The centre, which is only eight years old, also boasts sports halls and gymnasiums which can be booked for various activities, as well as outdoor pitches, sports therapy, personal training and fitness classes.
The Sports Centre is not only popular with students and the public – professionals have also taken a shine to the facilities. Plymouth Raiders and Plymouth Argyle use the sports centre for training and therapy, and during the Rugby World Cup in 2015, Marjon played host to the Namibia team.
Diversity is important at Marjon. Sports Centre manager, Simon White, makes it clear that visitors are welcome regardless of age, interest or ability.
The swimming pool has a shallow end at 0.9m to make it child and family-friendly and knowledgeable staff are always on hand to assist anyone who needs support and advice.
Classes and pool sessions have been planned with various people in mind – an all abilities cycle class is on offer, and in the pool there are sessions available exclusively for the over 60s, the disabled, adults only and females only. Simon is proud to tell us about the older client base they have in the gym, with lots of help and support available when it’s needed.
Final year sports students are stationed across the centre offering clinics, therapies and training, allowing them to gain practical experience while putting their studies into practice.
Marjon offers courses in Sports Therapy, Science and Rehabilitation using cutting edge technology and techniques, and by their final year these students are fully qualified, although they are always supervised by staff holding a professional license and insurance to practice.
All of this makes their pricing very competitive – a 55 minute treatment in the Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation Clinic costs just £20.00, and this covers manual therapy, soft tissue therapy, electrotherapy and more.
These clinics are often used by those recovering from surgery or cancer, and staff work with clients to help them back into exercise, using various equipment and tailored programmes to do so.
The gym at Marjon is full of top-of-the-range equipment from leading brands. Their Synergy functional fitness rig creates an excellent fitness space, and their free weights area is situated in the centre of the gym, making it open and accessible to all.
This gym is also home to the only Life Fitness Power Mills in Plymouth at the moment. These high-tech step machines are popular in the US, and they have a screen which displays various hikes and walks around the world, allowing the user to explore scenery of their choice as they take each step.
Ever keen to keep up with the latest technology, Marjon are in the process of upgrading their entire cardio equipment to the latest range of Life Fitness machines. They will also be introducing assault fitness air treadmills to their already impressive range of fitness equipment in 2019.
There is never a better time to kick start the new year on brand new, state-of-the-art machines.
The 25m pool is simple, clean and modern- allowing users to focus on their swimming with no unnecessary distractions.
Taking the plunge might be daunting for someone who hasn’t swam in a while, particularly if you’re new the centre and you’re on your own, but the entire layout of the changing rooms and pool area is easy to navigate.
It’s easy to forget that the centre is part of a university, with the diverse range of people using the facilities at Marjon. You can be confident knowing that if help is needed, professional and friendly staff will be in hand to help you in any way they can.
Swimming lessons are on offer for both children and adults, in small group sessions. One to one classes can also be arranged, if additional support is needed.
There is no better way of improving your health and fitness or having fun with the family than swimming.
The swimming timetable at Marjon varies, with general sessions starting as early as 6:30am and ending at 9pm on certain days. The schedule is updated regularly and is available on their website.
The on-site café is a great place to wind down after a session in the centre, and hot food and light snacks are available if you’ve worked up an appetite!
The membership plans at Marjon Sports Centre are competitive and flexible, with various options to choose from, although you can also pay-as-you-go to use the gym and pool if you’d like to give it a try before becoming a member.
Their most popular membership option is just £31 per month or £310 for the year, and covers unlimited use of the pool and the gym with induction and a personal programme included.
There is the option to add group exercise classes to your membership for an additional £10 per month / £100 per year.
The Sports Centre currently has a fantastic offer available for 6 weeks’ membership for £45. There is no joining fee, no contract, no commitment and nothing to cancel.
It allows new members an opportunity to try out the facilities and kick start their new year fitness goals without signing up to a rolling agreement.
These memberships include a parking permit which allows members to park right outside the building (pay-as-you-go users can have their car park fee refunded).
The centre is easy to find – from the Derriford Roundabout take the exit towards the hospital, then take the first left at the traffic lights. Continue down this road to the mini roundabout and the large Marjon Sports Centre building and car park is immediately on the right.
So what are you waiting for? Kickstart your new year health and fitness goals with Marjon Sport and Health. Get in touch today on the details below.