Coronavirus (Covid-19) Updates

Coronavirus Update

We’re Back! – 19/43/21

It’s been a busy week as we’ve welcomed back gym users to York Sport Centre and the York Sport Village, and we are please to say we’ve received fantastic feedback from members about the improvements we’ve made over lock down, and it’s been great to see you all back!

Last week also saw the return of our swimming lessons with the help of the friendly neighbourhood town crier. As a welcome back treat, we handed out over 800 goodie bags to all children who have attended lessons, which judging by the reactions went down really well! We even appeared on BBC’s look north; telling all of Yorkshire that we’re back for swimming lessons and how great it is to have everyone back int he pool.
We also saw the tennis bubble at the York Sport Centre come down for the summer, giving us more outdoor spaces for outdoor tennis courts and netball courts. This does mean that we have less indoor space and indoor tennis will return in the autumn when the bubble returns, but we hope everyone will enjoy the outdoor courts more as sun is shining.
Whats next?
As the lock down restrictions ease we will begin the process of returning to normal, but until then we will maintain the social distancing measure and one way system in both facilities. We will be restarting indoor fitness classes starting May 17th, with some classes remaining outdoors so we so maintain larger class sizes, and enjoy the sun.
We look forward to seeing you back in the gym, in the pool or at one of our classes
– The York Sport Team

Road map to reopening – 12/3/21

“Following the recent announcement of end of lockdown plans we are looking forward to welcoming everyone back.

While we have been closed to business, the team have worked tirelessly helping with the test centre, catering, cleaning and delivering wider support across our local community. However, we are happy that we can again fully focus on ensuring our facilities and services are ready to meet expectations, alleviate any concerns you may have and to adhere to guidelines that will still seemingly still be applied to what is possibly a while to come.

The way in which we reopened previously was very well received and our focus on safety, hygiene and service will remain. We continue to explore all avenues to enable us to maximise opportunities that will get everyone back and as active as we all wish.

The last year and last few winter months have been particularly challenging and for some there will understandable concern and anxiety about how to get started again. Please contact us if this is the case and we will do all we can to alleviate any such concerns and to liaise with you to ensure you, or in the case of swimming lessons, that your children come back and leave smiling again.

We cannot wait to open our doors again.

Stay well”

Keith Morris – Head of Sport

Here is our road map to reopening:

Monday 29th March

  • Our outdoor facilities at the York Sport Village reopen including the 3G pitches and cycle track.
  • Our outdoor facilities at the York Sport Centre reopen including the Tennis Courts and Athletic Stadium.
  • We will be starting outdoor fitness classes at the York Sport Village.
  • More information will follow.

Monday 12th April

  • Our Gym’s at both York Sport Village, and York Sport Centre will reopen for members with a 3 day booking period as before.
  • Our Swimming pool will reopen for member and pay as you go swimming with a 3 day booking period as before.
  • We will reopen our Member Changing Rooms (at York Sport Village) for those attending the gym and classes.  The changing area and lockers will be available, however the showers will be out of use.
  • The Swimming Changing Village will continue to be used by both members and pay as you go customers for all pool sessions

Monday 17th May

  • In line with the government’s road map, we are hoping to restart our indoor fitness classes on 17th May.

All COVID-19 precautions that were in place before this latest lockdown will still be in place when we reopen.  The restrictions are in place to ensure safety for all customers and staff, and we really appreciate your co-operation with this.

For facility opening times, please check our Opening Hours page.

We can’t wait to get back to being active. See you all soon!

Statement regarding Government announcement – 22/2/21

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement to Parliament this afternoon and government press conference this evening, we have been given the outline of the 4 stages of how restrictions will be eased over the coming months.

As ever, we are keen to ensure that you are kept informed and updated, so will communicate further once we have had a chance to formulate plans and consider the details (which is rarely covered during announcements or in newspaper headlines).

Experience tells us that it is likely that it will take a few days for the government to share the specific guidance around reopening to Sport England, UK Active, Swim England and individual sport national governing bodies.  As we have done previously, we will gather and ensure that all appropriate information is communicated to all members and York Sport users as soon as possible.

We share the strongly held desire to get active as soon as possible and we are keen to facilitate this. However, we will only be able to do so when we have full details that will enable us to welcome everyone back as soon as possible, and in a safe and organised way.

Memberships and Swimming Lessons remain frozen, and all other facilities and on-site services remain closed.  We will update all customers with further information in due course.

Thank you again, for your patience, support and understanding which as ever, is very much appreciated as we look ahead to supporting our active community and post covid recovery.

National Lockdown and memberships – 1/2/21

York Sport Centre, and York Sport Village facilities are closed until further notice, and we have frozen all memberships until the lockdown ends.

Memberships & Swimming Lessons

  • If you pay your membership or swimming lessons by monthly direct debit your payments have been stopped and we will be in touch to confirm when they will restart after reopening.
  • If you pay upfront for the year or 3 months for your membership, then the length of time that we have been closed will be added on to your expiry date when we reopen.
  • If you pay in 7 or 12 week blocks for swimming lessons, your remaining credit will be used for lessons when they restart after reopening.

When we are permitted to reopen facilities we will be in touch with all customers to confirm reopening arrangements and how this will work for your payments and expiry dates.  If you do have any queries in the meantime then please contact

We will update you as soon as we know more, until then, stay safe.

All the best
– The York Sport Team

Tier 3 Restrictions for York – 31/12/20

York has moved into Tier 3 restrictions from 31st December 2020.  As a result York Sport can no longer offer Indoor Fitness Classes to customers, in line with government guidance.  Our live-stream classes will continue through the York Sport Wellness App, all classes listed in Studio 3 on the timetable will be live-streamed.

The York Sport Village Gym and Swimming Pool will remain open as normal.  The Sport Centre Gym is due to reopen on Monday 11th January with more information to follow.

We’re Reopening 3rd December!  – 30/11/20

We are pleased to say we will be reopening on Thursday 3rd December! We can’t wait to see all of you back. We will be reopening exactly as we were before we closed; with 3 days advance bookings on gym slots, fitness classes and swimming sessions. As we have postponed swimming lessons until the New Year, we will be sticking with our swimming timetable from before lockdown, meaning more swimming sessions will be available to book in December!

Our online classes will continue on Zoom until the end of this year. We have been hard at work trying to resolve the issues with our York Sport wellness app and after consulting our technical wizards, we have upgraded our streaming equipment to provide high quality and consistent live stream classes. We hope to relaunch our live stream classes through the York Sport Wellness app in the New Year. Online memberships will remain frozen until the new year.

Unfortunately, the York Sport Centre will not be reopening until the 4th January as our main sports hall has been transformed into a covid-19 testing facility. All members of the York Sport Centre will have access to the Sport Village during this time. If you are a Sport Centre member and would like access to the Sport Village during this time, please contact us at

Lastly, all members should have received an email with information on how the November lockdown affected membership payments. If you did not receive this or have further questions, please email

Thank you, and we hope to see you soon!

– The York Sport Team

York Santa Run  – 28/11/20

Students on campus will today find in their #UoYLockdownLoot goodie bags, a Santa hat or two! Now its not just to wear while sitting inside all day, this is for the Santa run or Santa walk you’re about to do!

We’re encouraging as many students as possible to don the Santa hats and to run a distance that challenges them in aid of two local causes which help students and those in the local community: Mentally Fit York and YourCafe.

But its not just for students on campus, on no, everybody can get up and get out this December with some festive cheer!

So pop on a Santa hat and get out for some fresh air! Walk, run, hop or roll, as far as you can. You can go by yourself, or in your bubble, but please be responsible and respect social distancing guidance and remember when you’re out for your walk/run/ramble, make sure to take a photo with your Santa hats on, tag @YorkSport1 (Instagram and twitter) and use #YorkSanta to share the festive spirit!

For more information and to donate to these amazing charities, click here

Lockdown two: Electric Boogaloo  – 04/11/20

We can now confirm that we will be closing on Thursday 5th November in line with government rules for Lock down. All members will have received an email regarding membership payments, so please check your spam folders as they contain some important information. If you have to received an email, please email

At the moment we fully intend to open again on Thursday 3rd December.  We will keep you up to date if anything changes regarding lock down rules.

During the previous lockdown our amazing team of instructors hosted virtual fitness classes, and we are proud to say we will be hosting live classes again. This time we will do it by Zoom rather than Facebook live or the York Sport Wellness app. Each class on the online timetable will have it’s own zoom link. We will release the online timetable soon, so keep an eye out for the information coming out very soon!

Lastly, York Unlimited giving back day starts today! Like our classes earlier in the year, these classes will be free for everyone. but if anyone that wants to make a donation to York Unlimited Giving Day at to help support mental health initiatives throughout the city, that would be amazing. Thank you.


Lockdown Update – 2/11/20

Following the government lockdown announcement on Saturday we are seeking additional clarification of lockdown arrangements. This will be provided through a number of meetings planned for today and we will seek to provide updates as soon as possible.

Following previous announcements, clarification from the University, DCMS and Sport England has aided the decisions we have taken but this has only been possible in the days after an initial government announcement. Ahead of Thursday’s lockdown deadline set by the Government it is possible that things will be the same again on this occasion.

We are currently in the process of seeking clarification on universities exemption from lockdown, and will confirm details when we have them. In the meantime we can confirm that swimming lessons due to start this week have now been postponed until the New Year. This is with the exception of morning swimming lessons, and these will continue to take place on Tuesday and Wednesday this week.

As was the case in the first lockdown and ever since, the health, safety and wellbeing of our staff and customers will remain the focus of our attention. However, it is appreciated that it is natural that announcements such as Saturday’s can lead to uncertainty and apprehension. We will endeavour to get clarity on what will be expected of us and our plans in order to update everyone as soon as we are in a position to do so.

This year we have had to adapt and change the way we work, addressing the challenges we have all faced and attempted to continue to provide a positive contribution to the community. We are very hopeful and confident that we can do the same again this time around.

Thank you for your continued patience. We will update you on plans and actions for the days ahead as soon as we can.

Swimming Lessons have been postponed – 02/11/20

We are sorry to confirm swimming lessons will not be restarting on Monday 2nd November at York Sport Village following the new lockdown starting on November 5th. All lessons will now be postponed until the New Year.

Following the hard work by our swim team and the investments made to enable lessons to restart we are incredibly disappointed that swimming lessons are unable to resume this week. We understand this may be frustrating but we are committed to following all government guidelines at this time and this unfortunately means we can not continue as planned.

Please be assured that your child’s/children’s place in lessons will be the same and held for when we restart. Morning swimming lessons will continue until Wednesday at which point they will stop as we close down and restart as soon as we are able to reopen.

We will be sending out an email to everyone today with further information.

Swimming Lessons, Timetable and family swims – 16/9/20

‘This is no ordinary time, and we’re all facing huge challenges. We’re committed to being as supportive as we can to the sport and physical activity sector, and doing all we can to help people stay active in this new normal. ‘ (Sport England)

We are very pleased to say our swim scheme will be restarting on Monday 2nd November.  Our swim scheme hasn’t fully operated since 17th March when we closed for lockdown.  As a community facility, we strongly believe it is important for children to have opportunities to learn how to swim.

As a result, we will be making changes to the swim timetable from 2nd November, to facilitate the opportunity for children to learn to swim. From this date, the swimming pool will not be available Mon-Fri 4 – 7 pm, and Saturday mornings at 8.30 am-12 pm.

We appreciate this will be an inconvenience to some people who swim at these times, however our commitment to teaching children how to swim means we have had to take the difficult decision to change the timetable in this way. The full timetable for 2nd November onwards can be viewed here.

We have also re introduced Family Swim to our timetable. Family swims are now available in our Small Pool on Sundays at 11am-12pm, and 1.20pm-2.30pm for just £3.95 per person. This is a great a chance to get in the pool with your family in a relaxed environment, with some social distancing thrown in!

Book the session online through our booking portal  or call 01904 325751 to make a booking. Family swim sessions can be booked 3 days in advance by anyone.

Please note the Main Pool will not be open during the Family Swim session, and no Lane Swimming will be available during those times.


Recent changes to government guidance – 24/9/20

‘This is no ordinary time, and we’re all facing huge challenges. We’re committed to being as supportive as we can to the sport and physical activity sector, and doing all we can to help people stay active in this new normal. ‘ (Sport England)

In light of Wednesday’s government announcements we wish to clarify our understanding of implications relevant to our members, and York Sport users.

Gyms, group exercise classes and swimming pools:

  • People can continue to use indoor leisure facilities, including gyms, group exercise classes and swimming pools. However, people should not go to these venues socially in groups of more than six.
  • As a facility, we will be able to continue to provide sessions for more than six people as long as there is no mingling and interaction between individual groups.
  • The majority of activities will continue to take place as normal as we are following strict guidance provided by the government in order to remain COVID-19 Secure. Procedures introduced following lockdown will remain in place for the foreseeable future.
  • Swim England ‘Return to pool’ guidance remains unchanged at present.
  • For group classes, numbers are limited by the size of the venue and based on 100 sq ft per person, including all staff and instructors. CIMSPA and EMD UK recommend that participants are spaced at 3m intervals as this maintains 2m spacing in the event that participants take a step towards each other. More space may be needed for people with disabilities. Instructors and operators may choose to deliver classes with alternative layouts, but these must always enable class participants to stay at least 2m apart.

Indoor and Outdoor team sport and recreational activities:

We are seeking further updates from both Sport England, UK Active and individual sports governing bodies. We will update on any further guidance as and when it is received as this may have further implications to our York Sport community in regards to how we operate and what we can legally provide.

We appreciate there will be many questions during this uncertain period. However, we will seek to summarise and update users as best we can once we have further clarification on the guidance.

Our commitment:

We remain committed to providing our community with opportunities to participate in regular activity which support positive physical and mental wellbeing.

We do expect that advice and guidance is likely to evolve as both local/national restrictions change, and we will monitor and update our guidance to ensure we comply with the Government, Sport England and National Governing Bodies. 

However, we will always do so with the aim of continuing to inspire and enable activities in a safe and welcoming environment. 

As always, we thank you for your continued support and understanding as we navigate an ever changing landscape.

The York Sport Centre reopens! 1/9/20

We are pleased to announce the reopening of the York Sport Centre! We have been hard at work creating a safe environment and upon returning will notice some

We will be opening in a phased manner similar to the York Sport Village. Our phased reopening will consist of;

  • Phase 1: Tuesday 1st September – Gym reopens
  • Phase 2: 14h September – Tennis, JLD Pitches and Athletics Track open all day
  • Phase 3: 21st September – Indoor Halls and courts reopen

You can find out more information about our reopening with our Reopening FAQ’s page.

Swimming is back! 24/8/20

After the successful reopening of the Gym and fitness classes, we are pleased to announce that the swimming pool will reopen to both members and the public today! Members will have access to the pool for free and non-members can book a swimming session for £4.95 each. Users with an existing 8 for 10 swim card can book by calling reception to book your session on 01904 325751.

Our main pool is open and ready for bookings. We have 3 lanes open which are double width to help with social distancing. Changing rooms will be available for swimmers and we have introduced a one-way system in the changing rooms as well as additional sanitising stations.

finally, with live classes returning to the York Sport Centre, we are ending our Facebook live classes. We’d like to thank everyone who tuned in over the last few months and kept active with our amazing instructors. For those who are not quite ready to return to the gym, we are starting an on-demand and live streaming service so you can still work out from home. You can find out more



10 Days until we reopen! 31/7/20

We are fast approaching the 10th of August and we are currently hard at work cleaning, reorganising and improving our facility ready for your return. As previously mentioned, we are working to a phased reopening schedule starting with the gym and then moving forward to classes and the swimming pool. We would like to thank you all for your patience during this time, and we are keen to get you back to being active as soon as we can.

You can find out more information about our reopening and what it will look like on our Reopening FAQ’s page. Here is what our schedule looks like:

All members will receive an email regarding reopening and their membership over the next few days so please make sure you check your emails. If you do not receive an email please email and we will be in touch with you as soon as we possibly can.

 – The York Sport Team

The countdown to reopening begins 9/7/20

Like many across the country, tonight we welcomed the announcement made by Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden that gyms, pools and leisure facilities can reopen from the end of July.

We will now study official guidance provided by the government and will plan accordingly to meet these requirements with a view to reopening York Sport Village on Monday 10th August. Indoor facilities at York Sport Centre will follow from Tuesday 1st September.

Gym, classes and pool sessions will all require booking in advance. Equipment and facilities will be arranged in a way to ensure social distancing and enhanced cleaning can be provided. We can assure you that procedures will be in place to meet your expectations, to allay any concerns and to safely welcome back all those keen to do so.

A number of changes to the way we operate have already been planned for and we will communicate these in due course. We will only open when we are convinced that we can do so safely. This has always been and remains our priority towards our members, our customers and our staff.

We look forward to welcoming everyone back soon and appreciate all the support and patience we have received to date as we work hard to re-open our doors once again.

 – Keith Morris

 Head of sport


We are on Standby! 29/6/20

We hope you have all managed to stay happy, healthy and active during the lockdown

We appreciate that there is a continued level of uncertainty as to when we will be back in action so we wanted to update you on what’s been happening here at York Sport. 

At this time we are still waiting for further Government updates that will suggest a date when we can reopen.

Whilst we cannot currently confirm dates when our facilities will be open our team has been working hard towards delivering a carefully phased approach to reopening with; added safety measures, a booking system for sessions to ensure social distancing practices, extensive new cleaning protocols and investment, programme changes and additional measures to ensure we are COVID-ready and best placed to welcome your safe return to York Sport.

As you can imagine there have been and continue to be many complexities to work through.

However we are in a positive position to move quickly when able to do so and this is thanks in large part to a huge team effort and the overwhelming support, understanding and feedback from our York Sport community.

Our priority is, and will continue to be, your safety and the safety of our team and our focus on allaying all concerns and meeting all expectations without sacrificing your usual experience at York Sport.

We will keep our plans under review and will take all appropriate steps to make sure that you and our team are able to return to York Sport and regular activity in a safe way. 

We are excited to welcome you back and thank you for trust and patience as we work to the date when this is possible. However, be assured we will only reopen once we believe it is safe to do so. 

We will continue to update you once we know more about a potential date to re-open in line with government and University guidance 

In the meantime, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch with us at 

Stay well and we look forward to welcoming you back in the not too distant future.


 – Keith Morris

 Head of sport

Summer Holiday camps Update 24/6/20

We hope you and your family are keeping well and have remained so during the challenging lock down period.

University sports facilities across the UK and on campus remain closed at this time. Whilst it has been suggested that some easing of restrictions may occur in coming weeks, this remains unconfirmed.

Unfortunately due to the level of uncertainty surrounding access to facilities, staffing and changing guidance applicable to various sporting activities; we regret to announce that we will be unable to host York Sport summer activities this year.

We are proud of the way in which the camps have grown in recent years and we always look forward to seeing the children enjoying the activities organised.

We had hoped until this time that some activity would be possible, but hope that by being able to clarify our position at this time is of some assistance.

Any payments that have been made in respect of any future sessions will be refunded in full, and we look forward to getting active again when safe and accessible to do so.

We apologise for any inconvenience this decision may cause but believe you will understand the Covid-19 related circumstances behind it.

We hope you and your family stay safe and in good health.

 – The York Sport Team

Both York Sport Village and York Sport Centre will be CLOSED from Wednesday 18th March until further notice.

This page will be updated regularly with information as the situation progresses. We would like to thank you in advance for your patience. For the University of York’s Updates please see their Covid-19 updates 

In line with the latest government advice, and with great regret, we are writing to confirm that all York Sport facilities will be closed from Wednesday 18th March until further notice. 

This has been a hugely difficult decision for us to take, but we have to ensure the health and wellbeing of everyone who works, or uses, York Sport Village and York Sport Centre. 

This decision also extends to all other current facility bookings and camps which have now also been cancelled. 

We will continue to update all our customers, and we will obviously re-open at the earliest possible opportunity. We want to thank everyone for their understanding during this difficult period.

We recognise that this closure will be a huge disappointment to all our customers who really matter to us, and so in taking this decision we want to confirm that the following will be implemented to minimise long-term inconvenience: 

  • All York Sport memberships fees/payments will be frozen, until a time when facilities are accessible again.
  • Swim scheme payments will be frozen, with swimmers remaining in their present classes.
  • You do not need to contact us to arrange freeze of payment, we will do this for you.

Once we have an understanding of timescales for re-opening, we will be in touch to confirm arrangements for reinstating direct debits, or refunding and crediting for payments already made.

We  have detailed below information for specific enquiries but if your question has not been answered we encourage you to contact York Sport by emailing

The health and wellbeing of the general public, and our staff and students, is our absolute priority. Through our website, we will seek to provide links to ways in which we can continue to support activity of benefit to physical and mental wellbeing.

We apologise for the inevitable inconvenience this closure will cause and hope you stay safe and healthy in the coming weeks.


  • When will York Sport Village and York Sport Centre facilities re-open?

    As the national situation with Covid-19 continues we don’t currently have an indication of a date for re-opening.  We will ensure the facility is ready to re-open at the earliest opportunity, as soon as advice from the government and University of York suggest it is safe to do so.

  • Will members be contacted when we reopen?

    Yes! As soon as we have a date for reopening we will be in touch with all customers to let them know and get everyone using our facilities again.  We will be in touch via email and we will share the good news on social media and through our website.

  • What is happening with my membership payments (direct debit)?

    All direct debit payments have been frozen for all membership types and durations.  The date of reopening will dictate if any adjustments are made to the next direct debit payment. You do not need to contact us to arrange this as we will do it for you.  We will ensure all customers do not have to pay for the facilities during this closure period.

  • Will I be able to keep my normal sports bookings?

    Yes! When we reopen the block bookings that were in place will remain at the same time and same facility.  All invoicing will be adjusted to account for the closure. We will contact everyone when we are ready to re-open to confirm your booking is going ahead.

  • What happens to my payments for swimming lessons?

    All direct debit payments have been frozen. The date of reopening will dictate if any adjustments are made to the next direct debit payment.  

    For parents paying upfront for 7 or 12 week blocks of lessons, the lesson credit unused will be carried over to the lessons when they restart. We will do this for you, so there’s no need to worry.