NORTH Fitness

More than a Gym Membership

The NORTH Fitness membership gives you full access to the 150 station gym, 50+ exercise classes per week, 25m pool and 12m climbing wall at Sport Central.

That's not all, you can mix up your fitness with some sports as we have a wide range of options available at a discounted price for members including football, basketball, badminton, squash and many others.

Based at Sport Central, our NORTH Fitness centre has a brand new QUEENAX Functional Training Rig, the highest quality training equipment available on the market today. Our NORTH Fitness instructors have all been fully trained on QUEENAX and can’t wait to help you enjoy this new addition to our programme.

In addition to QUEENAX, from October NORTH Fitness at Sport Central will also offer a dedicated small training area with brand new Lifting Platform, Ropes, Rack, Rower and everything you’ll need for a full functional workout.

We have also added 3 brand new Lifting Platforms in the Free-Weights area in response to student feedback. No longer only available to high performance athletes all students can now benefit from access to elite training equipment to help achieve those personal goals.

With all of this new equipment, you’ll also be delighted to know we offer a new Personal Training (PT) service that can be booked for up to three people, helping share the cost making it great value for money.

Don’t forget that in addition to your new NORTH Fitness Centre we still offer the biggest Group Exercise Class programme in the North-East. Just have a look at the extensive timetable and discover a huge range of different classes, available at different levels of intensity and experience required from new starter to expert!

Our NORTH Fitness Instructors can’t wait to see you soon in Sport Central.

NORTH Membership

Great value NORTH membership means you can enjoy a year of activity in world class facilities and beyond.

Get your NORTH membership now to enjoy all the benefits of this new and inspiring approach to student sport.

What does your membership include?

  • UNLIMITED access to Fitness Centre which includes our brand new functional training rig
  • UNLIMITED access to Group Exercise programme and Small Group Training
  • UNLIMITED access to open Swimming Sessions
  • UNLIMITED access to open Climbing Sessions
  • INCLUSIVE Fitness Programme and Health Checks
  • EXCLUSIVE Club Events
  • DISCOUNTED Club and Adventure Upgrades
  • DISCOUNTED Facility Bookings
  • DISCOUNTED Physiotherapy, Massage and 1:1 Personal Training

What will this cost me?

An annual membership will cost you £210 per annum (equivalent to £17.50 a month!) or if you wish to pay monthly, simply set up a direct debit for £27.50 per month.

Purchase a Membership

Alternatively, visit Sport Central reception or call our Sport Experience Team on 0191 227 4700.



Climbing is one of the fastest growing sports in the UK. It’s great for either keeping fit or supporting an exercise routine.

The Climbing Wall at Sport Central is in a superb position to support climbers from all over the region being located in the city centre of Newcastle. The wall has a large range of features with a stunning overhang feature as the main focal point and slab section for developing technique. We can cater for first timers to advanced competitive climbers.

Our fully qualified climbing instructors deliver courses on a daily basis for introductions to climbing through to technique work and sport climbing workshops.

Find out more about our Climbing Wall

Social Climbing

Looking for a climbing partner? Or maybe you’ve just passed the ‘Start Climbing’ course and are looking to progress to the next level.

Why not join our North Adventure Climbing Club and meet like-minded individuals?

Find out more about North Adventure Climbing Find out more about the North programme

We also run successful ‘social climbing nights’ on Monday and Friday evenings (term time only). Open to Northumbria staff, students and the public sessions are ideal for those seeking climbing partners, making new friends and for those who enjoy a social element to their climbing. Friendly staff are also on hand to offer advice and help on those tricky routes!

Please Note: You must have passed a climbing wall competency check before attending.

When: Every Monday and Friday, 18:00-21:00

Where: Climbing Wall, Sport Central

These sessions are open to all, Northumbria Students, Staff and Public.

Cost (per session): 
Free for North members
Concessions £4, Non-members £5

Member = Applicable to individuals that hold a North Membership.
Associate Non-Member = Northumbria University students, Staff Members, U16's or over 60's. Proof required.
Non-member = Applicable to those that do not hold a membership or qualify for associate rate.

You can just turn up and pay on the day or you can book in advance at Sport Central Reception.



The Sport Central Swimming Pool has been designed to accommodate a whole range of pool activities including open access swimming, lessons, aqua jog classes, waterpolo and competitions.

The 25m, 6 lane pool has been constructed with a movable floor which enables the depth to be changed between 1.25-2 metres making it the perfect environment for both beginners and advanced swimmers alike. With a state-of-the-art DAKTRONICS timing system, Sport Central can also host regional and national swimming galas. The swimming pool also uses UV filtration which enables us to minimise the quantity of chemicals used thereby improving everyone’s swimming experience.


Find out more about our Swimming Pool


Northumbria Sport is primarily based out of Sport Central, a £30 million state of the art sports facility, that offers students, staff and the general public access to the facilities and services that are of the highest quality. Click on the links below to find out more about the facilities we offer or to book on to group exercise classes or hire individual facilities, such as squash courts. 

Sport Central's opening hours are listed below, however individual facilities may have reduced hours, so please using the facility links to find out more.

General Opening Hours

Monday to Sunday: 07:00-22:00

Bank Holiday Notice

Please note Sport Central will be closed on bank holidays

Browse our full list of sports offered within our new North programme to find out when sessions are running and how you can get involved.

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