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      The times below are the general opening hours for each area. For more specific times and availability for particular activities please refer to the relevant pages. Please also refer note that our Christmas/New Year opening hours are slightly different and full details can be found at the bottom of this section.

      Sportspark opens at normal times during bank holidays.


      Fitness Centre
      Monday – Sunday: 06:30 to 22:20


      Swimming Pool
      Times vary, please refer to the pool timetable on our Pool webpage.


      Indoor Courts
      Monday – Sunday: 07:00 to last booking at 21:40.


      Outdoor Courts
      Monday- Friday: 09:00 to 22:00
      Weekends: 09:00 to 21:00


      Climbing Wall
      Monday – Sunday: 07:00 to 22:20


      Monday to Thursday: 07:30 to 21:30
      Friday to Saturday: 07:30 to 21:00

      Last food orders 30 minutes before close.




Welcome! We're very proud to release Sportspark's new term of SPLASH Learn to Swim Lessons.

The Swimming Programme follows the ASA Foundation Learn to Swim, Aquatic Skills and Adult Swimming Framework, providing a full aquatic pathway for the swimmer.

All swimmers within the SPLASH Learn to Swim Programme will be encouraged to:

  • reach their potential
  • have fun throughout the journey
  • maintain great skills and fitness
  • learn to stay safe in and around the water.


Join us for swimming lessons for adults and children! Public booking is open now for our next term of courses. Courses starting Monday 11th September 2017. All courses are 14 weeks long at Sportspark and 13 weeks long at City Academy. Courses at City Academy will break for half term. All courses finish w/c 11th December 2017.

Bookings have to be paid at reception with full payment.

2017 Splash Brochure (PDF)

Pre-School Swim Courses

We are happy to launch our pre-school swim courses for ages 3-5. These courses are ideal for children to build water confidence, skills and transitioning to the ASA Learn to Swim Programme. Sessions are run by our experienced swim teacher Jo Small, in a sectioned off area of our shallow pool. Courses are bookable now and days/times can be found in our Splash Brochure.

RLSS Rookie Lifeguard Programme

Learn valuable life-saving skills
Sportspark’s Rookie Lifeguard programme will teach students not only how to be safe in and around water, but how to keep friends and family safe too!

Our next 14 week course date will be on Thursday 14th September 2017.  Swimmers must be competent in deep water and be able to swim 200 metres+. *Rookie Lifeguard Course – Due to the nature of this course each applicant will be required to undertake a short assessment prior to being accepted onto the sessions. Dates to be confirmed/organised on application.

£140 for members
£147 for non members.

Details on how to book can be found at the bottom of this page.

For for further information, please email 


One-To-One Lessons

Sportspark also offer one-to-one swimming lessons.

Cost: classes are 30 minutes long and cost £16 for members or £20 for non-members.

Six one to one sessions: £80 for members or £100 for non-members.

Various days and times available, for more information email, for further details.

One-To-Two Lessons

£24 for members or £30 for non-members.

Six one to two sessions: £120 for members or £150 for non-members.

Please Note

  • Priority enrolment dates are for participants currently enrolled on a current Learn To Swim course.
  • All children under the age of 12 years attending any courses should be handed over/collected from teaching staff by a parent or guardian aged 16+, and not left unsupervised at the teaching venue.
  • Reimbursement for unused lessons will not be given. Credit notes may be issued at the Aquatic Manager’s discretion.
  • Sportspark reserves the right to alter or cancel any course/programme if circumstances deem it necessary. If Sportspark needs to cancel a course/lesson, a credit note will be issued.
  • Sportspark reserves the right to change teaching staff as necessary.
  • Learn To Swim Terms and Conditions apply to all courses. By completing and sending in a booking form, you will be confirming that you have read and understood these terms and conditions.
  • Sportspark’s standard Terms and Conditions of use and Policy Statements apply.


How to Book

  • Please fill in a Sportspark Booking Form and return to Sportspark’s reception (from the enrolment date specified), together with full payment.
  • All courses must be pre-booked and paid for in advance.  Booking forms are administered in order of receipt from the enrolment date.
  • On week 6 of each course, priority booking enrolment slips will be offered (for the next course) and you will be advised on which classes your child/children will be in on the following course. Priority bookers have up until week 7 to pay for the following course.
  • New customers can book onto a new course, up until week 3 of that course, subject to availability. After week 3, customers will be offered to go on the waiting list for the following course.
  • Credit notes for cancelled places may be issued at the Aquatic Manager’s discretion, and ONLY if the cancelled place is filled by another paid booking, prior to the course start date. No monetary refunds will be given – vouchers/credit notes may be issued on receipt of a written request.


Teaching Venues

The SPLASH Learn To Swim programme will be taught at both Sportspark and the City Academy Teaching Pool. Sportspark's world-class pool offers some of the finest swimming facilities in Britain. The City Academy Teaching Pool offers the security of a smaller pool built for the purpose of introducing children to the water and taking their first unaided strokes.

Sportspark Pool:  Sportspark, University of East Anglia, Norwich Research Park, Norwich, NR4 7TJ
City Academy Teaching Pool: City Academy, Earlham Rd entrance (not Bluebell Rd), Norwich NR4 7LP

Learn to Swim Instructors

All Learn To Swim Instructors are ASA L1 and L2 Teacher and RLSS NRSTC/NPLQ qualified and DBS enhanced checked, and have been carefully selected for their enthusiasm, experience and passion.

Badges and Certificates

Rewarding children for their progression is of great importance. Each child is therefore rewarded at the end of every course and this could be in the form of presenting them with a Completed Stage Badge and Certificate (in preparation to move up a stage), an award that compliments their ability, for example, a distance or skill based Badge and Certificate, or even a “Well Done” sticker. 

It is important that your child achieves and progresses through the Learn To Swim programme.  However, high standards are adhered to, to ensure that no child is moved up a stage too early or indeed is kept back for any length of time. Instructors will work closely with swimmers and parents to ensure communication is at its best.

Badge slips will be issued by instructors at the end of the course. Badges and Certificate cost £3.00 and are available from reception.


ASA Learn to Swim Framework Stages 1-7

Implementation of Stages 1-7 will result in the development of a wide range of skills, resulting in a competent, confident and safe swimmer. Download our guide to swim frameworks here (PDF)



Developing basic movement and water confidence using aids and support in the water.


Developing safe entries, basic floating, travelling and rotating independently using aids.


Developing submersion, water safety and travelling up to 10m on front & back unaided.


Developing an understanding of buoyancy, kicking technique & 10m recognised stroke.


Developing sculling, treading water and aiming for 25m, developing all stroke techniques.


Developing swimming skills, water safety and preparation for exercise. 50m+.


Developing stroke technique up to 100m and incorporating a range of skills.



ASA Aquatic Skills Framework – Stage 8 Competitive Swimming

Once a swimmer has reached stage 7, they are encouraged to develop fundamental sports skills. Competitive swimming is a fantastic way to put skills learnt into speed and stamina and is the first step to training in a competitive environment, i.e., within a local swimming club.


Developing stamina 400m. Understanding the laws of all turns and improving kick strength.


ASA Adult Learn to Swim Framework Stages 1-7


Adult beginner, nervous swimmer, has not had lessons before and/or cannot swim.


Adult improver, no real technique, can swim up to 25m maximum.


Adult stroke sessions, wants to learn a new stroke, 50m+ swimmers.


100m+ swimmers, fairly good technique, wants to improve stamina and fitness.

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