SPORT & FITNESS UPDATES ON CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
This page will give you all the latest coronavirus updates in relation to University of Birmingham Sport & Fitness’ facilities.
Last updated: 23 February 2021
23 February 2021: Following the release of the Government’s proposed roadmap for lifting restrictions yesterday, we learned that indoor facilities may be able to re-open from Monday 12 April. We are extremely happy that a re-opening date is in sight, and we very much look forward to welcoming our members back. Please note, not all facilities and services will be able to resume on the same date; we are working through the specific guidance from the Government, UK Active and national governing bodies. We will keep all our members informed as we get closer to that date and receive clarity on what our exact opening date will be.
4 February 2021: Students who have a Sport & Fitness or Tiverton Gym membership, class vouchers or a sports club membership should have received an email to their student email address today. The email explains that a pro-rata refund will be available, starting from when the second national lockdown began on Thursday 5 November 2020 (some club refunds will precede this date due to NGB restrictions) and including any subsequent weeks the facilities have been closed for due to national restrictions. Refunds will be offered once we can be confident that the facilities will not need to close again and students have been permitted by Government to return to University. There is a frequently asked questions page on the website, this will be updated as and when there is more information available on student refunds.
5 January 2021: The Sport & Fitness club, Tiverton Gym and all our outdoor facilities (including the athletics track), remain closed due to the national lockdown. The Government have suggested that restrictions will be reviewed in mid-February, so we will keep our members updated via email and further updates will be posted on this page as and when we receive new information.
30 December 2020: Sadly it does not come as a surprise that Birmingham has been placed into Tier 4. This therefore means we have to close all our indoor and outdoor facilities temporarily from 10.30pm this evening. We will keep you updated regularly via email and continue to update this page regularly, so you are able to keep track of any changes or updates.
17 December 2020: The Sport & Fitness club will operate under Tier 3 restrictions until Sunday 3 January. We will be in contact with members on Monday 4 January to provide an update, and advise you on any changes we may be able to make following any subsequent Government announcements in the new year. This means classes will remain outdoors only, and squash can only be played individually or with members of your household until Sunday 3 January. If we are able to offer indoor classes in the new year, these would resume from Tuesday 5 January, subject to Government and UK Active guidance.
14 December 2020: Tiverton Gym will close for Christmas at 11.30pm on Tuesday 15 December and will re-open at 9am on Monday 4 January. Whilst Tiverton gym is closed, we have enabled those members to book sessions at Sport & Fitness gym.
11 December 2020: During the University’s Christmas vacation, from 14 December – 3 January 2021, members are not restricted to one booking per area, per day. You may book and attend as many sessions as you wish. This is because many of our student members have gone home for Christmas, so there is a significant reduction in usage. Please note, even if you have booked back-to-back sessions, you must vacate Sport & Fitness between each session to ensure the area can be sanitised. You will also be required to swipe into the building again at reception. This is to avoid incurring a no-show penalty fine, as our system will not register your attendance to the second session if you do not follow this process.
30 November 2020: Members and class users have now been emailed regarding our re-opening of Sport & Fitness and Tiverton Gym on Wednesday 2 December. From Tuesday 1 December, you will be able to book your sessions up to seven days in advance.
As a result of Birmingham being placed in Tier 3, there are a few implications to our services at Sport & Fitness in addition to the safety measures which were in place before lockdown, such as the closure of changing rooms and lockers. The Government have advised that local tiers will be reviewed on 16 December 2020, and we will be in touch with members again as and when that information is available.
The steam room and sauna must remain closed, and we are not able to offer any group exercise based classes such as AquaFit.
England Squash confirmed their latest guidance today (Monday) which details that squash may be played individually or with people in your households, as well as in a junior or education environment in Tier 3 areas.
Sadly we are not permitted to offer indoor group exercise classes under Tier 3 restrictions, however, we will be launching a new outdoor class timetable from Wednesday 2 December.
Outdoor classes will run throughout December, even if Birmingham goes back into Tier 2. We’ll update you again before 1 January 2021 to advise whether indoor classes will be available again from January.
25 November 2020: Following the Government’s announcement on 23 November, we can confirm the Sport & Fitness club and Tiverton Gym will re-open on Wednesday 2 December 2020. Booking will re-open on Tuesday 1 December 2020. If you have an outdoor booking or sports club membership, you will receive specific information regarding these.
10 November 2020: Introducing…the Sport & Fitness Home Workout Hub!
To get our members through the next few weeks of the national lockdown, we have once again called on our fantastic instructors to share their pre-recorded workout videos to provide you with a range of options for keeping fit and healthy. There will also be a weekly timetable of free live classes in our new Home Workout Hub. Simply sign up using the Registration Form online where you will be given access to Vimeo for existing classes, and Zoom for live workouts.
5 November 2020: Sport & Fitness, Tiverton Gym and all our outdoor facilities are now closed in line with the Government’s national lockdown restrictions.
3 November 2020: Following the Government’s announcement on Saturday that all leisure facilities must close on Thursday 5 November 2020, the Sport & Fitness club, Tiverton Gym and our outdoor facilities will close on Wednesday 4 November 2020. Sport & Fitness will close at 10.30pm, and Tiverton Gym at 11pm.
We are continuing to monitor the latest guidance and if there are any further changes we will contact you directly. At this stage we are planning to re-open on Wednesday 2 December 2020 subject to any further national or local restrictions.
Until Thursday 5 November, all our facilities and services which have re-opened will remain available to book, so please continue to visit us and follow the safety guidelines.
We will keep all our members and users updated regularly via email, and will post the latest updates on this page. Thank you for your support and understanding during these times, and we hope you stay safe and healthy during the lockdown.
2 November 2020: Following the Government’s announcement of a new national lockdown starting on Thursday, we are considering the implications on our facilities, services and elite sport programmes. We will be in contact with our members and users as soon as possible. Updates will also be posted on this page, so do check back for the latest updates. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
22 October 2020: Members who have a junior linked to their account should have received an email today with instructions on how to restart their junior’s membership from 1 November 2020 if they want to. If the request to restart the membership form is not submitted, your junior membership will remain frozen until 2 January 2021 when it will automatically restart. If you have any questions about junior memberships, please contact email@example.com.
20 October 2020: Thank you for your patience regarding badminton bookings whilst guidelines were reviewed. Badminton bookings are now available for members to book via the website or app. Members must only play with people from the same household, and any guests must also be members.
19 October 2020: Thank you for your patience regarding squash bookings over the weekend. We can now confirm that squash courts are available to book but only for the following:
- To train or play as an individual
- To play with a member of your household or support bubble. Please note, the second player must also be a squash member of Sport & Fitness and book their session with you online, in advance, via the Guest Bookings section.
Please ensure you are familiar and up to date with all of the England Squash return to play guidelines. Full England Squash guidelines can be found on their website.
16 October 2020: We are sorry to inform you that members in clubs in tier 2 areas are no longer permitted to play full court squash (or sides) with anyone other than those living in their household. As a result, we are temporarily suspending all squash court bookings whilst we investigate the guidelines further and establish how to implement these safely in Sport & Fitness. Similarly, organised badminton can now also only be played with members of your household, so we are temporarily suspending all badminton court bookings. Squash bookings have all been cancelled, if you have a badminton booking, a member of our team will be in contact soon. You will not be able to make any future bookings for squash or badminton until further notice.
9 October 2020: Members and class voucher users can now book and attend multiple classes per day. Please note, if there are 15 minutes or less in-between the end time of your first class and the start time of your second class, you are able to move directly from one studio to the other, following the one-way system. If there are more than 15 minutes in-between the classes, you must exit the building and rejoin the queue outside to avoid incurring a £10 no-show penalty fine.
6 October 2020: From tomorrow, 7 October, we have made changes to our booking system for gym sessions (at both Sport & Fitness and Tiverton Gym) so that you can only book a gym slot during our operational hours. Sessions will be visible on the app and website from midnight on the day but you will not be able to book until the facility opening hours (visit our Opening Hours page for these times). This change is to ensure that more popular session times do not become fully booked during anti-social hours, and you will still be able to cancel sessions at any time of the day.
24 September 2020: From Thursday 24 September, there are QR codes on display outside all our sport facilities, these are to be used with the new NHS Covid-19 app. Download the app today and you’ll be able to scan the QR before you enter the facility. Find out more information about downloading the NHS Covid-19 app here.
23 September 2020: Following the Government’s announcement on restrictions for indoor sport, we are working with national Governing Bodies to clarify the exact impact this will have. Please bear with us whilst we establish the detail of the new restrictions.
11 September 2020: Tiverton Gym memberships are available to buy now. Sport & Fitness membership sales will be staggered; returning students (anyone who isn’t a new student starting this year), will be able to buy their membership online for Sport & Fitness from Monday 14 September at 10am. New students will be able to buy their membership for Sport & Fitness online from Wednesday 16 September. This is to manage traffic on the website, we will ensure fair distribution of memberships across new and returning students. Student memberships must be purchased online, you will not be able to buy a membership from reception. Memberships are subject to availability.
10 September 2020: Tiverton Gym will be open from today. Please note, there are restricted opening hours in place until Monday 14 September. Please ensure you have a valid membership and pre-book your gym session before visiting.
9 September 2020: The recent Government update on restricting social gatherings to a maximum of six people will not affect your usage of Sport & Fitness or Tiverton Gym. Our safety guidelines remain in place, please familiarise yourself with these guidelines on the Stay Safe page of the website.
28 August 2020: Tiverton Gym is re-opening on Thursday 10 September. Student memberships will be available to purchase online from 1 September.
21 August 2020: We now encourage you to wear a face covering when queuing outside Sport & Fitness, and making your way to your session. You do not need to wear a face covering whilst exercise, unless you would prefer to. If you have a medical exemption from wearing a face covering generally, you will not be required to wear one in Sport & Fitness either.
17 August 2020: Classes and badminton courts are now available at Sport & Fitness. Please note, only members can book and play badminton. You may play badminton with one guest, but they must also be a member of Sport & Fitness. Classes are available on Pay & Go for those who have a bundle of 10, 20, 40 or 60 vouchers, single class vouchers are not available currently. Please book online or via the UB Sport & Fitness app in advance.
12 August 2020: Badminton courts are now available for members to book from Monday 17 August. Please book in advance online or via the UB Sport & Fitness app, you cannot book at reception.
11 August 2020: You will be able to book classes for next week from 12pm on Friday 14 August. From then, you will be able to book classes up to seven days in advance.
10 August 2020: The gym, pool and squash courts have re-opened today. Please ensure you have booked in advance before attending.
8 August 2020: Students who have a membership which has been rolled forward to the next academic year should have received an email with their new membership dates. If you have not received this email, please check your junk folder before contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
3 August 2020: The booking system for the gym, pool and squash courts will open on Wednesday 5 August, for bookings from Monday 10 August. From Wednesday 5 August, you will be able to book 7 days in advance.
23 July 2020: Our gym, pool and squash courts are re-opening on Monday 10 August!
On Thursday 9 July, the UK Government announced that indoor leisure facilities, including gyms and swimming pools, could re-open from Saturday 25 July. This was extremely welcome news, and following the University’s permission, we will plan to re-open the pool, gym and squash courts on Monday 10 August.
Classes will resume at Sport & Fitness from Monday 17 August, so in the meantime, we will continue to run a virtual class timetable, available by joining the Virtual Sport & Fitness Club Facebook group.
All other activities such as swimming lessons, badminton, climbing, outdoor sport and junior activities are awaiting a confirmed re-start date; we will share this with you as soon as we are able to.
Check your emails for further details and information, and watch our Welcome Back video to see what to expect on your return. We can’t wait to welcome you back soon!
9 July 2020: We welcome today’s Government announcement allowing gyms and swimming pools to re-open from 25 July.
The UoB Sport & Fitness team have been working for some time on re-opening plans that put the safety and wellbeing of our members and staff as of utmost importance. Once we have the green light from the University, we can start to roll out that plan, which will start with unfurloughing and training staff, thoroughly cleaning every bit of the building and its contents, and putting required safety measures in place prior to opening. We will keep you informed of progress via email and social media, and can’t wait to welcome you back.
3 July 2020: All community and staff members should have now received an email about letting our team know when you wish to restart your membership. If you are in this category but have not received an email from us, please contact our team on email@example.com.
2 July 2020: For staff members who currently have a payroll membership at the Sport & Fitness club: ensure you check your emails this week, as you will have received important information about changes to your membership. This includes details of how to apply for a refund for the unused months during lockdown, a transfer over to Direct Debit from payroll payments, and options for when you can re-start your membership when the facility reopens.
30 June 2020: Today is the deadline for student members to request their refund (returning students can also opt for their membership to be rolled forwards to next academic year). If you have any enquiries relating to student refunds, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
23 June 2020: All our indoor and outdoor facilities remain closed.
4 June 2020: All facilities, including outdoor courts, the athletics track and grass pitches remain closed.
14 May 2020: All facilities, including outdoor courts, remain closed.
22 April 2020: Join us on Sunday 26 April for the 2.6 Challenge, a national effort to raise money for UK charities who will suffer financially due to Covid-19. As the London Marathon was due to be this Sunday, and they currently hold the record for the most money raised for a single day event (£67million), 2.6 challenges all over the country are helping to contribute to the goal of beating this target, all around the theme of ‘2.6’ or ’26’.
On Sunday, we are hosting two dedicated classes: GRIT at 10am, and Pilates at 11am, both 26 minutes each, and we invite you to join us. Simply access the class videos through our Facebook group, and participate, donate to a charity of choice if you can, and share your progress on the group!
We look forward to seeing your successes!
20 April 2020: The Sport & Fitness team are back working remotely from today, however, working from home does mean we are not able to access all of the usual systems so the extent to which we can solve your enquiry may be limited whilst the club is closed. Thank you for your patience and we hope to be able to see you soon.
9 April 2020: Visit the Virtual Sport & Fitness Facebook group for workouts, classes, blogs and expert advice to keep you active over the Easter break. Please note: the University is closed between Friday 10 April and Monday 20 April, so any queries, comments or emails will be addressed when the team are back at work. We hope you are all staying safe and well. Thank you.
24 March 2020: Our new Facebook group is now live, bringing our member community together, virtually! Over the coming weeks, we will be sharing workout tips, blogs, live videos and everything in-between, many created by our Sport & Fitness team. This is also a platform for members to share their own content and we welcome contributions. We hope you find it useful. Join the club on Facebook.
23 March 2020: We are aware that many members have queries about memberships. Please know that we are working through all the emails as quickly as possible, but until we re-open and know the extent of the closure, there are limitations on what we can process. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
20 March 2020: The Sport & Fitness club has now closed until 1 June 2020 at the earliest. We would like to thank our members and users for their cooperation and understanding during the closure. Please ensure you check your emails and follow us on social media as we will be posting content to keep our Sport & Fitness community thriving (albeit virtually) during these difficult and uncertain times.
19 March 2020: Sport & Fitness will be closing at 5pm on Friday 20 March. There will only be classes until 1pm and there will be no swimming lessons. It is still unknown for how long the Sport & Fitness club and Tiverton Gym will remain closed, although the University has advised campus will be closed until 1 June at the earliest.
17 March 2020: With immediate effect, all Active Club sessions; Social Sport; Campus League; Try A Sport courses; Aqua Natal Classes; Club support classes (yoga and circuits); Junior Jiu Jitsu; Junior Sports Camp and Junior Martial Arts will be cancelled. If you had made an advance booking for any of these activities, you will be re-credited to use the voucher once the activities resume.
17 March 2020: The University have decided to close Tiverton Gym at 2pm today in order to combine staff and cleaning resources across our two gyms. We apologise for the short notice. You will be able to use the gym at Sport & Fitness (on the main University campus) until that closes, which is currently expected on Friday 27 March, although we are monitoring the situation closely and this date may also be brought forward. It is currently unknown how long the Sport & Fitness club and Tiverton Gym will remain closed for. If you have any further questions, please contact: email@example.com
16 March 2020: Due to the concerns surrounding Coronavirus (COVID-19), the University have decided that UoB Sport & Fitness and Tiverton Gym will be closed temporarily from 27 March 2020. We are monitoring the national situation closely as it is developing rapidly; we will be in contact again if this date is brought forwards. Members will be contacted directly via email.