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Overview of Sports and Leisure Opportunities

Last Modified March 17, 2014

We work hard with our partners to deliver sport and leisure opportunities in Hertsmere. Our summary gives you the key information.

Community Sports Programme

Community Sports Network

Herts Youth Games

We Move, She Moves

Twilight Dance

Coaching Courses and Experience

Sport Makers

Community Sports Programme


We began a five year community partnership with Arsenal Football Club in 2008 which ended in 2013 and was followed by a partnership agreement. This aims to promote and deliver a range of initiatives, including curriculum football, holiday activities, girls football and a Double Club; where school children in years five and six spend 45 minutes playing football and 45 minutes on literacy.

If you have any questions, please contact Helen Bottomley, 020 8207 7801 or email helen.hopkins@hertsmere.gov.uk

Pictured below is Theo Walcott who, along with Faye White, helped to launch the scheme at Arsenal's indoor training facility.

 Theo Walcott helps to launch the Arsenal Community programme


Community Sports Network (CSN)

What is a Community Sport Network (CSN)?

Sport England defines a CSN as a collection of people who have a desire to develop  and promote sport and physical activity in their area. Representatives from local authorities, schools, sports clubs, sports centres, volunteer networks and wider community groups make up a Community Sports Network.

The core aims of all Community Sports Networks are to:

  • increase the number of people taking part in sport and active recreation by 1% year on year;
  • widen access to opportunities for sport and active recreation;
  • bring together and align partners' existing priorities and targets within one joined up local action plan for sport and active recreation within the CSN area, based upon the needs of the local communities and ensuring clarity in roles and responsibility.

Herts Youth Games


Would you like to represent Hertsmere in the 2014 Herts Youth Games? Are you aged between 7 and 14? The Herts Youth Games is an annual celebration of sport in which districts and boroughs come together to compete in a number of different sports at Wodson Park in Ware. If you have any questions or would like to register an interest in one of the below sports, please telephone 020 8207 7801 or email helen.hopkins@hertsmere.gov.uk

Athletics – under 11 mixed, school years 5&6
Badminton – under 12 mixed, school years 6&7
Basketball – under 11 mixed, school years 5&6
Cricket – under 11 girls, school years 5&6
Fencing – under13, mixed, school years 5,6,7&8
Football – under 9 girls, school years 3&4
Hockey – under 13 girls and boys, school years 7&8
Netball – under 13 girls, school years 7&8
Table Tennis – under 14 mixed, school years, 7,8&9.
Tag Rugby – under 9, mixed, school years 3&4.


We move, she moves

We move, she moves is an exciting new project for women and girls aged 14 upwards. Would you like to try a new sport or activity? Have you not taken part in anything for a while? Would you like to try a new activity? Then this is the project for you, we have lots of different activities to try on your own or grab a friend or two and get moving. For more information please visit. http://wemoveshemoves.com/ or telephone Helen Hopkins, 020 8207 7801.


Twilight Dance - Bushey

Are you interested in Street Dance or Cheerleading? Then come to try our Friday evening twilight session at Bushey Grove Leisure Centre, Aldenham Road, Bushey.  The session runs every Friday during term time and is just £4 per week for people aged 10-14. It is 6.30pm to 8pm.  You can just turn up on the day.

For more information on any of the four schemes above, call Helen Bottomley, 020 8207 7801 or email helen.hopkins@hersmere.gov.uk

Coaching courses & experience


If you want to be a coach or gain coaching experience then the Herts Sports Partnership Website  is a good starting point.  Sports Coach UK also runs a number of courses in the region.

The Herts Sports Partnership website  has a coaching section that's packed full of information on coaching at any level. Here you'll find information on:

  • Developing your coaching techniques
  • Mentoring
  • Coaching job vacancies in Hertfordshire
  • Education and Courses
  • Coach Management Standards
  • Coaching Strategies
  • Long Term Athlete Development

Sport Makers

Anyone can be a sporting hero! Sir Steve Redgrave, our greatest Olympian, has launched a new way for people to become sporting heroes in their local community. Sir Steve has joined forces with Sport England to launch Sport Makers, a programme for everyone who'd like to make sport happen for their friends, neighbours or colleagues. The Herts Sports Partnership is responsible for the Sport Makers programme in Hertfordshire.

Becoming a Sport Maker is easy and is open to everyone aged 16 and over.
Register at www.sportmakers.co.uk  and find opportunities to volunteer locally. Visit the Sport Makers website


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