Sport activities and leisure centres
Sport and fitness in Redbridge
England Athletics run coaching courses throughout the year. To view more information on their coaching course visit England Athletics website.
Loxford Park has a beach court which can be hired by members of the public on a casual basis and to clubs or organisations for regular sessions or events. For more information please visit the Vision RCL website.
UK's largest boulder park is located beside the lake at Fairlop Waters. The Boulder Park consists of 9 individual boulders which are constructed of sprayed and carved concrete and vary in heights and shapes to cater for all standards, from novice to expert. They are all designed for solo climbing and are a great place to practice bouldering and traversing skills.
Redbridge hosts a huge range of bowls clubs around the borough, offering tournaments and other events through membership.
- Barley Bowls Club
- Clementswood Bowls Club
- Goodmayes Bowling club
- Hainault Bowls Club
- Ilford and District Indoor Bowls Club
- Seven Kings Bowling Club
- South Woodford Bowling Club
- Woodford Wells Shortmat Bowls
To find your nearest bowls club visit the Bowls England website and put your postcode in.
Cricket pitches are available for hire in many of our parks. To learn more please visit our hire page.
Redbridge Last Man Stands Cricket
Last Man Stands is the new way to play cricket. An exciting and challenging way to keep fit and develop your cricketing skills. Over 30,000 players across the globe already taking part in the fastest game of cricket out there, basically a rule-bending version of Twenty20. So get your mates together and skipper a winning LMS team!
What's different about last man stands cricket?
- each game is completed in about 2 hours, making it perfect to play on a weekday
- it's easy to join as a team or an individual player
- there are teams and leagues to suit all abilities
- only 8 players in a team so it's easy to form a team
- every player gets an online world ranking and career profile
When and where can I play?
The leagues run from late April to August and takes place at:
- Clayhall Park
- Hainault Recreation Ground
How do I sign up?
You can play against other registered teams in organised leagues with umpires and scores and stats on the websites within 24 hours of the match.
If you would like to know more about the current league, want to register your interest for the following season or just have a general enquiry, please email email@example.com or contact the Sport and Health Team.
Redbridge Cycling Centre offers the following courses all through the year:
- strider bike sessions (2 to 5 years)
- learn to ride (6 to 106 years!)
- basic bike maintenance courses
For further information or to book on to any of these sessions call 020 8500 9359.
The Sport & Health Team with their partners provide activities to give disabled people the opportunity to take part in sport and physical activity, for more information please visit the Vision website.
You can join as a Golf Member at Fairlop Waters Country Park for unlimited use of both courses. View information on becoming a member and membership prices.
To book any sessions please call Jimmy Burns PGA Golf Professional on 07534 033801 or contact our Fairlop team for details.
Orienteering is a great sport for runners, joggers and walkers who want to improve their navigation skills or for anyone who loves the outdoors. Use the maps to navigate the course at your own pace, maps cost £1 and are available at the following locations:
- Fairlop Waters Country Park from the Bar at Fairlop Waters or from the Outdoor Activity Centre
- Hainault Forest Country Park from the Visitor's Centre, open Monday to Friday
- Ray Park, from the James Leal Centre café
You can play tennis for free in some of our parks. Tennis can be played on a first come, first serve basis except for Clayhall Park and Goodmayes Park which require pre-booking. Tennis courts are available in:
- Barkingside Recreation Ground
- Barley Lane Recreation Ground
- Clayhall Park Clayhall Park pre-booking required
- Elmhurst Gardens
- Goodmayes Park Goodmayes Park pre-booking required
- Loxford Park
- Ray Park
- Seven Kings Park
- South Park
- Valentines Park
Ladies looking to try something new? We have a whole range of activities for you to try. No matter how well you do, it is keeping active that counts.
For a full list of activities view our This Girl Can Timetable on the Vision website.
Our Sport and Health team is working in partnership with Walking for Health to provide weekly walks in various parks across the borough. Our accredited scheme welcomes everyone to join the walks, regardless of current fitness levels, and they’re a great way of making new friends! All walks are free and are led by trained and committed walk leaders who are also fully qualified first aiders.
View our Walking for Health page on the Vision RCL website for more information.
If you would like to become a walk leader contact Michelle Wood for opportunities in volunteering. Full training will be provided.
Walk Redbridge: exploring the borough on foot
The Walk Redbridge brochure is designed to make it as easy as possible for you to start leisure walking. It gives bus routes to the walks' starting points and grades each walk depending on the type of terrain.
Visit the Vision RCL website to download a copy of Walk Redbridge guide or phone 020 8708 3044 to be sent a free copy.
Discover the history on your doorstep, take a 60-70 minute stroll from Barkingside to Ilford War Memorial via historic sites in Aldborough or discover the history of Wanstead. Find out more on the Vision RCL website.
Thousands of people have rediscovered the joys of playing football again thanks to a slowed-down version of the game.
Walking football aims to inspire people back into exercise as it’s played at a more leisurely pace and is kinder to the knees. It is also perfect for people who are recovering from a long term injury and want to continue to enjoy playing football.
The rules are much the same as its speedier cousin, however there are some differences. The squads are smaller (between 5 and 7-a-side), free kicks are indirect, kick-ins replace throws, there is no offside, the ball must be kept below head height and, of course, anything so much as a jog is prohibited.
The session runs every Tuesday and Thursday from 2pm to 3pm at Lucozade Powerleague Fairlop, Forest Road, Ilford IG6 3HJ. £2 per session.
Sessions are run by an FA coach and are open to all abilities.
To book call 020 8708 0955.
Looking for a club to join? Find out more about sports clubs in Redbridge on the Vision RCL website.
Other sporting venues
- Ashton Playing Fields
- Cricklefields Athletics Ground
- Fairlop Outdoor Activity Centre
- Fairlop High Ropes
- Fairlop Waters