Camden Leisure Centres

Accessing Camden Leisure Centres

Camden’s leisure centres, operated in partnership with Better, are now fully re-opened. Prepaid members can access the gym without a booking, and all customers can visit their local leisure centres to take part in an activity, however places are limited for swimming sessions and fitness classes, booking in advance is recommended via the Better UK app (available on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store) or online via Better Website

You can find out more, including timetables and prices, and find your nearest centre at Better Camden Leisure Centres

Virtual physical activity resources

We understand that due to the spread of coronavirus, there is a high risk of many children becoming inactive or having to self-isolate.

To help children and young people stay happy and healthy throughout, we've put together some of the best online resources we could find which can be completed in the comfort of your own home.

Below are some links to simple ideas and content to aid teachers, parents and carers in maintaining an active routine for children and young people. They will help support positive engagement, physical wellbeing, as well as enhancing concentration and cognition, to aid remote learning.

The resources will also help children and young people continue their developing their skills in PE during this period of remote learning. Many activities can be done inside the house and with no (or very limited) equipment.

London Sport Active at Home

Physical activity must be a vital part of every child’s day and London Sport have worked hard to make activity at home widely available and accessible providing a range of free and low-cost activities.

Joe Wicks

Joe Wicks' daily PE lessons for children of primary age at 9am each day during the school closure. Visit his YouTube channel. Age range: EYFS, KS1 and KS2

iMoves  

Lovely daily exercise activities that can be done at home. The iMoves exercises also have other suggested activities linked to them.

Diversity

Diversity and the whole 20DV team want to spread nothing but love and positivity in these troubling times and we think dance should be accessible to everybody regardless of circumstance. Be safe. Get dancing. Keep smiling.

Change 4 Life

These Change 4 Life 10-minute bursts of fun will really get your kids moving and count towards the 60 active minutes they need every day.

Ready Set Ride Resources - Cycling

British Cycling have designed resources to help children to learn to ride. Using an activity pack, online video resources to support parents, teachers and carers to teach children the essential skills needed to ride a bike while having fun playing together. Additional resources can be accessed by creating a free account.

Youth Sport Trust

Youth Sports Trust have created some easy to follow activity cards with fun challenges and PE activities for children at home. The aim is to help parents/carers bring the ideas to life within their home environments (inside and outside) – and can be adapted to suit a range of ages and abilities.

Couch to Family Fit

Get involved with free daily fun online activities with your family with Couch To Family Fit list of fun interactive videos and online support to help keep all members of your family healthy.

Topsportsability Inclusive PE & Sport

Fantastic online resource of inclusive PE and sporting activities and ideas for young people with special educational needs and disabilities. Sign up using the Inclusion Lead Code: YSTINCLUSION25

ukactive Kids x Nike: Move Crew  

ukactive and Nike have just launched Move Crew, a set of activity missions designed to help kids unlock their 60 minutes of daily recommended activity.

Move Crew was created using the expertise of primary school staff, elite athletes, children and coaches, to support school staff, parents and carers by setting daily activity missions which can be completed either at home with family members.

The Place  

Join The Place Partner Schools teachers for bite size classes for young people online. These are free, short classes for young people to get dancing and get creative from home. No prior dance experience needed, just lots of enthusiasm! These videos were created as part of The Place's Partner Schools programme. This video is recommended for primary school age.

The FA (Football Association)

The FA have provided tips to staying safe and healthy to football activities to keep your body and mind active – explore how you can make the most of football staying home

The FA SuperKicks

A wide range of fun active videos to help develop your football skills by qualified FA coaches. The FA SuperKicks provides fun challenges and learning resources to get you ready for the game.

Holborn Gymflex

Holborn Community Association have moved their Gymflex sessions online for children aged 5 - 11 years old. To book your Childs place visit the Holborn Community Association Activity Timetable.

#Fight Together Kids Boxing

LGBTQ Fight Together Boxing Project is free and available for children and young people aged 5-11 years old every Monday. To join the session and for further information please visit the Rathbone boxing website

Contact details

For more information or inquiries email:

Holiday activities 2022

See below activities that will take place over the October Half-term holidays 2022.

The October Half-term holiday activities will take place from Monday 24th October - Friday 28th October 2022. 


For other alternative children and young people activities visit Camden Rise.
  • Advance registration is required for all sessions. 
  • Drop-in places are not available on the day.
  • Once you have completed a registration form, your child will be automatically added to the register to attend the day of the session.
  • All activities have been adapted to ensure that they meet government advice and provide a safe, positive, fun environment.
  • Please email the session contact provided if you no longer require your registered space in advance.
     

Girls Get Moving Monday's

Girls Get Moving is an opportunity for girls aged 8 to 14 years old to get active in a safe place to socialise, make new friends, develop & learn new skills and most of all to have fun whilst taking part in their favourite activities.

Activities include: Trampolining, Football, Mini Tennis, Table Tennis, Badminton, Fun Games and much more.

Price: £3.00 per session payable at Talacre reception on the day.

Ages: 8 - 14 years old
Location: Talacre Community Sports Centre, Dalby Street, NW5 3AF
Dates and Times: Monday 24 October from 4pm - 6pm

Mixed Football & Multi-sports games sessions at Cantelowes Gardens Sports Pitch

A range of football fun drills and games and multi-sport activities for young people throughout the holidays. A great opportunity to try out new activities and socialise with friends at Cantelowes Sports Pitch.

Price: Free
Ages: 8 - 12 years old
Location: Cantelowes Gardens Sports Pitch, Camden Road, NW1 9AE
Dates and Times: Monday 24 & Tuesday 25 October from 12pm - 3pm

Active Wednesday

Active Wednesday takes place on a Wednesday during the school holidays for ages 11-17 years old. Active Wednesdays are filled with a lot of fun activities such as Trampolining, Cricket, Tennis, Table Tennis, Football, Basketball and much more.

Price: Free
Ages: 11-17 years old
Location: Talacre Community Sports Centre, Dalby Street, NW5 3AF
Dates and Times: Wednesday 26 October from 4pm-6pm

Kilburn Grange Park Multi-Sport Session

Enjoy your Half term holidays with your friends outside at Kilburn Grange Park MUGA’s. With fun games and multi-sport activities available for young people ages 10 – 16 years old.

Price: Free
Ages: 10 - 16 years old
Location: Kilburn Grange Park MUGAs (Multi Use Games Area), NW6 2JL
Dates and Times: Thursday 27 & Friday 28 October  from 1pm-4pm

​​Arsenal in The Community 

Working in partnership with Camden Active provide opportunities for both boys and girls of all abilities to play football and be coached over the school holidays at Cantelowes Gardens Sports Pitch by qualified Arsenal community coaches within a Covid-19 safe environment.

Price: Free
Ages: 8 - 18 years old
Location: Cantelowes Gardens Sports Pitch, Camden Road, NW1 9AE 
Dates and Times: Wednesday 26, Thursday 27 & Friday 28 October from 1pm-4pm 

Multi-Sports Scheme for ages 8 to 14 years - 2022 

A range of fun and exciting sport and physical activities taking place at Talacre Community Sports Centre during the school holidays all year from 9:30am to 3:30pm. Get involved and tell your friends to come along with you.

  • October half term: 24 October to 28 October (5 days)
  • Christmas holiday: 19 December to 22 December (5 days)
  • February half term 2023: 13 February to 17 February (5days)

Location: Talacre Community Sports Centre, NW5 3AF
Prices: Concession-£40.00 / Standard- £85.00 / Full Price (no membership) £150.00
How to book:

  1. You can book your place either at Talacre Reception or online at Better Leisure website (Please note: online bookings can only be made up to 7 days before the start date of the course).
     
  2. You will need to complete a form either in paper or electronic form, before the start of the Holiday Scheme.  You must complete a form even if you have attended one of our Holiday Schemes previously.
    *Prices are for 5 days only

Gymnastics Mini Camp for ages 4 to 7 years - 2022

Mini gymnastics sessions will help develop children’s basic FUNdamentals, agility, balance and co-ordination within a fun, enjoyable and safe environment. This year’s mini gymnastics camps have been adapted to ensure that they meet government advice and provide a safe, positive, fun environment. Places are limited and must be booked in advance. From 11am to 12:30pm.

  • October half term: 24 October to 28 October (5 days)
  • Christmas holiday: 19 December to 22 December (5 days)
  • February half term 2023: 13 February to 17 February (5days)

Location: Talacre Community Sports Centre, NW5 3AF
Prices: Concession-£27.60 / Standard-£46.00 / Full Price (no membership)-£73.00
How to book:

  1. You can book your place either at Talacre Reception or online at Better Lesiure website (Please note: online bookings can only be made up to 7 days before the start date of the course). 
  2. You will need to complete a form either in paper or electronic form, before the start of the Mini Camps.  You must complete a form even if you have attended one of our Mini Camps previously.
    *Prices are for 5 days only

Finding your activities

Stay Active Whilst at Home

  • Sports England have provided information on some good ways you can stay active and fit whilst at home.
  • Get involved with free daily fun online activities to help keep you healthy with Couch to Fitness. List of videos and online support to help boost your motivation. 

Find Activities in Camden

  • Find all the fun and favourite activities near to you using our Camden Activity Map.
  • Find inspiring stories about how your Camden residents like you, are moving more. Locate all the activities and places to be active close to you with We Can Move.
  • Get involved in regular activity with your friends and family in your area using Play Finder. Find a venue and book a session in a gym, sports hall or a sports pitch for you and your friends to have fun and stay active.

Stay and Play Sessions

  • Ensure your child gets the best possible start to their life by involving them in regular fun activities with Camden’s Stay and Play Sessions for under 5 years old. An opportunity for your child to develop physical strength, socialise skills and build confidence. 

Fun Ways to Stay Active Together 

  • Sports England have provided information on some good ways you can stay active together as a family.
  • Camden has 9 Outdoor Gyms for you as well as your friends and family. A fun and different way to enjoy exercising for free, whilst getting the fresh air you need.
  • Camden Health Walks are free to attend and available all through the week. Get involved staying healthy by walking around Camden, meeting new friends and exploring your local area. 

Visit live sport events

Be inspired by watching top-class sport and seeing elite international athletes performing around London with SportonSpec. An opportunity to book and visit the sporting events that are taking place in and around the city. 

Term time activities

Term time activities for young people are held at at Talacre Community Sports Centre, run by the Camden Sports Development Team. These activities are available for children aged 3 to 17 years old.

By booking onto these courses it will:

  • guarantee your child’s place week to week
  • enhance progression and the development of your child’s skills 
  • ensure you receive priority booking for each new term. 

Courses take place during school term time and are offered after school and over the weekend. 

We offer term time courses in:

Contact Information

For more information on all our children’s sports courses, or to book your child’s place, you can:

Sports education and training programme

The Sports Education and Training Programme, is an amazing opportunity for young people aged 16-19 years old. It is a unique programme for young people who have a desire to pursue careers in sport and physical activity. 

Within the programme, young people have the chance to obtain a Level 2 certificate of activity leadership and/or a Level 3 diploma in Sports Development.  Many students in the programme progress to paid employment as sports coaches, play workers, fitness instructors and teaching assistants.

In addition to these courses, the students have the opportunity to resit GCSE Maths and English or begin their functional skills in Maths and English Qualifications. To further enhance students CV's and knowledge we also organise and deliver national governing body coaching qualifications in various sports. The programme also offers work placements within Camden Sports Development Team or with local partners.

Find out more and apply before 30 July 2022

To find out more about how you can join the Level 2 and 3 courses visit LaSwap Sixth Form

Please complete our online registration form or contact the team (details below) for more information and how to apply before the deadline of 30 July 2022.

Contact details 

For more information you can:

Camden Youth Safety Fund

The programme also includes a Sports Leadership day release programme for students in Years 10 and 11.  One day a week, students in this programme will come to Talacre Community Sports Centre, where they will work towards and attend the following qualifications and courses: 

  • Sports Leadership Level 1 qualification
  • FA Junior Football Leaders Award
  • Leading Athletics course
  • Emergency aid and drugs awareness workshops
  • Inclusive Activity Programme

The core aims of the programme are to:

  • Support students to improve their confidence, self-esteem and resilience and as a result benefit from increased motivation, improved attitude to learning and  attendance.
  • Provide vocational qualifications which will improve pathways and opportunities to continue in further education or into employment.

It is a rewarding additional or alternative pathway to the traditional education pathways for GCSE and A level Students. 

In order to enrol on Level 1 course, you will need to go through the school that the child attends.

For more information the school can:

London Youth Games

The London Youth Games is an annual city wide event, with over 70,000 young people taking part every year.

Camden Sports Development Team, in partnership with sports clubs in Camden organise teams for the 30 sports available through the London Youth Games. These teams as a collective create Team Camden.

Children aged 7 to 18, who live or go to school in Camden are eligible to represent Team Camden. 

Starting in November, over the course of 9 months, children compete in a series of preliminary rounds and semi-finals, culminating in a fun packed finals weekend, at the National Sports Centre in Crystal Palace.

The games also caters to athletes of all abilities and includes several disability competitions Para Games Swimming, Football, Boccia and Athletics.

For more information about the London Youth Games visit London Youth Games website or contact Camden's LYG Team organiser Ben.Dorsett@camden.gov.uk

Gymnastics

Book a Recreational Gymnastics course

Camden Gymnastics Club, hosted by Talacre Community Sports Centre, is the only centre in central London with a purpose built gymnastics hall.

Our very popular gymnastics programme has over 1000 children aged 3-16 participating each week, in a variety of after school and weekend classes.

Gymnastics develops skills such as; flexibility, coordination, strength and balance, as well as a range of acrobatic skills. Children are instructed by our large team of British Gymnastics qualified coaches.  There are also opportunities for children who show potential to progress all the way up to the national level of training and competing.

Contact details:

Parent and Toddler Gymnastics

Our parent and toddler sessions are the perfect introduction to gymnastics for your toddler. These sessions run on weekday and Sunday mornings. Each week we accommodate up to 495 toddlers and their parents/carers over eleven sessions.

The session is characterised as unstructured parent/carer supervised play, in which your toddler can explore most of the different apparatus in the gymnastics hall.

You will need to book in advance online at www.better.org.uk before the session.

Parent and toddler gymnastics timetable

  • Session 1: Wednesday - 9:30am to 10:15am    
  • Session 2: Monday - Friday - 10:30am to 11:30am

Friday Night Project

Friday Night Project (FNP) runs the 1st Friday of every month at Talacre Community Sports Centre, from 7:45pm - 10pm and is free to enter.

The Friday Night Project is an opportunity for 12 to 17 year olds to get active, socialise with their friends and have fun in a safe, supportive and neutral environment.

FNP is led by a team of friendly, trained staff and volunteers who have extensive experience in working with young people. The team offer a variety of activities at each event and work with our young people to create spaces be in active in their own ways.

Talacre Community Sports Centre offers the perfect setting for young people to interact and get active in a safe environment, with coaches and volunteers on hand to support and offer advice.

Typically, Friday Night Project offers activities such as:

  • Football 
  • Basketball
  • Badminton
  • Table tennis
  • Trampolining
  • Dodgeball
  • Football free style skills
  • Boxing
  • Parkour
  • Dance

There are lockers on site to store belongings, however we encourage young people not to bring any valuables as we cannot be held responsible for any damage or loss of belongings.

Contact Details

For more information about the Friday Night Project you can

Kilburn Grange Park Multi-Sport Session

Get involved with free fun multi-sport sessions that take place at Kilburn Grange Park MUGA (Multi Use Games Area) with your friends on a weekly basis.

Activities such as Football, Cricket, Basketball and many more fun games and friendly competition to keep you active and entertained. 

Price: Free
Ages: 10 - 16 years old
Location: Kilburn Grange Park MUGAs (Multi Use Games Area), NW6 2JL
Dates and Times: Every Monday & Wednesday 5pm - 7pm 

Young Women and Girls Football

Young Women and Girls Football Programme returns. To book your place please check the timetable below and contact Kirsty Pealling before attending so your child can be placed in the right session:
- 0207 974 6294
- Kirsty.Pealling@camden.gov.uk

Camden Weetabix Wildcats Football Centre

Are you looking for a fun way for girls 5-11 to get involved with football? Then look no further. Weetabix Wildcats is the place to be, everyone is super awesome; from the friends you’ll meet to The FA qualified coaches and volunteers who deliver the sessions. 

So, what is Weetabix Wildcats? Well, it’s non-competitive football for girls who want to give it a go for the very first time or want to play with other girls their own age. Most importantly, Weetabix Wildcats is all about having loads of fun and meeting new amazing friends. 

Love the sound of Weetabix Wildcats? Simply follow these next steps: 

Wildcats Wednesday Sign Up

Day: Wednesday (Term time)
Time: 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Location: Talacre Community Sports Centre, NW5 3AF
Price: £3.00 per session

  • The first Wildcats Wednesday session you attend is free of charge.
     
  • To register your child(s) place at the Wildcats Wednesday term time session please complete the Wildcats Wednesday Registration Form. Registrations must be completed for each child and submitted no later than Tuesday 4PM if you wish to participate for the following day (any forms submitted after this time will be added to the session the following week)
     
  • With limited spaces it is important to book your child(s) place as soon as possible. Please sign up by completing the registration form above and for more details.

Young Women and Girls Football Programme

The Young Women and Girls Football Programme offers weekly training sessions created exclusively for girls aged 5-16 years old and we always welcome new participants.

The programme offers organised sessions in a fun and engaging environment, which focuses on developing player’s fundamental skills and creating the foundation for a lifelong love of football.

Girls within this programme can also progress to play competitively for a team in local leagues and competitions.

The sessions listed below must all be booked before attending and are during the school term time. We offer your first session for free. Please contact the team before attending so they can recommend the most suitable session for you.

Young Women and Girls Football Training Schedule

Monday (under 10's and 11s)

Location: Cantelowes Gardens Sports Pitch, Camden Road, NW5 2AP 
Time: 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Price: £3.75 

Tuesday (under 14's and 15s)

Location: Cantelowes Gardens Sports Pitch, Camden Road, NW5 2AP 
Time: 4:45pm to 6:15pm
Price: £3.75 

Wednesday (Under 16s)

Location: Cantelowes Gardens Sports Pitch, Camden Road, NW5 2AP 
Time: 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Price: £3.75 

Wednesday (Under 12s and 13s)

Location: Talacre Community Sports Centre, NW5 3AF
Time: 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Price: £3.75 

Wildcats Wednesday (5-11 years)

Location: Talacre Community Sports Centre, NW5 3AF
Time: 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Price: £3.00

Wildcats Wednesday youtube video

Team Contact details

For more information on the girls and Young Women & Girls Football Programme you can:

10 Weeks of Free Boxing for Girls 11-17 years old

Rathbone Amateur Boxing Club and Hawley Amateur Boxing Club

have been awarded funding from The Box Gathering which means they are currently offering 10 weeks of free boxing classes for girls aged 11 to 17, starting Friday 10 June.

Led by qualified female England Boxing Coach, the classes are a unique opportunity for girls to try out the sport in a safe space. Participants will then have the opportunity to join mixed amateur sessions.

Boxing is a great sport to inspire, empower and build confidence.  Rathbone and Hawley Amateur Boxing Clubs want to share their passion and look forward to inviting a new generation into the gym.

Start date: Friday 10 June 2022
Time: 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Venue: Camden Boxing Gym, 47 Kentish Town Road, NW1 8NX
 

A quote from Abi, one of the current young boxers and aspiiring coach that attends the programme:
“Boxing has given me confidence and an escape from stress. The best thing is meeting other boxers and coaches who are always supportive and make me look forward to training.” 
 

For further information about this great opportunity please visit Camden Boxing Club or alternatively email: HawleyOutreach@CamdenBoxingClub.com