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

In line with Government instruction, all Better Leisure Centres in Camden and Islington were closed on Friday 20th March 2020.  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 Liesure 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 and 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: 

  • 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).

Camden and Islington Active Health Team

The majority of Council staff are now working at home through remote, secure access to our systems.
Where possible please now communicate with us by telephone or email. We have limited staff in our offices to deal with post, but as most staff are homeworking, electronic communications will mean we can respond quickly.

Home Based Exercises for Camden & Islington residents

Home Based Exercises

  • Sports England have provided information on some good ways you can stay active and fit whilst at home.
  • The Britrish Heart Foundation have provided some useful information on how you can ​​​​​​stay active home
  • London Youth have shared a list of fun ways you can adapt your home to exercise by yourself or with your family
  • The NHS has some useful fitness/exercise videos online
  • The Better App can be used FREE to access Exercise from Home and Virtual Fitness Classes. Download the App and access various exercise programmes for different age groups and abilities - access code is BETTERFREE.

Some of our instructor's recommendations include the following apps. They are free to use and offer exercise guides, workout routines and virtual exercise sessions:

  • Nike Training Club 
  • FitOn 
  • Freeletics 
  • Johnson & Johnson 7 minute workouts
  • Fitbit Coach
  • MyFitnessPal (for nutrition tracking)
  • Runtastic 

Disclaimer:

The information provided is for general purposes only and is provided in good faith, however we make no representation or warranty of any kind, express or implied, regarding any information on this page. If you engage in any of the exercise activities/advice given, you agree to do so at your own risk and are voluntarily participating in these activities. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Adult Weight Management & Exercise on Referral FAQs

  • When will gyms open again?
  • Are gyms closed? 
  • Will I get informed when gyms reopen?
  • How do I freeze gym membership and not get charged?

For all questions relating to Better Leisure Centres or if you are a Better member and would like further information, please visit their dedicated page.

  • Are sessions still running?
    Due to the COVID-19 virus and under government guidance Camden have made a decision to close all Leisure Centres. For the safety of all concerned, this has resulted in the suspension of the Exercise on Referral and Adult Weight Management programme until further notice. For all Exercise on Referral & Rebalance and for general council updates, please visit the link below: https://www.camden.gov.uk/
  • Will I get my weeks back?
    Yes – If you stopped attending due to the virus or you were informed the leisure centres have closed, you will get back the weeks you lost. 
     
  • If I completed now, can I join (EOR/AWM or the membership) in the future when Corona is over?
    Yes you can join when the centres reopen.
     
  • Can I place my referral on hold?
    All referrals are currently on hold and you will be contacted when the centres reopen.
     
  • I have just been referred, would I need to be referred again by my GP / Clinical Professional?
    We will review your referral and if your medical history changed we would require your referral to be resent.

 

Self Refer to Lose Weight in Camden and Islington

Following the latest government guidance, some of the leisure centres, indoor gyms and swimming pools will be able to reopen in England from 25th July 2020, however Exercise on Referral and Adult Weight Management service will not be processing any new referrals until further notice. If you have any questions feel free to email us on rebalance@camden.gov.uk
 

For more information on your gym membership, Please visit frequently asked questions.

Referral Criteria: 

  • Resident of Camden or Islington and/or registered with a Camden or Islington GP
  • Express a willingness and motivation to change
  • Age 18 years and older
  • If your Body Mass Index is between 30 and 50, or between 27.5 and 50 if BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) group, and do not have any co-morbidities (i.e. a diagnosed health condition)
  • Not pregnant. Service user should only participate once they are cleared to exercise after their 6–8 week post-natal check-up

Refer yourself for the Rebalance programme

For more information about this programme contact: rebalance@camden.gov.uk 

Exercise on referral

Due to the COVID-19 virus and under government guidance Camden have made a decision to close all Leisure Centres. For the safety of all concerned, new referrals into the Exercise on Referral programme are suspended until further notice. 

For all Exercise on Referral & Rebalance and for general council updates, please visit the link below: https://www.camden.gov.uk/ 

For more information about this programme contact: exercisereferral@camden.gov.uk 

Finding other activities in Camden

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/information below may have been suspended until further notice. 

Stay active whilst 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

  • 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 ages 18+.
  • 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.

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

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.

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. 

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