Our Story


Club Kingswood is widely recognised as being one of the finest Health Clubs in the UK. Currently holding the title for ‘Best Customer Service’ at the National Fitness Awards. Having also won the coveted ‘National Gym of the Year’ in 2010/2011, the club has been consistently short-listed amongst the top gyms in the UK regularly. In addition, we have won a host of industry awards, including best customer service in Essex 2012.

 This enviable reputation has been gained by providing our members with a professional, yet personal award winning service, along with the very best in facilities and equipment.

What sets the club apart is the initial philosophy upon which clubkingswood was founded:
•    To run a club which we would be happy and proud to be a member of.
•    To treat all members equally irrespective of their age, sex, size, or level of fitness / ability

“The club has effectively bridged the gap between health, fitness and wellness
and can confidently claim to look after their members – heart, body and soul! “

Judges’ Comments National Fitness Awards


Rex Guppy founded clubkingswood in October 1967. The club was originally built as a 6 court Squash club, based upon Rex Guppy’s love of the game of squash and his desire to ‘spread the word’. The opening ceremony was a glitzy affair attended by all the county officials and included a telegram from Prince Philip, congratulating Rex Guppy on fulfilling his dream and wishing the club all the very best for the future.

Rex Guppy was an innovator and an entrepreneur, and his concept of opening a squash club in Basildon was considered something of a risk, especially as Squash was a relatively unknown in this country. Not even Rex could have anticipated the Squash boom of the 1970’s, and more and more courts were added until in 1978, the club had 19 squash courts, the largest Squash club in the world!!

With Alister Guppy taking over the helm of the club in 1978, it was decided that the club should widen it’s appeal beyond just those people interested in playing Squash and two courts were converted into a Gym and ‘Aerobics’ Studio.

From the early 80’s, health and fitness at clubkingswood continued to grow, with lots of exciting developments, and the club becoming well known as innovators in the industry, at the forefront of the fitness boom.

Tragically, the club’s Chairman Rex Guppy died suddenly in 1995, but the Guppy family vowed to carry on maintaining the club’s high standards and reputation both locally and nationwide. in 1998, the club was awarded the then top honour in our industry, by being voted ‘UK Health and Fitness Club of the Year’, by the Fitness Industry Association.

The club continues to go from strength to strength, always looking to refresh and add to it’s impressive range of facilities and activities by providing the very best level of professional yet personal service in the UK today.


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