COVID-19 Info & FAQs




Sports Facilities and Fitness Membership  


The Sport Central Gym and Swimming Pool will reopen on 1st Sepetmber 2020. Group Exercise Classes will also restart. All activity will need to be pre-booked via our App. 


The following facilities/services remain closed/unavailable 


  • Sauna and steam room  
  • Sports Halls and Main arena 
  • Squash Courts  
  • Meeting spaces including Corry and pods 
  • Personal training and Sports Massage  


Coach Lane Sport Centre remains closed. 


Please contact if you have any further questions  



Student Sport Clubs, BUCS Fixtures and Campus Football Leagues  


All Student Sport activity remains halted and will restart following BUCS and sport specific NGB ' return to play'  guidleines in the new 2020/21 academic year  


BUCS are currently working with Institutions and National Governing Bodies to review all competitions for term 1 and 2 for the 2020-21 season. BUCS are exploring the options and proposals  in order to support students to return to play in a safe and enjoyable way.

Student sport clubs have elected their new committee members for the year ahead to ensure that our clubs can run effectively. We are currently working with the new club committee members to plan the season ahead. This includes looking at different options of delivery based on both the club needs and social distancing guidelines.

We will aim to recommence our campus football leagues in January 2021


Please contact if you have any further questions  



Events and Facility Bookings  


All events within Sport Central have been cancelled until 1 September 2020. We will continue to review events booked after this date and liaise directly with hirers.  


Please contact if you have any direct questions  



Student Volunteer and Internships  


We are currently working with our internal and external hosts to plan activity for he upcoming academic year in the light of social distancing measures. We will have our fiorst opportunitie advertsied from late August 2020


To find out more or to discuss volunteer, internship opportunities for 2020/21 or if you are an organisation wanting to engage with our student leaders please get in touch.




Kids Camps and Wildcats Football  


We will not run any Kids Camps during Summer 2020 but will continue to review the guidelines throughout the upcoming year. 


We have delayed the start of our 2020 Wildcats Football sessions and will confirm the start date once we have a clearer idea of when this will be.  






A. Will i need to book a slot in the gym to use it

Q.  Yes, once we reopen you will need to select and book a timeslot on our App. It's important to stick to your time and not arrive too early. You will gain access as usual using your swipe card. 


A. Will Group Exercise Classes be different?

Q. We want to try and keep your experience as 'normal' and enjoyable as possible. You will need to book a place on a class as normal and numbers will be limited in line with social distancing measures. As we need to reduce the numbers in the classes we are increasing the number of classes we offer including a brand new VIRTUAL series of classes available at Sport central.  


Q. Am I eligible to claim a refund on my 2019/20 Student Sport Club Membership?  

A review has been carried out based on the sessions and competitions cancelled and any sport that may have been significantly impacted have been contacted and offered an appropriate level of compensation.


Q. I was involved in a sports club in 2019/20, how do I join again and what will the membership include?

We are working with our student sport club committees to plan activity for the upcoming year. We are working hard to develop a range of on-campus and virtual sport activities that you can be involved with in the year ahead. 

Student sport club committees will continue to work closely with their Club Development Officers to plan an appropriate club offer across our 35 clubs. Our club activity will be adapted to ensure members are able to have a safe on-campus sports club experience that complements the University's approach to blended teaching whilst delivering within Government restrictions.

We have made a decision to offer a separate semester 1 & semester 2 sports club membership, allowing us to work through changes with club committees and adapt memberships where needed. The aim of this is to support students to return to their sport when they feel comfortable to do so, with semester 1 offering adapted training sessions and semester 2 including training and BUCS competition where relevant.


Q. Will the BUCS competitions start again in September 2020?

Many of our student sport club members compete in British University and College Sport (BUCS) events, leagues and knockout competitions that typically start in September each year. With safety and student experience at the forefront, a decision was made by BUCS to postpone the competition structure until January 2021.

Students will still have the experience of competing in this quality inter-university competition structure within a more condensed sporting calendar that will run between September and April 2021.

The season will be considered a bridging season with no promotion or relegation at the conclusion of the competition.


Q. Will Northumbria still be offering sports scholarships for the 2020-21 year?

Yes, we are committed to supporting talented student athletes to combine both their sport and study and therefore will still be providing support through our sport scholarship scheme. Applications are currently open and will close on 1st September 2020. Further information on our sports scholarships can be found at


Q. I have already applied for a sport scholarship but have not heard if I was successful or not?

Scholarship applications are open until 1st September 2020. We will endeavour to ensure you know the outcome of your application before then, however in a number of our team sports where applications are high your application may be reviewed once applications are closed.


Q. Can I stop my Fitness Membership Direct Debit? 

A. To make it easier for you, we have freezed ALL Direct Debits and will restart them once we reopen, so don’t cancel it with your bank   


Q. Can I stop my Salary Deduction Fitness Membership? 

A. To make it easier for you, we have freezed ALL Salary Deduction and will restart them once we reopen. 


Q. I paid upfront for my  2019/20 Fitness Membership, will I get any refund?

A. Yes, we will refund you the pro rata amount for the time we are closed. We have now set the reopening date for 1st September so you will receive an email offering you either a refund (for 21st March - 31st August) or an exclusive discount off a 2020/21 membership 


Q. I have made a court or pitch booking and paid for this booking in advanced, but the facility is now closed, will I get a refund? 

A. Yes, all bookings paid for in advanced will be automatically refunded. 


Q. When will I be able to make a new/rearranged booking for an event or activity?  

A. We will start taking them again once we reopen the facilities following government and University advice.  


Q. I was using my volunteer/internship opportunity as placement hours, will I be penalised for not completing it? 

A. You will receive guidance directly from the placements team and your faculty regarding your placement. We understand that there will be an increased level of flexibility in the ways in which you can complete it. Please make contact with them and read the updates on the student portal in the first instance