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: 

  • 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).

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.

Lose weight in Camden and Islington

Rebalance is a 12 week, group, weight-loss programme of exercise and dietary advice for overweight or obese adults. It covers nutritional advice, healthy-eating guidance, online, cognitive behavioural support and help to get active. 

You can refer yourself for our Rebalance programme if you meet the following 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

View your weekly exercise timetable

  • Minimum of 1 exercise session per week.
  • Participants are able to attend more than the minimum requirement.

View your weekly nutritional classes 

  • Minimum of 1 nutritional class per week.

You will need to ask your GP or other health professional for a referral if your Body Mass Index is over 25, or over 23 if BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) group, and have been diagnosed with one of the following conditions:

  • Controlled diabetes or hypertension  
  • Hyperlipidaemia (a type of high cholesterol)  
  • Controlled asthma or COPD  
  • Osteoporosis (T-Score 2.5 or lower, no history of trauma fractures)  
  • Mild arthritis in hips or knees  
  • Cardiac patients who have completed all phases of Cardiac Rehabilitation

 

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

Exercise on referral

To join this programme, you must be referred by a Camden or Islington GP or a clinical professional. 

This is a 12 week programme, provided by Camden Sports and Physical Service and Aquaterra Leisure, of guided physical activity for anyone with a health issue. Part of this programme involves an online, cognitive behavioural approach to improve long-term lifestyle changes. 

Find out if you’re eligible for our exercise on referral programme

View your weekly exercise timetable

  • Minimum of 1 exercise session per week.
  • Participants are able to attend more than the minimum requirement.

 

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

Finding other activities in Camden

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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