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Ways to get active

We’re here to help you make the most of your time at University by providing a range of activities and facilities to help you stay fit, have fun and make new friends.

We have loads of activities on offer and there's something for everyone; from complete beginners to hardened sports fanatics, whatever you’re into and whatever your level, we're sure we have something to suit you. #WorkHardPlayHarder


Register here, by telling us what you want to play. We offer a variety activities for you to participate in, and we change up our programmes based on your needs, so tell us what your interested in playing and you could see it on the timetable of our activities on offer. We offer social sports, beginner sports activities, competitive sports teams and leagues as well as one off events. By filling out our short survey we will be able to send you more information on the activities you have expressed an interest in Register here if you also want to play for a team, and we will send you some more information. This survey will close on 27 October 2023,  so tell us what you are interested in playing here.

Free Taster Sessions at the start of term

18th September - 6th October 2023

Join in our free activities on offer this academic term, happening from 18 September - 6 October. The sessions are a great way to get active, have some fun and meet new people.  To take part in our free sessions simply register for each of the activities you want to participate in, at The Fitness Pod reception in MDX House. All equipment is provided, just come along with suitable clothing and footwear. Over 50 FREE sessions on offer.

Download your copy of the timetable of activities here, or pick up a copy from The Fitness Pod reception in MDX House.


Most activities take place on campus, but some activities may take place outside. For sessions running at Crest Academy, free transport will be available to the venue, return. Simply meet at The Sports Office in MDX House, 30 minutes before the start of the session.

Barnet Copthall - Champions Way, London NW4 1PX
Saracens School - Corner Mead, London NW9 4AS
StoneX - Greenlands Lane, London NW4 1RL
Crest Academy - Crest Road, Neasden, London NW2 7SN

Join MDX Moves

Move more, get more!

Track your steps to earn points and rewards

Walk, run, cycle, and stay active to get points. When added up, your points can then be redeemed for a variety of goodies from on campus retailers as well as high street and sports brands. You could get free food, coffees, massages, gym memberships and more. The choice of what to redeem is yours. Just remember, the more you move, the more you get!

Sign up for free

How does it work?

MDXMoves is compatible with a variety of devices and fitness trackers. Sign up, sync your device to your online account and start getting points. If you want to use mobile phone, we recommend Nokia Health Mate or the Withings Health Mate app to track and sync your activity.

There are also a exciting challenges throughout the year to get you moving more. Sign up, invite your friends and compete against your mates in your own competitions and more.

Download our set-up guide

Syncing your device

Data is automatically sent from your device to MDXMoves at the end of each day, where your points are automatically calculated by the system. In order to keep your device tracking your activity, you must open your chosen fitness app to make sure you're collecting the latest data. If you're experiencing any issues with syncing data, please email our Sports team.

Football leagues and come and play sessions on campus

Join us for our very popular football leagues  on campus. Get together with friends from your course, society, or hall of residence, or sign up as an individual and we can place you in a team. New leagues starting the week commencing 16th October 2023. Register individually or with a team of friends.

  • If you can’t organise a team, don’t worry we will do it for you! Just register your details at  The Fitness Pod reception in MDX House.
  • Matches take place each week on campus
  • It costs around £1 per player per week
  • Two fixtures guaranteed every week
  • A finals week with trophies and prizes awarded for all winners.

7-A-Side league  (Wednesdays)

We have a 7-A-Side football league which plays on Wednesdays between 4.30 - 6.30pm on the 3G pitch on campus.  Enter a team or individually and we can assign you into a team to play. Prizes for winning teams.

  • League Information
  • Check latest league information and forthcoming games on the MDX App. Go to Sport / Football Leagues for weekly updates

5-A-Side Kickabout (Thursdays)

The 5-A-Side casual drop in and play session will be open for play on Thursdays 5.30 - 7.30pm on the MAC courts on campus.

How to enter the MDX Football leagues and drop in sessions

You can enter as an individual and we can assign you into a team, or register as a team with friends. Simply register at The Fitness  Pod reception in MDX House.

For more information on our Football leagues please come and visit us at the Sports Office in MDX House or email d.norville@mdx.ac.uk

Play For Fun- Free social sports activities

Weekly free organised drop in and play sessions

Want to have fun, play a variety of games, and meet new people? Come along to our weekly open come and play drop in sessions where all the necessary equipment is provided. No previous experience necessary, no commitment, no fee. Just turn up at the designated time ready to play. Sessions begin week of 18th September 2023

Women's 5-A-Side FootballThursday4.30 - 5.30pmMAC
5-A-Side Football drop inThursday5.30 - 7.30pmMAC
FrisbeeThursday4.30 - 6.00pm3G
NetballThursday4.30 - 5.30pmMAC
Table TennisMonday & Thursday9.00am - 11.30amFitness Studio
Hockey (Unihoc)Thursday & Friday5.00 - 6.00pmMAC
Touch RugbyFriday4.30 - 6.00pm3G

Free activities and open play sessions

Open play, so play with friends, when it suits you (some activities have time slots). Table Tennis and Basketball equipment available to borrow from the Fitness Pod reception. Parkrun is an external locally organised event. More information via the link.

Free shuttle service for swimming

There is also a free shuttle bus service from Hendon campus to StoneX Stadium which runs roughly every 20mins. Meet outside the rear of the Sheppard Library for the FREE 'Southgate and Finchley' shuttle.


Tuesday & Thursday
(last entry 1.30pm to the pool)

12.00 - 2.00pmBarnet Copthall Pool
Open Play BasketballAnytimeAnytimeMDX House Terrace
Open Play Table TennisAnytimeAnytimeMDX House Terrace
Parkrun - Sunny Hill ParkSaturdays9.00amSunny Hill Park Cafe
Sunny Hill Park 3km Walk RouteAnytimeAnytime

Download our 3km route map

Sunny Hill Park 3km Walk Route with volunteer walk leader Hristofor Kasabov

Tuesdays1.15pmMeet outside Sheppard library cafe, lower level

Learn it . Love it

Want to try something new? Keen to master another sport? Join our ‘Learn it . Love it’ programme and learn a sport from the very beginning.

You can choose from a variety of activities designed to introduce you to the sport, learn the basics, and get coaching from an instructor to help you improve your skills.

Sign up to our Learn it . Love it sessions for just £4 per session or £25 for the complete block of sessions. Contact Danielle Norville in the sports office in MDX House or email d.norville@mdx.ac.uk for more information.

Please Note: Salsa and Women's Self Defence Jui Jitsu will be starting later in the month. Please email d.norville@mdx.ac.uk for more information.

What's on?

Current sessions include:



Starting Week Commencing 2nd October 2023

Monday5.30 - 6.30pmMAC Courts£25 6 weeks / or £4 per session
VolleyballMonday 6.00 - 8.00pm

Crest Academy

£25 6 weeks / or £4 per session
Learn to BoxTuesday5.00 - 6.30pmThe Fitness Studio£25 8 weeks / or £4 per session


Tuesday7.20 - 9.20pmBarnet Copthall Leisure Centre NW4 1PX£25 8 weeks / or £4 per session

Learn to Salsa

Starting Later in October

Wednesday 5.00 - 6.00pmThe Fitness Studio£25 8 weeks / or £4 per session

Women's Self Defence Jiu Jitsu

(Starting later in October)

Thursday5.30 - 6.30pmCG14£25 8 weeks / or £4 per session

Outdoor Adventures

Fancy a little bit of an adventure? Then why  not come along to one of our exciting adventure days / weekends on offer! We have some fantastic opportunities to explore some of the UK’s most beautiful places and the great outdoors, all whilst taking part in some fun activities.

Free minibus transportation from campus , return is included in all our trips listed below. The accommodation for the Hiking, 3-Peaks Challenge and Mountain biking adventures is also included in the price, and will be in in shared accommodation. For more information or to register, please visit The Sports Office in MDX House. You can also contact the individuals below for more information.

Downhill Mountain Biking at Bike Park Wales, with overnight stay at YHA Dannywenalt in Brecon Beacons. Register by 6th October. Suitable for all levels. Email t.hannan@mdx.ac.uk13th - 14th October 2023Depart campus 9.00am 13th Oct£99
Chiltern Hills Walk - 8-10 Mile Guided walk along the beautiful Chiltern Hills. Suitable for all levels. Email m.parker@mdx.ac.uk4th November 2023Depart campus 9.00am£10
Seven Sisters Walk- 7 Mile guided walk along the Iconic Seven Sisters Trail in East Sussex. Suitable for all levels. Email m.parker@mdx.ac.uk24th February 2024Depart campus 9.00am£10
Kayaking at Phoenix Outdoor Centre (2 hour session) Email d.norville@mdx.ac.uk22nd March 202412.00 - 3.00pm£10
3 Peaks Challenge (Scotland, Lake District, Wales) with overnight stay in each location in Hostel style accommodation. Registration by 26th April. People should be of a reasonably fit disposition for this activity. Email b.underwood@mdx.ac.uk3-6th May 20246.00am departure from campus to Scotland£195

Join an MDX team >

We have a wide range of sports teams you can join. We enter our teams into a range of student leagues and competitions as well as open events and championships.

Organise your own games

Play with friends

If you want to plan your own games with friends, you can simply book a court, equipment or pitch and get started. For more information and to book, please email our Fitness Pod team or call 020 8411 6343.

Multi Activity Courts

We have three floodlit, outdoor Multi Activity Courts (MAC's) on campus with markings and posts for tennis, basketball, netball and 5-a-side football. Cricket nets are also available on one of the courts.

The courts are free to members at off peak times (subject to availability) and there will be a small fee during peak hours.

3G pitch

We have a floodlit 3G pitch on campus with markings for two 7-a-Side football pitches.

Bouldering wall

There is an outdoor bouldering wall facility with various routes of varying levels of difficulty.

Table tennis and basketball

We have 4 table tennis tables and 2 basketball hoops located on the terrace area at the front of MDX House which are both free to use. The Fitness Pod can provide all equipment required either as a loan or for a small fee.

Rugby grounds

We have 2 full size rugby pitches at our Worlds End Lane sports ground in Winchmore Hill N21. The facility also has a pavilion on site with changing rooms, a bar and catering options. For hire, please email Mel Parker or call 020 8411 5893.

Free Bike Hire

MDX Freewheelers, free cycle loan scheme

MDX Freewheelers cycle loan scheme is open to all students and staff at Middlesex University, with free bicycles available for hire on ½, 1 and 3 day loan periods. Bike loans can be extended by phoning the Fitness Pod reception (provided they have not already been pre-booked by another user). Our bikes are free* to use and are a great way to get around, stay healthy and build up those MDXMoves points!

You will be required to pay an initial registration free to be a member of the scheme of £25 (which is refundable when you graduate or if a staff member, when you leave). You will be provided with a lock and lights for the bike during the hire period. Helmets are recommended to be worn when riding a bicycle. You are welcome to bring your own or we have a supply of helmets which can be purchased if required from the Fitness Pod reception.

Showering and changing facilities are also available for you to use at The Fitness Pod.

Hiring a bike

  1. Head to the Fitness Pod reception to book out a bicycle. You can hire the bicycle for peroids ranging from as little as ½ day, 1 day or 3 days.
  2. Register for the MDX Freewheelers Scheme, pay the Registration Fee and sign the Cycle Loan Scheme agreement below.
  3. Collect the key from The Fitness Pod reception, check the bicycle is working (report any problems to the Fitness Pod), enjoy cycling and return it when promised.
  4. Bicycles are available to hire and return Mon - Friday between the hours of 9am and 9pm.

Please download the Freewheelers booking form and Terms &Conditions. For more information and free hire please contact The Fitness Pod reception in MDX House.


March 2024

Join in our festival of events taking place on campus on Wednesday 20th March 2024


The annual VC Challenge festival of activities will take place on campus on 20th March 2024. We are inviting all Middlesex University students to take part, win points for your study area and have some serious FUN! All activities are free to enter and there will be plenty of opportunities to bag yourself some freebies along the way.

  • School of Business & Law
  • School of Arts & Creative Industries
  • School of Science & Technology
  • School of Health and Education

More information and a list of upcoming games and activities can be found on our VC Challenge page.


Enjoy an Active Break

Enjoy your lunchtime by moving a little more and enjoying an acttive break. We have a few options to help brighten your day and get moving this lunchtime. Either enjoy the outdoors and take in the local greenery in our 3km Sunny Hill Park walk, or choose one of our instructor led active break videos from the list below.

Sunny Hill Park 3km Walk from Campus - Download your map

Coose from our series of Active Break videos

Join in with our mood boosting endorphin inducing active break stretch videos. In these short videos our instructors from The Fitness Pod, take you through a series of active stretches needed to re energise your body and mind with an active break. These stretch sessions can be performed anywhere, do not need tons of space to do so, simply break up your lecture or working day whenever you need to feel re-energised. Active breaks are short bursts of physical activity performed in the classroom or office as a break from regular learning and work tasks. Active breaks have been shown to have a positive effect on behaviour and attention immediately following participation, so let’s get stretching!

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