Could staff access gym membership at the same cost as students?


As far as I am aware, if anyone purchases an annual membership to the gym, they can use the facilities whenever they choose, so being a member of staff is of no benefit at all to this.

May I suggest that it would be really useful if members of staff received gym membership for the same cost as Staffs University students. When I undertook at course here, as I had a student card, I was able to take advantage of the reduced cost of annual membership.  However, now that I no longer have a Staffs Uni student card, annual membership is about £60 more, and so consequently I have not renewed my membership.
Will the Executive consider allowing staff to access membership at the same cost as students?


The current pricing policy at the Sports Facilities does offer a significant subsidy in relation to staff memberships when compared with our public prices and in relation to our student rate, staff are paying less than £2.00/week more for an annual membership which includes the fitness suite, fitness classes and at BSC-Stafford, a sauna.

We also offer several payment options in order to help facilitate activity participation by University staff.

In addition to this we run special offers during the year both in support of National events and University lead events – Eg Health and Wellbeing events.

We are confident that the University Sports Facilities offer excellent value for money for all our customers and presently have no plans to change the current price structure.

Do we still have to pay for membership to use the Sports Centre?


I have been reading the Steps to Success document that has been issued.

On page 20 it states under the title ‘Helping You to Stay fit and Healthy’:

‘From free membership of our on-campus health and fitness facilities, to discounted health club membership, we offer all sorts of ways to help you enjoy the benefits of a healthy lifestyle’.

Can you confirm which membership is free for the campus health and fitness facilities?

I know we have to pay for membership, has something changed??


With regards to the query regarding staff use of Sir Stanley Matthews and Beaconside Sport Centres the facilities at both centres are available not only to University students but also to University staff and members of the public. 

Staff are ‘free to use’ the facilities but the facilities are not ‘free of charge to use’.  However, discounted rates are available for staff and students at both centres.  Please contact our reception at Stoke (ext4124) or Stafford (ext3286) for full details, alternatively email or

In addition our 3 price levels are:
1. Public
2. University staff/Over 60s/Alumni/Students Elsewhere
3.  Staffs University Students

With free badminton for staff now finished – can we have more promotions?


Hi Executive,

We have been enjoying (twice now), free lunchtime Badminton for Staff & Students in the Sir Stanley Matthews Sports Centre.

We were told today that this perk for Staff had come to an end (it’s still free for Students). As far as I can tell it has been running for a total of two weeks.

Please could this be reinstated & better publicised, as it was a good way for our staff to be social motivated at lunchtimes with the help of exercise.

Many thanks.   


The Sports Centres on both the Stafford and Stoke campuses do not currently run free badminton sessions for staff however, in light of the request, the following ‘Be Active this Summer’ promotions will now run at both Sports Centres specifically for Staffordshire University staff:

Sports Hall
From July 1st to August 31st
Between the hours of 12-2pm Mon to Fri we will offer free use of the sports hall for badminton on a ‘turn up at the time’ basis. If the hall is available then University staff will be able to book a court for an hour for free.
If, however staff wish to pre book a court to ensure their booking then normal price will be applied.

Gym Usage
From July 1st to August 31st
Both Sports Centres will be offering ONE month gym memberships for ONLY £15. (These can be taken out at any point during the promotion dates)  These memberships will also include a Free Fitness Test worth up to £7.00. Please note that these memberships will only allow access to the gyms between the hours of 7.00am to 6.00pm.