Coronavirus (Covid-19) Updates

Coronavirus Update

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.