Sports and Fitness Clubs in York
York hosts the UK Snooker Championship, which is the second biggest ranking tournament in the sport, at the York Barbican Centre. The most notable sportsmen to come from York in recent years are footballer Marco Gabbiadini and former England manager Steve McClaren, who both attended Nunthorpe Grammar School.
An open rowing club York City Rowing Club is located underneath Lendal Bridge. The rowing clubs of The University of York, York St John University Rowing Club and Leeds University Boat Club as well as York City RC use the Ouse for training. There are two sailing clubs close to York, both of which sail dinghies on the River Ouse. The York RI (Railway Institute) Sailing Club has a club bouse and boat park on the outskirts of Bishopthorpe, a village 3 miles to the south of York. The Yorkshire Ouse Sailing Club has a club house in the village of Naburn, 5 miles south of York.
York Racecourse was established in 1731 and from 1990 has been awarded Northern Racecourse of the Year for 17 years running. This major horseracing venue is located on the Knavesmire and sees thousands flocking to the city every year for the 15 race meetings. Motorbike speedway once took place at York. The track in the Burnholme Estate was completed in 1930 and a demonstration event staged. In 1931 the track staged team and open events and the York team took part in the National Trophy.
York Sport have the widest range of first class sport, health and fitness facilities, services and programmes in the city. We encourage everyone of all abilities to enjoy sport, with a huge range of pay-as-you-go and membership options to suit everyone. Our two facilities, York Sport Village & York Sport Centre are home to a fantastic array of gym, cycling, swimming, sports, racquet and fitness facilities. With the addition of artificial pitches, health facilities and an array of classes, you're sure to find facilities perfect for you.
Established in 1991, Emperors Gymis an independent, family owned business, and is now the longest running health club in York. We have cardiovascular machines, resistance machines, an impressive array of free-weights and lots of fantastic classes. You'll see Emperors hangs on to its history and endearing character with the building keeping many of its original features but also has a fashionable and modern quality.