Coronavirus (COVID-19) service closures

Camden’s leisure centres are managed by Better. Following Government guidance issued on Friday 20 March, all Better Leisure Centres and Better Gyms across the UK have temporarily closed.
This includes: 

  • Kentish Town Sports Centre,
  • Oasis Sports Centre,
  • Swiss Cottage leisure Centre, 
  • Pancras Square Leisure 
  • Talacre Community Sports Centre and Cantelowes Sports Pitch
  • Archway Leisure Centre
  • Islington Tennis Centre
  • Cally Pool
  • Highbury Leisure Centre
  • Sobell Leisure Centre
  • Finsbury Leisure Centre
  • Ironmonger Row Leisure Centre

The health and wellbeing of staff and customers is paramount and we have a social responsibility to everyone in the community to take action to protect ourselves and others. Better will automatically apply a payment freeze for all members. This means that you will retain your membership or lesson/course, but will not have to pay during the period that the centre is closed. 

We are working closely with Better, local public health authorities and receiving official updates from the Government. Further updates based on this advice will be given when available.

If you are a Better member and would like further information or have any queries, please visit their dedicated page.


The following services have temporarily stopped operating: 

  • Exercise on Referral and Adult Weight Management
  • Talacre Community Sports Centre and Cantelowes Sports Pitch – all children and adult drop-in, term-time and holiday sports programmes
  • Sports outreach activities (Kilburn Grange) and Friday Night Project (FNP)
  • Camden Health Walks
  • Community based Better 55+ Club activities (Peckwater Centre, Royal Free Recreation Club)

Further updates will be provided when available.

Home Based Exercises

Virtual Physical Activity Resources

We understand that due to the current national lockdown to limit the spread of Coronavirus, there is a high risk of many children becoming inactive.

To help children and young people stay happy and healthy through this crisis, 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.

Link Description

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


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


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 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 Sports Trust Youth Sport 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.
Inclusive PE & Sport


Fantastic online resource of Inclusive PE & Sporting activties and ideas for young people with Special Educational Needs & 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.



Contact details 

For more information or inquiries email:


Finding your activities

Important Notice:
Due to the COVID-19 virus and under government guidance Camden have made a decision to close certain services including outdoor gym and Leisure Centres. For the safety of all concerned, some of of the services/informat.

Stay Active Whilst at Home

Find Activities in Camden

  • 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.
  • 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 

  • 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:

We also offer activities during the school holidays.

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.

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, resilience and as a result benefit from increased motivation, improved attitude to learning and subsequently improved 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:

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

Contact details 

For more information you can:

School holiday activities

Camden Sports Development Team organise activities for young people across the school holidays. With all activities being held Talacre Community Sports Centre, there are two main options to choose from.

Full day course

For children aged 8-14. Each day runs from 9.00 am to 4.30pm on weekdays (excluding bank holidays).

We offer full day camps in Bend, Bop and Bounce, which includes Gymnastics, Dance and Trampolining or the Multi-Sports, including football, basketball, table tennis, trampolining and dodgeball.

Full day course prices

Course length: 5 days

  •  Concession Better Card:    £37.50 
  •  Standard Better Card:    £77.00
  •  Full Price :   £134.00

Mini camps 

For children aged 4-7. These are 90 minute sessions running Monday to Friday during the school holidays for gymnastics and trampolining.

  • Gymnastics is 9.00am to 10.30am 
  • Trampolining is 12.00pm to 1.30pm

Mini Camp Course Prices

Course length: 5 days

  • Concession Better Card    £25.80
  • Standard Better Card    £42.00
  • Full Price    £65.00

Contact Information

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

Talacre term time sports programme 2019/20


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


Book a 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 classes are the perfect introduction to gymnastics for your toddler. These sessions run on weekday and Sunday mornings. Each week our sessions accommodate up to 495 toddlers and their parents over eleven sessions.

The session is characterised as unstructured supervised play, in which your toddler can explore all the different apparatus in the gymnastics hall.

You do not need to book in advance just come along before the session and pay at Talacre Community Sports centre’s reception.

Parent and toddler gymnastics timetable

Monday – Friday    

  • Session 1 : 9.30am to 10.15am    
  • Session 2: 10.30am to 11.30am


  • 9am to 9.45am   

Young Women and Girls Football

The Young Women & Girls Football Programme offers weekly training sessions created exclusively for girls aged 5-15 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 are drop-ins and run 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 & Girls Football Training Schedule







4:30pm – 6:00pm

Cantelowes Gardens Sports Pitch, Camden Road, NW5 2AP


Under 9s, 10s & 11s


4:45pm – 6:15pm

Cantelowes Gardens Sports Pitch, Camden Road, NW5 2AP


Under 13s


4:30pm – 6:00pm

Cantelowes Gardens Sports Pitch, Camden Road, NW5 2AP


Under 14s & U15s


4:30pm - 6:00pm

Talacre Community Sports Centre, NW5 3AF


Under 11s & 12s

Wildcats Wednesday

4.00pm – 5:00pm

Talacre Community Sports Centre, NW5 3AF


5 - 11 Years Old

Contact details

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

Friday Night Project

Friday Night Project runs the 1st Friday of every month at Talacre Community Sports Centre, from 7:45pm - 10pm and costs £2 to enter.

The Friday Night Project (FNP) 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.
  • Friday Night Project is not on during the December Christmas - School Holiday period.

Contact Details

For more information about the Friday Night Project you can

Active Wednesday

Active Wednesdays is FREE and available for young people aged 11-17 years old every Wednesday of the school holidays. From 16:30pm - 18:30pm at Talacre Community Sports Centre.

Enjoy Wednesday during the school holidays by being active with your friends. With loads of new and fun activities to choose from such as; Trampolining, Dodgeball, Boxing, Table Tennis, Football, Basketball and many more. 

There is no cost to attend and is all FREE. To register in advance please contact  OR feel free to drop in on the day.

NOTE: Active Wednesday is not on during the December Christmas- School Holiday period. 

Girls Get Moving

Girls Get Moving

Girls Get Moving is an opportunity for girls aged 8-16 years old to get active. A safe place to socialise and make new friends, develop and learn new skills and most of all to have fun whilst taking part in their favourite activities. 

Girls Get Moving Mondays

Girls Get Moving Mondays are FREE to attend and run throughout every school holiday on a Monday afternoon at Talacre Community Sports Centre. Activities include: Trampolining, Football, Basketball, Dance, Mini Tennis, Table Tennis, Badminton, Dodgeball, Fun Games and much more.

Girls Get Moving Mondays Timetable
Ages 8 - 16 Years Old

Location: Talacre Community Sport Centre, Kentish Town, NW5 3AF

February Half Term

Date: Monday 17th Feb
Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Multi Sports & Trampolining

Easter Holidays

Date: Monday 6th April 
Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Multi Sports & Trampolining

May Half Term Date: Monday 25th May
Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Multi Sports & Trampolining
Summer Holidays

Date: Monday 10th &  17th August
Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Multi Sports & Trampolining

October Half Term Date: Monday 21st October
Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Multi Sports & Trampolining


Girls Get Moving Week

Fun packed week of activity for girls to try different sports and activities in a fun enjoyable environment at Talacre Community Sports Centre during the summer holidays.

Girls Get Moving Week Timetable
Ages 8 - 16 Years Old

Location: Talacre Community Sports Centre, Kentish Town, NW5 3AF

Activities: Multi Sports, Trampolining, Gym & Lots more to give a go!

Monday 24th August

Time: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Price: £3.45pp per day

Tuesday 25th August  Time: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Price: £3.45pp per day
Wednesday 26th August Time: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Price: £3.45pp per day
Thursday 27th August Time: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Price: £3.45pp per day
Friday 28th August Time: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Price: £3.45pp per day


For Booking

Please contact Jenny or Kirsty to register your daughter, niece, sister or friend a place on the FREE Girls Get Moving Mondays and Girls Get Moving Week during the holidays at or or call 0207 974 6294/ 0207 974 2022