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Coronavirus information - latest facility updates

We understand the importance of people being active and the particular role sport and exercise can have on our physical and mental wellbeing and will continue a phased reopening of our facilities and services as restrictions are lifted, and when it is safe to do so. This will follow the latest Scottish Government advice, Sports Governing Body guidelines, and in a way that helps to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Reopening University sports facilities and services

This section of our website will provide all the information you need to know about which facilities are now open, what services and activities we have started to reintroduce and any guidelines you need to follow for safely participating in sport and physical activity.

Latest update - Tuesday 20 April

Sports Centre to reopen from 6:30 am Monday 26 April

We are pleased to announce that the University Sports Centre will reopen on Monday 26 April from 6:30 am. This includes all indoor and outdoor facilities, including the gym, but our fitness classes will remain outside until 17 May. 

Please note that restrictions will still be in place in line with the latest Scottish Government and Sports Governing Body advice and University guidelines.

Sports Centre opening times from Monday 26 April:

  • Monday - Friday: 06:30 - 21:00
  • Saturday - Sunday: 08:00 - 21:00

Guidance for visitors

The guidelines outlined below have been developed to allow sports and fitness activity to be enjoyed in a way that is in line with Scottish Government advice and that helps to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Please read all the guidelines before making a booking or visiting the sports facilities. 

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Please be aware that guidance can change and restrictions may be reintroduced depending on the COVID protection level (tier). 

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Memberships

Free access between 26 April - 17 May

  • We are pleased to offer all University students and staff and our current community members the opportunity to come and use our facilities and access our fitness class programme for FREE between the 26 April – 17 May.

Current members

  • Please note that all staff and community memberships that were frozen when the Sports Centre closed on 27 December at the start of the last lockdown will resume on 17 May.

New community members

  • New community memberships will be available from 26 April. One-month memberships cost £40, or you can take out a 6 month or full year membership. For more information, or to join please contact our reception team:
    • T:01334 462190
    • E: sportsreception@st-andrews.ac.uk

Summer Student Membership

  • This year our annual Summer Student Membership will run from 17 May – 29 August and costs £78. University of St Andrews students can buy their membership online. If you are a visiting student, please contact our reception team to join.
    • T:01334 462190
    • E: sportsreception@st-andrews.ac.uk

Outdoor facilities

Facilities available to book

The following outdoor facilities can be booked:

  • Outdoor tennis courts
  • Sand-dressed pitch
  • 3G Rubbercrumb pitch
  • Outdoor basketball court
  • Outdoor multi-sport court
  • Grass pitches (clubs and groups)

Who can book?

  • Bookings can be made by members, non-members and external clubs and groups
  • Facility bookings are currently free to all University of St Andrews students and staff and current community members until 17 May when memberships will restart

Important information

  • Facilities are available during opening hours, 7 days a week
  • Visitors are recommended to bring their own equipment (balls, tennis rackets, etc.) where possible
  • Hired equipment must be cleaned before being returned, using the cleaning products provided
  • Football/hockey goals will be available to book

On arrival

  • Please make your way directly to your designated pitch/court
  • Maintain a 2m distance from other users at all times
  • Avoid touching gates, fences, benches, etc.
  • Allow others to leave before you enter the facility, where relevant
  • Please wait for the current action to finish before entering if games are already taking place
  • If you need to wait, then do so away from the pitch or court and clear of the gates
  • Ensure you leave the pitch or court before the end of your allotted time so that it is empty for the next players
  • Entrance to the outdoor tennis courts is via the gate next to the running track. The sand-dressed pitch can be accessed by the side gate from the path to Andrew Melville Hall

Fitness classes and services

Fitness classes

  • We are currently running a FREE outdoor fitness class programme for University staff and students in line with the latest Scottish Government guidelines. Classes can be booked online or by contacting our reception team:
    • T: 01334 462190
    • E: sportsreception@st-andrews.ac.uk

If restrictions allow, we hope to resume our indoor class programme from 17 May.

Personal training

  • Our team of professional trainers are currently offering outdoor PT sessions.
  • The team can tailor an exercise plan to meet your fitness goals or offer greater support over a longer time period via our one-to-one block sessions.
  • If you would like more information, please contact the Saints Fitness Team:

Gym

Reopening

  • We are delighted to announce that the University gym will reopen on 26 April in line with the latest Scottish Government guidelines

Who can book?

  • Gym bookings can be made by all University of St Andrews students and staff and current community members.
  • Gym access will be free until 17 May when memberships will restart.

Important information:

  • The capacity of the gym has been reduced to 50 to adhere to physical distancing guidelines
  • All gym sessions must be booked in advance
  • Sessions will be for a maximum of 1 hour
  • There will be a 30-minute gap between sessions to allow for cleaning and natural ventilation of the gym
  • Due to the reduced capacity of the gym, bookings are restricted to one gym session per person per day

On arrival

  • On arrival, please queue on the pavement next to the gym windows
  • Maintain a 2m distance from other users at all times (markings will be in place to help guide you)
  • A member of Saints Sport staff will come out and take a register before each session
  • Entrance to the gym will be via the fire exit door - no swipe card will be required to access the gym

Indoor facilities

Reopening

  • We are delighted to announce that the indoor facilities at the Sports Centre will reopen on 26 April in line with the latest Scottish Government guidelines.

Facilities available to book

The following indoor facilities can be booked from 26 April:

  • Indoor tennis court
  • Badminton court
  • Table tennis

Please note:

  • the climbing wall will remain closed until further notice
  • the Sports Arena is being used to house the University's Covid-19 Testing Centre and is unavailable for sport bookings
  • the Sports Hall will be used as a polling station on 6 May for the Scottish Parliament election and will be unavailable for sport bookings that day
  • all indoor sports facility bookings must abide by the Scottish Government’s current rules on meeting other households: a maximum of 4 adults from 2 separate households

Who can book?

  • Facility bookings can be made by all University of St Andrews students and staff and current community members
  • Facility access will be free until 17 May when memberships will restart

Important information

  • Indoor sports facilities are available during opening hours (term-time), 7 days a week
  • Visitors are recommended to bring their own equipment (balls, tennis rackets, etc.) where possible
  • Hired equipment must be cleaned before being returned, using the cleaning products provided

On arrival

  • Visitors should report to the Sports Centre reception
  • Maintain a 2m distance from other users at all times

Important information

Travelling to the Sports Centre

  • No changing facilities will be available, so please come dressed ready to workout/play
  • Where possible arrive on foot or by bike, but if you do drive the Sports Centre car park will be open
  • Arrive as close as possible to your booking start time, but no more than 5 minutes prior to the start

Health, safety and hygiene

  • Face coverings must be used indoors in all communal areas and only taken off to train/workout
  • Visitors must adhere to the Scottish Government’s physical distancing guidelines at all times
  • Hand sanitiser will be available at the entrance and throughout the Sports Centre, but it is recommended to bring hand sanitiser with you
  • No changing, showers or locker facilities will be available
  • We appreciate that some personal training aids/belongings may be required (e.g. weightlifting belts, shoes, straps, sports equipment), but please keep these to a minimum
  • No bags, towels or chalk will be permitted in the building and you will need to keep belongings with you at all times. Staff reserve the right to refuse the use of personal equipment should it be regarded as unsafe or if its use will be in contravention to health guidelines
  • Please bring your own water/water bottle – no water will be available onsite
  • Toilet facilities will be available
  • Please clean and wipe down any equipment or machines you use - cleaning stations will be in place throughout the gym

Personal fitness

  • Given the length of time sports activity has been suspended, it is advised that anyone returning to play eases themselves back in gently.
  • All facility users MUST read and answer the Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (PARQ) in the Sports Centre Terms and Conditions prior to using any of the facilities at University Park. If you are in any doubt, please obtain medical advice before using any of our facilities.

First aid

  • Saints Sport staff will provide first aid effectively whilst mitigating the risk from COVID-19
  • PPE will be worn by all staff providing first aid and if possible and appropriate, casualties may also be encouraged to wear a face mask (supplied by Saints Sport)
  • a portable defibrillator is accessible in appropriate circumstances, located on the corner of the Sport Centre’s external wall adjacent to the gym

How to book

Privacy notice: COVID-19 track and trace

The University of St Andrews (“the University”) is collecting and recording the contact details of individuals who make use of the Saint Sports Facilities, to support NHS Scotland’s COVID-19 track and trace scheme.

Your contact details will be used to enable NHS Scotland to contact you should you have been in the premises around the same time as someone who has tested positive for coronavirus. Contacting people who might have been exposed to the virus is an important step in containing any spread.

For more information please see the full privacy notice accessed by the link below:

University of St Andrews Privacy Notice: COVID-19 Track and Trace (PDF, 65 KB)

Contact us

We understand you may have questions relating to your membership, our facilities and our services. If you need to contact us please contact our reception team:

Esport@st-andrews.ac.uk 
T: 01334 462190