Camden Leisure Centres - reopening information

Camden Leisure Centres - reopening information

Camden’s leisure centres, gyms and swimming pools are preparing to reopen to both members and non-members on Saturday 25 July 2020 following the latest Government guidance


We are working closely with leisure partner and operator Better Leisure to make sure facilities are Covid-19 secure ahead of reopening. Services and activities will be re-introduced in phases to manage capacity and maximise safety, starting with gym, swim and group exercise. 

The outdoor swimming pool at Oasis Sports Centre reopened on Monday 20 July. To visit the pool, you’ll need to book a slot

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 leisure centre user will only be allowed one hour on site for each activity. 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 will include:

  • Reducing the amount of gym stations and relocating some equipment to other rooms (eg squash courts) 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 swimming lanes
  • 3 metre individual bays will be created within exercise studios to ensure a minimum of 2 metres between users during classes
  • Separate entrance and exits

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. 

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

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.
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.

 

 

Contact details 

For more information or inquiries email:

ashley.dunne-watts@camden.gov.uk

 

Camden Youth Summer Programme 2020

Camden Youth Summer Programme 2020

Camden youth and play centres have been finding new ways to help local children and young people to stay connected to their centre or project and each other during the COVID-19 emergency.

During summer 2020, there will be a mixture of online and face-to-face activities available, run by Camden youth and play centres, as well as our sports team and local sports clubs:

For more information about Camden Youth Centres and finding the closest activities taking place near you visit Camden Rise.

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.
 

Camden Youth Summer Programme 2020

During summer 2020, there will be a mixture of online and face-to-face activities available, run by Camden youth and play centres, as well as our sports team and local sports clubs:

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.

Summer Football at Cantelowes Sports Pitch

Summer Football at Cantelowes Sports Pitch

Summer Football at Cantelowes Sports Pitch for ages 8 to 12 years
Summer football activities will include fun ball familiarisation skills, working on passing, dribbling, ball control, shooting and finishing drills plus some fun football games.

Activities have been adapted to ensure that they meet government advice and provide a safe, positive, fun environment.

Activities are outdoors and participants need to be dressed appropriately for all weather conditions. Shade and shelter areas will be provided on the pitch.  

All levels and abilities will be catered for and activities are supervised by qualified coaches.

Advance bookings are required.  Drop-in places are not available on the day. 
24 spaces are available. We will confirm by email if your child has been allocated a place.

Dates:
Tuesday 11 August
Tuesday 18 August
Times: 1PM - 4PM

Prices: Free
Ages: 8 - 12 years

Parent Information: 

  • Children will be split into a group when they arrive and will remain in that group, for the day to help conform with social distancing and government guidelines
  • There will be a one way system put in place to help young people follow social distancing guidelines in communal areas including activity areas and toilets
  • A maximum of 24 children will be admitted for each day of scheme. 
  • Children will need to bring with them: 
  • Named water bottle. (No fizzy drinks and glass bottles not permitted).
  • Healthy snack 
  • Participants should wear sports kit and trainers, bring a sunhat and waterproof jacket.  
  • No jewellery
  • Long hair should be tied back
  • Parents are encouraged to ensure children leave valuables at home.  There will not be access to lockers and we will not be able to take responsibility for any valuables.  
  • Children will not be allowed to leave the site during the session.

Activities will follow Public Health England’s guidelines for Sports and Physical Activities

How to book:

  1. Please complete the following registration form to book your place.
  • The registration form will be received by Camden Sport and Physical Activity Team 
  • The team will contact you to confirm: 
    - that your child has a place 
    - if your child has any additional needs to ensure that we can look after your child. 

Address: Talacre Sports Centre, Dalby Street, Kentish Town, NW5 3AF 
Email: kirsty.pealling@camden.gov.uk or jenny.mungroo@camden.gov.uk
Tel: 0207 974 6294 / 2022

Summer Multi-sports Outdoor Camp Programme

Multi-sports Outdoor Camps for Ages 8 to 12 Years

Talacre Community Sports Centre

This year’s multi-sports camps have been adapted to ensure that they meet government advice and provide a safe, positive, fun environment. 

Bookings are only available for full week camps, daily places are not available this year. 

Activities will take place on the outdoor astro-turf sports pitch and include a variety of fun adapted activities including: table tennis, badminton, mini tennis, trampoline, fitness and gymnastics, football, basketball, fun game.

All levels and abilities will be catered for and activities are supervised by qualified coaches.

Shade and shelter areas will be provided outside on the pitch and access to indoor facilities and activities will be available in the event of poor weather conditions. 

All abilities are catered for with qualified instructors.

  • Better leisure centre members can book 7 days in advance 
  • Non-members are able to book 5 days in advance 
Dates & Times: Places can be booked from the following dates: Places can be booked from the following dates:
9:30AM - 3:30PM Better Leisure Members  Non-members
Week 1: 3rd - 7th August Wednesday 29th July from 10pm Wednesday 29th July from 10pm
Week 2: 10th - 14th August Monday 3rd August from 10pm Wednesday 5th August from 10pm
Week 3: 17th - 21st August Monday 10th August from 10pm Wednesday 12 August from 10pm 

 

Prices  
Concession £37.50
Standard £77.00
Full Price £134.00

 

We offer discounted prices for children registered with a Camden GLL Better Card. To find out how to take out a membership visit Better Leisure

Changes to the 2020 Multi-sports camps:  

  • Children will be split into a bubble when they arrive and will remain in that group, for the day to help conform with social distancing and government guidelines
  • There will be a one way system put in place to help young people follow social distancing guidelines in communal areas including activity areas and toilets
  • A maximum of 28 children will be admitted for each day of scheme. 
  • We encourage children to keep valuables at home
  • Children will need to bring with them: 
  1. Named water bottle.
  2. Packed Lunch (no glass bottles permitted). 
  3. Participants should wear sports kit and trainers, bring a sunhat and waterproof jacket.
  4. Socks are required for trampolining
  5. No jewellery
  6. Parents are encouraged to ensure children leave valuables at home.  There will not be access to lockers and we will not be able to take responsibility for any valuables.  
  • Children will not be allowed to leave the site during the session.

Activities will follow Public Health England’s guidelines for Sports and Physical Activities 

How to book:

  1. Please book and pay for your child’s places here Better Leisure website
    (Select Make Booking > Talacre Sports Centre > Children Sessions > Gymnastics Mini Camp)
  2. Once you have received payment confirmation - please complete the following Registration form: Talacre Community Sports Centre – Summer Multi-Sports Scheme 2020
  • The registration form will be received by Camden Sport and Physical Activity Team. 
  • The team will contact you if your child has any additional needs to ensure that we can look after. 

Centre Address: Talacre Sports Centre, Dalby Street, Kentish Town, NW5 3AF 

 

Contact details

For more information on the Summer Multi-sports Outdoor Camp programme you can:

Summer Mini Gymnastics Programme

Mini Gymnastics

Talacre Community Sports Centre

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. 

Bookings are only available for full week camps, daily places are not available this year.  Places can be booked 7 days in advance. 

All levels and abilities will be catered for and activities are supervised by qualified coaches.

Dates & Times: Places can be booked from the following dates: Places can be booked from the following dates:
  Better Leisure Members  Non-members
Week 1: 3rd - 7th August Wednesday 29 July from 10pm Wednesday 29th July from 10pm
Week 2: 10th-14th August Monday 3rd August from 10pm Wednesday 5th August from 10pm
Week 3: 17th - 21st August Monday 10th August from 10pm Wednesday 12th August from 10pm 

 

Session Time Age Group
Gymnastics Mini Camp 1 09:00am - 10:30am 4 - 7 Years Old
Gymnastics Mini Camp 2 11:00am - 12:30am 8 - 11 Years Old

 

Prices  
Concession £37.50
Standard £77.00
Full Price £134.00

 

We offer discounted prices for children registered with a Camden GLL Better Card. To find out how to take out a membership visit Better Leisure

Changes to the 2020 Mini gymnastic camps:

  • Children will be split into a bubble when they arrive and will remain in that group, for the week to help conform with social distancing and government guidelines
  • There will be a one way system put in place to help children follow social distancing guidelines in communal areas including activity areas and toilets
  • We encourage children to keep valuables at home. 
  • Children will be asked 

Parent Information:

  • Children will need to bring a named water bottle, no additional bags will be allowed in the gym 
  • Participants should wear sports kit 
  • Socks are required for trampolining
  • No jewellery
  • Long hair should be tied back
  • Children will not be allowed to leave the site during the session.

Activities will follow Public Health England’s guidelines for Sports and Physical Activities

How to book:

  • Better leisure centre members can book 7 days in advance 
  • Non-members are able to book 5 days in advance 
  1. Please book and pay for your child’s places on the Better Leisure website
  2. Once you have received payment confirmation - please complete the following: Registration form: Talacre Community Sports Centre – Summer Gymnastics Mini Camp 2020  
  • The registration form will be received by Camden Sport and Physical Activity Team. 
  • The team will contact you if your child has any additional needs to ensure that we can look after. 

Centre Address: Talacre Sports Centre, Dalby Street, Kentish Town, NW5 3AF 
 

Contact details

For more information on the Summer Multi-sports Outdoor Camp programme you can:

Summer Girls Get Moving

Girls Get Moving is an opportunity for girls aged 8 to 14 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. Activities include Trampolining, Football, Mini Tennis, Table Tennis, Badminton, Fun Games and much more.

This year’s Girls Get Moving activities have been adapted to ensure they meet government advice and provide a safe, positive, fun environment. 

Activities will take place on the outdoor astro-turf sports pitch and include a variety of fun adapted activities including: table tennis, badminton, mini tennis, trampoline, fitness, football, fun games.

All levels and abilities will be catered for and activities are supervised by qualified coaches.

Shade and shelter areas will be provided outside on the pitch and access to indoor facilities and activities will be available in the event of poor weather conditions.

Activities will follow Public Health England’s guidelines for Sports and Physical Activities

Girls Get Moving Mondays

Dates: 10th & 17th August 2020
Times: 4PM - 6PM
Price: Free
Number of places: maximum of 20 places
 

How to book - Girls Get Moving - Mondays:

Please complete the registration form to book your place:

  • The registration form will be received by Camden Sport and Physical Activity Team 
  • The team will contact you to confirm: 
    - that your child has a place 
    - if your child has any additional needs to ensure that we can look after your child. 

See Parent information below - before booking

Girls Get Moving - Week

Booking are only available for full week camps, daily places are not available this year.

Dates: 24th - 28th August
Times: 1pm - 4pm
Price: £16.50 (weekly rate)
Number of places: maximum of 28 places available

  • We offer discounted prices for children registered with a Camden GLL Better Card.
  • Visit Better Leisure to find out how to take a membership. 

Parent Information - Changes to the 2020 Girls Get Moving programme:

  • Children will be split into a bubble when they arrive and will remain in that group, for the day to help conform with social distancing and government guidelines
  • There will be a one way system put in place to help young people follow social distancing guidelines in communal areas including activity areas and toilets
  • Children will need to bring with them: 
  • A named bag for children’s belongings. 
  • Named water bottle (no fizzy drinks and glass bottles not permitted)
  • Healthy snack
  • Participants should wear sports kit and trainers, bring a sun hat and waterproof jacket.  
  • Socks are required for trampolining
  • No jewellery
  • Parents are encouraged to ensure children leave valuables at home.  There will not be access to lockers and we will not be able to take responsibility for any valuables.  

How to book:

  • Better leisure centre members can book 7 days in advance (from Monday 17 August at 10pm) 
  • Non-members are able to book 5 days in advance (from  Wednesday 19 August at 10pm)
  1. Please book and pay for your child’s places on the Better website
    (Select: Make a Booking, Talacre (sports centre), Children Sessions, Girls Get Moving)
     
  2. Once you have received payment confirmation - please complete the registration form here:  (Registration form will be available from Monday 17 August.)
  • The registration form will be received by Camden Sport and Physical Activity Team. 
  • The team will contact you if your child has any additional needs to ensure that we can look after. 
  • For queries relating to your Better leisure membership card please email: customerservices@gll.org 

Address: Talacre Sports Centre, Dalby Street, Kentish Town, NW5 3AF 
Email: kirsty.pealling@camden.gov.uk or jenny.mungroo@camden.gov.uk
Tel: 0207 974 6294 / 2022

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 www.laswap.camden.sch.uk

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

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

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

Day

Time

Location

Price

Age

Monday

4:30pm – 6:00pm

Cantelowes Gardens Sports Pitch, Camden Road, NW5 2AP

£3.30

Under 9s, 10s & 11s

Tuesday

4:45pm – 6:15pm

Cantelowes Gardens Sports Pitch, Camden Road, NW5 2AP

£3.30

Under 13s

Wednesday

4:30pm – 6:00pm

Cantelowes Gardens Sports Pitch, Camden Road, NW5 2AP

£3.30

Under 14s & U15s

Wednesday

4:30pm - 6:00pm

Talacre Community Sports Centre, NW5 3AF

£3.30

Under 11s & 12s

Wildcats Wednesday

4.00pm – 5:00pm

Talacre Community Sports Centre, NW5 3AF

£3.00

5 - 11 Years Old

Contact details

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