Just Play

Try something new or just come along to meet new friends with our popular Just Play programme. With lots of different sports to try and no weekly commitment needed - it's easy to fit a session into even the busiest of schedules. 

Students enjoy a Just Play dodgeball session

What is Just Play?

Delivered by our friendly student session leaders, our Just Play programme offers over 30 sports to try and is suitable all abilities and experience levels. Sessions are open to all University of Nottingham students, including postgraduate and mature students. 

There are no matches or league points to win - you just turn up and play for fun. The sessions are all drop in, meaning you don't need to commit every week and you can take part in as many sessions (and sports) as you can fit into your schedule! Sessions run across all three campuses.

Our Spring timetable will run from Monday 5 February to Sunday 24 March 2024.  

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Monday 17:00 - 18:00 Women's Futsal David Ross Sports Village Sports Hall Weekly from 12th Feb Book
Monday 17:00 - 18:00 Dodgeball David Ross Sports Village Sports Hall Fortnightly from 5th Feb Book
Monday 17:00 - 18:00 Badminton Sutton Bonington Sports Centre Sports Hall Weekly from 15th Jan Book
Monday 17:00 - 18:00 Wheelchair Basketball David Ross Sports Village Sports Hall Weekly from 5th Feb Book
Monday 17:00 - 18:00 Trampoline David Ross Sports Village Sports Hall Weekly from 5th Feb Book
Monday 17:30 - 18:30 Martial Arts David Ross Sports Village Dojo Weekly from 5th Feb Book
Monday 18:15 - 19:15 Gymnastics David Ross Sports Village Studio Weekly from 5th Feb Book
Monday 19:00 - 20:00 Ultimate Sutton Bonington Sports Centre Sports Hall Weekly from 15th Jan Book
Monday 20:00 - 21:00 Softball David Ross Sports Village Sports Hall Weekly from 5th Feb Book
Tuesday 17:00 - 19:00 Boxing David Ross Sports Village Studio 2 6th Feb and 5th March Only Book
Tuesday 18:00 - 19:30 Squash David Ross Sports Village Squash Courts Weekly from 5th Feb Book
Tuesday 19:00 - 20:00 Cheerleading David Ross Sports Village Studio Fortnightly from 5th Feb Book
Tuesday 20:30 - 21:30 Accessible Trampolining David Ross Sports Village Sports Hall Weekly from 5th Feb Book
Wednesday 10:30 - 11:30 Kayak David Ross Sports Village Swimming Pool 28th Feb Only Book
Wednesday 11:00 - 12:15 Climbing (booking required) David Ross Sports Village Climbing Wall Weekly from 5th Feb Book
Wednesday 12:00 - 13:00 Tennis Nottingham Tennis Centre Outdoor Tennis Courts Weekly from 5th Feb
Wednesday 14:00 - 15:15 Female Climbing (advance booking required) David Ross Sports Village Climbing Wall Weekly from 5th Feb Book
Wednesday 15:30 - 16:45 Climbing (booking required) David Ross Sports Village Climbing Wall Weekly from 5th Feb Book
Wednesday 18:00 - 20:00 Judo David Ross Sports Village Dojo Book
Thursday 11:00 - 12:15 Climbing (booking required) David Ross Sports Village Climbing Wall Weekly from 5th Feb Book
Thursday 16:30 - 17:30 Mixed Football David Ross Sports Village 3G Pitch Weekly from 5th Feb Book
Thursday 16:30 - 18:00 Thai Boxing David Ross Sports Village Dojo Fortnightly from 5th Feb Book
Thursday 17:00 - 18:30 Korfball David Ross Sports Village Sports Hall Weekly from 5th Feb Book
Thursday 17:00 - 18:30 Men's Cricket David Ross Sports Village Sports Hall 8th Feb Only Book
Thursday 17:00 - 18:00 Handball David Ross Sports Village Sports Hall Weekly from 5th Feb Book
Thursday 18:00 - 19:00 Mixed Netball David Ross Sports Village Sports Hall Weekly from 5th Feb Book
Thursday 19:00 - 20:00 Tennis Sutton Bonington Tennis Club (LE12 5PG) Outdoor Courts £3 Cash on the door Book
Thursday 19:00 - 20:00 Ladies Lacrosse David Ross Sports Village Outdoor Pitch Fortnightly from 5th Feb Book
Thursday 19:00 - 20:00 Volleyball David Ross Sports Village Sports Hall Weekly from 5th Feb Book
Thursday 19:30 - 20:30 Table Tennis Sutton Bonington Sports Centre Studio Fortnightly from 22nd Feb Book
Thursday 20:00 - 21:00 Volleyball David Ross Sports Village Sports Hall Weekly from 5th Feb Book
Thursday 20:00 - 21:15 Climbing (booking required) David Ross Sports Village Climbing Wall Weekly from 5th Feb Book
Friday 13:00 - 14:00 Climbing (booking required) David Ross Sports Village Climbing Wall Weekly from 5th Feb Book
Friday 14:00 - 15:00 Climbing (booking required) David Ross Sports Village Climbing Wall Weekly from 5th Feb Book
Friday 16:00 - 17:00 Flag Football 3G Pitch David Ross Sports Village Weekly from 5th Feb Book
Friday 17:00 - 18:00 Men's Lacrosse David Ross Sports Village 3G Pitch Weekly from 5th Feb Book
Friday 17:00 - 18:00 Badminton David Ross Sports Village Sports Hall Weekly from 5th Feb Book
Friday 17:00 - 18:00 Ladies Basketball David Ross Sports Village Sports Hall Weekly from 5th Feb Book
Friday 17:00 - 18:30 Wheelchair Fencing David Ross Sports Village Salle Weekly from 5th Feb Book
Friday 18:30 - 20:00 Futsal David Ross Sports Village Sports Hall Weekly from 5th Feb Book
Friday 19:00 - 20:00 Boccia David Ross Sports Village Sports Hall Weekly from 5th Feb Book
Friday 19:00 - 20:15 Climbing (Mandarin Speaking) David Ross Sports Village Climbing Wall Weekly from 5th Feb Book
Friday 19:30 - 20:30 Ultimate Frisbee David Ross Sports Village Sports Hall Weekly from 5th Feb Book
Friday 20:30 - 21:45 Climbing (Mandarin Speaking) David Ross Sports Village Climbing Wall Weekly from 5th Feb Book
Saturday 08:30 - 10:00 ParkRun Meet Outside DRSV Wollaton Park Weekly from 5th Feb Book
Sunday 09:00 - 16:00 Hiking Off Campus Goyt Valley 4th Feb Only Book
Sunday 10:00 - 14:00 Equestrian Off Campus Trent Valley Equestrian Centre 25th Feb Only Book
Sunday 11:30 - 12:30 Women's Gaelic Football Jubilee Campus Sports Centre 3G Pitch Weekly from 5th Feb Book
Sunday 12:00 - 13:00 Mixed Hockey David Ross Sports Village Outdoor Pitch Weekly from 5th Feb Book
Sunday 14:30 - 16:00 Accessible Climbing (booking required) David Ross Sports Village Climbing Wall Weekly from 5th Feb Book
Sunday 16:30 - 17:30 Women's Rugby League David Ross Sports Village 3G Pitch Weekly from 5th Feb Book
Sunday 17:00 - 18:00 Basketball Jubilee Campus Sports Centre Sports Hall Starts 18th Feb Book
Sunday 17:00 - 18:30 Synchronised Swimming David Ross Sports Village Swimming Pool 18th Feb Only Book
Sunday 19:00 - 21:00 Table Tennis David Ross Sports Village Salle Weekly from 5th Feb Book
Sunday 19:00 - 21:00 Archery David Ross Sports Village Salle 25th Feb Only Book
Monday 17:00 - 18:00

  • Women's Futsal
  • David Ross Sports Village
  • Sports Hall
  • Weekly from 12th Feb
Book
Monday 17:00 - 18:00

  • Dodgeball
  • David Ross Sports Village
  • Sports Hall
  • Fortnightly from 5th Feb
Book
Monday 17:00 - 18:00

  • Badminton
  • Sutton Bonington Sports Centre
  • Sports Hall
  • Weekly from 15th Jan
Book
Monday 17:00 - 18:00

  • Wheelchair Basketball
  • David Ross Sports Village
  • Sports Hall
  • Weekly from 5th Feb
Book
Monday 17:00 - 18:00

  • Trampoline
  • David Ross Sports Village
  • Sports Hall
  • Weekly from 5th Feb
Book
Monday 17:30 - 18:30

  • Martial Arts
  • David Ross Sports Village
  • Dojo
  • Weekly from 5th Feb
Book
Monday 18:15 - 19:15

  • Gymnastics
  • David Ross Sports Village
  • Studio
  • Weekly from 5th Feb
Book
Monday 19:00 - 20:00

  • Ultimate
  • Sutton Bonington Sports Centre
  • Sports Hall
  • Weekly from 15th Jan
Book
Monday 20:00 - 21:00

  • Softball
  • David Ross Sports Village
  • Sports Hall
  • Weekly from 5th Feb
Book
Tuesday 17:00 - 19:00

  • Boxing
  • David Ross Sports Village
  • Studio 2
  • 6th Feb and 5th March Only
Book
Tuesday 18:00 - 19:30

  • Squash
  • David Ross Sports Village
  • Squash Courts
  • Weekly from 5th Feb
Book
Tuesday 19:00 - 20:00

  • Cheerleading
  • David Ross Sports Village
  • Studio
  • Fortnightly from 5th Feb
Book
Tuesday 20:30 - 21:30

  • Accessible Trampolining
  • David Ross Sports Village
  • Sports Hall
  • Weekly from 5th Feb
Book
Wednesday 10:30 - 11:30

  • Kayak
  • David Ross Sports Village
  • Swimming Pool
  • 28th Feb Only
Book
Wednesday 11:00 - 12:15

  • Climbing (booking required)
  • David Ross Sports Village
  • Climbing Wall
  • Weekly from 5th Feb
Book
Wednesday 12:00 - 13:00

  • Tennis
  • Nottingham Tennis Centre
  • Outdoor Tennis Courts
  • Weekly from 5th Feb
Wednesday 14:00 - 15:15

  • Female Climbing (advance booking required)
  • David Ross Sports Village
  • Climbing Wall
  • Weekly from 5th Feb
Book
Wednesday 15:30 - 16:45

  • Climbing (booking required)
  • David Ross Sports Village
  • Climbing Wall
  • Weekly from 5th Feb
Book
Wednesday 18:00 - 20:00

  • Judo
  • David Ross Sports Village
  • Dojo
Book
Thursday 11:00 - 12:15

  • Climbing (booking required)
  • David Ross Sports Village
  • Climbing Wall
  • Weekly from 5th Feb
Book
Thursday 16:30 - 17:30

  • Mixed Football
  • David Ross Sports Village
  • 3G Pitch
  • Weekly from 5th Feb
Book
Thursday 16:30 - 18:00

  • Thai Boxing
  • David Ross Sports Village
  • Dojo
  • Fortnightly from 5th Feb
Book
Thursday 17:00 - 18:30

  • Korfball
  • David Ross Sports Village
  • Sports Hall
  • Weekly from 5th Feb
Book
Thursday 17:00 - 18:30

  • Men's Cricket
  • David Ross Sports Village
  • Sports Hall
  • 8th Feb Only
Book
Thursday 17:00 - 18:00

  • Handball
  • David Ross Sports Village
  • Sports Hall
  • Weekly from 5th Feb
Book
Thursday 18:00 - 19:00

  • Mixed Netball
  • David Ross Sports Village
  • Sports Hall
  • Weekly from 5th Feb
Book
Thursday 19:00 - 20:00

  • Tennis
  • Sutton Bonington Tennis Club (LE12 5PG)
  • Outdoor Courts
  • £3 Cash on the door
Book
Thursday 19:00 - 20:00

  • Ladies Lacrosse
  • David Ross Sports Village
  • Outdoor Pitch
  • Fortnightly from 5th Feb
Book
Thursday 19:00 - 20:00

  • Volleyball
  • David Ross Sports Village
  • Sports Hall
  • Weekly from 5th Feb
Book
Thursday 19:30 - 20:30

  • Table Tennis
  • Sutton Bonington Sports Centre
  • Studio
  • Fortnightly from 22nd Feb
Book
Thursday 20:00 - 21:00

  • Volleyball
  • David Ross Sports Village
  • Sports Hall
  • Weekly from 5th Feb
Book
Thursday 20:00 - 21:15

  • Climbing (booking required)
  • David Ross Sports Village
  • Climbing Wall
  • Weekly from 5th Feb
Book
Friday 13:00 - 14:00

  • Climbing (booking required)
  • David Ross Sports Village
  • Climbing Wall
  • Weekly from 5th Feb
Book
Friday 14:00 - 15:00

  • Climbing (booking required)
  • David Ross Sports Village
  • Climbing Wall
  • Weekly from 5th Feb
Book
Friday 16:00 - 17:00

  • Flag Football
  • 3G Pitch
  • David Ross Sports Village
  • Weekly from 5th Feb
Book
Friday 17:00 - 18:00

  • Men's Lacrosse
  • David Ross Sports Village
  • 3G Pitch
  • Weekly from 5th Feb
Book
Friday 17:00 - 18:00

  • Badminton
  • David Ross Sports Village
  • Sports Hall
  • Weekly from 5th Feb
Book
Friday 17:00 - 18:00

  • Ladies Basketball
  • David Ross Sports Village
  • Sports Hall
  • Weekly from 5th Feb
Book
Friday 17:00 - 18:30

  • Wheelchair Fencing
  • David Ross Sports Village
  • Salle
  • Weekly from 5th Feb
Book
Friday 18:30 - 20:00

  • Futsal
  • David Ross Sports Village
  • Sports Hall
  • Weekly from 5th Feb
Book
Friday 19:00 - 20:00

  • Boccia
  • David Ross Sports Village
  • Sports Hall
  • Weekly from 5th Feb
Book
Friday 19:00 - 20:15

  • Climbing (Mandarin Speaking)
  • David Ross Sports Village
  • Climbing Wall
  • Weekly from 5th Feb
Book
Friday 19:30 - 20:30

  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • David Ross Sports Village
  • Sports Hall
  • Weekly from 5th Feb
Book
Friday 20:30 - 21:45

  • Climbing (Mandarin Speaking)
  • David Ross Sports Village
  • Climbing Wall
  • Weekly from 5th Feb
Book
Saturday 08:30 - 10:00

  • ParkRun
  • Meet Outside DRSV
  • Wollaton Park
  • Weekly from 5th Feb
Book
Sunday 09:00 - 16:00

  • Hiking
  • Off Campus
  • Goyt Valley
  • 4th Feb Only
Book
Sunday 10:00 - 14:00

  • Equestrian
  • Off Campus
  • Trent Valley Equestrian Centre
  • 25th Feb Only
Book
Sunday 11:30 - 12:30

  • Women's Gaelic Football
  • Jubilee Campus Sports Centre
  • 3G Pitch
  • Weekly from 5th Feb
Book
Sunday 12:00 - 13:00

  • Mixed Hockey
  • David Ross Sports Village
  • Outdoor Pitch
  • Weekly from 5th Feb
Book
Sunday 14:30 - 16:00

  • Accessible Climbing (booking required)
  • David Ross Sports Village
  • Climbing Wall
  • Weekly from 5th Feb
Book
Sunday 16:30 - 17:30

  • Women's Rugby League
  • David Ross Sports Village
  • 3G Pitch
  • Weekly from 5th Feb
Book
Sunday 17:00 - 18:00

  • Basketball
  • Jubilee Campus Sports Centre
  • Sports Hall
  • Starts 18th Feb
Book
Sunday 17:00 - 18:30

  • Synchronised Swimming
  • David Ross Sports Village
  • Swimming Pool
  • 18th Feb Only
Book
Sunday 19:00 - 21:00

  • Table Tennis
  • David Ross Sports Village
  • Salle
  • Weekly from 5th Feb
Book
Sunday 19:00 - 21:00

  • Archery
  • David Ross Sports Village
  • Salle
  • 25th Feb Only
Book

How do I get involved?

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You don't need any previous experience of sport to attend a Just Play session.

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Just Play sessions are included in our UoN sport and fitness membership or Active Living package.

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Pre-booking is recommended - bookings open three days before each session. 

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Bookings will be loaded directly onto your student card so you can just swipe in at our turnstiles.

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You can login to your account here

Not a member or Active Living package holder?

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Sessions are £3 payable at the time of booking.

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If you've never had an online account with University of Nottingham Sport before, please create one here. Select your Home Venue, then choose the Just Play option under the 'Agreement' dropdown button. 

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If you've had an online account with University of Nottingham Sport in the past, then please visit any sports centre reception or call us on +44 (0)115 748 7000 to reactivate your login. 

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You can then login to your account here

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Upcoming Empower events

There's lots happening during Empower week this March, all completely free-of-charge! Open to all women, trans and non-binary identifying students, why not join us to try something different or meet new people. 

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Your questions

We recommend that you pre-book your session where possible - you can login here. Bookings for each session will open three days before the session is due to take place. Please note, some sessions have to be booked in advance, and the timetable will advise of this (for example, Climbing must be booked in advance). 

Alternatively, just turn up 10-15 minutes before the session and sign up at the reception desk. 

Just Play sessions are included in our UoN sport and fitness membership or Active Living package

If you don't have a membership / package, most of our sessions are £3 although some are priced differently. You will still need to create a Free Just Play Pay-As-You-Go account, which can be set-up here.

No, you don't need a membership.

However, UoN sport and fitness members can attend all sessions on University Park Campus, Jubilee Campus or Sutton Bonington Campus for free so it may be worth considering purchasing a sports membership. This will give you access to use all of our facilities, including the pool and fitness suites.

All sessions on University Park Campus, Jubilee Campus or Sutton Bonington Campus are also included in your Active Living package. 

If you don't have a membership / package, most of our sessions are £3 although some are priced differently. You will still need to create a free online Just Play account here. Select your Home Venue, then choose the Just Play option under the 'Agreement' dropdown button. 

Not at all - people of all abilities are welcome to all of our Just Play sessions, whether you've never played before or want to pick up an old hobby again! Our student session leaders are on hand to teach and coach to all ability levels so just turn up and have fun! 

Not a problem - Just Play sessions are designed with busy students in mind and it doesn't matter if you miss a session. Don't forget though, the more you attend the bigger the health and wellbeing benefits!

Yes, you can attend as many Just Play sessions as you can fit in! The programme is designed to help students try as many sports as possible to find the ones they enjoy the most.

Wear comfortable sports clothing and suitable footwear. If the session is outdoors, warm/waterproof clothing is recommended.

All equipment will be provided! Make sure you are suitably dressed, have water to keep yourself hydrated and have pre-registered for your chosen session. We recommend bringing sanitiser with you although this will be available at various locations on site at each of our facilities. 

Staff members are welcome to join Just Play sessions, but the University of Nottingham runs a programme of sport designed for staff which may be more suitable. Visit our staff sport webpage for more information.

We're sorry - our Just Play sessions are for current University of Nottingham students and staff only. 

If you hold a full alumni and associate membership or NHS / Blue Light membership, you can access our Staff Sport sessions. For more information, please click here.