Important Changes to the Sports Centre

We've implemented new rules to help keep everybody safe when using the Sports Centre facilities. Please be sure to read all of the information below before attending any session or class and adhere to the rules at all times when using the Sports Centre.

IMPORTANT: The information provided in our Roadmap to Reopening identifies when each of our facilities will reopen in line with the latest Government plans for COVID-19. Please make sure you refer to the roadmap before reading the rules and guidance here.

Please read carefully

Here are some of the measures that we need to make you aware of before you enter the Sports Centre. If you are booking a session or class, please make sure you read the associated information in the table below in addition to reading the following:

Please note that it is compulsory to wear a face mask in the communal areas of our facilities.

It is essential that all activity bookings are made in advance online or by phone.

We are working to Government, National Governing Body guidelines and teams across Lancaster University on plans to bring back sporting activities to our campus in a safe and controlled environment.

We have implemented new protocols for the indoor and outdoor facilities; to ensure social distancing and facilities are operated safely. Things will be different but we believe we can offer a safe and relaxed environment for you to train.

Keeping a safe distance

The Sports Centre is operating one-way circulation routes in parts of the building. These are clearly signposted so please be sure to follow the directional signage at all times.

We’ve created the space you need to work out while keeping a safe distance. Activity areas have been rearranged and clearly marked out for you to use safely, so it is easy for everyone to follow. We'll also control the numbers for each activity at any given time so it never gets too busy.

Hand Sanitisers

Hand sanitisers are provided in key locations and hands should be sanitised prior to entering the building and when leaving. In addition to these hands should be cleaned before and when leaving activity areas to keep you and others safe. Please wash your hands at every opportunity and avoid unnecessary contact with equipment, maintaining social distancing at all times.

Self-cleaning stations

A self-cleaning cleaning station is located in the gym, sports halls, studios and climbing wall so you can clean your kit before and after use.

Track & Trace

A temporary record of customers and visitors will be kept for 21 days.

You can now complete a gym induction online. At the moment, the gym and climbing wall will be restricted to customers who have already used the facilities before.

Cleaning

Your safety is our top priority, equipment and surfaces will be cleaned by the team throughout the day and after each session. An extensive clean will take place at the end of each day with disinfectant so you can train in confidence. Gym users will need to clean equipment they have handled after each use, with the disinfectant provided.

Equipment and Kit

Personal belongings should be kept to a minimum, towels are not permitted in activity areas. Locker space will be limited and will only be made available for essential items. Please bring your own kit to sessions where necessary. Kit cannot be shared, borrowed or hired; this includes yoga mats and swimming equipment.

To reduce the number of touchpoints, please bring your own drinking bottles pre-filled.

Capacity

Some classes will not take place due to social distancing however, more classes will be put on to ensure there is something for everyone. All sessions and activities must be pre-booked online. Bookings and payment if applicable can be made up to 7 days in advance on-line or by phone this is to ensure as little contact as possible (please see opening times). Session times have been limited to ensure customers have a safe environment to train and the opportunity to train every day.

Staff Training and Expertise

All staff have been fully trained on our new hygiene, cleaning and safety measures to ensure these are delivered to a high standard.

Changing rooms

The swimming pool changing rooms are open. Temporary measures are in place and we ask that customers please only use the shower facilities for a post swim rinse, making sure they shower at home before and after visiting. Hair dryers are currently unavailable due to COVID restrictions.

Toilets

Toilets are available on both floors.

Bookings

Bookings and payment if applicable can be made up to 7 days in advance on-line or by phone this is to ensure as little contact as possible (please see opening times). Session times have been limited to ensure customers have a safe environment to train and the opportunity to train every day.

Consecutive bookings are not permitted.

Cancellations

Cancellation of bookings must be made up to one hour in advance. Customers who fail to cancel a session will receive an initial warning and after a second offence will be charged for the class.

Which facility are you using?

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  • Using the pool

    Before arrival

    Please do not come to the Centre if you are showing any signs of COVID-19. If symptoms appear within 2 weeks of visiting the Centre, please contact us to report it.

    Arrive ready to swim - although the changing rooms are open the capacity is greatly reduced. Please arrive with swimwear under your clothing to help minimise the time spent in the changing rooms. Please shower at home, pre and post swimming, however showers will be available for a post-swim rinse.

    You should bring your own equipment/PPE ensuring it is clean and identifiable as yours before you arrive.

    Swimmers must be able to swim 50 meters competently and be confident swimming in deep water.

    In the Sports Centre

    Arrive at the Centre 5 minutes before your session booking time and please do not be late. This is to control the number of people in the building and using the swimming facilities.

    Please wash your hands at every opportunity and use hand sanitiser when entering and leaving the building. Social distancing must be maintained at all times, including in the changing facilities and pool.

    In the pool

    Please respect the varying standards and abilities of others in the pool. Do not make physical contact with other swimmers and maintain a safe distance. Please swim in the lane you have booked by following the signs at the end of the lanes.

    Overtaking is allowed but swimmers should also allow faster swimmers to pass at the end of each length. Move to the edge of the lane and turn your head away and allowing others to maintain social distancing.

    If you are continually being passed please consider moving to a slower lane for future bookings.

    If during your session you will be using equipment such as kick boards or pull buoys, consider booking a slower lane so you do not hinder others swimming full strokes.

    Whether stopping for a rest or catching your breath after completing your swim, please be mindful that others using the lane will want to keep on swimming without stopping; so keep yourself to the edge of the lane allowing others to turn at the wall, turning head away and allowing others to maintain social distancing measures.

    Stay hydrated by bringing your own ‘prefilled’ water bottle on to the poolside during your swim.

    Backstroke is permitted but if the lifeguards see an individual who is unable to maintain social distancing as a result of swimming this stroke, they may be asked to only swim on their front.

    Diving is not permitted from anywhere in the pool during public sessions.

  • Fitness Room

    Before you arrive

    Please do not come to the Centre if you are showing any signs of COVID-19. If symptoms appear within 2 weeks of visiting the Centre, please contact us to report it.

    Please wash your hands and sanitise them on arrival to the building. Please also refrain from bringing any unnecessary equipment with you. Should you need to bring your own equipment/PPE ensure it is clean and identifiable as yours before you arrive.

    In the Sports Centre

    Please wash your hands at every opportunity and use hand sanitiser when entering and leaving the building. Social distancing must be maintained at all times, including in the changing facilities and pool.

    Routes have been signposted throughout the building. This includes fitness rooms. Please ensure you use the correct entrance/exit points and follow the circulation flow. This is to ensure the safety of staff as well as members.

    In the Fitness Room

    Hands are to be washed and sanitised before entering the room. Please follow directions and entry and exit points when in the room.

    2m social distancing is to be practised at all times, avoiding groups of people or when speaking with an instructor.

    Equipment must be disinfected before and after use.

    Please do not share equipment with others or passed between another customer or the instructors. Towels/sweat towels, spare clothing or bags must not be taken into the Fitness Room.

    Changing rooms are not available at this time.

    Please do not use the benches for resting and personal phone calls. Try to limit your contact with equipment as much as possible.

    Water fountains can only be used to fill personal water bottles.

    Fitness room etiquette is to be followed as displayed outside the room.

  • Sports Facilities

    All available sessions will be bookable in advance online or by phone; if applicable, payment will be required at the time of booking.

    We’ve got the latest Technogym state-of-the-art fitness equipment, including cardiovascular and resistance equipment and fitness trackers.

    We regret that we will not be accepting walk-in bookings at this time.

  • Student Sport

    Due to the continuous effects of the COVID-19, the University sporting calendar for 20-21 will be very different. The latest update can be found from BUCS.

    We will continue to ensure that sport remains at the heart of the University experience and provide a wide range of activities to students at all sporting levels throughout the 20-21 academic year.

    Although there is reduced capacity in activity areas we also have classes online to ensure that you keep active.

    Please keep in touch with the Sports Centre website for the latest information and news.

    We will continue to monitor the situation and prioritise and reopen all facilities as soon as it is safe to do so. Please see weekly opening hours and time table update.

  • Gyms

    Train with our new world class Technogym equipment, qualified staff always on hand to give advice you are encouraged to download the My Wellness app.

    Fast Track Inductions are available for new experienced gym users.

    Full inductions including an on-line induction and Health Commitment Statement will be available in soon.

    Please book the room where you wish to train for the time allocated. Movement between rooms is not permitted.

  • Activites
    • Ground floor gym: 1 hour 15 minutes – maximum 12
    • Cardio Fitness Suite: 1 hour 15 minutes – maximum 30
    • Strength and Conditioning Room: 1 hour 15 minutes – maximum 25
  • Climbing Wall

    The following rules apply when using the Climbing Wall:

    • Maximum capacity 6 overall, this includes a maximum of 4 people in the bouldering area at any one time
    • Equipment is not available for hire; this does not include the use of top ropes
    • Instructed sessions are not available until further notice
    • Sessions can be booked online for 1 hour 15 minutes
    • 2.5hour sessions are available weekdays 8:30-11:00
    • Facemasks must be worn in the climbing wall at all times whilst your feet are on the ground
  • Fitness Classes

    There will be a minimum gap of 15-minute between each session for staff to clean the activity areas and to prevent congestion before and after activities.

    Activity start times are staggered to reduce the number of customers entering and leaving the centre at any one time.

  • Squash

    The following rules apply when playing Squash at the Sports Centre:

    All bookings for Squash must be made in advance online or at reception and details of all players must be given.

  • Table tennis and Badminton

    All bookings for Table tennis and Badminton must be done in advance online or via reception.

  • Prices

    Pay as you go prices please visit the Sport Centre

    Pre-paid memberships will be extended to account for the closure period.

    We are receiving a high volume of enquiries and are working to answer these as soon as possible