Cost of Living: Free and Low-Cost Sports and Physical Activities

Free and Low-Cost Sports and Physical Activities in Camden

It is very important that we are all active and have access to physical activity opportunities to stay healthy throughout the year.

A Free and Low-Cost physical activity guide has been created to help direct you to places and provide information of services within Camden where you can be active and exercise with your family and friends or even by yourself. 

Within the activity guide there are activities available for:

  • Children and Young People
  • Families
  • Older Adults
  • People with Disabilities 
  • Women and Girls 
  • Indoor / Outdoor activities 

Please view Camden's Free and Low-Cost Sports and Physical Activity Guide.

For further information about Free and Low Cost activities please contact:

Virtual physical activity resources

To help children and young people stay happy and healthy, 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. The resources will help support positive engagement, physical wellbeing, as well as enhancing concentration and cognition.

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 PE lessons for children of primary shchool age range: ETFS, KS1 and KS2 available on his YouTube channel The Body Coach TV.


iMoves provides fun activities for teachers and parents to keep children happy, healthy and focussed with everything from outdoor games to exercise videos to mental wellbeing activities.


Diversity and the whole 20DV team want to spread nothing but love and positivity and we think dance should be accessible to everybody. Get dancing and 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 2023

The February Half-term holiday activities will take place from Monday 13 February 2023 to Friday 17 February 2023 

For other alternative children and young people activities visit Camden Rise.

If you would like to attend an activity:

  • 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

Camden HAF Programme

The Camden Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) Programme provides free, fun activities and a healthy meal in a safe environment during the school holidays.

The Camden HAF programme is for children aged 5 to 16 years old eligible for free school meals. It is funded by the Department for Education (DfE) and run by Camden Council and Young Camden Foundation. 

Bookings for the programme are now open. For more information on activities taking place and to register visit Young Camden Foundation HAF Programme

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 via card only (once you have pre- registered your place online.)

Ages: 8 to 14 years old
Location: Talacre Community Sports Centre, Dalby Street, NW5 3AF
Dates and Times: Monday 13 February from 4pm-6pm

Active Wednesday

Active Wednesday takes place on a Wednesday during the school holidays for ages 11 to 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 to 17 years old
Location: Talacre Community Sports Centre, Dalby Street, NW5 3AF
Dates and Times: Wednesday 15 February from 4pm-6pm

Mixed Football Sessions at Cantelowes Garden Sports Pitch

Football activities include fun ball familiarisation skills, working on passing, dribbling, ball control, shooting and finishing drills plus some fun football games.

Price: Free
Ages: 8 to 12 years old
Location: Cantelowes Gardens Sports Pitch, Camden Road, NW1 9AE
Dates and Times: Monday 13th February from 12pm - 3pm 
•    To register your place please complete the February HT 2023 Cantelowes Football Registration Form
•    For more information on sessions please contact:  /

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 safe environment. 

Price: Free
Ages: 8 to 18 years old
Location: Cantelowes Gardens Sports Pitch, Camden Road, NW1 9AE
Dates and Times: Wednesday 15, Thursday 16 and Friday 17 February from 1pm - 4pm 

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 to 16 years old.

Price: Free
Ages: 10 to 16 years old
Location: Kilburn Grange Park MUGAs (Multi Use Games Area), NW6 2JL
Dates and Times: Monday 13, Tuesday 14, Thursday 16 February from 1pm-4pm

Multi-Sports Scheme for ages 8 to 12 years - 2023

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.

  • February half term 2023: 13 February to 17 February (5days)
  • Easter week 1: 3 April to 6 April (3 days) - 40 free spaces for children eligible for free school meals. Register at Young Camden Foundation
  • Easter week 2: 8 April to 11 April (4 days)
  • May half term: 30 May to 2 June (4 days)
  • Summer week 1: 24 July to 28 July (4 days)
  • Summer week 2: 31 July to 4 Aug (5 days)
  • Summer week 3: 7 Aug to 11 Aug (5 days)
  • Summer week 4: 14 August to 18 August (4 days)
  • October half term: 23 October to 27 October (5 days)
  • Christmas holidays: To be confirmed

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 on paper or an 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 - 2023

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.

  • February half term 2023: 13 February to 17 February (5 days)
  • Easter week 1: 3 April to 6 April (3 days)
  • Easter week 2: 8 April to 11 April (4 days)
  • May half term: 30 May to 2 June (4 days)
  • Summer week 1: 24 July to 28 July (4 days)
  • Summer week 2: 31 July to 4 Aug (5 days)
  • Summer week 3: 7 Aug to 11 Aug (5 days)
  • Summer week 4: 14 August to 18 August (4 days)
  • October half term: 23 October to 27 October (5 days)
  • Christmas holidays: To be confirmed

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 on paper or an 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

Get Active London Sport 

London Sport have created Get Active, an activity finder to help you access free and low-cost activities in your local area or from home.

Simply enter your postcode into the search box to see the closest activities in your area and for other useful resources. 

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.

Kids Swim for a £1

Enjoy access to weekly swimming for £1 every weekend before 10am at Camden Better Leisure centres with Kids Swim for a Quid. This offer is available to all children under 16 years old. For more information on membership and how to get started visit Kids Swim for a Quid.

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.
  • Wellbeing walks in Camden 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:

GLL Athlete Support Programme 2023

The Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL) Sports Foundation Award 2023 

The UK’s largest independent athlete support programme opens its annual award programme for new applications until 20 February 2023.

Talented athletes from across 65 areas across the UK are invited to apply for a range of support awards which include financial support, access to sport facilities, physiotherapy, lifestyle mentoring and mental health support. 

What to know

  • The innovative scheme is provided by charitable social enterprise GLL and expects to award £1.2m worth of help in 2023 for successful applicants.
  • All successful applicants will be given access to the 250 sport and leisure facilities across the UK operated by GLL under its “Better” trading brand.
  • Receive the follow support package awards in aid of your athletic development; financial support, access to sport facilities, physiotherapy, lifestyle mentoring and mental health support.
  • Applications must be submitted no later than Monday 20 February 2023.

How to apply

To apply for the athlete support award package visit the GLL website

GLL Sport Foundation 15th Year Anniversary 

The GLL Sport Foundation celebrates its 15th year. The national largest independent athlete award programme has so far contributed over £13m to help over 24,000 athletes on their sporting journey. 

For further information about the GLL Athlete Support Program visit The GLL Sport Foundation Press Release or email

Arsenal in The Community Weekly Football Sessions

Weekly Football Sessions with Arsenal in The Community 

Arsenal in The Community led by professional Arsenal coaches will be hosting free weekly football sessions for children and young people under 18 years old at Peckwater Estate Astro-turf football pitch and Fleet Primary School 3G Artificial pitch. 


Peckwater Estate Football Pitches
Days: Tuesdays and Thursday 
Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Price: Free
Location: The Hut, Islip St, London NW5 2TU

Fleetwell Primary School - Football Pitches
Days: Friday
Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Age: 8 - 13 years old
Price: Free
Location: Fleet Primary School, Fleet Road, Hampstead, London, NW3 2QT

Fleetwell Primary School - Football Pitches
Days: Friday
Time: 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Age: 14 - 17 years old
Price: Free
Location: Fleet Primary School, Fleet Road, Hampstead, London, NW3 2QT

About The Arsenal Foundation 

Arsenal Football Club is proud to transform the lives of young people through a variety of projects funded through The Arsenal Foundation. The Arsenal Foundation is a fundraising and grant-making organisation designed to grow the reach and effect of the programmes the Club supports to help an increasing number of young people across the globe fulfil their potential and help their communities thrive. The main focus of the work is through education projects, an area where Arsenal has made a difference over many years with community-led and charitable initiatives that motivate and engage young people using the power of the Arsenal name.

Kids Swim for £1

Kids Swim for a Quid

Kids Swim for a Quid returns to Camden Better Leisure centres. Access swimming for £1 when attending a Swim for All session at one of the swimming pools at Better Leisure. This offer is available to all children under 16 years old, every Saturday and Sunday before 10am. 

A Better Pay & Play membership or Full Better membership will be required to take part in the Kids Swim for a Quid offer. For more information and to get your membership visit Camden Better Leisure.

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 2023

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 2023.

Contact details 

For more information you 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


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

Camden Young Women and Girls Football

Camden Weetabix Wildcats Football Centre

Are you looking for a fun way for girls aged 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. 

Weetabix Wildcats is non-competitive football for girls who want to give it a try 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: 

How to 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.
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Camden Young Women and Girls Football Programme

The Young Women and Girls Football Programme offers weekly training sessions created exclusively for girls aged 5-17 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.

Camden Youth FC

Camden Youth FC is an England FA (Football Accredited) grassroots club that provides opportunities for girls Under 10's – Under 17's within the programme to progress and play competitively for a team in local leagues and competitions. There are three leagues; Capital Girls League, Regent's Park Youth League and Camden & Islington Youth League. #

For more information about getting involved visit Camden Youth FC

Camden Young Women and Girls Football

The sessions listed below must all be booked before attending and take place 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.

Training Schedule

Monday (under 10's, under 11's and under 12's)

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

Tuesday (under 15's and 16's and under 17's)

Location: Cantelowes Gardens Sports Pitch, Camden Road, NW5 2AP 
Time: 5pm to 6:30pm
Price: £3.75 

Wednesday (Under 13's and 14's)

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

England Women and Girls Football

Following the success of the England Women's Football Team winning the Euro 22 Competition, England Football continue to encourage all young women and girls to get involved in becoming the next potential future England female football star.

Find out more information on local opportunities, places for girls to play football, events and other fun activities taking place by visiting England Women and Girls Football.

Camden Team Contact details

For more information on the Young Women & Girls Football Programme and to book your place from the above timetable please contact: