There are lots of opportunities to get active and eat healthily in Hertsmere.

Watford FC Men's Fitness Programme

Shape Up is a free 12 week weight management course for men funded by Public Health Hertfordshire and delivered by Watford FC’s Community Sports and Education Trust. The course is aimed at men aged 18 to 50 with a BMI of 28 or over. 

Participants meet up weekly for a 90-minute session comprising a 45 minute educational segment and a 45 minute physical activity session. These two segments are delivered with the aim of improving participants healthy lifestyle knowledge to ensure a sustainable weight loss rather than the typically short term benefit of a diet based programme. This course is open and accessible to all, delivering at a number of different venues across Hertsmere including Bushey, Borehamwood and Potters Bar. 

Participants can get involved with Shape Up by signing up through their GP surgery or by contacting Watford FC CSE Trust 01923 496 391 or

We Move, She Moves

The We Move, She Moves project, supported by the council, aims to get more women and girls aged 14 and upwards in Hertsmere moving. The scheme has lots of different activities and sessions taking place throughout the borough. So, if you would you like to try a new activity or want to get back into playing sport, then this is the project for you.

For more information please visit We Move, She Moves, email or call 020 8207 7801.

Active Herts

Did you know that keeping active and exercising regularly can drastically improve your health?

Herts Sports Partnership knows that getting active can be difficult, that’s why their friendly and professional Get Active Specialists  can help you get started. You’ll be able to work together to develop a free personal activity plan to make it simple to find ways to fit physical activity into your life.

To find out if you can get started, visit the Herts Sports Partnership website

Exercise for FREE at your local park

Take a walk or go for a run through beautiful surroundings, use the outdoor gym or just sit back to relax in one of our parks.

Find out more about the facilities at your local park.

Hertfordshire Health Walks

The Hertfordshire Health Walks is a county-wide initiative of free, led walks coordinated by Countryside Management Service. It aims to help promote walking and encourage more people (all ages, backgrounds and abilities) to get outdoors, get more active and reap the benefits.

There's a walk tailored to every ability level, visit the Hertfordshire Health Walks website to find your nearest walk.

Aldenham parkrun

Running has many health benefits including reduced risks of chronic illnesses, boosting your mood and helping to maintain a healthy weight. With all these benefits and more, why not have a go at Aldenham parkrun!

Aldenham parkruns are FREE, timed, five kilometre runs that take place every Saturday morning in more than 500 parks and woodlands around the world. They are coordinated by local volunteers and are open to people of all ages and abilities, with the emphasis on fun and fitness in a relaxed and welcoming environment. Parkrun is not a race - it's a timed run with friends and families.

To participate, register on the website then print off your barcode and turn up!

Aldenham parkrun happens every Saturday at 9am in Aldenham Country Park.

For more information, please email the volunteer team

Leisure facilities

Leisure facilities in Hertsmere are managed by Inspire All, who provide and promote sport, recreational, and arts services for the borough.

Find out what fitness classes run at your local centre as well as the facilities on offer through the Inspire All website. Inspire All provide and promote sport, recreational, and arts services on behalf of the council.

50+ Programme

Hertsmere Leisure Trust have developed the Fifty Plus programme to provide activities for those predominantly of retirement age, however, this is not exclusive so anyone can join in!

The Fifty Plus programme contains a host of weekly activities ranging from Indoor Bowls to Bridge, Tap Dancing to Yoga. Some sessions are drop in and some are pre booked courses, there is plenty of flexibility. In the majority of cases, equipment is provided to get you started, so you don’t need to go to any great expense to get involved. In addition to the weekly programme they also offer a range of special events, day trips, short courses and Quiz evenings.

If you would like more information, please contact the Fifty Plus Team on 01707 645005


There are a number of sports pitches and courts across the borough where you can play football, hockey, bowls, cricket, rugby and tennis. Find out more on our sports pitches and courts page.

We run a number of initiatives to encourage young people across the borough to get involved in sport. We work in partnership with Arsenal Football Club to deliver a range of activities including curriculum football, holiday activities, girl’s football and a double club, which combines football and literacy.

There's something for everyone, so find out more about the sports and leisure activities available. 

There are a number of sports clubs which operate in the borough. Find your local club.