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December 2015

Doug Ellis Christmas & New Year Opening Hours

Christmas EveClosed
Christmas DayClosed
Boxing DayClosed
Sun 27th Dec9:00 - 17:00 ( Boxercise @10am)
Mon 28th Dec9:00 - 17:00 (RPM @ 10am)
Tue 29th Dec9:00 - 17:00 (Body Pump @ 10am)
Wed 30th Dec9:00 - 17:00 (Pilates @10am)
Thurs 31st Dec9:00 - 17:00 (GRIT @ 10am)
New Years DayClosed
Sat 2nd Jan9:00 - 18:00 (Normal Classes)
Sat 3rd Jan9:00 - 18:00 (Boxercise @ 10am)

Back to normal on Monday 4 January 2016


August 2015

National Fitness Day - Wednesday 9th September

Come down to Doug Ellis Sports Centre on Wednesday 9th September and celebrate National Fitness Day with a whole host of activities, including free class taster sessions and fitness challenges - We'll be running Pilates, Circuits and Ab Blast classes absolutely FREE!

Free Class Tasters

Come and take part in one of our classes running on 9th September at Doug Ellis Sports Centre for FREE. The classes available are Pilates, Circuits and Ab Blast.
Held in the Studio 1 9th September 2015

Pilates is a holistic exercise system designed to elongate, strengthen and restore the body to balance. 10:00am – 11:00am Wednesday.

Circuits is a high intensity training class which delivers cardiovascular and strength training in different formats to give you an all over body workout. 18:45 – 19:30 Wednesday.

This class is designed to improve your range of motion, abdominal strength, stability, co-ordination and balance. 19:30 – 20:00 Wednesday.

2000m Row Challenge

Come and see how quick you can Row 2000 meters in, all times recorded by an instructor and added to the leader board. Held in the Gymnasium on 9th September 2015 all day.

Rowing is a full-body exercise, and it keeps the heart rate elevated. With each stroke, pretty much every part of the body is used.

Fancy Dress Sports Theme

Come and take part in a fun fancy dress session where all staff will be dressing up as sportsman or women for the day. On site all day 9th September 2015.

The site team will be dressing up in there sporting gear for the day and taking part in onsite challenges and activities.

1 REP Max Bench Press

Have you got the power and strength to win the 1 REP Max bench press challenge

Before beginning any strength-training program, it is advisable that a lifter determine their one-repetition-maximum (1RM) to gauge their current strength level. Essentially the result of one-repetition-maximum testing will give a precise indication of how much weight one is capable of lifting for one repetition across a range of exercises, in this case the Bench Press.
Held in the Gymnasium on 9th September 2015 all day.

Plank Challenge

See who can hold the Plank for the longest challenge.

The plank is one of the best exercises because it tightens the deepest core muscles. It’s a static exercise where you use your arms to raise yourself off the floor and hold the whole body straight and rigid, like a plank of wood. Held in the Gymnasium on 9th September 2015 all day.

July 2013

Summer Extravaganza: Sunday 21st July | 12:00 - 16:00

Start TimeActivity
10:30 - 11:30Yoga
12:00 - 13:00RPM
12:00 - 12:30Aston Villa Training, 4-6 yr olds, max 25
12:00 - 14:00Roller Derby - Ladies only try skate
12:30 - 13:00Aston Villa Training, 4-6 yr olds, max 25
13:00 - 14:00Body Attack Master Class
13:00 - 13:30Aston Villa Training, 7-9 yr olds, max 25
13:30 - 14:00GRIT Master Class
13:30 - 14:00Aston Villa Training, 7-9 yr olds, max 25
14:00 - 15:00Body Pump Master Class
14:00 - 15:00Healthy Eating Seminar
14:00 - 14:30Aston Villa Training, 10-12 yr olds, max 25
14:30 - 15:00GRIT Master Class
14:30 - 15:00Aston Villa Training, 10-12 yr olds, max 25
15:00 - 15:30Aston Villa Training, 10-12 yr olds, max 25
15:00 - 16:00Body Combat Master Class


Army activities, Animals Corner including tree bears, snakes, lizards, skunks and giant rabbits, Quad bikes for children, bouncy adventure centre & inflatable maze, circus demo’s, balloon modelling and face painting.

Free prize draws

BBQ and refreshments

Entrance fee = £1 per adult, 50p per child
All monies donated to Parent Support Network for Autism

10th May 2013

Change of lockers at Doug Ellis

From 14th May we are changing our lockers and a padlock system will be introduced.  From this date, you will need a padlock to secure a locker – these can be purchased from reception for £5 or you  may bring 

Please note that no belongings are to be left in lockers overnight.  All padlocks will be removed at the end of each day and all contents will be emptied. These will be kept for 30 days.

21st August 2012

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11th June 2011

Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity Event

On Saturday 11th June the Doug Ellis Sports Centre proudly hosted a charity event with all the proceeds going towards the Birmingham Children’s hospital cancer unit. An action pack evening included a number of cabaret acts from the local area performing in front of the family and friends of the children based in the unit. One of the most moving moments of the evening was when event organiser Matt Denning drove up to the centre in a stretch limousine and dressed as prince charming led four children from the hospital up a red carpet and into the event held in their honour. The event concluded with a fantastic firework display for the children. Mr Denning commented ‘I would like to thank everyone involved with the event, especially the staff at the Doug Ellis and Birmingham City University for making the event the most successful yet’.

The event raised in excess of £7000 for the hospital and will be used to buy new equipment such as saturation monitors, oxygen machines, needle drips and important medicines.

28th June 2010

City North Sports Centre renamed as The Doug Ellis Sports Centre

Doug Ellis OBE, life president of Aston Villa Football Club, has officially opened Birmingham City University’s latest facility - a state-of-the-art sports centre which proudly bears his name.

The new £7m centre is based at the University’s City North Campus and is open not only to staff and students but the wider community, including a full range of local sports teams. The centre has already hosted the Birmingham Paralympic and Disabled Sports Exhibition, held in association with Birmingham City University.

Doug Ellis, an honorary graduate of the University and passionate supporter of community-based sports development, officially unveiled a plaque in front of invited guests including Professor David Tidmarsh, Vice-Chancellor of Birmingham City University, and Pro-Chancellor and Chair of the University’s Board of Governors, Alex Stephenson CBE.

23rd April 2010

Paralympic Athletes Promote Sport in West Midlands

Birmingham City University’s new £7 million refurbished City North Sports Centre is to host an awareness day for Paralympic and Disabled sport on Monday 10th May from 5:30pm – 10pm.

The Wolverhampton Rhinos Basketball Team along with Paralympic T53 Silver Medalist Mickey Bushell and Boccia gold medallist Nigel Murray are all in attendance at the Birmingham Paralympic and Disabled Sports Exhibition, which is held in association with Birmingham City University.

Athletes will come together in aid of ParalympicsGB and Great Britain Wheelchair Basketball Association and will introduce people to Paralympic and disabled sport through a range of interactive sessions and talks.

The Rhinos, who frequently run community days, will be running sessions on Wheelchair Basketball throughout the exhibition. The sessions are free to take part in and are open to everyone.

The Birmingham A’s Basketball Team will be taking part in these sessions and the end of the night will climax in an exhibition wheelchair basketball match between themselves and the Rhinos.

The event will not only provide information to people interested in getting involved in disabled sport but will also showcase regional Paralympic and disabled sport events. In July Birmingham is hosting the World Wheelchair Basketball Championships and the exhibition is an opportunity to showcase the tournament.

Participants will receive an exclusive welcome pack which includes a free guest pass to the centre, discounted membership offers, a limited number of t shirts and information about a wide range of sporting events that are taking place in the West Midlands leading up to the London Paralympics in 2012.

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2nd February 2010

Birmingham City University helps build a healthier community

Birmingham City University is helping build a more active local community by opening the doors to a new multi-million pound sports centre in Perry Barr.

Situated on the former Ansells Sports Club site off Wellhead Lane, the state-of-the-art facility offers an 80-station fitness suite equipped with cutting edge equipment, dance and aerobic studios and a sports hall large enough to accommodate eight badminton courts. A full-sized all–weather pitch is due to be completed this year, offering additional sporting facilities.

The £7m centre will support all levels of sporting activity and will enable individuals and community groups to enjoy sport and achieve their potential.

Many exciting opportunities now exist for companies, clubs and organisations - and all who are passionate to play a part in creating the sporting stars of tomorrow - to contribute to this development, which will see more people, more active, more often.

Donna Harrison, Assistant Director of Campus Services, said: “This is an exciting development for Birmingham City University and one we are proud to share with the local community. It is part of a wider long-term estates strategy – the University committed to delivering a range of first-class facilities for staff, students and our neighbours in the local area.“

Serco Leisure is the managing agent at the centre. MD Keith Thomas commented: “The City North Sports Centre provides first class sporting facilities for university students and the community alike. We are pleased to work with the university and to engage further with Birmingham City Council and other agencies to encourage and develop community activities at this excellent facility”.

This is the second flagship sporting centre to be opened by the University in recent years. The Pavilion, in Moor Lane, already provides the local community, businesses and sports teams with a unique environment for conferences, corporate and social events.

15th January 2010

Workout Classes Start Monday 18th January

Our new workout class program starts on 18th January with classes including; Aerobics, Body Attack, Body Balance, Body Combat, Body Pump, Circuits, Stability Ball, Step, Studio Cycle, Thighs, Bums and Tums and Pilates.

Full details on the classes and booking information can be found on the Workout Classes Page.


Planning consent for new sports centre

Birmingham City University has received planning consent for its proposed sports centre from the City Council. The project will be sited on the former Ansells Sports Club site off Wellhead Lane, Perry Barr.

Following a lengthy consultation period with stakeholders including the University’s Students’ Union, Sport England and Birmingham City Council, the centre will boast a wide range of sports facilities for students and staff of the University and members of the local community.

The centre will house a sports hall big enough to accommodate eight badminton courts, an 80-station fitness suite and dance and aerobic studios. The planning consent also allows the future development of an all weather pitch.

The building designed by Warwick-based architects, Robotham Architecture, will cost around £7m.