Taking part in sporting, recreational and social activities is an ideal way to relax away from your academic work and meet new people.

Facilities at the Cranfield campus include our sports centre, which incorporates a fitness centre, playing fields, sports pitches and several tennis courts, while Shrivenham has its own golf course, outdoor heated swimming pool and riding stables.

At Cranfield, the fitness centre contains an extensive range of cardiovascular and resistance machines and free weights. The centre prides itself on offering excellent value for money, while catering for the varied needs of its members. So whether you want to lift weights or improve your general fitness, this is the place for you.

A number of our sports clubs also operate within the multi-purpose area of the gym and compete in inter-university and local leagues.

Cranfield Fitness Centre


Our well-equipped fitness centre is split between a free weights room, a functional training room and a general purpose gym with a range of resistance and cardiovascular machines including:

  • Treadmills,
  • Stationary bikes,
  • Elliptical machines, 
  • Rowing machines,
  • A wide range of Olympic weights and plate loaded machines.

Playing field and multi-use games area

Our grassed, multi-use playing field features full-sized football, rugby and cricket pitches and is also ideal for training, while our multi-use games area features two floodlit, fully-fenced, five-a-side pitches with synthetic artificial turf.

Racket sports

Our facilities include:

  • Eight badminton courts, located in the sports centre;
  • Four outdoor and floodlit tennis courts, two of which are newly resurfaced;
  • Two squash courts located at Mitchell Hall, which include a viewing gallery for spectators, male and female changing rooms and shower facilities. 

Equipment such as rackets and balls are available to hire from the sports centre reception.

Relaxation, therapy and classes

A range of therapeutic and professional services are offered by external companies operating at our Cranfield sports centre. We have a physiotherapy service where qualified sports therapists are able to treat sports and non-sports related injuries.

Opening times and fees

If you would like to book our facilities or hire equipment, there are peak and off-peak rates, as well as special rates for regular hire. The sports centre is open each day:

Monday-Thursday: 6.30am-10pm

Friday: 6.30am-9pm

Saturday-Sunday: 12-7pm

Membership packages for students:

Prices available on request.