The Essex Blades is the collective name for all of our Students' Union sports clubs and teams that represent the university; membership to all of our sports clubs are FREE! We are one of very few Students' Unions to be able to offer this. If you can't find a sport on our list that you already do or want to try, we may still be able to help! Email blades@essex.ac.uk or  Tweet us with your questions.

Want to play sport but not ready to commit to regular training? Are you a beginner and want to enhance your skills? Or maybe you just want to try something different and new (that’s what Uni is about after all!) - then get involved in Just Play!

The sessions are (nearly always) free. It's a fun and great way to meet new people. Email justplay@essex.ac.uk or tweet us.

 

American Football

Open to literally anyone to try; beginner or experienced, big or small, there is definitely a position for everyone. Compete against other Universities at weekends if you want.

Good social and competitive opportunities. Bronze standard club.

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Badminton

The badminton club have sessions catering for all abilites, from individual sessions for team members through to Just Play sessions that are available for everyone.  They are an active club and have 4 teams which compete in the weekly Wednesday BUCS leagues. Bronze standard club.

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Boxing

The club provides a platform both students and non-students who are interested in learning the skills of boxing and wish to keep fit through boxing training programmes. There is also the opportunity to compete at the British Universities Championships as well as training for fitness.

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Climbing

The Climbing Club  comprises a welcoming group of people enthusiastic about the the outdoors and all things climbing related- they train on an indoor wall in the sports centre however have several trips a year that venture outdoors! There is also the option to compete in bouldering at the British Universities Championships. 

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Dance

Club of the year two years ago, offer several different styles of dance from Latin and Ballroom, to Ballet and Street. Open to complete beginners and experienced dancers as well as everyone in between. Biggest club on campus (in terms of members). Options to both compete or just learn in one of our Gold standard clubs.

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Football Women

Friendly and sociable club who welcome players from all abilities, experience and nationalities. They have one team catering for all players, competing in the BUCS Southern Tier 2B league and are looking to battle for promotion. However there are other opportunities through Just Play programme to get involved in football! They are also one of our bronze standard clubs.

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Handball

The club welcomes both women and men, and beginners as well as experienced players. Training twice a week, they compete in both regional and national competitions as well as just for fun!

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Judo

People practice Judo to excel in competition, to stay in shape, to develop self-confidence, and for many other reasons. But most of all, people do Judo just for the fun of it. The club is welcoming to all experiences with highly qualified coaches delivering sessions.

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Lacrosse

90% of the lacrosse players in past and present teams have never played before, it is clear that anyone can pick it up in no time! Both men and women play in weekly Wednesday BUCS leagues. Big or small theres a position for you on the lacrosse field utilising, strength, speed, agility and precision. They are a very social club, being nominated for social club of the year every year for the last 4 and winning it twice. Gold Standard Club.

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Poledancing

Second biggest club on campus having classes are suitable for all abilities, from those who have never been on a pole before to those who are more experienced- great fitness but also give opportunities to showcase skills and compete against other universities. Silver Standard Club.

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Rounders

Rounders are into their second year of running and would love for you to be a part of one of the newest sports clubs on campus. Rounders is a fun sport that many people associate with their childhood, come and join in the well-beloved sport and be a part of a fun and exciting new team.

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Rugby Women

The Women's Rugby club are closely linked to the men's, they are a friendly and  sociable team that train hard and play hard, shown by being nominated for both team and social club of the year last year. you don't need to have any previous experience, lots of the girls didn't and were taught everything they needed to know by qualified coaches and the national governing body!

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Sub Aqua

Sub Aqua aims to share the underwater world with everyone. They facilitate all PADI courses from beginner to professional level, as well as dive trips in the UK and aboard.

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Tae Kwon Do

Tae-Kwon-Do – A traditional Korean martial art, Tae-Kwon-Do improves: Agility, flexibility, speed, strength, stamina, reflexes and discipline with an opportunity to compete for the university.

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Ultimate Frisbee

Current Social Club of the year, one of the fastest growing  mixed gender clubs over the previous few years by having a strong link with the local community and offering both indoor and outdoor sessions, regular tournaments and a Men's weekly league against other Universities. You could be the star of the pitch or the last pick at school, your past is exactly that, everyone starts on the same level in Ultimate!

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Archery

Achery provides a great chance to experience and partake in a unique alternative sport with a competitive and social environment that is both welcoming and engaging. They have local, regional and national competitions that are open to all members of the club. Archery are also one of our Bronze standard clubs.

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Basketball Men

Basketball have social, competitive and high performance elements within the club. Depending on your level, it is easy to get involved. The men compete in National Basketball League Division 4 at the weekend and in BUCS tiers 1 and 4 every Wednesday. They also host internal leagues and Just Play drop in sessions.

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Brazilian Ju Jitsu

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a martial art focusing largely on grappling and ground fighting. It utilizes natural body leverage and proper technique to obtain dominant control on the ground. They train off campus at a local, dedicated martial arts gym (BKK fighters). Open to everyone!

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Cricket

The Essex Blades Cricket Club is a great club to be a part of during your time at the university, whether you’re an experienced player or you’ve never played before, we cater to all abilities.

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Fencing

Students have been fencing at the university for almost 40 years, making the club one of the oldest on campus. All equipment is provided and with qualified coaches the club is open to everyone training 3 times per week. 5 teams compete on a weekly basis in the British Universities and Colleges Leagues. 

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Futsal

Indoor football played with a heavier ball that promotes the use of finesse and close control. Home to our only two premier league BUCS clubs (Men's and Women's 1st). Open to all abilities though with other teams and just play sessions, women play on Saturdays and men on Sundays.

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Hockey

One of the largest Essex Blades mixed gender clubs having 2 male and 2 female teams, competing in BUCS (on wednesdays) and Saturday league, with mixed hockey played casually across the year. They are also a very socially active, becoming a gold standard club last year  for offering a variety of opportunities to their members.

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Kick Boxing

The kick-boxing club is one of the Student Union's most popular clubs attracting lots of students every year, all equipment is provided, and is great for your fitness! More advanced fighters have the option to represent us in the Universities Combat League.

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MMA

Full-contact combat sport that allows the use of both striking and grappling techniques, both standing and on the ground, from a variety of other combat sports and martial arts including boxing, kick boxing, muay thai, freestyle/greco roman/catch wrestling, judo and brazilian jiu jitsu (BJJ) among many others. Club trains off campus at a dedicated martial arts gym (BKK Fighters).

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Pool

Pool sports club that also emphasises on having a relaxing atmosphere; therefore people from all ability levels are welcome to join the club. We are based in the Level Up so you have the opportunity to meet new people and make new friends as well as enjoying a game of pool. THose who are more exerienced can compete at the BUCS 8-Ball Championships.

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Rowing

Rowing are a diverse club encouraging people to explore a sport which not many would have had access to before University. From just getting fit to competing all over the country, they have something to offer for everyone, in a dynamic and fun environment. They are a hard working group of people, with lots of training on offer and lots of socials!

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Snowsports

As an active social club, they hold an annual skiing trip during the winter break and are looking to expand their offer to provide snowsports throughout the year at dry/indoor ski-slopes.

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Swimming and Waterpolo

The Swimming and Waterpolo club is one which is for anyone and everyone. It offers those who are already established swimmers and waterpolo players the chance to train and compete aswell as offering those who are complete novices the chance to learn how to swim and play the game through Just Play.

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Tennis

The club holds training sessions for players of all abilities every week during term time. Tennis boasts a variety of men’s, women’s and mixed teams competing against other universities in BUCS and clubs in local leagues. 

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Trampolining

Trampolining is a unisex club which appeals to everyone regardless of your ability. They have highly qualified coaching that will help you to progress at your own level and learn new skills, which you are able to show off at the competitions they attend around the country. Trampoilining are a Brozne Standard Club.

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Athletics

The Athletics club is open to runners, jumpers and throwers of any level beginner to international. Train on and off campus with experienced coaches and local club links. They also have many social members who attend their fortnightly socials.

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Basketball Women

Basketball is a brilliant way to meet new people, since we do a lot of joint socials its also a great way to stay fit! We have two teams and always ensure that everyone who commits gets game time. The first team compete on Both Saturday's and Wednesday's, the 2nd team just on Wednesday's for BUCS.

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Cheerleading

The Essex Flames Cheerleading Squad compete at National and International levels. No experience is needed in joining the squad; you will be taught all the skills you need. If you are already an experienced cheerleader or gymnast, there are try outs for our higher level squads.

They also cheer for the Essex Blades American Football Team. As well as being a competitive squad, they have weekly themed socials which help them get to know each other. It doesn’t matter whether or not you’re a fresher, everyone is welcome to come along and give cheerleading a go! Cheerleading are a Gold Standard Club.

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Cycling

Fancy a riding at the olympic velodrome or BMX track? Regular socials, and rides for all interests, both social and competitive? Then the Essex Blades Cycle Club could be for you.

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Football Men

Men’s football is the biggest single gendered male club on campus. They have 5 competitive teams and a comprehensive social and intramural programme which is delivered through Just Play. The teams train on Mondays and Thursdays and play on Wednesdays in BUCS and Saturdays in the local league. 

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Golf

The University of Essex Golf club is open to anyone, whether you're a quality golfer, a weekend player, or if you've never held a golf club before! There are 3 competitive teams that play each week for the University, they train off campus, but have access to pro golfer sessions, driving range sessions and team training.

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Ju Jitsu

The aim of Jitsu is to teach anyone of any shape, size and gender how to improve their their self defence. There are opportunities to train twice a week and to also represent the university if you are experienced!

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Korfball

Having maintained a Silver Standard for the second year running Korfball provide a friendly and competitive environment for all players. Korfball train twice a week and have links with both local and national competitions should you wish to compete!

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Netball

Current Essex Blades Club of the year. They have have 4 teams that play competitively outside of the university and 4 teams that play internally, also having girls that come just to play for fun! The club has something for everyone - socially and competitively. Gold Standard Club

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Riding/Equestrian 

we teach all abilities and riding levels. The club is hosted at Brook Farm in Alresford. The club also hosts friendly competitions and gymkhanas, where members can race against each other to earn prizes such as rosettes and money off lessons. The club also has two competition squads which compete against other Universities.

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Rugby Men

Men's Rugby are a highly competitive team, who always relish a challenge with a determined grin. They currently have three squads. Our First and Second teams both compete in BUCS competitions against other Universities. There is also the optin to play different codes, representing the University in League. This enables them to facilitate the needs of all player types, from lifelong rugby fanatic, to casual players who have never picked up an oval ball before!

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Squash

Squash is one of the fastest sports and the club is an incredibly friendly group of people. All are welcome either as social or competitive players, there a 5 squads as well as internal leagues to keep things interesting, they are also a very active club socially. Squash are a Bronze Standard Club.

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Table Tennis

Table tennis are a friendly club with a diverse membership that welcome all levels of play from those with experience to complete beginners. There are 4 teams that play on Wednesdays across a variety of leagues so there is an option for everyone to play. Just Play also facilitates tournaments and drop in sessions. Table Tennis is a Bronze Standard Club.

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Volleyball

Volleyball is a club with members from lots of different backgrounds and experience levels. Our first teams are some of the best in the country, however there is always opportunity to train and be involved at whatever level within the club. The Women's 1st team, are our current Team of the year.

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