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Overview of sports and leisure opportunities

Last Modified May 17, 2016

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

We Move, She Moves

Street Dance


Coaching Courses and Experience

Join In

Herts Active Together

Community Sports Programme


We have a community partnership with Arsenal Football Club which began in 2008. 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 Hopkins, 020 8207 7801 or email community.services@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.

We move, she moves

We move, she moves is an exciting 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. Please visit the website for more information please telephone Helen Hopkins, 020 8207 7801.

Sport and leisure activities take place across the borough, find out where the nearest car park is.

Street Dance - Bushey

Are you interested in street dance?  There is a new session for young people aged seven to 11 starting Saturday 20 February at Bushey Grove Leisure Centre, Aldenham Road, Bushey, WD23 2TD. The session runs from 9am to 10:15am and costs just £4 per week.  There is no need to book, just turn up.


Sportivate is a Sport England funded programme aimed at encouraging more 11 to 25 year olds to participate in sport. Funding is available for six to eight weeks of coached sessions.

For example, Bubble Football is currently being funded through Sportivate at the Furzefield Centre, Potters Bar. Watch our video to find out more.

We would like to see applications from all sorts of people;

  • Sports clubs
  • National Governing Bodies
  • Youth groups
  • Secondary schools

We are looking for all types exciting projects to take place.  If you think you could benefit from new members, promotion and some funding all through sport, please get in touch.

We require all of our delivering coaches to be CoachMark coaches. This means that we are sure that they meet the minimum standards for Active Coaches.

For more information on any of the schemes above, call Helen Hopkins, 020 8207 7801 or email community.services@hersmere.gov.uk

Coaching courses and 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

 Join In

Join In is a registered charity that helps UK grassroots sports clubs attract more supporters and volunteers from their local communities. We do this by matching people to fun, interesting and rewarding volunteering opportunities at clubs in their area. The Herts Sports Partnership is responsible for the Join In programme in Hertfordshire.

Register at Join In and find opportunities to volunteer locally.

Herts Active Together


Leisure Trusts in Hertfordshire have been successful in receiving funding from Sporta. The project ‘Herts Active Together’ will see Sportspace – Dacorum Sports Trust, Finesse Leisure, Hertsmere Leisure, Stevenage Leisure Limited and YMCA West and Central Herts come together to provide bespoke and specific sports and activity sessions to encourage those over 65 to be more active and live and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

The trusts will run a programme of activities including: aqua aerobics, golf, pilates, swimming for beginners, fencing, badminton, gym, Zumba, and gym based rehabilitation classes.

Delivery in Hertsmere program will range from six to 25 weeks and sessions will be happening at The Venue, Furzefield, Bushey Grove, Bushey Golf, Bushey Rose Gardens, and King George Recreation Ground.

For more information about the project, please visit their website



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