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Our facilities are reopening

We are continuing with our phased re-opening

We have increased capacities on most of our activity sessions and removed the one way systems across our facilities. You still need to pre-book and pre-pay for all activities online before you visit.

Our facilities will remain COVID-Secure with enhanced cleaning and hand sanitiser stations. 

Are you a member? Find out how to restart your membership.

Phased re-opening dates

From Monday 26 July

Our leisure pool and teaching pool will no longer require pre-booking and will reopen on a band system to give all customers a fair opportunity to swim. We are expecting demand to be high so please be prepared for slightly longer waiting times. Please note, free swimming is not currently included as part of this year’s Summer Holiday iCard. Swimming is available at the normal rate. See our prices.

The Health Suite will reopen fully without the need to pre-book.

Squash courts will reopen at Whitton Sports Centre. To avoid disappointment please pre-book your session.

All gym sessions and lane swimming sessions at Crown Pools and Fore Street will still require pre-booking.

All changing rooms will reopen at Whitton, Ransomes and outdoor changing rooms at Gainsborough.

We will start expanding swimming lesson class numbers in the current programme.

From Monday 2 August

There will no longer be a requirement to pre-book sessions at our gyms or lane swimming at Crown Pools and Fore Street and we will have a new swim timetable.

The gym at Gainsborough Sports Centre gym will reopen to the public with a new look entrance. The rest of the indoor facilities will remain closed due it being used as a Vaccination Centre but changing rooms and showers will be available upstairs.

Indoor facilities at Northgate Sports Centre will reopen to the public including the gym and hire of squash courts and badminton courts. Casual running on the athletics track will also return on a pre-booked basis.

From Monday 9 August

We will launch a limited indoor fitness programme at Gainsborough Sports Centre and Northgate Sports Centre.

From Monday 6 September

We will be relaunching a new swimming lesson programme with classes back up to full capacity.

current facility opening times and available activities

Whitton Sports Centre

Offering gym, Indoor and Outdoor Fitness Classes, Badminton court hire, Junior activities and 3G and grass pitch hire.

The centre is open from 8am – 10pm, Monday to Friday, 8:30am – 6pm at Weekends

Check our fitness classes timetable for days and times.

Face coverings are no longer mandatory, however for the safety and comfort of staff and other customers, we ask that you wear face coverings whilst moving around the building (unless exempt).

Fore Street Pool

Offering limited public lane swimming, club/private hire, and some Swimming Lessons.

View the public lane swimming timetable for opening times. 

Face coverings are no longer mandatory, however for the safety and comfort of staff and other customers, we ask that you wear face coverings whilst moving around the building (unless exempt).

Crown Pools

Offering Public Lane swimming, Family Swimming, Gym, club hire, Swimming Lessons, and club bookings.

View the public lane swimming timetable for lane swimming slots.

View the Gym timetable for Gym slots.

Face coverings are no longer mandatory, however for the safety and comfort of staff and other customers, we ask that you wear face coverings whilst moving around the building (unless exempt).

Gainsborough Sports Centre

Offering gym, outdoor Fitness Classes and 3G and grass pitch hire.

The centre is open from 8am – 10pm, Monday to Friday, 8:30am – 6pm on weekends

Face coverings are no longer mandatory, however for the safety and comfort of staff and other customers, we ask that you wear face coverings whilst moving around the building (unless exempt).

Northgate Sports Centre

Offering gym, badminton court hire & squash court hire.

Casual running on the athletics track will also return, see our track times here.

All customers will now be required to wear face-coverings in all communal areas of our facilities, apart from whilst exercising. 

Ransomes Sports Pavilion

Offering outdoor fitness classes, Building hire and Bookings.

Face coverings are no longer mandatory, however for the safety and comfort of staff and other customers, we ask that you wear face coverings whilst moving around the building (unless exempt).

Online Bookings

You will need to pre-book and pre-pay for all activities online before you visit, including classes, gym slots and lane swimming.

Pay-as-you-go customers will need to sign up for a free Booking iCard to do this. Payments and bookings will not be taken in our facilities.

Frequently asked questions

Our FAQs are the quickest way to find answers to your questions.

Haven’t found what you’re looking for? Contact us using our online enquiry form and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

Re-opening

When will your facilities re-open?

Please see above for opening times and details on what’s available at each facility.

What are your opening hours and will they change?

Opening times will vary by facility. All up-to-date opening times will be listed under the relevant facility tab above. 

We will keep these hours under review and adjust them when we are satisfied that those can be done safely. 

What activities will be returning?

Available activities will vary by facility. All available activities will be listed under the relevant facility tab above.

You will need to pre-book and pre-pay for all activities online before you visit.

Public Leisure Swimming will not need to be pre-booked from Monday 26 July as we will be operating a band system, where customers sign in at reception and receive a band giving them a minimum of 1 hour and a maximum of 1 hour 25 minutes in the pool. Please note, Public Leisure Swimming is not currently included as part of the Summer Holiday iCard.

Are memberships now available to buy?

Our facilities are starting to re-open and memberships are now available to buy. We have a variety of memberships available to suit you, available from just £20 a month. 

Find out more and sign up to one of our new memberships today.

Memberships

How do I restart my membership and what will I pay?

Monthly Direct Debit memberships will automatically be restarted. Members that pay on 1st of each month will restart payments from 1st May. This payment will be higher than usual to cover the period of 12th April – 31st May. Payments will then revert to the standard amount from 1st June. The list of amounts for each membership type can be found below.

Existing Members that paid on 15th December 2020 will resume payments from 15th April, and will have their first payment reduced by 50% as a credit for the period of 1st – 14th January 2020 whilst we were closed. Payments will then return to the standard amount from 15th May.

Direct Debit payments for 1st May for each membership type will be as follows:

  • Active UoS Student or Staff – £27.44
  •  Classes Only – £32.67
  • Classes Only Concession – £24.50
  • Gym Only – £32.67
  • Gym Only Concession – £24.50
  • Swim Only – £32.67
  • Swim Only Concession – £24.50
  • Gym and Classes – £49.00
  • Gym and Classes Concession – £36.75
  • Classes and Swim – £49.00
  • Classes and Swim Concession – £36.75
  • Gym and Swim – £49.00
  • Gym and Swim Concession – £36.75
  • Gym, Swim and Classes – £62.88
  • Gym, Swim and Classes Concession – £47.04
  • Young Person – £23.68
  • Young Person Plus – £28.58
  • Young Person Plus 16-18 – £28.58
  • All-Inclusive P4L Adult – £46.55
  • All-Inclusive P4L Concession – £27.77
  • iFit Price for Life Adult – £29.40
  • iFit Price for Life Concession – £17.

I'm new to Ipswich Fit. how do I start my membership?

You can select your membership by going to myIpswichFit here  you will need to select ‘I’m new to Ipswich Fit…’ on the login page, once your account is set up you can then go to ‘Purchase Membership’ to select your preferred option. 

I’m not ready to return yet. Can I suspend my membership?

If you are not ready to return yet, you can temporarily suspend your membership. You can request this by completing our online suspension request form. 

I paid for an Annual membership before you closed your facilities in March. Can I restart this now?

We are currently unable to offer Annual memberships. Previous Annual members will need to select one of our new membership options online by going to myIpswichFit. Once you’ve registered for a myIpswichFit account, you can select ‘Purchase Membership’ to choose your preferred membership option.Members that are owed a refund for their previous annual membership will be refunded the amount equal to the period of 17th March 2020 – their membership expiry date. You can request this refund by contacting us online, or a member of our team will contact you when you choose your new membership option. 

Bookings

Will I be able to access my favourite activities as normal?

To maintain social distancing, we have had to reduce facility capacities and implement a booking system for all activities. 

You will now need to pre-book and pre-pay for all activities online before you visit, including gym, swimming, courts and classes. Pay-as-you-go customers will need to sign up for a free Booking iCard to do this. 

Payments and bookings will not be taken in the facilities. Please note, some activities will have further restrictions implemented. For more details on this please visit the relevant section of our FAQ’s. 

How will the book ahead policy work?

All sessions are bookable up to 7 days in advance and are available on a first come, first served basis. You can book your activities online on myIpswichFit.

Payments and bookings will not be taken in the facilities. 

Public Leisure Swimming will not need to be pre-booked from Monday 26 July as we will be operating a band system, where customers sign in at reception and receive a band giving them a minimum of 1 hour and a maximum of 1 hour 25 minutes in the pool. Please note, Public Leisure Swimming is not currently included as part of the Summer Holiday iCard.

I’ve never booked online. How do I do it?

To book online you either need a valid monthly membership or a Bookings iCard. 

Don’t have either? You can sign up now at myIpswichFit. Just select ‘I’m new to Ipswich Fit…’ and register with your details. You will automatically be assigned a Bookings Card which you can use to book activities on a pay-as-you-go basis. You can upgrade this at any time by going to the members homepage on myIpswichFit and selecting ‘Purchase Membership’. 

Covid-Secure measures

Do I need to wear a mask when visiting your facilities?

Face coverings are no longer mandatory, however for the safety and comfort of staff and other customers, we ask that you wear face coverings whilst moving around the building (unless exempt). 

Customers will not need to wear a face-covering whilst exercising. Children under 11 will not be required to wear a face-covering. 

What additional cleaning and safety measure are you putting in place?

The health and wellbeing of customers and staff is our top priority, so we have been working hard to make our facilities Covid-Secure. 

Changes will be made to how we operate as guidance is updated. The measures we have taken include, but are not limited to, the following: 

  • All customers must book their visit in advance
  • Staff have been trained in new ways of working
  • Installed a new air ventilation system
  • Hand sanitiser stations have been installed throughout the facilities
  • Cleaning stations have been installed in our gyms to enable customers to wipe equipment down before and after use
  • Removed and spaced out gym equipment to enable social distancing
  • Enhanced cleaning – we have allowed time between each session to enable staff to fully clean and sanitise equipment 

Will you notify me if you think I may have been in contact with a person who has tested positive for Covid-19 whilst at your facilities?

We will be complying with the NHS Test and Trace service, which means that you might be contacted if you have come into contact with a person at our facilities who has tested positive for Covid-19. We ask all customers, where possible to scan in on the Test and Trace QR codes located across all our facilities. 

Will spectators be allowed for sessions/classes?

Spectators will not be available for sessions other than Swimming Lessons and Junior Activities. Spectators will need to sign in at reception and follow the covid-protocols in place at the Centre, whilst wearing a face-covering at all times.  

Your Visit

Will I need to sign-in for my activity at reception as normal?

Yes, but there will also be self-serve tablets for customers to use. You will need to have your name and iCard number available as well as details of the session you have booked for. If you have booked your activity online you will have received a booking confirmation email with this information. 

Please arrive no earlier than 10 mins before your session starts. We need to maintain social distancing in our facilities and can only have limited people in reception at a time. 

I require a carer/helper to attend with me due to a medical condition – is this allowed?

Yes, you are permitted to have a carer join you for your activity free of charge. For NHS Test and Trace purposes and to ensure social distancing is adhered to, carers will need to pre-book the activity using a free Bookings iCard and sign in with you at reception. Carers can apply for a Carers Booking iCard by completing our online enquiry form with their personal details and the name of the person they will be caring for. 

Do I need to wear a mask when visiting your facilities?

Face coverings are no longer mandatory, however for the safety and comfort of staff and other customers, we ask that you wear face coverings whilst moving around the building (unless exempt). 

Customers will not need to wear a face-covering whilst exercising. Children under 11 will not be required to wear a face-covering.

How many people will be allowed in your outdoor fitness classes?

All our fitness classes will have 15 or 20 spaces depending on the type of class and will take place on the training pitches at Whitton Sports Centre. 

To ensure the equipment is thoroughly cleaned after each class, we will operate a reduced timetable with extended gaps between classes. 

There will be marked ‘zones’ to help customers stay socially distanced while taking part in the class. 

We will not have mats for customers to use at our fitness classes and customers must bring their own. Any equipment used in the class must not be shared and will be washed and sanitised down after every class. 

Please do not bring sweat towels onto the gym floor or into classes. This is to ensure that we limit any possible risk of spreading a virus, paper towels will be available for customers. 

Will I be required to queue on my way into a facility?

During busy periods you may find that you need to queue before entering. We need to maintain social distancing in our facilities and can only have limited people in reception at a time. 

Please follow all signage displayed and staff instructions. 

We will be staggering session start/end times to reduce build-up in reception areas and waiting time for customers arriving. 

Will I have any issues accessing your facilities if I have a disability?

Any new Covid-Secure safety measures, cleaning processes, and routes into, out of and through our facilities have been made inclusive and accessible for all. If you have any issues while visiting, please speak to a member of our team who will be happy to help. 

Can I still pay by cash?

No, payments and bookings will not be taken in the centres. 

You will need to pre-book and pre-pay for all activities online before you visit, including gym, swimming, courts and classes. Pay-as-you-go customers will need to sign up for a free Booking iCard to do this. 

Will vending machines still be available to use?

No, our vending machines will be unavailable until further notice. Water refill stations are available – please ensure you bring your own bottle as cups will not be provided. 

Will I be able to purchase items from your Swim Shops and Sports Shops?

Our Swim Shop at Crown Pools will reopen from 12th April with a variety of swimming clothing, toys, and equipment available. Please note we can only accept contactless card payments. The Swim Shop at Fore Street Pool and the Sports Shops at our Sports Centres will remain closed until further notice.  

Please ensure you bring essential equipment with you, such as exercise mats and badminton rackets, as we are unable to supply these to you. 

Are toilets still available and will they be cleaned regularly?

Toilets will be available. Please follow the floor markings to navigate to and from the toilets. 

We have introduced enhanced cleaning processes and have a permanent cleaner on site to ensure all toilets and touch points are kept clean. 

Will water fountains still be available?

Yes, water fountains will be available to fill bottles, but customers should wipe the fountain down before filling their bottle and must not drink directly from them. Anti-bacterial spray and paper towel will be available for you to use. 

Will I be able to use the changing rooms and lockers at your facilities?

Changing rooms, showers and lockers at Whitton Sports Centre will remain unavailable to all customers during this phase of reopening. Please arrive in your sports clothing ready for your activity. 

Changing rooms and lockers will be available at Crown Pools and Fore Street Pool, but with social distancing measures in place. To limit time spent in changing areas we strongly encourage customers to arrive ‘beach-ready’ with swimming costumes underneath your clothing. You will be able to shower and change after your swim, but we would kindly ask you to only use these facilities if you need to, showering at home if possible. 

Will the Health Suite be reopening at Crown Pools?

The Health Suite will reopen fully without the need to pre-book from Monday 26 July.

Do I need to bring my own fitness equipment, or can I still borrow it?

We are currently unable to offer sports equipment for hire, customers must bring their own. 

Gyms

Will you be restricting the number of people allowed in the gym?

Each gym will have a maximum number of people allowed in at the same time. This will ensure that our staff and all members can maintain a safe distance from each other. 

Will I have to book to use the gym?

Yes, access to the gym will be limited to pre-booked slots only. You can book your slot online. 

Please ensure you arrive no earlier than 10 mins before your slot. 

Is there a time limit on my visit to the gym?

Yes, gym slots will be limited to 60 minutes at Whitton Sports Centre and 60 minutes at Crown Pools. 

Can I train with someone from the same household or bubble?

Members of the same household or bubble can attend a gym session together but must adhere to social distancing guidelines when near other customers not from their household or bubble. Each individual must pre-book their own slot before they visit. 

Will I need to clean equipment after use?

All our gyms will have cleaning stations with anti-bacterial spray and paper towels to enable customers to wipe down the equipment before and after use. We have a 30-minute break between slots to enable staff to fully clean and sanitise the equipment in the gym before the next slot starts. 

Please do not bring sweat towels onto the gym floor or into classes. This is to ensure that we limit any possible risk of spreading a virus, paper towel will be available for customers. 

If I use the gym at Crown Pools, can I go for a swim afterwards?

Yes, when public lane swimming is available. The session times are available for viewing on our Public Swimming Times page. 

You will need to pre-book a slot for both the gym and lane swimming online before you visit. Payments and bookings will not be taken in the centres. 

Swimming 

Will lane swimming be available?

Lane swimming slots will be available at Crown Pools and Fore Street Pool from Monday 12th April. You will need to pre-book a slot online before you visit. Payments and bookings will not be taken in the centres. 

Please ensure you arrive no earlier than 10 minutes before your slot. 

Is there a time limit on my visit to the pool?

Yes, lane swimming slots at Fore Street Pool and crown Pools Pool will be limited to 45 minutes. 

Will there be swimming available in the leisure pool?

Public leisure swimming will be available at Crown Pools for groups of up to 6 to book exclusive use of half of the leisure pool. 

Please note all participants must complete a Test and Trace form before the start of the activity – this form will be available in centre or on our website. 

Bookings must be made under an adult iCard and can be made up to 7 days in advance. you only need to book one space per group. 

Customers must also adhere to the national swimming pool ratios and ensure that one adult attends for every 2 children under the age of 8. 

For more information check out our Public Leisure Swimming Page. 

Public Leisure Swimming will not need to be pre-booked from Monday 26 July as we will be operating a band system, where customers sign in at reception and receive a band giving them a minimum of 1 hour and a maximum of 1 hour 25 minutes in the pool. Please note, Public Leisure Swimming is not currently included as part of the Summer Holiday iCard.

If I use the gym at Crown Pools, can I go for a swim afterwards?

Yes, when public lane swimming is available. The session times are available for viewing on our Public Swimming Times page. 

You will need to pre-book a slot online before you visit. Payments and bookings will not be taken in the centres. 

Badminton

Will badminton courts be available?

Badminton courts will be available to book at Whitton Sports Centre from 12th April.

From 17th May you may book a badminton court for up to 6 people from different households. A test and trace form must be completed ahead of the activity – this form will be available in centre or on our website. 

Can I play with people outside my household/support bubble?

From Monday 17th May you can book a badminton court for up to 6 players from different households. 

A test and trace form must be completed ahead of the activity this form will be available in centre or on our website. 

Can I borrow a racquet/shuttlecocks?

We are currently unable to lend customers sports equipment, so please ensure you bring your own. 

Swimming Lessons

When will swimming lessons restart?

Swimming Lessons will restart from 12th April. All customers with existing lessons will be contacted with further details. Monthly payments will restart from 1st May at the standard rate. Existing customers will not be charged for the period of 12th – 31st April as a credit for the period of closure over Christmas 2020.

I was paying for Swimming Lessons before you closed your facilities. Will I/my child still be able to attend the same lessons when you reopen?

Yes – your lessons will resume from where they were when we closed on 5th November unless you inform us otherwise. Customers that paid their swimming lessons monthly direct debit payment on the 1st November will have their 1st December payment automatically changed to £0.00. 

Can I still be a spectator for my child’s swimming lessons?

We will be operating a ‘one parent per child’ policy which means that one parent will be permitted to attend swimming lessons with their child and be able to spectate from one of our safe viewing areas. 

Will changing rooms be available for my/my child’s swimming lessons?

Changing rooms and lockers will be available at Crown Pools, but with social distancing measures in place. To limit time spent in changing areas we strongly encourage customers to arrive ‘beach-ready’ with swimming costumes underneath your clothing. You will be able to shower and change after your swim, but we would kindly ask you to only use these facilities if you need to, showering at home if possible. 

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