Hilary Lissenden, assistant chief operating officer (sport and active campus) at UEL, said, "Creating healthy and accessible spaces for people is a huge part of the East London Global Sport Strategy. We know that regular exercise helps with physical and mental well-being, and it can also build confidence and improve concentration which has an impact on an individual's learning outcomes.
"By providing all University of East London students with a free gym membership option, we hope we can remove some of the financial barriers that often stop someone from joining a gym or becoming part of their local sports community."
As part of the free off-peak gym membership, students can take part in a range of fitness classes such as dance, yoga, HIIT and spin.
Off-peak access is between 6am to 4pm, Monday to Friday, and 9am to 8pm on weekends. SportsDock includes:
- 250 pieces of exercise equipment with a cardio area, functioning rig and free weights room
- 100+ exercise classes
- Access to the TRAKK fitness app to monitor and improve workouts
- Indoor cycling studio
- Functional fitness area
- Multi-use studio for dance and holistic exercise classes
UEL students will have the option to upgrade to a full membership for just £100, giving them access anytime access to SportsDock during opening hours.
SportsDock also has bookable courts and pitches for football, badminton, basketball, netball, futsal, volleyball and table tennis, plus arena space to hire for a various sports and events.