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Indoor sports facilities open

From 31 August

In line with Government advice for easing lockdown in phase 3 on sport, culture and leisure activities we are delighted to announce that the indoor sports facilities at the University Sports Centre will open from Monday 31 August, but please note this is under restrictions adhering to Scottish Government and Sports Governing Body advice and that facilities will need to be booked in advance as outlined in the guidance below.

From Monday 31 August indoor sports facilities such as gyms, swimming pools and sports courts - with physical distancing and enhanced hygiene – can re-open subject to guidance from relevant sports bodies.

  • Children (0 to 12) can resume all activity
  • Adults and young people above the age of 12 can resume non-contact activity only

Indoor tennis 700

Guidance for visitors

The guidelines outlined below have been developed to allow sports 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. 

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Facilities available

Facilities available to book during phase 3

The following indoor facilities can be booked following the latest sport and physical activity guidance from the Scottish Government and relevant Sports Governing Bodies.

  • Indoor tennis court
  • Badminton court
  • Table tennis
  • Basketball court
  • Volleyball court
  • Netball court
  • Sports hall
  • Arena

Please note: the climbing wall will remain closed unil further notice

General information

  • visitors should report to the main entrance of the Sports Centre no more than 5 minutes prior to the start of the booking 
  • 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
  • changing and shower facilities will not be available
  • toilet facilities will be available
  • no water will be available, please bring your own water bottle with you
  • the Sports Centre is currently open 8am - 8pm
  • full term-time opening hours will be in operation from Monday 7 September  

How to book

Booking facilities

Booking information

  • All facilities must be booked in advance and are not open for pitch up and play sessions
  • Please don't turn up to the facility unless you have booked a facility session
  • Indoor facilities are available from 8am-8pm, 7 days a week
  • Visitors should bring their own equipment (balls, tennis rackets etc.) where possible

Who can book?

  • Bookings can be made by members, non-members and external clubs and groups

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)

Important information

Travelling to the Sports Centre

  • No changing facilities will be available, so please come dressed ready to play
  • Avoid using public transport
  • 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

On arrival

  • For sports arena bookings, please make your way to the side entrance of the Sports Centre, next to the outdoor tennis courts, and ring the intercom (see Facility map section)
  • For all other indoor facility bookings, please ring the door bell at the main entrance and a member of Saints Sport staff will come out to meet you (see Facility map section)
  • Maintain a 2m distance from other users at all times (markings will be in place to help guide you)

In the facility

  • Hand sanitiser will be available at the entrance to the Sports Centre and throughout the building, but it is recommended to bring hand sanitiser with you
  • Face coverings must be worn in all communal areas of the Sports Centre and only taken off to train/workout
  • Please note: no changing, showers or locker facilities will be available
  • We appreciate that some personal belongings may be required, but please keep these to a minimum
  • No bags or towels 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 its use will impact 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 you use - cleaning equipment will be in place throughout the building

Cancelling your booking

Facility map

Facility Entrance Map

What equipment to bring

  • Please note that face coverings are required in all communal areas in the Sports Centre
  • Hand sanitiser will be available at the front door entrance and around the Sports Centre, but it is recommended to bring hand sanitiser with you
  • No changing, shower or locker facilities are available, so please limit the amount of personal belongings you bring with you
  • Bring your own sports equipment with you where possible (do not share equipment such as rackets, grips, hats and towels)
  • Only take the minimum amount of equipment with you that you need to play
  • Clean and wipe down your equipment before and after use
  • Bring a full water bottle, and do not share food or drink with others (water is not available onsite)
  • Ensure you take all your belongings with you at the end of the session and do not leave anything on the courts
  • Avoid using your hands to pick up equipment that isn’t yours
  • Avoid using other equipment or touching fittings around the facility such as tables, nets, net handles etc 

Health, safety and hygiene

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


  • Please note: 
    • no changing or shower facilities will be available
    • whilst hand sanitiser stations will be available at the front door of the Sports Centre, tennis courts and sand-dressed pitch, we recommend you do bring your own hand sanitiser or wipes if you can 
  • Players must practice public health advice for hygiene: 
    • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before leaving home to go to the Sports Centre (or use an alcohol gel if washing hands is not possible)
    • If you need to sneeze or cough, do so into a tissue or upper sleeve
    • Avoid touching your face
  • Self-isolation: Individuals should stay at home for 10 days from when they experience symptoms, or until they feel better if they are still unwell after 10 days
  • Household isolation: Household should stay at home for 14 days if someone else in the house is showing symptoms. Individuals should continue to stay at home for 10 days from when they show symptoms, or until they feel better if they are still unwell after 10 days

IMPORTANT: Do not leave your home to play sport if Scottish Government advice means you should stay at home because you or someone you live with has or has had symptoms of COVID-19, or you are in the most vulnerable category and have been advised to shield from the coronavirus. 

Physical distancing

  • Physical distancing is still essential for everyone except children under 12 and people in the same household or extended household
  • Players must adhere to the Scottish Government’s physical distancing guidelines at all times:
    • face coverings must be used indoors in all communal areas
    • visitors can be from different households
    • if meeting people from another household, you should meet only in small groups (no more than 15 people in total) - meet up with a maximum of 5 households outdoors at a time
    • stay at least two metres away from other participants at all times
    • do not make physical contact with other participants (such as shaking hands or high five)
    • do not attend if you are unwell

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