Sign Up for a Staff Deduction Membership for only £16.99 per month

We know how it is, work stresses, home stresses, and then somehow you need to fit exercise in to the mix without sacrificing anything else. Exercise can be a great de-stress and can really lift your mood at anytime, before, during or after work, so build it into your working day with our staff deduction membership.
You can get a different kind of work done in your lunch hour, you’ll put your body under stress rather than your mind, you’ll improve your mood and concentration and if you’re in the gym early, you’ll get a parking space.
Our staff deduction membership is easy to set up and keeps rolling for as long as you want it to, and for only £16.99 a month it’s a bargain. Some of our staff deduction members have been members with us as long as 16 years! Staff at the University are extraordinary, come and join the many staff from across the University that are already members.
We want staff to be healthy and active for their own good. Yes, exercise can help with time management, productivity and presenteeism at work, but it’s better to be healthy for you.

A staff deduction membership covers all your fitness needs and wants, whatever your interest. Benefits include:

Unlimited gym use

  • Lively buzz in term time, quiet and peaceful in vacation.

Over 50 taught fitness classes a week.

  • 3 classes a week before work (with ample time to shower and get to your desk by 08:30)
  • 20 classes a week at lunchtime (either 30 or 45 minutes – exercise, grab a bite to eat, and shower all in 1 hour 10)
  • 10 classes a week immediately after work, with a further 11 running into the evening (perfect for those non-early birds)
  • Weekend morning classes if you’re local.

Open before work

  • We open at 7:00am so you can get in for a workout, shower and be at your desk by 8:30am.
  • Flexible so can fit in between lectures and busy periods if work is flexible for you.

10 Gym Workshops a week

  • Ideal to push your exercise on to the next level or learn something new.

FREE access to our Mobile Apps

  • UOP Sport – Our all in one bookings and information app. Book classes in 3 simple steps, 3 days in advance.
  • UOP Gym – Our exercise and nutrition tracking app. You instantly get a PRO membership worth £60 a year.

FREE Racket sports

  • Including badminton, squash, table tennis as well as FREE tennis in the Portsmouth Tennis Dome.

Discount on group sports hall bookings

  • Play basketball, football, volleyball with colleagues.

Discount on our 5-week courses

  • Including pilates, mindful meditation, our transformation challenge and krav maga.

Discount on our personal training packages

  • Perfect for those wanting to be pushed a bit further or those with specialist needs.



Ken Dick
Interim University Librarian

Although I joined the gym just after I started with the University over 7 years ago, I had a bit of a fear of using it based on experiences with other gym environments. It was only about 3 years ago that I actively started to make use of the facilities.

This was entirely due to the supportive nature of all the staff, they always do everything possible to make you feel welcome. I mainly use the gym and the fabulous personal training programme but play badminton occasionally. I love that there is much more on offer than I take up.

Naomi Kennett
Wellbeing Advisor

I have been a member for 5 years, right from the start it was a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The staff are always friendly and welcoming – even if it is 7am when I see them! They’re approachable and there for support and advice should I need it. They always work hard to keep the gym tidy and clean.

The instructors are fantastically motivational in classes – when I started working here I really didn’t think I would ever enjoy doing classes but now it’s become something I look forward to in my day! They are skilled in what they teach and I always come away feeling like I have worked hard, learnt something new and been challenged!

Cliff Pritchard
Senior Lecturer

I became a member back in January 2011. I find the classes to be really good, there are activities that are good for core strengthening (important for my bad back) aerobic ones and some that are more about having fun such as Zumba. The activities are creatively devised and enthusiastically delivered by great instructors.

There’s a very upbeat atmosphere at Spinnaker Sports Centre (where the classes take place) and the staff seem to know everyone by their first names, which makes you feel welcome and valued. I also use the gym which is useful for times when my work commitments prevent me from attending classes. All in all it is a superb facility and well worth becoming a member.

Peter Eden
Service Delivery

I’ve been a member of the gym for 2 years now and am really happy with the experience. I’ve played racket sports such as table tennis and badminton with my Dad on weekends. The only issue, my Dad’s way better than me so I’m always buying the round after!

I love Yoga, which has helped my back pain so much and is a BRILLIANT class. It’s really strengthened my back and got me into a much better place over the past year. I enjoy the encouragement and professionalism of our Sport and Rec staff the most. Everyone’s happy and passionate about what they do, they put me in a good mood for the rest of the day!

Join now – for only £16.99 a month



Regular exercise can bring a number of benefits to both your body and mind. Some of these benefits are especially useful for when you’re experiencing periods of high-stress or anxiety. Dedicating just 30 minutes of activity a day is all you need to start seeing these benefits.












Try our tips to success for your health:
  • If you have a desk job, try to walk around at least every hour aiming for at least 10,000 steps a day to build up your non exercise activity.
  • Try to reach the minimum recommended physical activity guidelines* of 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity throughout the week or do at least 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity, or an equivalent of both. As well as at least 2 muscle strengthening activities using major muscle groups (our fitness classes or personal trainers can help with these).
  • Why not plan out the following week of exercise on a Thursday or Friday, so you’re ready when Monday comes to reach your targets.
  • Once you know when you’ll exercise, block out your diary. Give yourself 15 minutes before, the time of your workout and time to shower/change afterwards.
  • Keep a record of what you’ve done, so you can track your progress. Use a fitness tracker app, or use our UOP Gym app (FREE for members) to track your fitness and progress.


Personal Training

We offer a variety of options if you want to take your training to the next level or need extra motivation to reach your goals, such as:

  • Personal training
  • 1-2-1 sessions
  • Bespoke programmes
Gym Workshops

We offer 10 free drop-in gym workshops per week for our members. These include:

  • Gym workshops detailing form and technique
  • Female only free-weights
  • Injury Clinics
5-week Courses

We offer 5-week fitness courses, delivered to small groups and discounted for members. These include:

  • Pilates
  • Krav Maga
  • Transformation Challenge
Friendly and Supportive

Our staff are extremely friendly and supportive, helping you on your journey and getting you to reach your goals:

  • Personable and friendly
  • Knowledgeable and supportive
  • Helpful and resourceful

Ready to join? Sign up now, grab your trainers and get going straight away.


Can all staff members including those on a casual contract join the staff deduction scheme?

The staff deduction membership is only for those on a permanent or fixed term contract at the University. If you are on a casual contract, or employed as a contractor you can still join as a staff member under one of our annual or 6-month memberships. Join now.

Is there a contract for this membership? If so, how long?

The staff deduction membership is a 6 month rolling contract and after the minimum 6-months will continue until you decide to cancel.

Is there a joining fee?

No joining fee, just quick access.

I’ve never been a member before, can you help?

Definitely, regardless of how long you’ve been at the University we can help. Best of all all new joiners get 1 month FREE. Once you’ve joined speak to a member of staff and we can help you on your journey.

How can I find out my payroll number?

Your payroll number is written on your payslip. You can find your payslip through your Employee Self Service account, select ‘Pay and Benefits’ and select one of your payslips, it will be written under ‘Payroll Ref’.

When can I start?

As soon as you have signed up with us, you’ll receive a confirmation email and you can access our facilities straight away.

How can I cancel?

If you are outside of the 6 month minimum period you can cancel by simply emailing

What if I need to cancel early?

We are only able to end your contract early if you have an illness or injury which exercise will not help in your recovery or if you have left the University. Please note we may ask for evidence to support this.

Will I need a gym access card?

No, your University Staff Campus card will be activated when you sign up. This will give you full access to our facilities, including our gym turnstiles and kiosk access point.

Do I need to book an induction?

If you consider yourself to be a competent gym user you will not be required to book an induction. However, if you are not a confident gym user you can book a free 1 to 1 gym induction with one of our fitness instructors.

How can I book activities such as fitness classes and racket sports?

Upon sign up, you’ll receive an email where you can retrieve your booking PIN. This will allow you to book with your registered email address. The easiest way to book is through our app UOP Sport which is FREE to download from the app store [ADD LINK] or google play [ADD LINK]. You can also access up to date timetables as well as our latest news and become notified of immediate facility changes. Alternatively you can book through our online booking site [ADD LINK].

Do you have changing facilities?

Yes, we have changing facilities at both St. Paul’s Gym and Spinnaker Sports Centre which you can use throughout our opening hours. Each building has shower facilities, toilets and changing areas with some private changing cubicles.

Do you have lockers for use?

We provide lockers in St. Paul’s Gym which can be used with a refundable £1 coin deposit. Spinnaker Sports Centre have lockers which are free to use, you’ll just need to bring a padlock. We sell pound coin return keyrings for £1 or padlocks for £2.50 if you don’t have them.

What are your opening times?

We are open weekdays 7:00am – 10:00pm and weekends 08:30 – 6:00pm during our ‘Core’ opening times (based around term-time). During our ‘Non-core’ opening times (generally vacation periods) we are open weekdays 07:30am – 9:00pm and weekends 08:30am – 1:30pm (St. Paul’s and Langstone only).

If we haven’t answered your question or you’d like more information, please email, or alternatively give us a call on 023 9284 5555.

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