Suffolk New College Sports Centre

18 March 2020 , 09:54 - Notice: We will not be running any children's activities during Easter - please check back for updates.

Suffolk New College Sports Centre has fantastic facilities, including a four-court badminton sports hall and two multi-purpose rooms, available for public use and located near to the town centre and waterfront. The sports hall is used for various sports including: badminton, basketball, indoor football, futsal, ((BOUNCE)) classes, indoor hockey, martial arts, mini tennis, netball, table tennis, tennis, trampolining, and volleyball. The multi-purpose rooms are suitable for all kinds of fitness classes from pilates to Zumba. One of the rooms has wall mirrors and a ballet barre which would suit various styles of dance and exercise. Our two multi-purpose rooms are also perfect for conferences, seminars, and presentations. 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.

If you would like any information on what we can offer please call on 07767117738 or email

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Opening Times
Half-Term Holiday Activities
Children's Activities
Casual Activities
Room Hire

Opening Times

The Sports Centre is available for community use in the evenings after 5pm and at weekends.

Monday 9.00am – 10.00pm
Tuesday 9.00am – 10.00pm
Wednesday 9.00am – 10.00pm
Thursday 9.00am – 10.00pm
Friday 9.00am – 10.00pm
Saturday 8.30am – 4.00pm
Sunday 9.15am - 4.00pm

Children's Activities

We run children's activity programmes during holiday periods. Activities vary but will include: Sports mornings, Trampoline courses for all age groups including Baby Bouncers (2-4 year olds) and Double Mini Trampolining (for those parkour/freerunning enthusiasts), Soft Tennis, Table Tennis, Inflatable Fun and Arts & Crafts, Inflatable Fun, and Sports Challenges.

The Sports Centre is also open to casual turn up and play, equipment is available for Badminton, Basketball, and Table-Tennis.

Interested in booking? Please call 01473 219439 or email

Baby Bounce and Inflatables

Trampolining and inflatable play for young bouncers (18 months to 5 years).

We run some casual sessions for toddlers to access trampolining whilst having fun jumping on the inflatables.

Information on available sessions coming soon.

Cost: £4.50 per child.

Please note: Due to the age of this session, parents may need to get on the trampoline with their children but steps are by the trampoline for ease of access.

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

Junior Bounce 6 week Trampoline Course

We run six week courses for those interested in learning to trampoline and work towards the British Gymnastics badge scheme. All classes are taught by a qualified coach and all abilities welcome.

Tuesdays 4:00pm - 5:00pm.

Children's Parties

Suffolk New College offers a variety of parties that are perfect for any children's birthday treat. With a variety of packages ranging from trampolining to multi-sports, we are sure we will have the right package for you.

All of our parties are 2 hours long (1 hour 15 minutes of activities in the sports hall then 45 minutes in the multi-purpose room, where you can feed your hungry tigers after their runaround).

All of our parties include: a party pal, decorations and music, and your own room for any food you want to provide afterwards. Subject to availability, you can access the multi-purpose room prior to the party to set out your food and drink.

The following parties are available:

  • Inflatable fun and party games
  • Inflatable fun and trampolining
  • Trampoline and party games
  • Trampoline only
  • Multi-sports party

For more information on the children's parties we offer click here.

Please take a look at the booking form which you can access by clicking here. Once completed please email to or 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.


No Strings Badminton

  • Date: Starting 5th Feb 2020
  • Time: 8-10pm
  • 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. £5 per person.

Inclusive Badminton

For adults with a learning disability.

Every Wednesday 4:30pm – 6:00pm, starting on 11 September 2019.

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 racket hire is available and shuttlecocks can be purchased at the counter.

COST: £8.50 for adults and £6.50 for Juniors.

Please note all bookings are for 55 mins, to allow time to set up or down.

Casual Activities

The sports hall is available to hire for casual activities, prices vary, more information can be found by calling 01473 219439.

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

  • Table Tennis
  • Soft Tennis
  • Badminton
  • Volleyball
  • Basketball
  • Dance in the mirrored room

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We currently have various clubs who use our sports centre if you are looking for a club to join.

Waterfront Badminton Club
BSP Badminton Club
Ransomes/Belstead Badminton Club

Ipswich Four trampoline club - casual trampolining is available on Saturday mornings 9:45 - 11:15pm, for anyone who would like to give this a go. Just turn up on the day but please ensure all participants are wearing sports clothes. Anyone under 7 must have a parent/guardian to stay by the trampolines throughout the session. Club nights are on Tuesday and and Fridays (these are for members only, but if you would like more information contact Trudy Sharman on 01473 219439).

We have the following clubs running their activities at the sports centre, these are independent clubs using our facilities but details can be given by calling us on 01473 219439.

MONDAY Aiki Jitsu Club, Dance Class, Zumba with Becca

TUESDAY Aiki Jitsu, Burlesque Dancing, Pegasus and Ipswich Four trampoline clubs

WEDNESDAY Apollo Kickboxing Club, Socasize Dance Fitness,

THURSDAY Dance Fitness, Jujitsu Club

FRIDAY Pegasus and Ipswich Four trampoline clubs

SATURDAY Little Kickers football for under 5's, Apollo kickboxing

SUNDAY Aiki Jitsu

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