A new destination for sport in Essex

The Northern Gateway Sports Park, part of Leisure World, is a 76 acre site providing both indoor and outdoor sport and leisure activities.

The Sports Park is unique to Essex and features a 1 mile floodlit cycle track. This facility is a safe space for both leisurely and challenging cycling. The track will have cycling provisions for people with disabilities and for those with special needs.

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Award winning food and drink

Our new cafe, Paddy & Scott's, is a great place to stop and relax with a drink and some
delicious locally-sourced food.

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Do laps around your competition

From beginners to elite, enjoy an exhilarating spin around the floodlit 1 mile cycling track, or discover the basics at our learn to cycle facility.

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Start your fitness journey

Join as a member and make use of our state-of-the art fitness centre, offering personal training sessions alongside a timetable of exercise classes.

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Beat your personal best

With 76 acres of open space, and an air-conditioned Fitness Centre, whether you're training for a marathon, or simply enjoying a leisurely jog, find space and equipment to stretch your legs at the Northern Gateway Sports Park.

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Try an exhilirating new sport

Take aim at the Northern Gateway Sports Park with this unique sport that is both welcoming and engaging.

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Train, learn and play rugby

One of Colchester’s largest established sports clubs, Colchester Rugby Football Club caters for all ages and abilities, with successful Mini, Youth and Colts rugby, plus several senior teams including a newly established Women’s side.

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High quality pitches available for hire

Enjoy a game with friends or colleagues, or join a local league at the new 5 and 6-a-side 3G football pitches.

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Challenge a friend

Badminton is a fast-paced game which can improve balance, co-ordination, agility and speed. Enjoy a match with two or four players, a sociable and fun way to keep fit.

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Fast-paced indoor and outdoor cricket

Bowl out the competition with a choice of two or four nets when playing an indoor game. Our cricket facilities are available to hire for clubs, groups and individuals.

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Score goals in netball

Turn Goal Defence into Goal Attack on one of our bookable netball courts.

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Favour ball control in Futsal

Futsal is a variant of football played on a hard court, smaller than football pitch, and indoors. The game favours ball control and passing in small spaces, with an emphasis on improvisation, creativity and technique.

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Challenge your coordination with the paddle

Whether you’re an experienced table tennis player or a novice, test your speed and agility and claim victory.

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Facilities at the Northern Gateway Sports Park

The Sports Park has a multi-use sports centre, indoor cricket facilities, a fitness suite and exercise and cycle studios. It has a new state-of-the-art rugby facility which will become the new home of Colchester Rugby Football Club along with two all weather pitches, additional grass pitches and an archery range for local clubs.

There is ample parking at the Colchester Northern Gateway with a surface car park of 300 spaces. This can be used by customers of Colchester Northern Gateway Sports Park and members of Colchester Rugby Club and Colchester Archery Club.

There’s acres of space to explore – whether for picnics, rambles, or kick-abouts with friends. Plus our new Paddy & Scott’s cafe is a great place to eat and drink or catch up with friends and family.

Award winning food and drink

Enjoy an award-winning craft coffee, whilst taking in views of the sports park.

With a wide selection of local hot and cold food, Paddy & Scott’s is the ideal setting for a catch up with friends, a business meeting, or a pit stop whilst walking the dog.

Be sure to tag us on Instagram when you make your next visit – @colchestersportspark