Get moving this month with March ON! Monday 6th March – Sunday 2nd April

March ON! is back, encouraging students and staff to become more physically active this March!

With spring on it’s way and the weather warming up (we hope!), now is the perfect time to start increasing your activity levels. After a long, cold winter slog, we want to encourage students and staff to be more physically active.
March ON! highlights all the free activities you can do with Sport and Recreation from Monday 6th March until Sunday 2nd April.
Best of all; non-members can take part in these activities, so why not involve your non-member friends?

March On Timetable

With FREE activities each week, there is something for everyone to do. We have a range of sports such as hockey, rounders, football and even pitch and putt. Plus, you can also try out our LesMills Virtual Classes, and use our gym at specified times!

The sessions will run each week during Monday 6th March – Sunday 2nd April*.

If you are a non-member wanting to attend these sessions, you must be studying or working at the University of Portsmouth. Please bring your Student ID or Staff ID when booking a session or accessing the facilities at reception.

We may cancel activities without notice. Please call ahead to avoid disappointment: 023 9284 5555

Whilst you’re attending the sessions during March, don’t forget about Wear a Hat Day on Thursday 30th March!

How to book and get involved

Gym Usage at St Paul’s Gym

  • Our four floor gym hosts free-weight equipment, cardio machines, cable machines and space for floor exercises
  • Watch our induction video before your first visit – it covers important health and safety information!
  • Bring your Student or Staff Card, your gym kit and a bottle of water
  • Report to reception in St Paul’s Gym on St Paul’s Road at the specified times**
  • Our reception staff will set you up on the system – you’ll only have to do this once
  • Reception staff will ask you three questions in regards to our induction video
  • Enter the gym through the turnstiles

Virtual Classes at Spinnaker Sports Centre (marked in black)

  • LesMills Virtual Classes are not led by an instructor, but use screen technology to demonstrate movement and technique
  • You can book onto these classes at least 3 days in advance
  • To book a class, please report into reception at Spinnaker Sports Centre on Cambridge Road and speak to a member of staff**
  • Places are limited for each class, so please book early to avoid disappointment
  • On the day of your session, bring your Student or Staff Card, your gym kit and a bottle of water
  • Report to reception at least 10 minutes before the specified time
  • Speak to reception staff to confirm your attendance for the class
  • In the studio where the class is held, you will find a poster advertising which equipment you need to get ready before the class starts
  • Please put away your equipment at the end of the class

Get Active, Stay Active Sessions (marked in teal)

  • Get Active, Stay Active are drop-in sports for all levels of ability
  • Bring your Student or Staff Card, suitable attire and a bottle of water
  • Also bring your Get Active, Stay Active card
  • If you don’t have a Get Active, Stay Active card, you can register online or turn up to the session a little earlier and get one at Spinnaker Sports Centre reception – membership is FREE!
  • Turn up to the session at the specified time – no need to book on!***
  • For details on where to turn up to each session, please consult the full Get Active timetable


  • Parkrun is a FREE weekly 5km run in your local community
  • If you have never been to Parkrun before, register before 6pm on the Friday before your run at:
  • Once you have registered, print your barcord in advance – no barcode, no results!
  • Head to Speakers Corner on Southsea Seafront for 8:45am for a race briefing and a 9am race start

*apart from Table Tennis which will only run Tuesday 7th March and Tuesday 21st March.

**current paying-members can access the facilities without reporting to reception, or use the UOP Sport app to book in advance

***please ensure you have your Get Active, Stay Active card before attending Pitch & Putt, Kayaking, Touch Rugby, Hockey, 5-a-Side Football, Touch Tennis or Table Tennis as these partner centres cannot issue you a card.

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