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Sports and physical activity

Sport facilities, centres and venues in the district

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NamePost CodeTelephoneEmail/Social MediaNormal Opening Times (ex Bank Holidays)Facilities
Westminster Lodge Leisure CentreAL1 2DL01727 736 080

Monday - Friday 6.00am - 10.00pm Saturday & Sunday 7.00am - 10.00pmSwimming Pool, Gym, Group Exercise, Sports Hall
Verulamium ParkAL1 2DL01727 868 - June to August, Netball - September to MayNetball, Tennis, Basketball, Beach Courts
Abbey View Golf and TrackAL1 2DL01727 868 227

Please check the webste for more details.Golf, Athletics, Football Pitch Café
Batchwood Golf Course and Sports CentreAL3 5XA01727 844250

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Monday - Friday 8.00am - 10.00pm

Satuday 7.00am -7.00pm

Sunday 8.00am - 5.00pm

Please the centres website for the golf course opening times.

Golf, Tennis, Gym, Group Exercise, Squash, Racket Ball
Harpenden Swimming PoolAL5 2HU01582 - Friday 6.30am - 10.30pm Saturday 7.30am - 6.30pm    Sunday 7.30am - 10.00pmSwimming Pool, Learner Pool, Suana, Spa Pool, Steam Room
Harpenden Sports CentreAL5 2HU01582 767722

Monday - Friday 6.00am - 11.00pm Saturday & Sunday 8.00am - 9.00pmGym, Group Exercise, Sports  Hall
Cotlandswick Leisure CentreAL2 1LB01727 822 447

Monday - Friday 6.30am - 10.30pm Saturday 8.00am - 8.00pm & Sunday 8.00am - 9.00pmGym, Group Exercise, Sports Hall, Soft Play Adventure World, Football
Splash ParkAL1 2DL 01727 868 from the first bank holiday in May to the first weekend in September 10.00am - 6.00pmSplash Park
Redbourn Recreation CentreAL3 7PP01582

Monday & Wednesday - 6.00am - 10.00pm

Tuesday & Thursday - 8.00am - 10.00pm

Friday 6.00am - 8.00pm

Saturday 8.00am - 6.30pm

Sunday 9.00am - 10.00pm

Gym, Group Exercise
Harpenden Outdoor Paddling PoolAL5 2HU01582 Bank Holiday of May to the end of the first weekend of September, Monday - Sunday 11.00am - 5.00pmPaddling Pool
Colney Heath Recreation GroundAL4 0NP01727 Tennis
Marford Road Playing FieldsAL4 8AY01582 Tennis
Morris Playing FieldsAL2 1JP01727 Tennis
Napsbury Open Space 01727 Tennis
Rothamsted ParkAL5 2HU01582 - Friday 6.00am - 11.00pm Saturday & Sunday 8.00am - 9.00pmTennis
Sherwood Avenue Recreation Ground 01727 Tennis
Spencer Meadows Courts 01727 Tennis
Roundwood SchoolAL5 3AE01582 Sports Hall, Outdoor courts
St John Lawes SchoolAL5 4QP01582 Sports Hall, Outdoor courts
St Georges SchoolAL5 4EY01582 716 281sportshall@stgeorges.herts.sch.ukMonday - Thursday 5.30pm - 10.00pm       Friday 5.30pm - 9.00pm   Saturday & Sunday 9.00am - 5.00pmSports Hall, Gym, Group Exercise, tennis/netball courts, cricket/rugby pitches
Greenwood ParkAL2 3HW01727 874867



 Tennis courts, football pitches and a cricket table
Marlborough Science AcademyAL1 2QA01727 856 Sports Hall, Swimming Pool, Gymnasium, outside court area, playing fields
Charters Health ClubAL4 0DB01727 Monday - Friday 7.00am - 10.00pm Saturday & Sunday 9.00am - 5.00pmGym, Group Exercise, Sports Hall
Clarence ParkAL1 4NF0800 3457405  Bowls green, tennis, cricket, hockey, astroturf pitch


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For Everyone 

Activities for Older People 

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REFIT is a physical activity programme for residents 45+. The programme uses local facilities such as church halls, village halls and community centres and aims to take activity out into the St Albans community. The programme is currently being delivered in Park Street, Sopwell and Redbourn.

For more information please contact Rowell Gordon on 01727 819358 or by emailing

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The St Albans Exercise Referral Scheme is a discounted gym membership for anyone having trouble with any one of several medical conditions. We aim to work with you to generate an exercise plan tailored to your wants and needs, as well as offering regular monitored gym sessions in the week, to give you the extra support you need. We operate out of Harpenden Sports Centre, Batchwood Golf & Sports Centre, Cotlandswick Leisure Centre and Westminster Lodge Leisure Centre and allow you to access the gym, swimming pool and exercise classes at these facilities. 

For more information about how our scheme works or to find out what medical conditions we can accept please contact Rowell Gordon by emailing

Disability sport and wellbeing 

St Albans City and District Council actively develops, supports and promotes activities that enable everyone in the community to access quality sports, leisure and well being activities. The St Albans Sport and Health Development Team have implemented a number of activity programmes accessible to both children and adults who have a learning and/or physical disability. These projects have been developed to provide a wide range of opportunities in a fun and supportive environment.

The following pages provide information on specific community projects.

For more information on any of the above projects please contact the St Albans Sport and Health Development Team on 01727 827667 or email 

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The Daylight Club is a social club for adults with physical disabilities living in the St Albans District, which includes Harpenden.
The Club welcomes new members and meet every Wednesday from 10am to 4pm at St Johns Church Hall, St John’s Rd, Harpenden and Friday from 11am to 3pm at Christchurch, High Oaks, St Albans. The Club provides a safe and supportive environment where members meet for social contact and community involvement. Members can take part in a wide range of creative or recreational activities, interactive workshops, useful or interesting topics covered by guest speakers, community events and day trips in our own minibus. The Daylight Club can also offer door to door transport.

To join the group or for more information, please contact the Coordinator via telephone 01727 819214, mobile 07762 595936 or 

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Passport to Leisure is a local project which supports adults with learning disabilities to access and integrate with the community through a variety of leisure and sporting activities.

The main emphasis of the project is for the members to have fun with friends in a supportive environment, where independence is encouraged and promoted.

A programme of events is produced and sent out every 3 months with a wide variety of trips and activities to suit people's different interests, abilities and needs.

Most of the trips are run on a Sunday and include some of the following;

  • Wildlife Parks
  • Stately homes
  • Parks or Gardens
  • Bowling
  • Cinema
  • Pub Lunches
  • Community events and shows
  • London attractions
  • Snooker
  • Gym sessions and much more!

For more information please contact the Passport to Leisure Co-ordinator on 01727 819214 or via email using

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Special Olympics St Albans (SOSA) provides sporting opportunities for those aged 8 years and over with a learning disability. It is also a great opportunity for you to establish new friendships with other families, SOSA athletes and the community.

SOSA aims to support athletes in building confidence, self esteem and skill levels as well as training with and competing against other athletes in local, regional and national Special Olympic events. 

"Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt." 

Registered charity number: 800329


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Activities for young People 

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Healthy Tots is a 4 week healthy living scheme for tots and their families. Healthy Tots is delivered and designed by St Albans Sport and Health Development Team in partnership with St Albans District Children's Centres. 

The scheme is split into 2 parts; theory for the adults on topics such as health breakfast options with fun activities and active play for the tots. 

Active play introduces and encourages the tots to be active, introduces them to ball skills and gets them moving!

Currently Healthy Tots is being delivered at London Colney Children's Centre, St Albans Children's Centre and Lamerfields Children Centre.

For more information please contact Felicity Chandler on 01727 819358 or by emailing

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Play in the Parks is an Easter and summer holiday play scheme for children aged between 3 and 12 years old. Our team of play leaders co-ordinate fun and active sessions in 15 parks across the St Albans District. Children can turn up and join in free of charge.

For more information please contact the Sports Development Team on 01727 819358 or through email on

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LEAN - Learning, Exercise and Nutrition is a 6 week course on healthy living and exercise aimed at 12-17 year olds, created and delivered by St Albans Sports and Health Team. 

The aim of this new scheme is to introduce 12-17 year olds to different types of physical activity and to raise awareness of healthy living in a fun and positive way. Each week we cover a health topic such as healthy eating, body image and dealing with stress. 

We also introduce a 45 minute activity session each week. Yoga, dancing, games and fun fitness classes have all been introduced. 

We hold courses around St Albans and Harpenden. 

The sessions are FREE if charge. 

For more information please contact Felicity Chandler on 01727 819358 or by emailing

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Active Schools is the delivery of alternative sessions within secondary schools. Four week alcohol education and five week introduction to mental health courses run within PSHE lessons. Physical activity is also delivered, either as part of their PE lessons or as lunchtime and after school clubs, varying from popdance to badminton. Many of the activities are delivered by instructors from local clubs and pupils are signposted out to these clubs as a way to continue their participation. These sessions are adapted to be inclusive for all year groups from 7 to 11 and are offered to several secondary schools in the St Albans City and District area. 

For more information please contact Felicity Chandler on 01727 819358 or by emailing

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A Junior Weight Management programme for 7 to 11 year olds. This is a 6 week course with two follow up sessions at week 12 and week 18. Support from the project lead is continued throughout the course and thereafter. Each week is themed and begins with 30 – 45 minute discussions and active learning around topics such as healthy cooking and benefits of exercise. This is then followed by 45 minutes of physical activity. Both adults and children from the home are encouraged to attend the sessions so this valuable information is taken back and shared with the family. 

For more information please contact Felicity Chandler on 01727 819358 or by emailing

Funding and Discounts

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The Leisure Card (now named either the 1Life or Everyone Active Card) is available to everyone living in St Albans City and District. 

The cards are free and entitle residents to a discount of 10% off the cost of sporting and fitness activities at leisure facilities provided by the Council.

An Everyone Active Leisure Card entitles you to discounts at Westminster Lodge Leisure Centre.

With a 1Life Card residents will also qualify for discounts on standby tickets at the Alban Arena and harpenden Public Halls. The 1Life Leisure card can be used in any of the following facilities:

What are the benefits for residents?

10% discount on all adult non resident pay and play activities

Children and young people aged 18 years and under receive a 50% discount on the adult pay and play activities

In addition residents can receive a 50% discount on the adult pay and play activities if they are in reciept of one of the following:

  • Council Tax Support     
  • Job Seekers Allowance
  • Full time students over 18 years    
  • Pension Credit (guaranteed element) 60 +
  • Universal Credit

How do I apply?

Fill in the application form on the leafet and hand it in at any of the above facilities with proof of identity. You will be issues with your card. your photo will also be taken to ensure that cards are used only by the cardholder. For full details of the discounts available, terms and conditions of use, plus venue details please click on the relevant link below:

Abbey View Golf and TrackApply
Alban AreaApply
Batchwood Golf Course & Sports CentreApply
Cotlandswick Leisure CentreApply
Harpenden Sports CentreApply
Harpenden Swimming PoolApply
Harpenden Public HallsApply
Westminster Lodge Leisure CentreApply


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The Elite Card has been designed for our Elite Athletes in the District. To qualify for the card applicants must meet the criteria listed in the Terms and Conditions which can be found below. This card is to provide free access to pay and play only across the District at Council owned facilities, subject to availability. 

The leisure facilities involved in this scheme are as follows:

  • Batchwood Golf Course & Sports Centre
  • Cotlandswick Leisure Centre
  • Harpenden Leisure Centre
  • Harpenden Swimming Pool
  • Westminster Lodge Leisure Centre

For full Terms and Conditions please click below or contact the Sport and Health Team at or by calling 01727 819531.

Making our District an Active St Albans 

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Active St Albans is the Community Sport & Physical Activity Network (CSPAN) for St Albans City & District – an independent, voluntary-led organisation that looks to support local community clubs and organisations to deliver more, and better, sport and physical activity to the residents of the district.

The network was organised as part of Sport England’s campaign to develop an effective ‘Delivery System’ that enabled funding and information to filter down from national level to a local level. Creating ‘Community Sports Networks’ in each Local Authority allowed there to be a consistent approach to developing local sport and physical activity opportunities.

Active St Albans is financially supported by the St Albans City and District Council which enables us to carry on offering and providing support to local community sports clubs and organisations.

Physical Activity is the general term which describes any movement the body makes which requires energy. There are many types of physical activity including sport which through casual or organised participation, aim to use, maintain or improve physical ability and skills while providing entertainment to participants. The benefits of sport and physical activity are substantial and can support development and change in a number of areas such as behaviour, education, health and wellbeing.

To find out more details please visit our website – 

If you would like to speak to a member of the team please call 01727 866100 or email