Sports Facilities

Sports Facilities


Our modern, state of the art sports facilities are a local community asset, supporting all levels of ability, and can be used for a variety of academic and sporting needs, as well as events, meetings, conferences, birthday parties and more.

Our facilities are well-maintained and act as a gateway to maximise extracurricular activity for our students as well as local teams, community groups, charities and individuals. Our offer includes a full-sized 3G pitch, multi-use sports hall, dance studio and MUGA (Netball). Other facilities available for hire include theatre with stage, classrooms & communal dining area.
We hire rooms and halls for events, conferences, meetings, birthday parties and more, and on arrival your group will be greeted by our friendly, helpful staff, who will work to accommodate all your needs on the day.

Online Booking System

Our online booking system enables easy access to check the availability of all our facilities, and offers block booking options for long-term hires. Essa Sports Centre is a cashless facility.
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About our Facilities
3G Football Pitch
Our FA registered 3G football pitch is the crown jewel of Essa Sports Centre and is our most-requested facility. Book well in advance to avoid disappointment!
Sports Hall
The sports hall is a multi-use space, and is most frequently used for badminton, basketball, netball, indoor football and cricket, although we also make the space available for parties and events.
The Dance Studio
Our stylish dance studio is the perfect space for ballet, tap, dance and fitness sessions for people of all ages! Equipped with mirrors and barre, the space is near our changing rooms, and we have mats available for yoga, Pilates and other activities as required.
Booking a Party?
Our sports hall, theatre or dining hall are all ideal spaces for parties and celebrations, and at a rate of around £25 per hour, are excellent value for money.
Event, Meeting or Conference?
In addition to our classroom spaces to hire, we also have our theatre, dining space and sports hall to hire. We can set up rooms as you require, whether theatre style, U-shaped, meeting tables or any other requirement you may have, and we also offer catering for an additional fee.


Frequently Asked Questions
Do you take cash payments?
All bookings are made by debit or credit card using our online booking system, which enables you to check the availability of our facilities and offers the convenience of booking in advance. ESSA Sports Centre is a cashless facility.
Do you offer discounts for block bookings?
Absolutely! Any booking of 10 weeks or longer qualifies for a discount. Please see our booking system or contact the team using the details below to find out more.

Are discounts available for local charities?
We are always happy to discuss booking options with community groups. Please contact the Sports Centre using the details below to have a chat with us about how we can support your organisation.
If we hire a court, the sports hall or a pitch, do we pay for each player?
We charge a single rate to hire our facilities. How you divide that up on a per-player basis is entirely up to you. For example, if you hire a badminton court at the rate of £10 per hour for four players, you will only pay £10.
I'm stuck with the online booking system! What do I do?
Our booking system is designed to be intuitive, but if you do experience any problems at all, simply give us a call on the number below and one of our helpful staff will guide you through the process.
Do you offer catering for events and birthday parties?
We do! Catering is offered for an additional fee – please call us to find out more. Alternatively, you are welcome to arrange your own catering.
How do I get to Essa Sports Centre?
We are situated at the top of Lever Edge Lane, on the Essa Academy site, with easy access from the motorway, and from Bolton town centre. We have ample on-site parking.
Are your facilities accessible?
All of our facilities have been designed with accessibility in mind, and we can accommodate a wide range of physical, hidden and sensory impairments within Essa Sports Centre, and also have accessible parking at the front of the centre. Please let us know if you have any specific access requirements at the time of booking.
Opening Hours and Contact Information

Monday – Friday 17:30 - 22:00pm
Saturday 9:00 - 14:45
Sunday 10:00 - 18:00

Essa Academy
Lever Edge Lane

Tel: 01204 333227
Essa Foundation Academies Trust have a site-wide vision of ‘All Will Succeed’ which extends to the Sports Centre that maintain the high standards expected for local community use. All income generated from Essa Sports Centre goes towards developing sports and education opportunities within Essa Foundation Academies Trust.