Camden Leisure Centres Closure - National Lockdown Information

In accordance with the latest Government Covid-19 guidelines all Camden Leisure centres are now closed.

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

Membership and Payment Information 

If you are a leisure centre member there is no need to freeze of cancel your membership, as our leisure provider Better will not take any payment from you during the National Lockdown closure period, and will automatically stop your next Direct Debit, so you don't need to do a thing.

Due to the short notice of the move to National Lockdown some payments will be scheduled to be processed, and Better are unable to stop this collection. However, if this happens to you this payment will be held on your account - so you will not have to pay anything for your first month when leisure centres reopen.

If you have an annual membership, Better will automatically apply an extension to your account for the period our leisure centres are closed.

If your membership is currently frozen, there will be no change to your account so you will remain on a membership freeze. If your freeze is due to end during the four week closure, this will automatically be extended.

We are working hard in partnership with Better to ensure that all of our members are supported throughout this time, and we want to reassure you that we're doing everything we can to help. Better will be keeping in touch with updates while Camden remains in National Lockdown. 

If you would like to know more about how we're working to help you, or any other queries please visit Better’s dedicated FAQs page.

Finding your activities

In accordance with the latest Government Covid-19 guidelines all Camden Leisure centres are now closed.

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.

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

In accordance with the latest Government Covid-19 guidelines this service will be temporarily unavailable while Leisure Centres remain closed until further notice.

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

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

In accordance with the latest Government Covid-19 guidelines 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.

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 Walk

Update 20/12/2020 - Due to National Lockdown Restrictions, unfortunately all Camden Health Walks are now suspended until further notice. For information on walking restrictions please visit https://www.ramblers.org.uk/advice/coronavirus.aspx  For information on the walks, or setting up your own walk, contact Steph Smith, Active Living Officer stephanie.smith@camden.gov.uk 0207 974 6781.

Please note that the walks will be running differently in order to comply with government guidelines during the pandemic. Walks will need to be capped to 5 walkers with 1 leader, and will need to be booked in advance. Please see walker guidance

Hampstead Heath Challenging Group - Suspended

Mondays meet at 9.50am from South End Green. 

Book at https://hampsteadheathchallengingwalk.eventbrite.co.uk or call 0207 974 6781 (Mondays - Thursdays 9am-4pm)

Hampstead Heath Leisurely Group - Suspended

Mondays meet at 9.50 at Parliament Hill cafe.

Book at https://hampsteadheathleisurelywalk.eventbrite.co.uk  or call 0207 974 6781 

(Mondays - Thursdays 9am-4pm)

Bangladeshi Older Women's Walk (overseen by Third Age Project) -  suspended

Thursdays 10.15am from Third Age Project, Cumberland Market, London NW1 3RH

Book by calling Third Age Project on 020 7383 4922

Camden Carers Walk - suspended

For details and booking please call Camden Carers on 020 7428 8950. 

For ways to keep active at home please visit https://www.sportengland.org/news/how-stay-active-while-youre-home 

 

Please arrive 10 minutes before the listed start time to join any of our walks.

Mondays

Walk Time Meeting Point Transport Booking needed?

Hampstead Heath- more challenging walk Restarting 7th Dec 2020

10am - 12pm

Hampstead Heath Overground Station, South End Road, NW3 2QD

Bus 46, 168, C11 Book at https://hampsteadheathchallengingwalk.eventbrite.co.uk or call 0207 974 6781 (Mondays - Thursdays 9am-4pm)

Hampstead Heath 

- leisurely walk

Restarting 7th Dec 2020

10am - 11am Parliament Hill Cafe

Accessible by bus - 214, C11 or C2 to William Ellis School, or by train - Gospel Oak Overground Station

Book at https://hampsteadheathleisurelywalk.eventbrite.co.uk  or call 0207 974 6781

Tuesdays

Walk

Time Meeting Point Transport Booking needed?

Likewise Walk - Anyone is welcome at the walk starting at the mental health and wellbeing centre - Currently suspended

2pm - 3pm (for this walk please arrive at 1:45pm)

Likewise, 8 Fairhazel Gardens, NW6 3SG

South Hampstead Overground station, Swiss Cottage Underground station.

Buses 268, 46, 31, 189

No, just drop in

Wednesdays

Walk

Time

Meeting Point

Transport

Booking needed?

Regent's Park Walk- These walks are held every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month Currently suspended

9:45am - 11:15am

West Euston Partnership - One Stop Shop, 29-31 Hampstead Road, NW1 3JA

Warren Street or Euston Station. Buses 24, 27, 29, 134.

No, just drop in

Thursdays

Walk Time Meeting Point Transport Booking needed?
Regent's Park Women's Walk - Currently suspended 10:30am - 11:30am Green Light Pharmacy, 64 - 62 Hampstead Road, NW1 2NU Warren Street or Euston Station. Buses 24, 27, 29, 134 No just drop in
Regents Park Bangladeshi Older Women’s Walk  suspended  10.15 am – 12.00 noon At Third Age Project, Cumberland Market, London NW1 3RH Buses 24,27, 29,134 (from Hampstead Road) 88 (from Albany St)
 
 Book by calling Third Age Project on 020 7383 4922
Camden Carers Walk - suspended 10:30am - 12:30pm     Call ahead to book your place - 020 7428 8953

Fridays

Walk Time Meeting Point Transport Booking needed?

Queens Crescent Walk- This walk is for adults with learning disabilities - Currently suspended

12pm - 12:30pm Queens Crescent Community Association, 45 Ashdown Crescent, NW5 4QE Bus 24, 46, 393, Gospel Oak/Chalk Farm No, just drop in

For further information

 

Camden Walking Football

In accordance with the latest Government Covid-19 guidelines 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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