Our leisure centres are now open. You can find all the information about restrictions and Covid safety on individual activity pages.

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Improve your fitness with athletics at Chelmsford Sport and Athletics Centre (CSAC).  Our indoor and outdoor facilities are available for all your needs.

Athletics at CSAC

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What to expect when you visit

To keep staff and customers safe, there are some changes to how we operate:


  • You must book an athletics session in advance on the website or via our app. 
  • If you have not booked in advance, you will not be able to use the centre.
  • Coaches also need to book and pay for the session.
  • Booking limits apply (terms and conditions).


  • We will be running limited sessions for pre-booked athletes only. There will be a limited number of spaces per session.
  • We will be running a restricted timetable for athletics. This includes eight lane synthetic all weather track and field event practice areas including throws cage. 
  • Individuals, or people from the same household are allowed to train. 
  • The outdoor track will be split into different areas; please check when you arrive.
  • If you require throwing equipment or starting blocks, please speak to a member of the centre staff. 
  • No other equipment will be available for hire. You must bring your own equipment and kit with you for all sessions.
  • There will be one-way systems in place around the centre and on the track.
  • No spectators will be allowed into the track area.
  • No changing rooms will be available. Please arrive dressed for your session.
  • No lockers will be available; please only bring what you need with you. Belongings will be left on a spectator seat allocated to you by a member of staff.
  • Social distancing should be observed at all times.
  • If you wish to do shot put, please contact our athletics manager.

Face coverings

  • You will need to wear a face covering inside our leisure centres, including when you check in for an outdoor activity, unless you have an exemption. Find out more about face coverings.
  • We recommend that you do not wear a face covering during exercise. Please leave it with your possessions during your activity.


  • We will be cleaning in between sessions
  • We will provide hand sanitiser and there will be cleaning stations around the centre for you to use before and after you use equipment.

When you arrive and leave

  • Before you arrive, you can download the NHS COVID-19 app. You can open the app and scan the QR code displayed at the entrance to the centre on arrival.
  • You will enter via the main entrance only. You will queue on the ramp and wait to be called in
  • You should only arrive 5 minutes before your session time to avoid queuing congestion. 
  • If you arrive early for your session, please remain in your car
  • Follow the signs and one-way system around the centre to get to and from your activity
  • You will go along the main corridor and turn right past the toilets and changing rooms, out through the fire doors onto the track area. 
  • You will be allocated a spectator seat by a member of staff where you can remove you outdoor clothes and leave your belongings for the duration of your session. 
  • You will enter and exit the track at designated gates. These will be sign-posted
  • When you exit, you will follow the signs along the track and leave through the main gates to the right of the track, down the ramp and out into the car park. You cannot re-enter the centre.
Monthly Members
  • You will need to book a session in advance
  • You will need to check in for your session at reception
  • If you do not check-in, we will charge you the full amount for the session
  • Please make sure that you have registered your email address with us in order to book online. 

Times and prices

Peak times

Monday to Friday, 5pm to 10pm


Off peak times

Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

Saturday, 9am to 6pm

Sunday, 9am to 9pm

ourChelmsford Lite card prices


Standard: £6.10

Discounted: £5.50

Off peak

Standard: £5.20

Discounted: £4.20

ourChelmsford Plus card prices


Standard: £5.10

Discounted: £4.50

Off peak

Standard: £4.20

Discounted: £3.20

Things you need to know


  • You must book an athletics session in advance on the website or via our app. We are only accepting pre-booked sessions at this time.
  • If you are a monthly member, you can book up to 10 days in advance

  • If you are an ourChelmsford Plus cardholder, you can book 7 days in advance

  • If you are an ourChelmsford Lite cardholder, you can book 2 days in advance

  • If you are booking a socially distanced training session with a coach, the coach must also book a slot. 


  • If you can't attend a session that you have booked onto, you must cancel at least two hours before it starts.
  • You can cancel online or via the app, or by phone.
  • We will charge you the full amount for the session if you do not cancel in time, or if you do not attend. This includes monthly members.

Coaching policy

Athletes will either need to train with: 

  • a coach qualified in the discipline you are training in 
  • someone that a qualified coach has identified as a competent person

These conditions will apply if:

  • you are under 17
  • you are training in an event that carries a risk of accident to yourself or others, such as pole vault and throwing events 

If you are a coach, you will need to become a Lite card member, to join your athlete at their booked coaching session.

You will also need to bring your coaching licence with you the first time you coach at CSAC. We will ask you to complete a form so we can log you on to our system.

If you want to register someone as a competent person to supervise in the absence of a coach, you need to call the Centre.

We will refuse entry to any: 

  • athlete who does not meet these conditions
  • coach or competent person who does not identify themselves appropriately  

What to bring

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Centre opening times

Monday to Friday, 8am to 10pm
Saturdays, 9am to 6pm
Sundays, 9am to 9pm
Bank holidays, closed


  • Gym
  • Exercise studios
  • Indoor and outdoor athletics
  • Multi use sports hall
  • Changing Places
  • Accessible parking

All prices are correct to 31 March 2022.

All information correct at time of publishing. Please check before each visit.


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Chelmsford Sport and Athletics Centre
Salerno Way

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