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Essex Blades Sport

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Get ready for the highs and the lows as we win and we lose as a team

Whether you're into solo or group sports, indoor or outdoor activities, water or land-based fun, competitive or recreational games – there’s something for everyone.

A tight-knit family of 40+ student-run sports clubs!

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Joining is easy – simply find the club you want to join, add the membership to your basket and checkout! There’s no limit to the number of clubs you can join. Membership prices and options vary from one club to the next but all have a FREE social membership which allows you to try the club, support the team and join in with club elections and socials. And a playing membership which means you can attend all training sessions, gives you insurance against injury and in some cases, uniform items.

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Your membership will start from the point of purchase and will expire on the following 31st July. There is an exception for those that have begun their studies in January. Their memberships will start on the purchase date and will expire on the following 31st December.

Yes, you are able to join a sports club if you are not a student. However, only active students of the University of Essex can hold the core exec positions for a sports club. There may be additional membership/training costs (E.g. Additional Essex Sport membership required if the club train in Essex Sport facilities).

If you have any concerns about how a club is being run or wish to make a complaint, please get in touch with us at or come and talk to us.

All of our sports club execs are volunteers. We know it can be challenging to balance studies with running a club. We first recommend sending the club exec an email. Their contact information can be found in the ‘contact’ tab of their society page. You may also find details on their club page about social media accounts or WhatsApp groups for the club. Please reach out to them first and allow time for them to respond. If you still haven’t heard back, email and we can help out.

Basic membership to all of our Sports Clubs is free; however there may be additional costs that you need to pay depending on your level of membership. If you simply want to be a social member of the club and not play in matches for example, your membership to that club would remain free. However, if you wanted to attend club training, represent a team within that club in BUCS or another competition you may have to pay an additional membership fee. This is to help cover the cost of training, equipment, coaches and competition fees.

You can order a large range of Essex Blades training kit and leisurewear from our suppliers website - Surridge.

To get a refund on your sports related expense, please fill out the Student Activities Expense Claim Form. Please bear in mind that you will need proof (e.g. receipt). Please ensure that the form is completed with all the details of your expense. Please be minded that once you have submitted an expense claim the finance, approvals will need to be obtained. This process can take 7-14 days.

Excellent! Please email with the details of the competition you would like to enter and your experience in that Sport.