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Kent Indoor Tennis and Events Arena

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Open to everyone

Whether you're a students, staff member, alumni, or member of the public, you can use the facilities at Kent Sport.

We operate throughout the year, including term and vacation periods, with the exception of the Christmas holiday closure.   

All Kent Sport facilities

We have a wide range of sport and fitness facilities across the Sports Centre and The Pavilion on the University of Kent's Canterbury campus.

Located near the heart of the Canterbury campus, the Sports Centre services all users of the fitness suite, fitness and dance studio, sports halls and the Kent Sports Clinic. At the reception desk, you can sign up for a membership with Kent Sport.

The Sports Centre facilities include:

  • Three large sports halls
  • Large, air-conditioned fitness suite 
  • Fitness and dance studio
  • Boxing and combat sports training area
  • The Kent Sports Clinic

Kent Sport has some of the highest-quality fitness equipment in the county, which is available to all members including students, staff, alumni and the public.

Our qualified fitness instructors are on hand to give advice and can provide health and fitness consultations as part of our appointment service. You can view the range of available appointment types on our website.

We are now providing women and non-binary only gym hours. See our full statement for details.

The fitness and dance studio has enhanced lighting and sound and can be split in two for more intimate classes. The studio is an ideal environment for group exercise and has the capacity for a wide range of classes including Boxercise, spinning and Zumba. You can view the full timetable here.

Main hall

Multi-use double hall measuring 37 metres x 35 metres, with a sprung Taraflex floor. 

The main hall can accommodate:

  • Badminton 
  • Basketball
  • Netball
  • Volleyball
  • Cricket

Hall 2

Multi-use hall measuring approximately 32 metres x 17 metres. 

Hall 2 can accommodate:

  • Basketball
  • 5-a-side football

Hall 3

Multi-use hall measuring approximately 32 metres x 17 metres.

Hall 3 can accommodate:

  • Badminton 
  • Basketball 
  • 5-a-Side football
  • Netball 
  • Volleyball 

Court bookings for recreational sports can be made through your online account. For commercial bookings, please contact  

At the Sports Centre, we have a boxing and combat sports area above hall 2, featuring a boxing ring, bags and training equipment. 

Located at the outdoor playing fields complex, opposite Parkwood accommodation, The Pavilion services all users of the artificial pitches, grass pitches, and the Cycle Hub.

The 3GX is a world-class pitch which enables back-to-back fixtures and training for rugby, football and American football.

Members have access to a state-of-the-art 3G football pitch. This is a full-sized pitch capable of holding four 5-a-side games during tournaments.


The astroturf pitch is a full-size, sand-based pitch and can be used for football or hockey. 

Grass pitches
There are a number of grass pitches available at The Pavilion which can support recreational/match rugby.

You can book each pitch for recreational sports. This can be booked through your online account, or for commercial bookings, please contact

There are two bay cricket nets outside the Pavilion, which are bookable for Kent Sport members (1h 30mins max. per booking). Please contact The Pavilion or Sports Centre to book.  

Four high-quality indoor acrylic tennis and netball courts, easier facility access and provides an exceptional conference and events space for approximately 2000+ attendees.

For recreational tennis, please visit our tennis webpage for more information.

For commercial hire, please visit our Conference and Events page. 

Parking is available for staff and student permit holders at the Sports Centre and the Pavilion. Pay and display car parks are also available nearby. 

Sports Centre

  • Separate male and female shower and changing rooms with toilet facilities  
  • Universal and accessible shower and changing rooms, and baby changing facilities 

The Pavilion 

  • Accessible changing room 
  • Baby changing facilities are also available 

A range of performance, physiotherapy and rehabilitation services. Find out more about there services here. 

Providing one of the best views on campus, the Pavilion Café Bar provides an excellent meeting and event space. Bespoke catering is available.

If you would like to hire the Pavilion Café Bar, please email

You can find out more here

Inclusive fitness and sports

Kent Sport is committed to providing inclusive fitness and sport across all of our facilities. It is our mission to get more people, more active, more often. Our team have been specially trained to assist you with any accessibility enquiries or information regarding all of our activities and services.  

Thank you for your support getting us into the new [Tennis] centre, it’s brilliant, and the courts are great.

Louisa Arnold, Kent Sport Workforce and Coaching Manager

How to get involved

  Everyone is welcome to become a member of Kent Sport. We have a variety of membership options to suit your activity level and budget.