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Suffolk New College Sports Centre

Notice: The sports centre will be closed on Monday 19th September.

A closeup photo of a basketball net in the Suffolk New College sports centre.

Suffolk New College Sports Centre is located near to the town centre and waterfront and has fantastic facilities, including a four-court badminton sports hall with two full-sized basketball hoops. The sports hall is used for various sports including: badminton, basketball, futsal, netball, tennis, trampolining, volleyball, and many more.

We also have two multi-purpose rooms, available for public use. These rooms are suitable for all kinds of fitness classes, from Pilates to martial arts, and one of our rooms has a mirrored wall and ballet barre, which would suit various styles of dance and exercise. Our multi-purpose rooms are also perfect for conferences, seminars, and birthday parties. Both rooms have air conditioning and smart boards with projectors.

Our sports hall is also available for event hire (conditions apply).

The Sports Centre is fully accessible with a lift offering access to the two multi-purpose rooms and bar upstairs.

Photo of learners using the sports centre
Learner celebrating football

Opening Times

  • Monday 9:00 – 22:00
  • Tuesday 9:00 – 22:00
  • Wednesday 9:00 – 22:00
  • Thursday 9:00 – 22:00
  • Friday 9:00 – 22:00
  • Saturday 8:30 – 18:00
  • Sunday 9:00 – 18:00

Please note: facilities are not open to the public until 5pm during term time.

Learners in front of Sports Centre

Take a tour of our Sports Centre

Learners playing vollyball

Current Activities & Events

Check out the latest activities and offers below.

Numbers are limited so pre-booking is essential by calling the sports centre on 01473 219439 or emailing

Children’s Parties:

Once you have completed the booking form, please email to you can visit the sports centre at Rope Walk, Ipswich, Suffolk IP4 1LT.

PLEASE NOTE: Confirmation of your booking will be made in writing and a £20 deposit will be required to secure your party.

Summer Holiday

During the school holidays we offer a range of children’s activities.

Summer Holiday Activities
Children's Birthday Party
Children's Parties – Information

The Sports Centre offers a variety of children’s parties that are perfect for any birthday treat.

Birthday Party Flyer
Children's Birthday Party
Childrens Parties – Booking Form

Click the link below for the  booking form.

Birthday Party Booking Form


No Strings Badminton

Please note: No strings badminton is not actively running

Come and play badminton at a relaxed “drop in” session. Sessions are for any ability and no partner is needed. Just turn up and the co-ordinator will get you playing, all equipment is supplied. £5 per person.

(No strings will be returning in the Autumn, more details will be put on the web site shortly).

Inclusive Badminton with Activlives

For adults with a learning disability.

Every Wednesday 4:00pm – 6:00pm.

Come and try this great sport in a friendly & welcoming environment! Have fun, improve your fitness, and meet some great people. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and some non-marking training shoes. No need to bring any rackets or shuttles – all equipment will be provided. You don’t have to have played badminton before – a qualified coach will be there to help.

Session fee is £4.00 (first session is FREE).

This session is for adults with a learning disability and is a partnership between ActivIpswich & Special Olympics Suffolk.

If you would like to find out more, please contact Mike on 01473 345350 or

Casual Badminton

We have 4 badminton courts available for casual hire evenings and weekends, all casual bookings can be made up to 7 days in advance. Badminton rackets and shuttlecocks can be hired at the reception desk.

COST: £9.00 for adults and £7.00 for juniors. Please note all bookings have a duration of 55 minutes to allow time for staff to set up or down equipment.

Badminton Logo

Casual Activities

The sports hall is available to hire for casual activities.

The following activities are available on a casual basis, all equipment is included in the cost.

Table Tennis
Soft Tennis
Dance in the mirrored room

Basketball Hoop Sports Centre
Sports Hall

Sports Clubs

We have the following clubs running their activities at the sports centre, these are independent clubs using our facilities but more information can be given by contacting us on the contact details given below.


  • Aiki Jitsu Club, Akasha Dance Fitness, Belstead & Ransomes Badminton Club, Dancing Divas


  • Aiki Jitsu, Love You Burlesque dancing, Pegasus and Ipswich Four trampoline clubs, Zumba


  • Apollo Martial Arts Club, Socacize Dance Fitness, Activlives Badminton, Raven’s Basketball club, SOS Dance


  • Badminton Performance Centre, Thunder Basketball, Jujitsu Club.


  • Apollo Martial Arts Club, Pegasus and Ipswich Four trampoline clubs, TigerTastics


  • Apollo Martial Arts Club, Badminton Performance Centre, Pegasus Trampoline Club, Little Kickers


  • Aiki Jitsu

If you would like to speak to someone about running your club at the sports centre please contact us.

The Sports Centre is fully accessible with a lift offering access to the rooms upstairs.

If you would like some more information on what we can offer, please feel free to get in contact

Dance Studio
A learner on a trampoline

Room Hire

Suffolk New College has two multi-purpose rooms that can be hired for your event. Both rooms are wheelchair accessible and are perfect for conferences, seminars or presentations. Our rooms have air conditioning and smart boards with projectors.

Parking is free for users whilst onsite.

To book, please call 01473 219439 or email

Sports Centre Meeting Room

Contact Us for Bookings and Information

Contact the Sports Centre on 01473 219439 or click to email.