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

Information for members

All four of our leisure centres are open.

Here are all your questions answered. 

Information for members

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Memberships: monthly memberships and Sports Schools payments

  • As the centres have reopened, memberships are now active again, which means you can now book your favourite sessions. 
  • You will have received an email or letter at the end of March, letting you know when your membership would restart, and what your Direct Debit payments will be. 
  • All of our members will be able to access our Technogym On Demand exercises classes free of charge while we remain in lockdown.  Find out more and sign up here
  • All sports school members will receive credit towards future payments for the number of lessons lost through the centre closure

Cancellation and freezing

  • If you wish to freeze your monthly membership, you may do so for a period of up to 3 months. 
  • Please email riverside@chelmsford.gov.uk if you wish to freeze or cancel your membership.
  • You will not be charged for freezing or cancelling your membership.
  • You may freeze your membership in whole months.

New memberships

  • We are currently taking new members for all our monthly memberships; you can find out more and join online on our monthly memberships page. 
  • If you are interested in either our kids or family membership, please  enquire online and we’ll be in touch as soon as we can to sign you up. 
  • All our memberships are currently for a minimum one calendar month commitment period. 


  • The centres are now open, however in line with governing bodies, some facilities will not be available straight away, such as exercise classes or public ice skating. You can find out which facilities are available on our timetable of reopening page.


Pre-booking to use facilities

Number of sessions you can book

  • You can book and attend 2 sessions per day.  You can find out more about booking limits
  • This will be reviewed weekly and we will keep customers updated on any changes. 

Session times

  • There will be new timetables in place for all activities and sessions will be held at different times than usual. 
  • Please check timetables for all your sessions on the relevant pages and be sure to pre-book before attending. 
  • All sessions will run at specified times only, with extra cleaning in between sessions.  

Riverside and South Woodham Family swim sessions

  • The family swim sessions being held in South Woodham and Riverside main pool, and the Riverside Learner pool, will cost pay as you go and monthly members £12 per session.
  • This is a temporary charge specific to these sessions, due to the way the pool is currently set up for social distancing.
  • You must comply with  adult to child swim ratios during these sessions, or you may be refused entry. 

Cancelling sessions

  • If you cannot attend you must cancel your session at least 2 hours before the sessions start time (excluding sports hall which requires 24 hours). 
  • This applies for all sessions, including swimming and gym sessions. 
  • You can cancel online or by calling the centre directly. 
  • If you do not cancel, we will charge you the full amount for the session. 

We have gone cashless at our leisure centres and in the Riverside car park

  • To reduce the spread of COVID-19 we have gone cashless at all our leisure centres. 

  • The car park at Riverside Leisure Centre is also cashless, so you can pay for parking by card or through the MiPermit app. Setting up an account is easy and it’s by far the safest way to pay for your parking. 
  • Due to the new guidelines we must now operate under, this also means we are no longer able to offer car park refunds to ourChelmsford Plus and Lite card customers.

Sessions that will not be running

  • Some of our usual sessions will not be running, as we are unable to safely socially distance. 
  • You can find a full list of activities on our timetable of reopening page.
  • We are closely following government and industry guidance and we will resume these sessions and activities as soon as it is safe for us to do so. 
  • Please make sure you check back regularly as we will be updating the website as soon as we can

ourChelmsford cards

  • If you have a monthly membership, you do not need to apply for an ourChelmsford card.
  • If you do not have an  ourChelmsford card, you will not be able to use the centre.

ourChelmsford Plus account holders and over 65 resident swim scheme annual memberships 

  • All ourChelmsford Plus account cardholders and overs 65 resident swim members will have had their memberships extended by the length of time the centre was closed before their natural expiry date. This will give them back the number of days they were not able to use the membership due to the closure.
  • For example, if a resident swim account expired on 31 January 2021, this membership would be extended by 41 days, which is the number of days between the centre closing in December 2020, and the natural expiry date of 31 January 2021.
  • If an account has an expiry date after Monday 12 April 2021 (the date our leisure centres will reopen) the membership will be extended by the full number of days the centre was closed.

Terms and conditions

Chelmsford City Council reserves the right to alter any details featured on this page at any time without prior notification. The information was correct at time of publishing.

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Riverside Leisure Centre

Contact Riverside

Victoria Road

Chelmsford Sport and Athletics Centre

Contact CSAC

Salerno Way

South Woodham Ferrers Leisure Centre

Contact SWFLC

Brickfields Road
South Woodham Ferrers

Dovedale Sports Centre

Contact Dovedale

Vicarage Road

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