Coronavirus - Latest Updates

Latest Update

Our team at Oxford University Sport hope that you and your family are staying safe, keeping well and are able to be as active as you can be given the challenges that we all face.  

We updated you on 19th March following our closure decision, acting on the updated PHE guidelines, which were then formally reiterated by Government on 20th March; instructing all leisure and sport sector facilities to close to aid physical distancing and we are now enclose a brief update on our status. 

When Will We Re-Open?

We informed you, on the 19th March, that we would review our decision to close no later than 8th April, with the then provisional date of 14th April as the earliest possible re-opening date. 

Given the clear national and in fact international situation, it is extremely likely that the UK Government will continue the current lockdown policy for some time, so it is therefore prudent for us to revise our advice regarding the opening and operation of our sports facilities to:

Closed until notice is given from government and the central University for us to re-open.


  • All direct debits have been Frozen at £0.00, you don’t need to do anything, and no money will be taken out of your account until we re-open. 
  • All Annual memberships will be credited time for the period of the closure once established.

If you have a seasonal or term related membership, or will not or cannot return to the country for Trinity term – please get in touch with us via 

Staying Active 

Being active remains critical to your physical and mental health, and to help fight off disease. We know many of you miss visiting and the team are keen to get back to business as usual to help you. 

  • The team continue to offer daily hints, tips and workouts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Please join in and tell us what workouts you’ve been able to do – show us how you’re innovating in isolation. 


Virtual Classes

We have been busy investigating the potential of supplying Virtual Online fitness and wellbeing classes for members, including availability for whole families  and we hope to be able to bring you an Oxford University ‘FitFlix’ very soon – more news to follow! 

Stay Up To Date 

The health, welfare and safety of students and staff is the number one priority for the University of Oxford. You can find out more information about the wider University’s response to coronavirus at the dedicated coronavirus advice page.

Stay home, stay active, stay well, and thank you all for your continued patience. 

Previous Updates

Following our statements on Monday and Tuesday, the UK Government advice has been subsequently been updated. We believe that sadly, sporting activities of the type we offer, constitute ‘unnecessary social contact’ and as such we are closing our facilities as detailed below. 

Oxford University Sport decided to close at 9pm on Monday 16th March 2020. Unless the government advice is updated, we expect to remain closed until at least 14th April 2020. We will keep this under constant review and update users again by e-mail no later than 8th April 2020. 

Oxford University Sport must stress, this action is precautionary and not a reaction to any actual or suspected case. There have been none. 

Our team will work remotely as far as is practical, however please be patient as there are some limitations on what we can achieve. 

We will be supporting our staff who are unable to work from home, and the whole team thanks you for your continued support through these extraordinary international events. 

We restate that remaining physically active and being well nourished, alongside great hygiene, are your best defence against becoming poorly. Please remain active and keep in touch with us about your physical activity on social media using #ActiveAtOxford #StayInWorkOut 




Oxford University will continue to post updates on the dedicated updates page. Our sport homepage will also mirror our current advice to users and will be updated as soon as we have any additional information.

Should you have any concerns about credit notes for bookings, freezing memberships or deferring your anniversary date please contact us; this is all in hand. 

Thank you again for your patience as we act to put your welfare first. We look forward to welcoming you back very soon. 

Following the latest government announcement we have taken the decision to unfortunately close Iffley Road Sports Centre. The facilities and our services will be closed from Tuesday 17th March onwards. A statement will follow tomorrow with further details of the closure and the minimal services that will still be available to Oxford University Sports Clubs via the Sports Federation.

We apologies for any inconvenience this may cause but the welfare of all of our members and customers must come first. Please do not travel to the sports centre as no access will be given to facilities.

Given the current national position on Coronavirus (Covid 19) we felt it important to communicate an update regarding the status of our services and facilities. We would like to re-assure members about preparations and implications for your club and hope you find this message helpful. 

First, we know people are worried about coronavirus, but being fit and healthy is an important deterrent to the risk of infection in the first place. There is no need to stop being active as long as you follow current advice.  

Of course if you should become unwell, in any respect then please do stay away from your Oxford University Sport and inform us.

We are working under the current University guidelines (as informed by Government advice) and additionally are following UK national advice to the leisure sector from:-

  • UK Active
  • Pool Water Treatment Advisory Group

Swimming Pool: Oxford University Sport already has sufficient disinfectant regimes in our Pool water controls, with Chlorine, UV, pH and temperature controls to remain safe throughout.

Exercise Areas: Oxford University Sport has always supplied disinfectant sprays, and disposable blue paper towels in exercise areas. Please continue to carry a towel and use the available disinfectant to wipe down handles, equipment and surfaces before and after use.

Ancillary Areas: Oxford University Sport has increased the regime for disinfecting handles and high risk areas, and has ordered 4 hours of daily additional cleaning purely to disinfect commonly touched services (lockers, rails, handles etc.)

Reception: We have installed a disinfectant dispenser by the main entrance, to supplement hand wash facilities in rest rooms. We have decided to cease handling cash for the time being. We can take card payments at the till, over the phone and online.

    What can members do to help?

    Please continue to thoroughly wash your hands and maintain good personal hygiene. Catch it. Bin it. Kill it.

    However unlikely, if you take the decision to self-isolate with coronavirus symptoms, or indeed test positive for Covid-19: -

    • Clearly stay away from the sports facilities
    • Inform Oxford University Sport of your status if you have visited us within the past 14 days (we can check if you are unsure, please do ask)

    To Contact us
    Please email us via or call our reception team on 01865 611476.

    • Inform the reception team of your name, membership number, address or e-mail to ID yourself. Give whatever detail you can 
    • They will escalate your report internally within Sport & the University

    In these circumstances we will take remedial steps as a precautionary measure. With any illness, we would ask all members not to train at the club if you feel under the weather. It does not optimise your health and can delay your return to full Health.

    For now we repeat it is crucial to remember that an active and healthy lifestyle protects you from the implications of any disease. The health, welfare and safety of students and staff is the number one priority for the University. We have set up a dedicated coronavirus advice page, and are acting on advice from sources including the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, World Health Organisation, the NHS and Public Health England.

    University Advice

    Visit the University Coronavirus advice and updates page for the latest guidance:

    Visit the Advice & Updates page

    Contact Us

      01865 611471