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To use our centres, and to book some of our sessions in advance, you'll need an ourChelmsford account. 

There are free accounts, or annual ones which give you great discounts.

ourChelmsford gives you an account that's tailored to your individual lifestyle.

It provides you with fantastic benefits when you use any of our four leisure centres: 

  • Riverside Leisure Centre
  • Chelmsford Sport and Athletics Centre
  • South Woodham Ferrers Leisure Centre 
  • Dovedale Sports Centre  

When you sign up, you’ll receive special offers, promotions and early booking privileges. 

You’ll also receive a free card and a personal account tailored to your lifestyle. 

All accounts use the same card, so you don’t need to get a new one if you choose to upgrade your account at any time. 

  • Lite account: Lite is free to join and allows online bookings up to two days in advance for some activities. You must have a Lite account to use our leisure centres. 

  • Plus account: upgrade to a Plus account for just £15 per year and save up to £1 per activity. Plus, enjoy seven-day advance booking privileges.

  • Premium memberships: recommended for regular users of our leisure facilities. 

The following groups are eligible for discounted rates for off-peak activities.

  • Unemployed – claiming jobseekers allowance
  • Full time students
  • People with disabilities – claiming either Personal Independence Payments (PIP) or Disability Living Allowance
  • Essex Carers
  • Receipt of Income support
  • Universal Credit
  • Aged 65+
  • HM Armed Forces Veteran ID cardholders
  • Max Card (two adults and two children; the Max card holder must be in the group)

The following groups are eligible for discounted rates for both off-peak and peak activities.

  • Aged 21 and under

The following times are considered either peak or off-peak at all of our centres.

Peak times

Monday to Friday

Saturday and Sunday

These hours are covered by our Wellness Anytime Premium Memberships.

Off-peak times

Monday to Friday

  • 9am to 5pm

Saturday and Sunday

  • 12pm to close

These hours are covered by our Wellness Off Peak Premium Memberships.

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