Camden Leisure Centres - Reopening Information

Camden’s leisure centres, gyms and swimming pools 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 17 May 2021, 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. 

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.

Resource

Description

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 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 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.
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 & 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.
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. 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 2021

Stay active throughout the school holidays with your friends around Camden with the variety of different activities taking place.

The next school holiday activities will be 31 May - 4 June 2021.

School half-term activities will be listed on this page closer to the date.

Finding your activities

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

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 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. 

Term time activities

Term Time Activities resumed and returned back to the Leisure Centres following the Easter Break from Monday 19th April 2021.

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:

  • Football 
  • Mini Tennis 
  • Trampolining  
  • Table Tennis
  • Basketball 
  • Volleyball
  • Fencing.

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 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:

Find out more and apply before 30 July 2021

To find out more about how you can join the Level 2 and 3 courses visit www.laswap.camden.sch.uk

Please fill in our simple online form or contact the team (details below) for more information and how to apply before the deadline of 30 July 2021.

You can also watch this video to find out more.

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

Gymnastics

Gymnastics sessions resumed and returned back to the Leisure Centres following the Easter Break from Monday 19th April 2021.

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

  • To register and book your child's place on a gymnastics course, please visit Camden Active Gymnastics
     
  • If you have already booked your place and would like the information needed for Zoom classes, please contact the team at gymteam@camden.gov.uk
     

Great Britain's Olympic winning gymnast, Beth Twiddle, has a kind and encouraging message for all members of the Camden Gymnastics Team during lockdown. Watch her personal message.

 

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

Sunday    

  • 9am to 9.45am.

Young Women and Girls Football

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


Camden Wildcats Football Summer term returns - with limited spaces it is important to book your child(s) place as soon as possible. Please sign up by completing the registration form below and for more details.

The Young Women and 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 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.

Wildcats Wednesday Sign Up

  • To register your child(s) place at Wildcats Wednesday for this Summer term please complete the Wildcats Wednesday Registration Form in advance of your session. Booking your place will close at 12pm on the same day of the session.
  • The first Wildcats Wednesday session you attend is FREE of charge.
     

Young Women and Girls Football Training Schedule

Day

Time

Location

Price

Age

Monday

4:30pm – 6:00pm

Cantelowes Gardens Sports Pitch, Camden Road, NW5 2AP

£3.45

Under 9s, 10s & 11s

Tuesday

4:45pm – 6:15pm

Cantelowes Gardens Sports Pitch, Camden Road, NW5 2AP

£3.45

Under 13s & 14s

Wednesday

4:30pm – 6:00pm

Cantelowes Gardens Sports Pitch, Camden Road, NW5 2AP

£3.45

Under 15s & U16s

Wednesday

4:30pm - 6:00pm

Talacre Community Sports Centre, NW5 3AF

£3.45

Under 12s & 13s

Wildcats Wednesday

4.00pm – 5:00pm

Talacre Community Sports Centre, NW5 3AF

£3.00

5 - 11 Years Old

 

WildCat Kit Competition Announcement

Thank you to all those that took part in WildCat Kit Competition. We had so many amazing football kits that were sent through. 

Contact details

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