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Dovedale Sports Centre

Dovedale Sports Centre (DSC) has excellent facilities with a community gym feel and is easily located.

Accessibility at Dovedale

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Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we have had to make some changes to the way customers can use our centre. 

This is to keep all customers and staff safe.

If you have any questions or concerns about this before you visit, please contact the Dovedale team at dovedale@chelmsford.gov.uk.

Face coverings

Following government guidance, you will need to wear a face covering inside our leisure centres whenever you aren't exercising, unless you have an exemption. You can find out more about face covering exemptions


We offer extra wide accessible parking bays at Dovedale. 

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Access into the centre 

Our centre has a sloped ramp for entrance and exit, with no barrier, and automatic doors to ensure easy wheelchair entrance and exit. 

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We have put some changes in place to keep everyone safe during the Coronavirus pandemic. 

  • There is a one-way system in place throughout the centre. You can only get into the centre via the main entrance.  There is ramp access into the centre here, with automatic doors.
  • You must have pre-booked a session to use the centre. If you have a carer, they can enter free of charge to assist you, however they must register at reception when arriving at the centre.
  • If you are early for your session, please wait until five minutes before the start time before entering the centre.
  • Please use the lift in the main foyer to get to your exercise class.
  • You will only be able to exit the centre via the one way system, through the brown door at the end of the sports hall. There is ramped access here, at ground level. 
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Movement around centre

  • We currently have a one way system in place to keep customers and staff safe during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • We have wide access and entry and exit routes throughout the centre.
  • The centre has level floors all around the ground floor. 
  • We also have lift access to our first floor facilities.


Hearing impairments

  • We do not operate a hearing loop at Dovedale.


Visual impairments and assistance animals

  • We welcome assistance animals in centre to assist their owners.


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Changing and toilets   

Dry changing rooms

  • We have an accessible changing and shower room and toilet. This is accessible by radar key; alternatively, please ask at reception if you need to use this.
  • Our main male and female changing rooms will not be available. 
  • Showers and lockers will not be available. 
  • Our accessible toilet in the main foyer will be available. 
  • We have an accessible changing and shower room, and toilet. This is accessible by radar key; alternatively, please ask at reception if you need to use this. 
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  • Our gym is not accessible for those in a wheelchair as there are steps down, and no ramp access.



  • We have a lift in the main foyer, which allows access to our fitness class studio.


Accessible and extra sensory sessions

  • Unfortunately we don't currently offer accessible sessions at Dovedale.
  • Due to the coronavirus pandemic we are unable to run our accessible sessions offered at other centres, including our Sport for Confidence sessions; we hope to bring these back as soon as it is safe to do so. 
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Centre opening times

Monday to Friday, 5pm to 10pm
Saturday, 9am to 5pm
Sunday, 9am to 5pm
Bank holidays, closed


  • Gym
  • Exercise studio
  • Multi use sports hall
  • Squash courts
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible changing
  • Free 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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Dovedale Sports Centre
Vicarage Road

We are a breastfeeding friendly centre. 

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