Sport activities and leisure centres

Sport and fitness in Redbridge 

Find out more about our Active Parks fitness programme which takes place in parks across Redbridge.
We have a range of indoor fitness activities that take place across Redbridge every day of the week. Find out more by viewing our Activity Pyramid, which lists all our sports activities by day.

Alternatively, you can download the Activity Pyramid timetable (PDF 378KB)

England Athletics run coaching courses throughout the year. To view more information on their coaching course visit England Athletics website.

Adult athletics

Day Session Time Venue Contact
Monday  East London runners



Ashton Playing Fields
Tuesday and Thursday

Track and field - Ilford Athletics Club


Track and field - Woodford Green and Essex Ladies

6:30pm to 8pm 


7pm to 9pm

Cricklefields Athletics Ground 


Ashton Playing Fields


Ilford Athletics Club Harriers


East London runners club run


Valentines Park


Wanstead Leisure Centre

Friday  Sikhs In The City 7pm to 9pm Meet opposite Clayhall Fish Bar
Saturday Park run 9am Valentines Park
Sunday Sikhs In The City

6am summer

7am winter

Meeting point junction of Roding Lane South and Woodford Bridge Road

Junior athletics

Day Session Time Enquiries
Tuesday and Thursday

Woodford Green and Essex Ladies Young Athletes

(11 to 20 years)


Ilford Athletic Club Juniors (10 to18 years)

6pm to 7:30pm



6:30pm to 7:45pm

  • call Paul Cheal on 07908 049599 or
    John Stow on 07724 070052
  • call Andy Catton on 07767 796110


Wednesday Met track (11 to 17 years) 4pm to 5:30pm

Park run


Woodford Green and Essex Ladies Wasps



10am to 11am


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.


  • £40 for the whole beach area (per hour)
  • £10 for the pavilion (per hour) plus court booking
  • £200 all day including pavilion 7 hours maximum

Prices above are inclusive of VAT and are for the court hire only no equipment will be provided. You will have access to toilets but no changing or shower facilities.

Please download and read our conditions of hire for Beach Volleyball Courts (PDF 572 KB)

To make a booking contact Loxford Leisure Centre on 020 8478 5634


Days Price Venues Bookings


8pm to 9pm

£2 per session Loxford Youth Centre Contact Darren or 020 8708 0950

Monday, Wednesday and Friday

6:30pm to 8:30pm

£30 One-off joining fee Gator Abc
Unit GX, 11-17 Fowler Road, Hainault IGU 3UJ

Contact Keith Markham 020 8500 5420 or 07802 936432

Visit the Gator ABC website

Tuesday and Thursday
£2 per session Redbridge Abc
Clayhall Park, Ilford
Contact Sofiya  07940 201605
£2 per session Redbridge Abc
Clayhall Park, Ilford
Contact Sofiya  07940 201605
£2 per session Redbridge Abc
Clayhall Park, Ilford
Contact Sofiya  07940 201605


Days Price Venues Bookings


6pm to 7pm - under 11s

7pm to 8pm - 11 yrs+

£2 per session Loxford Youth Centre Contact Darren or 020 8708 0950
Tuesday and Thursday
6:30pm to 8:30pm
£2 per session for beginners Gator Abc
Unit GX, 11-17 Fowler Road, Hainault IGU 3UJ

Contact Keith Markham 020 8500 5420 or 07802 936432

Visit the Gator ABC website

Tuesday and Thursday
£2 per session Redbridge Abc
Clayhall Park, Ilford
Contact Sofiya  07940 201605
Saturdays 6-12 yrs
£2 per session Redbridge Abc
Clayhall Park, Ilford
Contact Sofiya  07940 201605
Sunday 10 yrs+
£2 per session Redbridge Abc
Clayhall Park, Ilford
Contact Sofiya  07940 201605

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 or contact the Sport and Health Team.

View cycling training and events in Redbridge

View cycle training at Redbridge Cycling Centre

May Half Term 2019 half term holiday courses

The following courses are taking place at Redbridge Cycling Centre during the February 2019 half term holidays. All sessions are 2 or 3 hours long and cost £12.50 per child. Bikes are available to hire for an extra £5. Completion of a parental consent form is required prior to the sessions. For more information or to book, please call 020 8500 9359.

Session Date Time Age
Balance Bike skills

Tuesday 28 and Thursday 30 May

9.30am to 11.30am

3 years plus
Novice Go-rides skills

Tuesday 28 and Thursday 30 May

1.30pm to 4.30pm

5 to 10 years
Go-ride skills follow up

Friday 31 May

1.30pm to 4.30pm

5 to 10 years
Moutain Bike Skills

Wednesday 29 May

9.30am to 12.30pm

7 to 14 years
BMX skills one

Wednesday 29 May

1.30pm to 4.30pm

7 to 14 years
Road Bike Skills

Friday 21 May

9.30am to 12.30pm

8 to 14 years

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.

Us Girls

Us Girls cycling is aimed at ladies getting back into cycling or just improving basic cycling skills and fitness. With a female coach on hand to give some general cycling advice if required, you can ride at your own pace and in your own time in a safe, relaxed and friendly traffic free environment.

The session runs on Mondays 6pm to 8pm at Redbridge Cycling Centre and costs £5 including bike hire and safety equipment.

Multi Sports Sessions for Adults and Young People

Sports include:

  • basketball
  • boccia
  • cricket
  • football
  • new age kurling
  • plus many more

A great opportunity to try new activities, develop new skills and make new friends. Young people are welcome to bring a sibling or friend, session charges will apply.

  • young people (10 to 16 years) Mondays (term time only) 4.30pm to 6pm

£3 per session. For more information please contact Frenford Clubs on 020 8518 0992

  • adults (aged 16 and over) Tuesdays 11am to 12.30pm

£3 per session or £2.80 with a Leisure pass. For more information please contact Michelle Wood, Sports Development Officer on 020 8708 0951.

Wheelchair Basketball

Frenford Falcons Wheelchair Basketball Club

Sundays at the Jack Carter Centre, The Drive Ilford from: 

  • Midday to 1pm  Youth and non-league players (Beginners welcome)
  • 1pm to 2.30pm  Squad players training

 £3 per session

For ages 10 years plus. All standards welcome.

Inclusive Youth Club

Thursdays 6pm to 8pm

Wanstead Youth Centre, Elmcroft Avenue, Wanstead E11 2DB

For ages 10 to 25 years. Entry £1.

Contact or 01245 264783

Other disability sports

The following activities and events listed below give people with disabilities the opportunity to take part in a sport and physical activity of their choice and at a level they want to participate in.

  • The  inter-Borough athletics championships
  • London Youth Games disability squads
  • Panathlon Challenge
  • Disability Awareness Day – Sports Day
  • Disability Awareness Festival in the park

If you would like to get involved in any of these sessions  or activities contact the Sport and Health Team on 020 8708 0951 or email

Get involved in our annual sports events for young people:

Fairlop Waters

Offers the angler a choice of two waters:

Large lake

A 3.5 acre lake with a large head of Carp. This lake also offers Tench and Bream up to 10lbs. A disabled angling platform is in place with wheelchair access.

Sailing lake

The sailing lake, which covers an area of 38 acres, is also available for night fishing. This lake has a large head of Carp, Roach, Bream, Perch and Pike of varying size with some specimens up to 30lbs.

Season tickets

Season tickets are available which cover both lakes and secure parking is available on site. Toilets and refreshments are available from the licensed bar adjacent to the sailing lake.

For opening times, prices and application form please contact contact Fairlop Waters or visit Angling at Fairlop Waters.

Hainault Forest Country Park

Fishing Lake

Day angling only during park opening hours on north bank. Season or day tickets must be purchased from Fairlop Waters.

  • day tickets £10
  • season tickets adults £168
  • season tickets senior citizens over 60 or registered disabled £90

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.

Junior Academy Golf Passport

All session prices include balls and club hire and the opportunity to enter into Academy Tournament Play.

Session Day Time Age Price
Junior Passport Level 1 and 2


Thursday and


4:30pm to 5:30pm

4:30pm to 5:30pm

1pm to 2pm

8 to 15 years

4 to 7 years

Girls only lesson

£5 per session
Junior Passport Level 1, 2 and 3 Saturday midday to 1pm (beginners session) Up to 17 years £5 per session
Junior Passport Level 4, 5 and 6 Saturday 11am to midday (advanced session) Up to 17 years £5 per session

It is also possible to arrange Individual 1 hour lessons, individual 15 minute assessments, Junior individual and small group (4) coaching sessions from Tuesday to Saturday. Contact us for details


Ladies golf coaching sessions

All session prices include club hire and the opportunity to enter into Academy Tournament Play. Golf ball hire is required for all sessions £3.20 for 40 balls (approximately).

Session Day Time Price
Introduction to Golf - For new women golfers offering an informal session for the social and curious player. Follow up with the Thursday morning session.



£5 per session
Learning the game of golf - During this 20 week course PGA Professional provides guidance on etiquette, rules, formats, handicaps, stroke index, which clubs to use and why. Please register in advance with Jimmy Burns on 07534 033801. Maximum group size 4 players. Follow up with Ladies on Par, Friday morning session. Pay for parking via RingGo allow 2 hours for this session.




11am to 1pm

£10 per session, plus £1 for coffee

Ladies on the golf course - Learn the basic techniques that build a confident, consistent golf swing. As the evenings become lighter and warmer classes will take place on the putting green and chipping/pitching area which includes bunker play. Includes free golf ball hire usually £3.20. Class size limited to 12 ladies. All players must reside in Redbridge. If parking before 7pm you can obtain a 50p parking ticket at the Clubhouse.

Thursday 7pm to 8pm Free
Ladies on Par - Put into practice independently all that has been learned during the above coaching sessions at our Ladies Academy, a friendly bunch who willingly take new players on the course and encourage all newcomers to the group. Please obtain your 50p parking ticket from the Clubhouse when paying £10 Green Fee.  Friday 10am Green Fee £10


Adult academy programme

Session Day Time Price
Seniors Class (aged 50 plus) Tuesday 10am to 11am £5 per person

Tuesday and


11:30am to 12:30pm

7pm to 8pm

£5 per person
Players practice night Thursday 8pm £5 per person
Seniors' Play Academy Friday 10am £5 per person
Players evening swindle club 9 holes Friday (bi-weekly) £5 per person £5 per person
Saturday clinic (all levels) Saturday 10am to 11am £5 person

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

View all the tennis clubs in Redbridge

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 requires pre-booking. Tennis courts are available in:

View more information on these parks 

 For more information on Parks Tennis coaching visit

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.

Walking for Health

Our Sport and Health team are 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 what’s more, 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 timetable (PDF 530 KB) and Walking for Health leaflet (PDF 3.99 MB)

If you would like to become a walk leader contact Michelle Wood for opportunities in volunteering. Full training will be provided.

Have you tried Nordic Walking? We have sessions at Hainault Forest Country Park and Fairlop Waters Country Park view our Nordic Walking timetable for more information.

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.

Download a copy of Walk Redbridge (PDF 1.1MB) or phone 020 8708 3044 to be sent a free copy.

Historic walks

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.

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.

Sports Clubs

Looking for a club to join? Have a look through the Sports Club Directory (PDF 8MB)

Leisure centres

Unlimited use of Gyms, pools and studio classes at *Fullwell Cross, *Mayfield, South Woodford and Wanstead, £47 per month direct debit or £515 paid upfront for 12 months. 
As above but includes the Spa at Fullwell Cross or racquet sports at Wanstead, £57.95 per month direct debit.
All memberships prices are for life.
*Swimming pools only at Fullwell Cross and Mayfield Leisure Centre


Other sporting venues

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