: Ongoing until end of December 2020
  • 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: Cancelled until further notice.

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, you could plan to meet at this time for regular recreational fun.

Table Tennis

  • Time: 2–3pm
  • Location: Fitness Centre, Pen Rd
  • Dates: Cancelled until further notice.

Back to Netball

  • Time: 7–8pm
  • 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: 5–7pm
  • Location: Tolworth sports grounds
  • Dates: 29 September to 10 December 2020

A student sports activator will be on-hand to lead this free session. Beginners are more than welcome. We have some spare rackets available but if you can bring your own that would be preferrable.

Kingston University students and staff can book free tennis courts at Tolworth Court sports ground between 8.30am and 4.30pm.

Courts must be booked in advance by calling First Response on 020 8417 7523 or by email.

Burn and Build

  • Time: 7–8pm
  • Location: Fairfields Park
  • Dates: 1 August 2020 to 100 December 2020

This is a free class. A great workout and stress buster. Also available on zoom. contact Yaasmeen the instructor for more details: yaasmeen_muhammad@outlook.com or on Instagram – @IAMF_T.

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Friday

Pop Up Sport

  • Time: 11am–12 noon
  • Location: Tennis Courts at Kingston Hill
  • Dates: Cancelled until further notice

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. You could plan to meet friends at this time for regular recreational fun and maybe warm up by running the Fitness Traillocated around the Kingston Hill campus grounds.

Big Read Fitness Trail

  • Time: Any time
  • Location: Fitness Trail at Kingston Hill campus – start at Station 6 of Fitness Trail outside the halls
  • Dates: Ongoing.

Just turn up ready to either walk, jog or run around the Fitness Trail. A great place to organise a walking book club to get out in the fresh air and enjoy some forest bathing and exercise at the same time.

Abs Blast

  • Time: 11.15am–12.15pm
  • Location: Fairfields Park
  • Dates: 1 August 2020 – 11 December 2020

This class is free for members of the More Energy Fitness Centre at Penrhyn Road campus and £5 for guests. Contact personal trainer, Simon Bent for more details at coach.king.fitness@gmail.com or on Instagram – @coach_kings.

Badminton

  • Time: 5.30–7.30pm
  • Location: Kingston College, The Arena
  • Dates: Cancelled until further notice.

Come along to this FREE recreational session, ready to play, led by a Level 2 qualified coach. All welcome. We encourage you to bring your own racket if possible.

Clubbersize

  • Time: 6–6.45pm
  • Location: Main Sports Hall, The Tiffin School, Queen Elizabeth Road, Kingston upon Thames KT2 6RL 
  • Dates: 9 October to 11 December.

This is the closest thing to going to a club that you are likely to find at the moment. This is for ladies only and the emphasis is on enjoying yourself through movement. The instructor will guide you through the moves and get you throwing some shapes to a club sound track.

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.

Bodybalance

  • Time: 7–7.45pm
  • Location: Main Sports Hall, The Tiffin School, Queen Elizabeth Road, Kingston upon Thames KT2 6RL 
  • Dates: 9 October to 11 December.

Bodybalance is a unique workout which incorporates Yoga, Tai Chi and Pilates to help improve flexibility, build strength and leave you feeling relaxed and calm. You will carry out a series of stretches, poses and moves to create a holistic workout that brings the body and mind into a state of harmony.

Basketball

  • Time: 8–9pm
  • Location: Tiffin School (Queen Elizabeth Rd, Kingston upon Thames KT2 6RL)
  • Dates: 9 October to 11 December 2020

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

Saturday

Table tennis

  • Time: 2–3pm
  • Location: Fitness Centre, Penrhyn Road 
  • Dates: Cancelled until further notice.

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: 10.15–11.15am and 1.15–2.15pm
  • Location: Fitness Centre, Penrhyn Road
  • Dates: Cancelled until further notice.

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

Stretch Strength and Core

  • Time: 11am–11.45am
  • Location: Online via Zoom platform
  • Dates: Ongoing until end of December 2020

This is a free class. Improves flexibility and core strength. Contact Yaasmeen the instructor for more details yaasmeen_muhammad@outlook.com or on Instagram - @IAMF_T.

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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

Here are the walking challenges for the new academic year.

Take the 'PICTUREesque Path Everyday' Challenge

For four continuous weeks, between September and the end of October 2020. You could maybe start on World No Car Day, on 22 September.

Can you walk, jog, run or cycle in to campus?
Can you walk, jog, run or cycle part of your journey in to campus?
Can you walk, jog or cycle between campus sites?

Take the challenge

  1. Choose one of the above options and start planning your new PICTUREesque path
  2. Register your interest with the 'Sport and Active Lifestyle' Team and let us know which path you will be taking
    Send your registration to Jo Heath, Sports Development Manager, J.Heath@kingston.ac.uk
  3. Stick to your new PICTUREesque path for four weeks rain or shine starting 14 September 2020
  4. Take a photo along your path everyday for four weeks
  5. Send your photo evidence each day along with your distance travelled to to Jo Heath, Sports Development Manager, J.Heath@kingston.ac.uk.

Positive reasons to take up this challenge

  • Win a £50 voucher and a book for the most interesting photos and distances travelled
  • Improve your physical fitness
  • Reduce stress and anxiety
  • Fewer health issues
  • Improve your mental wellbeing
  • Time to organise your mind, positive mindset
  • Save money on travel costs
  • Avoid crowded public transport.

The Plogging Challenge

1–27 November 2020 – four weeks.

What is Plogging?

Plogging is a Swedish fitness craze that combines exercise and eco-friendly activity.The idea is simple-go out for a walk, jog or run and pick up any plastic you find on your route.

What is the challenge?

For four weeks, starting on 1 November 2020, grab yourself a pair of gloves and a bin liner and go out plogging as many times as you can. (Following latest COVID PPE guidelines).

Why take the challenge?

  • Win yourself a £50 voucher and a book for being our top plogger-awarded to most amount of plastic collected and most amount of trips out.
  • Improve your health and well-being
  • Positive impact on your local environment and community
  • Clock up volunteering hours and points for the Kingston Awards
  • Enhance your CV and employability by engaging in extra curriculum activities
  • Enhance your HEARS report for future employers
  • Inspire others.

How to take part

Simply register your interest with the 'Sport and Active Lifestyle' Team to get all the details. Contact Jo Heath, Sports Development Manager, J.Heath@kingston.ac.uk.

The Great Big Walking Challenge

9 November to 13 December 2020 – five weeks.

Do you ever read the word 'challenge' and think that's just not for me? Why not change your mindset, maybe for the first time, and simply give it a go. You don't have to be great to start but you do need to start to be great. Starting on 9 November 2020 make a pledge to yourself to start walking wherever you can instead of using public transport or driving. Count and log your steps on the free step counting app called the 'StepsApp Pedometer'.

Clock up your steps for five weeks by walking to university, or walking part of your journey to university, walking between sites, taking the stairs, going for long walks in your free time or maybe even build up to a jog or run if you can. Maybe even increase your step count by doing an online dance class or sports activity such as tennis.

Will you be the greatest walker and clock up the most steps and claim the prize of a Fitbit (worth £75) and £50 voucher?

Even if you are not the greatest we can guarantee you will feel great for taking up this challenge. Make your pledge with friends and family and keep each other motivated to keep going for five weeks up until 13 December 2020.

To take up the challenge, register your pledge with the 'Sport and Active Lifestyle' team, and we will support and encourage you to keep going over the five weeks. Contact Jo Heath, Sports Development Manager, for all the details J.Heath@kingston.ac.uk.

Njinga Cycling

Offers training for riders looking to improve their cycling. Our wattbike lab just on the Kingston Bridge, offers wattbike classes seven 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 two 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 seven-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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Contact us

Student Wellbeing Group:
Sport and Active Lifestyles

Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 2413
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