Brookes Sport is Open!

Tuesday, 11 August 2020

Covid reopen

Brookes Sport is open


[Updated: 29.07.21]


Brookes Sport reopened on Monday 12 April, with restrictions further relaxed on Monday 17 May.

Please note that our continued opening is subject to national and local restrictions and may change at short notice.


Please read below for further restriction relaxation guidance for our sports facilities - effective Monday 2 August


With national restrictions being lifted by the government, at Brookes Sport we are now in a position to make some changes to the way we have been operating over the last year and a half. Details of these changes are highlighted below, and will take effect from Monday 2 August – please note, these updates are subject to change based on national restrictions.

Swimming Pool (Harcourt Hill)


  • Booking will remain in place, whilst maximum pool capacity will be expanding from 10 to 14.
  • The pool timetable will feature lane swims, open swims, and over 55 sessions.
  • Changing rooms and showers will be back in use with maximum capacity signs displayed on doors – we ask that visitors limit their time within the changing rooms and showers were possible.
  • Under 5's will be able to attend open swims with parent/carer but will not count as part of the maximum bather load. Over 5's will need to book ahead of their visit.
  • Kickboards and pull buoys for lane swimming will be available on request and must be sanitised after use.
  • Lockers will be available for use and will be cleaned hourly by centre staff - wipes will also be available and visitors are encouraged to use these to clean their locked between uses.
  • Water fountains will be available with disinfectant wipes available, and will be cleaned by centre staff


Gyms (Headington and Harcourt Hill)


  • Booking will no longer be required, whilst operations staff will maintain their current hourly cleaning schedule. Screens between equipment will remain in place.

Gym (Wheatley)


  • All equipment will be back in use and maximum capacity will be increasing from 4 to 8.


Sports Hall (Headington)  


  • Following Sport England and NGB guidance, indoor sports can take place.


Fitness Classes (Headington and Harcourt Hill


  • Capacity will be expanded at both sites, with an increase to 20 at Headington, and 12 at Harcourt Hill.


Pavilion (Harcourt Hill)


  • The capacity for this area will be increased from 4 to 8 (with a maximum of two people in the shower area at any time).


Reception area (Headington and Harcourt Hill)


  • Seating will once again be available
  • Screens on front desks will remain in place

Sauna/Steam (Harcourt Hill)


  • A maximum capacity of 2 people will be permitted in this area – visitors must book a swim to use this facility.


Sauna/Steam (Headington)


  • This area will remain closed.


Climbing Wall (Headington)


  • Capacity in this facility will be expanded from 32 to 50.
  • Instructed sessions can resume.


Equipment hire


  • Rackets and bats will be available to hire from reception. These must be returned and will be sanitised between uses.


Face masks/coverings


  • In line with the rest of the Oxford Brookes University, Brookes Sport asks that visitors continue to wear face masks or coverings indoors when not taking part in sport/exercise, or unless exempt.