Intramural Sports

Intramural ßportsThe University’s recreational court and campus lawn located in the front of the Richmond’s main building, plays host to various activities such as pick-up football (soccer) and basketball games.  Teams may be formed in advance or you can simply show up and enjoy the fun!

The University also hires out local gymnasiums in London where the university’s football (soccer) and basketball teams hold matches. The University will occasionally compete against other universities in the area. These activities usually occur during the weekend.  If you have an idea or would like to organize a team, contact the Student Affairs office.

*A calendar of sporting events for the semester can be found on the Student Activities page on the student portal.

On Campus Fitness Suite

Fitness SuiteThe Hill Campus has a 40 square meter fitness centre equipped with Cybex cardio-vascular and weights machines.

The centre is open between 6 am – 11 pm for non-residents. It is open 24 hours for residents*. Students will need a key to access the centre which can be obtained from Security along with the deposit of the student’s ID card. The facility is monitored through CCTV.

*No loud music between 11 pm and 6 am.

Meet our Sports Assistant!

Alex Maghakian Gal

Hi there, I’m Alex and I am the Richmond University Sports Assistant.

I am originally Armenian, born in Lebanon, but I have spent my entire life in Barcelona, Spain.

I have been on several Basketball teams and have recently been in the Olympic Wrestling sector, including Greco-Roman Wrestling. I have also been on three different light sailing teams in Spain.

I am here to help you with whatever you need regarding sports in university. If you need sports equipment for a team in uni, if you have doubts about the gym, or if you have any other concerns… I will be happy to help!

If you have any questions, please email

Sports in the area

Sports in Richmond

sports-in-richmondFor an up to date listing of Sports Clubs and activities in the Borough of Richmond, please click here.

Sports in Kensington

Sports in Hyde Park

Hyde Park is one of London’s most spectacular Royal Parks covering over 350 acres. There is something for everyone in Hyde Park including 4000 trees, a lake, meadow and easy access from central London.

Hyde Park offers a range of leisure activities from informal games of frisbee through to boating on The Serpentine and horse riding.

Swimming at the Lido
The Serpentine Lido and Paddling Pool is now open on the weekends throughout May (including May Day Bank Holiday) and seven days a week from the 1st of June to the 12th of September.

Call +44 (0)20 7706 3422 for further information and bookings

Horseback Riding
Hyde Park has a specialist horse riding arena, or manege, as well as two designated routes for horse riding (North Ride and South Ride).

The Manege is at the end of the Sports Field next to the children’s playground. Riding is available to customers and members of local stables, Metropolitan Police and Household Cavalry.

Hyde Park Stables +44 (0)20 7723 2813
Ross Nye Stables +44 (0)20 7262 3791

Tennis, Bowls and Putting at the Sports Centre
The Centre is located at the western end of the Sports Field in the park at the junction between West Carriage Drive and South Carriage Drive.

The Centre provides high quality tennis facilities and is accredited by the Lawn Tennis Association. People are encouraged to turn up and play while, for regular players, a range of membership options are available. Coaching courses are run for children and for adults. Tournaments are organised and teams can also play in local tennis leagues.

The bowling green (or an individual rink) is available to individuals, families, groups of friends or established clubs to hire on request and can be pre-booked.

The Centre also has a challenging and well maintained putting course, popular with both groups and families.

External Gyms in Richmond and Kensington

Gyms in Richmond

Cedars Health and Leisure Club

Cedars Health Club is located to the rear of the Richmond Hill hotel, directly behind the Richmond Hill campus.

Best For: Swimming

Richmond Hill Health Club

This gym has areas to suit all needs, including a power plate for core stability, a squash court for members, a range of cardiovascular and resistance equipment and over 25 classes per week, including Zumba, Yoga and Pilates. The squash court however, does require a small fee for playing with non-members.

Also, the variety of equipment does mean that although some equipment is top of the range, others are quite dated.

Best for: Squash

Castle Yard Lewis Road
Surrey, TW10 6SA

Pools on the Park

Membership includes use of fitness suites, health suite, group fitness classes with over 85 weekly classes including Zumba, Circuit Training and Pilates, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, tennis and private members’ changing facilities. You will be introduced to the facilities by a member of the fitness team and a fitness instructor will provide you with a personal fitness program.

Best for: Value

Gyms in Kensington

The Kensington campus does not offer fitness facilities. However, being so centrally located students are spoiled for choices in terms of gyms.

Ethos Energia Gym

Imperial College’s gym boasts a 75-station fitness gym and a 25m deck-level swimming pool. Its exercise studio offers classes such as commando circuits, power kondi and kil burning kondi. Its facilities also include access to five badminton courts, three squash courts and a climbing wall. You can relax in the sauna, steam room or spa. They also offer sports injury treatments by a licensed physiotherapist.

To register please come to reception at Off-Peak times and bring a completed application form.

Before using the Energia Gym you will have to book an orientation session. This session must be booked at least 24 hours in advance and during busy periods may not be available for a few days or more.

Kensington Close Oasis Fitness and Spa

The Emotion Leisure is equipped with everything you need for a full body workout including a range of cardiovascular, resistance and free weight equipment. A wide range of studio classes run through the day for all ages and fitness levels. Emotion offers an 18 meter swimming pool and you can also enjoy the sauna provided in each changing area or one can relax in the jacuzzi after a hard workout. The steam room will help you to revitalize your body and unwind!

Best for: Weights training

David Lloyd’s

David Lloyd Kensington boasts two open plan gyms fitted with new resistance equipment and free weights. They offer a Boomerang Pilates Studio featuring Stott Pilates V2max reformers. In addition to their gym facilities, they also offer a 20 meter indoor pool and wet spa along with a sauna and steam room for winding down after you’ve had a good workout. Over 100 group classes each week are run throughout five studios.

Best for: Group fitness classes

Prices: These vary monthly so call or visit to find out their latest offers.

116 Cromwell Road
London, SW7 4XR

Tel: 020 7341 6400

Fitness First

At Fitness First you can use the latest equipment to get fit or hire a personal trainer at a time to suit your schedule. Text GYM to 68080 for a free guest pass.

Besides Imperial College and Kensington Close, you may want to check out the following gyms and compare their facilities:

  • Virgin Active
  • LA Fitness South Kensington