Sussex Leisure Guide


Welcome to Sussex Leisure Guide to sports and leisure facilities in East and West Sussex.

Our aim is simple:

    to have the most comprehensive Guide to Sussex Leisure on the web,
so if you think we have missed one or two please let us know and we will add the facilities or programme to the site.

Outstanding Facilities

Both East and West Sussex are blessed with many fine facilities both for the serious athlete in training and for families looking for enjoyment.

The K2 centre in Crawley has the only olympic 50m pool in the South-East.  Add in a huge climbing wall and a six-lane athletics stadium and you will start to see why it is buzzing from early morning to 11pm at night.

The Olympos Centre in Burgess Hill,formerly The Triangle, has long been a favourite with families because of its exciting leisure pool with flumes and outside swim areas.


Sussex is a historic county in South East England corresponding roughly in area to the ancient Kingdom of Sussex. It is bounded on the north by Surrey, east by Kent, south by the English Channel, and west by Hampshire, and is divided for local government into West Sussex and East Sussex and the City of Brighton and Hove. The city of Brighton & Hove was created a unitary authority in 1997; and was granted City status in 2000. Until then Chichester had been Sussex's only city.

The divisions of West Sussex and East Sussex were originally established in 1189, and had obtained separate administrations (Quarter Sessions) by the 16th century. This situation was recognised by the County of Sussex Act 1865. Under the Local Government Act 1888 the two divisions became two administrative counties (along with three county boroughs: Brighton, Eastbourne and Hastings).

The appellation Sussex remained in use as a ceremonial county until 1974, when the Lord-Lieutenant of Sussex was replaced with one each for East and West Sussex. The whole of Sussex has had a single police force since 1968.

Sussex still retains a strong local identity and the county's unofficial anthem is Sussex by the Sea. The county's motto, "We wun't be druv", reflects the strong-willed nature of its people in past centuries. Sussex's device shows six martlets. Sussex's county flower is the round-headed rampion, also known as the Pride of Sussex. June 16, the feast day of the county's patron saint St Richard, has been declared Sussex Day by West Sussex County Council. Although it retains a strong identiy, most people say West Sussex and East Sussex today and even use them in lists of traditional counties sometimes.