The School has access to a diverse range of sports facilities and specialist laboratories for teaching and research.

Our sports facilities

The Ƶ has excellent facilities supporting participation in sport, exercise and recreation, as well as academic study pathways. Students wishing to use the exercise facilities pay a small membership fee.

  •  - an indoor 2000 seat/12 court sport venue, supported by a conference suite and break out rooms, media and catering facilities.
  • St John's Sports Centre - a 6 court sports hall and gymnasium hall. Outdoor full size 3G AstroTurf and sand-filled AstroTurf.
  • Riverside Centre - Half sized sports hall, dance studio, fully equipped inclusive fitness suite, 2 performance analysis suites.
  • Motion and Performance Centre - a suite of laboratories supporting the study of physiology, psychology and biomechanics.
  • Lakeside Campus - a 50 acre site, including watersports lake, grass pitches, woodlands and an activity centre.

In addition, there are numerous sport clubs offering memberships based in the . For the competitively minded, the Ƶ is a member of ).

Indoor facilities

Ƶ Arena

The Ƶ Arena provides a new first-class multi-purpose home for recreational and high-performance sport for the Ƶ and City. The Arena has a 2000 seating capacity and a range of sports, fitness, therapy and conference facilities. The facility is purposely designed for wheelchair and mobility impaired athletes strengthening our capability to offer the country's first sports coaching science degree specializing in Disability Sport.

Riverside Centre and Fitness Suite

The recently refurbished Riverside Centre that opened in September 2011 offers two large teaching spaces with multi-purpose sprung floors for indoor mini-games and dance and performance analysis suites that include views to the two larger teaching spaces. The Riverside Centre also houses a fully inclusive fitness suite, available for use by Ƶ staff, students and members of the local community.

Human Performance Laboratories

Fully air conditioned facilities for physiological assessment with equipment for online gas analysis, bloods analysis and ECG monitoring to determine performance parameters such as lactate threshold and anaerobic power during activities such as walking, cycling, running and rowing.

Biomechanics Laboratory

One of the largest dedicated 3D motion capture facilities in the United Kingdom at the heart of the Motion and Performance Centre. Equipment within the laboratory includes a Vicon 3D motion capture system, force plates, electromyography and isokinetic dynamometry.   

Environmental Chamber

A world-leading climate controlled room within the School of Science and the Environment, capable of recreating extreme climate types and environmental conditions.

St John's Sports Centre

St John's Sports Centre is home to a large sports hall and gymnasium.

Outdoor facilities

Astro Pitches

St John's Sports Centre also includes a floodlit sand based astroturf, third generation (3G) astroturf and extensive playing fields.


Our Lakeside Campus is located in the beautiful Worcestershire countryside, just a 10-minute drive from our St John's Campus. The 50 acre site includes watersports lake, grass pitches, woodlands and an activity centre.

Battenhall Playing Fields

The Battenhall Playing fields include: 3 full size (11 a side) Football Pitches, 1 9v9 size Football Pitch, Up to 4 x 7 aside Football Pitches, I rugby pitch, all with changing facilities, 1 cricket square with training nets and a pavilion.

 for access details to St Mary's Pavilion and Battenhall Playing Fields