Active Imperial

Be Active!

Active Imperial is the recreational physical activity programme for staff and students that includes five key areas; Active Play, Active Leagues, Active Social, Active You and Active Fit. For £15 per term this programmes gives you, your friends and colleagues the opportunity to get and stay active through variety of activities. This is your chance to get involved with a new sport, fitness class, try new everyday local activities and play in semi competitive internal leagues whilst having fun and enhancing your experience of sport and physical activity.

In addition to being a new recreational programme, Active Imperial forms part of a Europe wide project “Active Campus Europe”.  We are one of sixteen Universities across Europe who are all delivering a common intervention programme focussing on increasing physical activity levels in inactive members of the College Community. 

Please note: This programme is supported by Active Campus Europe, Sport England and BUCS and as such we are required to provide quarterly reports, which may include participant feedback. We are therefore obliged to ask you to complete short surveys from time to time in order to continue running this programme. Any data shared with these bodies is anonymised. 

We are hiring Sports Activators to support the delivery of our Active Imperial Programme. Click the link on the right to find out more information or to apply with a CV and Cover Letter to Leisha Wegg (Active Lifestyles Manager). 

Active Imperial

Active Play

These are our most recognisable activities, multi sport drop in sessions.  Come along to the Active Play sessions to try out a new sport, if you don’t feel like coming alone bring a friend and have fun in a relaxed, recreational environment. 

Active Play are drop-in sports sessions, which are inluded in your £15 termly membership fee. You don't need to book, you can just turn up and drop-in! 

In the spring term, you can choose from badminton, basketball, squash, tennis, table tennis and volleyball.


Monday: Ethos Studio 19.30-20.30

Wednesday morning: Ethos Studio 10.30-11.30

Wednesday evening: Huxley room 503 18.00-19.00 (on 14th November yoga will take place in Huxley room 711C)

Active You

Active You offers a chance for you to take some time out and try some individual activities. We have a variety on the timetable including swimming, walking or climbing or a routine of strength and conditioning exercises using 'Active Boxes' equipment. This year's we've also introduction of women’s only and men’s only swim sessions.

Get involved in activities that are easy to turn up and try, are more localised and individual. Active You is not limited to the sessions on the timetable, perhaps try active commuting or taking the stairs instead of the lift on campus!

Active Boxes

Each Halls of Residence will have an Active Box for residents to access in their spare time.  The boxes contain a range of fitness and sports equipment, including’ yoga mat, skipping rope, resistance bands, football, Frisbee, cones, badminton set and table tennis set. 

These boxes will give you the opportunity to take part in sport and exercise in non-traditional spaces, for example, your bedrooms, common rooms, local parks and open spaces.  The boxes are free to use and can be hired from the Hall Wardens in each of the residences.

These sessions are included in your £15 termly membership fee. 

Active Fit

Enjoy a selection of our exercise classes for a discounted class price of £2.  We have a range of classes available at Ethos and selected classes at Hammersmith Hospital and Charing Cross Hospital.  Enjoy fitness whilst having fun!   

You can choose from Body Jam, Body Pump, Boot Camp, Boxing Fit, Kondi, Spin, Stretch and Core, Yoga and Zumba. 

Active Leagues

These semi competitive leagues are new to our recreational sports offer this year, gather your colleagues and friends together to play in a league below.

  • 5-a-side football leagues

For 5-a-side Football there is an additional team fee of £75 for the term, for this you will have a managed league and fixtures ready to go! At least 5 members of your 5-a-side team must purchase Active Imperial membership.

The Spring Term 5-a-side league will run from 12.00 - 14.00 from Friday 11 January - Friday 21 March for 11 weeks. There will be a limit of 10 teams to enter. 

There will be a drop-in session for all teams registered from 12.00 - 14.00 on Friday 11 January. 

To register a team, please follow the links below

5-a-side Football

Active Social and Challenges

If you're interested in basketball or football and enjoy some competition but don't want to commit to a league, you may enjoy our Active Social sessions.

This is the historical intra mural programmes you have grown to love over the years.  Sign up now to enjoy drop-in semi competitive sports activities in a team environment.

Active Challenges

We will be running an Active Challenge each week to set each one of you with a task or challenge to compete to enhance your wellbeing.  Look out on social media for the challenge each week!

How to become an Active Imperial Member

1)   Visit the Ethos membership site 

2)   Purchase Active Imperial Membership for £15

3)   To register for an Active League – select the relevant bolt on.

4)   You will then have access to the Active Imperial Sessions. 

5)   You will have to book and pay for the Active Fit sessions – once a member you will get these classes for £2.