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Play badminton at Riverside Leisure Centre, Chelmsford Sport and Athletics Centre (CSAC), South Woodham Ferrers Leisure Centre (SWFLC) or Dovedale Sports Centre.

Badminton at Riverside


Badminton is a fast-paced game which can improve balance, co-ordination, agility and speed.  

You can play badminton with two or four players, making it a sociable and fun way to keep fit.

At Riverside we have six badminton courts, which can be booked on a pay as you go basis or as a regular block booking.

Court bookings start on the hour and are for 55 minutes.

Times and prices

Peak times

Monday to Friday, 5pm to 11pm

Saturday and Sunday, 7am to 11pm

Off peak times

Monday to Friday, 7am to 5pm

ourChelmsford Lite card prices

Peak prices

Standard: £15.70

Discounted (under 21s): £14.10

Off peak prices

Standard: £12

All discounted: £10.80

ourChelmsford Plus card prices

Peak prices

Standard: £14.70

Discounted (under 21s): £13.20

Off peak prices

Standard: £11

All discounted: £9.90


You can hire a badminton racket and shuttlecock for £2.70 from reception, but you will also need to pay a refundable deposit of £5.

You can also buy shuttlecocks for £2.40 each. 

Save money by upgrading to an ourChelmsford Plus account.


You can book a badminton court: 

You can book a court: 

  • seven days in advance if you have an ourChelmsford Premium or Plus card. 
  • two days in advance if you do not have a membership or ourChelmsford Plus card.


If you want to cancel your court booking, you need to cancel at least 24 hours before you are due to use it. We will charge you the full amount if you do not cancel in time, or if you do not attend. 

Things you need to know


  • If you have pre booked, you can tap straight through the barrier with your ourChelmsford card, sticker, fob or wristband.  
  • If you need to pay for your court you will need to go to reception or a kiosk to pay and activate your ourChelmsford card.  
  • If you have forgotten your card you will need to collect a barcode from reception or a kiosk to get through the barriers.  
  • If you require use of the lift to access the first floor, you will need to go to reception to activate your ourChelmsford card. 

Lockers and changing rooms

  • There is a male group changing area and a female group changing area located by studio 2 on the first floor on your way to the sports hall. 
  • A Changing Places area is located by studio 1 on the first floor.   
  • Lockers are located in the changing rooms by studio 2. If you want to use a locker in the changing rooms, you will need a £1 coin to release the key. You will get the £1 back when you return the key. 
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Centre opening times

Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 5.30am to 10pm
Tuesday and Thursday, 6am to 10pm
Saturday, 6am to 9.45pm
Sunday, 6am to 9pm
Bank holidays: see facility opening timetables

Our facilities, including the ice rink, may have separate opening times. Please check individual pages.


All prices are correct to 30 March 2020


Contact form

Riverside Leisure Centre
Victoria Road

01245 615050

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