Fitness at St Anne’s College
In September 2012, St Anne’s College re- opened its recently renovated Fitness Rooms in Trenaman House (58 Woodstock), the refurbishment of which was partially funded by the JCR and MCR. Open until 21.00 daily, to use the Fitness Rooms you must first be inducted by a qualified member of the college. Members of the MCR also have access to the joint St Anne’s/St John’s playing field The Fortress, which is located just off the Woodstock Road (a five-minute bike ride north of the main college site) 215 Woodstock Rd, Oxford OX2 7AD. The Fortress has three hard tennis courts (and three grass courts for use in Trinity term), as well as pitches for football, rugby and hockey pitches.
MCR members are also encouraged to use University Sports facilities, including the University Sports Centre on Iffley Road or the University Club Sports Centre on Mansfield Road. Membership for the USC on Iffley Road starts at £80 a year (for swimming only) and for £175, you can have access to the pool, pulse, and powerlifting facilities. For more information on membership, location, and services offered, visit their website (http:// www.sport.ox.ac.uk/facilities/iffley-road/). The University Club also has a small sports centre on Mansfield Road for graduates and university staff. The complex also comprises a small canteen, bar, and shower facilities. It’s free to join, but you will need to register online to gain access to the building. They also charge a yearly membership to use the gym. Details of how to register, what’s on offer, and a map to the club can all be found at the University Club website (http://www.club.ox.ac.uk).
There are a number of private fitness and leisure centres in Oxford and, if you live in Summertown and want something closer to home, it is worth checking out the Ferry Leisure Centre. They offer two types of memberships: pay-as-you-go and monthly. You qualify for the discounted “student slice” price by showing your Bod Card when registering. You can also hire badminton courts as well as a basketball court, and the centre has a decent swimming pool. If you crave swimming outdoors, pay a visit to the Hinksey Heated Outdoor Pool, run by the Oxford City Council. Open from May-September.