Camden Leisure Centres - Reopening Information

Camden’s leisure centres, gyms and swimming pools will be reopened from 12 April 2021 for both members and non-members following Government guidance

We have been, and continue to, work closely with our leisure partner and operator Better Leisure to make sure facilities are Covid-19 secure. Services and activities are being reintroduced in phases to manage capacity and maximise safety, starting with gym, swim and group exercise. Group exercise classes will be taking place outdoors until at least the 17th May, in accordance with the government roadmap. 
 

Keeping Safe in Camden Leisure Centres

To keep residents and staff safe, Better Leisure has introduced a number of safety procedures, which can be viewed in this short video

Leisure centre users must pre-book gym, swim or fitness classes and pay online remotely or at the centres by card only. Each activity is booked in a timeslot, the majority of these will be for an hour, however some group exercise classes will be shorter. Users may attend one activity type per day effectively allowing customers to attend 3 sessions, provided they pre-book and leave the centre.
 
Physical changes to the environment in our leisure facilities to enable social distancing include:

  • Reducing the amount of gym stations to allow a 2 metre gap between users 
  • Reallocating sports halls as studio space, increasing capacity for group exercise
  • Only changing rooms in swimming pools will reopen initially
  • Doubling the width of swimming lanes
  • 3 metre individual bays have been created within exercise studios to ensure a minimum of 2 metres between users during classes
  • Separate entrance and exits to leisure centres for customers
  • 10 minute change over for outdoor sports bookings
     

For the latest information, take a look at Better Leisure’s frequently asked questions on reopening leisure services or visit the Coronavirus section of their website. 

Finding your activities

Camden’s leisure centres, gyms and swimming pools will be reopened from 12 April 2021 for both members and non-members following Government guidance

Getting active as you are older is a great thing to do. There is plenty of choice of activity in Camden. Ranging from a walk to a workout at a wide range of venues, from community centres to gyms.

Stay Active Whilst at Home

  • Camden Active at Home Booklet has been made to support older people and those who are shielded to stay active and healthy at home.
  • Sports England have provided information on some good ways you can stay active and fit whilst at home.
  • Ensure you are moving a lot more whilst at home by exercising daily for just 10 minutes. 10 Today provides short 10 minute exercise videos you can follow, listen and watch in the comfort of your 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. 

Finding Activities in Camden

  • Ways to Move More in Camden shares information on how to keep active in Camden with home based exercise resources, activity finders, apps and other helpful tips.
  • Find all the fun and favourite activities for older adults near you using our Camden Sports and Physical 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.
  • Recommend me provides information about a wide range of recreational activities, including physical activity and educational workshops in Camden for older adults.

Fun Ways to Stay Active Together 

  • 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. 

Assisted Sessions in Camden

  • Several Camden leisure centres provide specialist classes for older adults, often with a strong social element. In the south of the Borough the YMCA has great over 60s club.
  • Working in partnership with Camden Council, Better provide leisure opportunities for Camden residents including the Better Camden 55+ Club Activity Programme
  • Level 4 Postural Stability Instructors delivering activities at local community centres
  • Kentish Town Sports Centre is an accessible and dementia friendly centre. Attendance to the Dementia Club and Programme is FREE, with each session aiming to provide professional advice, gentle exercise to music and fun activities in a social atmosphere served with tea, coffee and cakes.

Tips and Ways to Stay Active

  • 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.
  • How to stay happy, healthy and aiming to be the best person you can be? One You provides helpful information on how you can get into good daily practices to improve your lifestyle.

Choosing the right level of physical activity

Getting active can make a massive difference to your health and well-being,  if you want to find sessions that work at the right level for you, the attached pyramid diagram and the table below explains the types of activity and the qualifications of instructors who might lead them.

Whilst any physical activity is good, if you have a health condition or  want to get your strength back after a fall, it is good idea to  find one that is delivered by someone who is qualified to work with your age group or health condition.

Older Adults Physical Activity Guide

View the Older Adults Physical Activity Guide (PDF)

Level 3 and 4 refer to Exercise Instructor qualifications

       For All          For everyone any physical activity is great, whether carried out independently  or instructor-led. It doesn't matter if this is dance, going to the gym, a walk in the park, swimming, joining a walking group using an outdoor gym.
       Level 3                                                              For people with long term conditions, older adults those referred to exercise by GP. Qualified instructor provide a range of activities mainly carried out in leisure and community centres. 
Level 4 For people progressing from clinical or physio-led structured exercise programmes to community provision. These are mainly carried out in leisure and community centres. 
Clinical Level  Services provided in a hospital /  clinical settings or through the community rehabilitation services (CNWL). 

Free swimming

Camden’s leisure centres, gyms and swimming pools will be reopened from 12 April 2021 for both members and non-members following Government guidance

Did you know free swimming is available for Camden residents aged 60+, weekdays 7am-12pm at our Better Camden leisure centres?  To access this offer, all you need is to be a Camden resident and have a Pay and Play card which costs £5.50 per year. 

If you are interested in swimming but feel you have limited mobility so you aren’t able to access the pool, at Swiss Cottage Leisure Centre and Kentish Town Sports Centre we have a PoolPod. This is the latest innovation to access the pool in a safe, secure and friendly way.

Better 55+ club

Camden’s leisure centres, gyms and swimming pools will be reopened from 12 April 2021 for both members and non-members following Government guidance

Better are the customer facing brand of Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL) a charitable social enterprise, working in partnership with Camden Council, Better operate 5 leisure centres across Camden. Each Leisure Centre provides opportunities for older adults to be involved in enjoyable activity sessions on a weekly basis: 

Camden Health Walks

Join our free weekly health walks.

Our organised walks are relaxed, friendly and a great chance to meet new people.

At each of our walks, there are toilets and benches along the route. Many of our walks also finish at cafes for social opportunities.
 

To find out more infomration about times and where to meet visit Camden Health Walks Timetable.
 

10 Benefits of Walking:

  • Can help you burn calories 

  • Strengthen your heart

  • Can help lower your blood sugar

  • Eases joint pain

  • Boosts immune function 

  • Boosts your energy 

  • Improves your mood

  • Extend your life expectancy 

  • Tones your legs

  • Creative thinking

Camden Walking Football

This service will be temporarily unavailable until further notice.

You can find more detailed information about the National Lockdown on the GOV.UK website for recent and upcoming changes.

What is walking football?

Walking football is becoming more increasingly popular. It’s exactly what it sounds like, a standard game of football where players walk instead of run.

It's designed to help people get fit or maintain a healthy lifestyle no matter what your age or fitness levels are.

It's also a good way to get people back into football if they have previously stopped before due to age or injury.

Older People who have played have seen benefits such as:

  • Healthier heart rate
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Weight loss
  • Gained strength 
  • Improved mobility 
  • More sociable and have made new friends

How Can I Play?

Samuel Lithgow Youth Centre

Address 69-75 Stanhope St, Kings Cross, London, NW1 3LD
Day Every Tuesday
Time 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Cost FREE - Available to all

Tuesday Session:There is a sports coach to assist with elements of good advice and coaching tips if needed (recommended for those trying Walking Football for the first time).
 

Swiss Cottage Pitch

Address Swiss Cottage Sports Centre, Adelaide Road, NW3 3NF
Day Every Sunday

Time

11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Cost FREE - Available to all

Sunday Session: Consists of no sports coach and is more faster paced.

For more information please contact shaun.taylor@camden.gov.uk 

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