• By Ellen O'Riordan on Mar 16, 2016

Where to Play Sport in Camden

Camden Town is an edgy neighbourhood, its high street laden with ominous punk memorabilia and bustling with tattooed, pierced characters and bewildered tourists.  It has sports facilities to suit its varied inhabitants, with sports centres and pitches covering a hybrid of activities.  Here is just a sampling of some of the great facilities and activities to be found in the cool Camden...

Talacre Community Centre

The Talacre Community Centre can be found on Dalby Street near Kentish Town.  It is a sports hub offering a wide range of sports activities and facilities.  It houses a multi-genre sports hall (suitable for badminton, football, basketball, netball or volleyball), a seven-a-side floodlit astroturf pitch and a newly refurbished dance studio complete with barres, mirrors and surround sound system.  On top of these there is a purpose built gymnasium offering gymnastics in a diverse range of disciplines and classes.  Sessions are provided for pre-schoolers, parents and toddlers and of course general level.  Gymnasts will experience an extensive array of equipment including a full sized sprung floor, trampoline, beams, high bars and a foam pit.  The centre has a children’s play and imagination zone called Treetops, which runs age appropriate sessions throughout the week for children from 3 months to 11 years old.  

 

Camden Rhino Turf

Camden Rhino Turf pitches are in pristine condition, with 3G astroturf, floodlights and well maintained goals and nets.  It can oversee a single nine-a-side game or, using the dividing net, be split into 2 five-a-side pitches.  They have on site changing facilities and showers .  The pitch is a mere 7 minute walk from Camden Town Station and costs £75 for the hour, making it a practical pitch for an affordable price.  Right next to the hustle and bustle of the community, there are plenty of pubs nearby to grab a post match pint.

Camden Town Sports Pitch

Camden Town Sports Pitch is an open-air tarmac adorned with floodlights. It can be divided into 2 pitches of five-a-side football, 4 netball courts, 4 tennis courts or can be rented as a whole for a single game. There’s a clubroom and changing facilities available by arrangement.  Pay and play tennis sessions run on Friday evenings and weekend mornings.  Phone 020 7482 7397 for bookings.

 

Haverstock School

Haverstock School has a 2nd generation sand based astroturf which is marked out for two five or seven-a-side football games, hockey, basketball or netball.  It can also be divided into three tennis courts.  It has floodlights available until 10pm each evening and has showers and changing facilities, great for when you’ve come straight from the office.  

 

Hampstead Rugby Club

Hampstead Rugby Club plays running rugby with a strong focus on having fun both on and off the field.  They field 6 mens’ sides and 2 ladies’ sides and have a fast growing junior programme.  The club trains at Hampstead Heath (the beautiful oasis boasting views of the entire city) and competes in various championships and development leagues.  You can join the club or sign up a child by emailing info@hampsteadrugbyclub.co.uk.  

Triyoga

Triyoga, situated in a renovated old piano factory, is a haven amidst the vibrant Camden neighbourhood.  The peaceful zen of the centre is felt from the moment you enter, where you remove your shoes and bad vibes  With 4 fully equipped yoga studios, including a far infrared heated studio, pilates studio and barre studio there are tonnes of classes on each day.  Offering a variety of yoga practices, pilates, gyrotonics and ballet barre, there is a class to nurture everyone’s needs.

There is a shop and cafe area encouraging yogis to bask in the tranquil space whilst enjoying nutritious homemade snack and drinks.  Their 30 days of yoga for £40 introductory offer is a steal and a great way to experiment with different yoga methods.

Local venues

Globe Lawn Tennis Club

190a Haverstock Hill Belsize Park London North London NW3 2AL

Haverstock School

24 Haverstock School Chalk Farm Camden North London NW3 2BQ

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