Let’s get active

There were more than 1.8 million visits to the popular Lambeth leisure centres in 2014 and more than a quarter of a million visits to park playing pitches. The widely anticipated West Norwood Health and Leisure Centre opened in August and became our third new leisure centre in less than three years.

Let’s get active

Map of leisure centres and usageHowever, lack of physical activity leads to an estimated 37,000 premature deaths in England every year and 126 in Lambeth alone. Sport England estimates the cost of inactivity in Lambeth was over £4.8m in 2009/10.

In 2014, 3 out of 5 Lambeth residents were engaged in regular exercise or physical activity but how do we get more people more active and healthier?

We’re currently consulting on our new sports strategy, Active Lambeth, as part of the ‘Cultural Services by 2020’ consultation.

You can also read about some of the people and organisations helping us all get active below. We want to know who helps you get active or what you’re doing to stay healthy so please send us your ideas to culture2020@lambeth.gov.uk.

Afewee Academy

Cllr Jane Edbrooke joins Steadman Scott at an Afewee boxing class in Brixton Rec. Steadman, a volunteer, also runs the Afewee Academy, which offers football coaching, education and inspiration to 5-16 year olds.

Cllr Jane Edbrook tries boxing with Steadman Scott at the Afeewee Academy, Brixton Rec

The St Matthew’s project

The St Matthew’s Project offers free football coaching sessions in a safe, friendly environment to young people aged from 6 to 21. But it is much more than just a football club, supporting young people beyond the football pitch.

The St Matthew's Project

Streatham Ice and Leisure Centre’s Senior Club

The new ice rink, swimming pool and sports centre opened at the end of 2013 and had around half a million visitors in its first year. The lively and friendly senior club started in March and offers a number of exercise sessions throughout the week in and out of the pool, as well as racket sports, line dancing and ice skating. Read more on the ‘being healthy having fun’ blog

Streatham Leisure Club