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Active Nation manages a wide variety of Council- owned sports facilities across the City:

Passes and Season Tickets

Active Nation offers a variety of membership options giving access to different facilities across Southampton:


Members of the University’s Sports and Recreation facility get free access to a variety of Active Nation facilities across the city including the ski slope and athletics track at the outdoor Sports Centre.

Holiday Clubs and Activities

Active Nation provides children’s parties for a variety of ages at Bitterne, the Quays and the Ski Centre and also runs holiday activities for kids at Chamberlayne (More)

An awful lot of events and activities occur at the Sport Centre and Active Nation puts a huge amount of effort into organising them and into fund raising to promote sport, activity and healthy living across the City, as well as improving the site, so here are some of the great things going on at the Sports Centre.

Want to know about events at the Sports Centre?

Anyone is welcome to call Active Nation on 0300 0200 135 option 2 to find out what is going on and when.

Disabled Sport

Non-disabled people are twice as likely to play sport as disabled people (39.2 per cent compared to 18.5 per cent). Active Nation was awarded £160,831 by Sport England and other partners to launch an adult disability sport programme in Southampton. This allows Active Nation to subsidise its adult disability activity programme for participants. Each of their 7 venues in Southampton will be delivering weekly activity programmes and they  are aiming to attract more than 9,000 visits from disabled City residents over 36 months. Match funding by partners brings the total available funding to £212,051. (More….)

Southampton City Council has also awarded Active Nation £34,000 over the next 2 years to provide a sports programme for disabled children in the City, focusing on tennis and athletics.

Active Nation also run a disability diving programme at The Quays which was shortlisted for a National award in 2013. (More….)

All Weather Pitch

The second all weather pitch was resurfaced in late 2014, complete with a striking blue border - it looks great and hopefully will see many years of hard use.

But here’s a question - what do you do with all the old synthetic turf? Normally it would just end up in landfill, but thanks to the imagination and generosity of Active Nation and Blakedown Sport and Play who installed the new pitch, much of it will have a second life:

Tennis and Netball Courts

These were resurfaced around 2016-2017 by Active Nation, in advance of the Sports Centre Improvement Plan as they felt that not doing so would risk loss of netball fixtures from the site.


Floodlighting on the athletics track has been upgraded and that on the netball / tennis courts is planned for 2018.