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

Hertsmere Physical Activity and Exercise Referral Scheme

As part of the improvement of the health and wellbeing of the local community InspireAll offers a Physical Activity Referral Service across Hertsmere.

A Physical Activity Referral Scheme is a referral by a professional to a service where there is a process of assessment of that person’s need. A physical activity programme is then tailored to meet the need of the individual’s progress.

In Hertsmere the scheme is delivered at Bushey Grove Leisure CentreThe Furzefield Centre in Potters Bar, and The Venue Leisure Centre in Borehamwood. It is run with the guidelines set out by the National Institute for Health Care Excellence (NICE).

You may be eligible for this service if you are over 16 and have a long-term health condition such as poor mental health, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, asthma, or COPD. 

Getting referred to The Exercise Referral Scheme could be the first step to increasing your activity levels and improving your long-term health and wellbeing. For more information speak to your GP or contact your local InspireAll Exercise Referral team to discuss your eligibility.

The Venue Leisure Centre in Borehamwood – tvexercisereferral@inpsireall.com

Furzefield Leisure Centre in Potters Bar – ffexercisereferral@inspireall.com

Bushey Grove Leisure Centre in Bushey – bgexercisereferral@inspireall.com


parkruns are FREE, timed, five kilometre runs that take place every Saturday morning in more than 600 locations 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,

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

King George Junior parkrun takes places every Sunday at 9am in King George Recreation Ground, Bushey. 

Furzefield Leisure Centre Junior parkrun takes place every Sunday at 9am in Furzefield Leisure Centre, Potters Bar.


The Back2Bowls sessions take place at Aberford Community Centre, WD6 1PN every Wednesday from 1-3pm.

Back2Bowls is a fun and welcoming activity, providing free bowls sessions and refreshments to participants. Our sessions are extremely popular, and offer both indoor and outdoor bowls depending on the weather.

No need to book, simply turn up and one of the organisers will take you through and get you moving!


ParkPlay is the perfect way to get the whole family more active, more often. It combines organised sports and games for both children and adults to get involved in whilst being outdoors and getting some fresh air.

ParkPlay takes place in Aycliffe Park, Borehamwood, running from 10am-12pm. It is a safe, welcoming, and inclusive way for people to connect and have fun. 

The sessions are completely free and there is no need to bring any equipment - just a pair of trainers and suitable clothes will do! 

For more information and to register for ParkPlay, visit the ParkPlay website.

GenerationPlus Programme

InspireAll run the GenerationPlus programme (formerly known as fifty plus) to provide activities for the older adults, however, this is not exclusive, so anyone can join in! 

The 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

GenerationPlus Team by email sports.development@inspireall.com 

Hertfordshire Health Walks

The Hertfordshire Health Walks scheme is a countywide programme of free, fun and social walks.  It is aimed to support more people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to get outdoors more often and enjoy the benefits of gentle physical activity.

About Hertfordshire Health Walks

The walks are graded so you can choose the one most suitable for you, from a gentle 20-minute First Steps walk to a brisk 90-minute walk. The walks run from the same place and time every week, with meeting points in Bushey, Potters Bar and Aldenham. These popular walks, led by friendly volunteers, offer many different routes through towns, parks and countryside and the opportunity for a coffee afterwards. Best of all it's free!

Health walks

To find details of the walks near you:

Complete beginners welcome

Are you interested in setting up a walking group in your community?

Walking is an easy way to add more activity to your day. Regular and purposeful walking helps you get fitter, boosts your mood and keeps your bones and muscles strong. The Herts Health Walks Team already offers 75 free walks across Hertfordshire and would like to be able to offer more. We are keen to work with people – who currently don’t do any activity but would like to or are returning from illness –  to set up short, sociable walk for beginners. You would be joining a friendly team of volunteers, giving back to your community and meeting new people. If you would like to discuss how to set up a group, please contact Claire on 01992588126 or claire.pullen@hertfordshire.gov.uk. We look forward to hearing from you.

Exercise for FREE in 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.

Active Herts

Active Herts is an exciting project that supports local residents to get active.

Working with the Get Active Specialist, you will work through a series of free 1:1 consultations to set a personal plan of action that will make it simple for you to fit physical activity into your daily life.

The Get Active Specialist can offer advice, support and will help you to find a fun and friendly activity to suit you for up to 12 months, based on your fitness level and interests. Activities can include anything from free walks to badminton, dance to swimming and much more available at reasonable prices.

If you are over the age of 16, living in Hertsmere and are currently doing less than 30 minutes of physical activity or sport per week then the Active Herts project might be suitable to you.

For further information on the Active Herts Project please contact


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 30 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 participant’s 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. 

For more information please visit Shape Up

Participants can sign up through their GP surgery or by contacting Watford FC CSE Trust 01923 496 391 

Community Sports Programme

We have a community partnership with Arsenal Football Club which began in 2008. The partnership offers a range of sporting, social inclusion and educational opportunities for Hertsmere residents. Arsenal in the Community deliver a range of initiatives, including curriculum football, holiday activities, girls football and a Double Club; where schoolchildren in years five and six spend 45 minutes playing football and 45 minutes on literacy.

Community Sports Network

Active Hertsmere (Community Sports Network)

 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 one per cent 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.

Active Hertsmere meets four times a year. If you would like to attend a meeting or have an agenda item, please contact Helen Hopkins or Amy Allman on 020 8207 7801 or email community.services@hertsmere.gov.uk

We Move, She Moves

We Move, She Moves is a movement to get women and girls in Hertsmere more active, more often and having fun in the process. There are lots of activities happening each week for you to join in with. We have something to suit all ages, abilities and fitness level.

Would you like to try a new sport or activity? Have you not taken part in anything for a while? Have you recently had a baby? There is a class for you, please visit the We Move She Moves website for more information or call 020 8207 2277.


This Girl Can in Oakmere

We have received funding from Sport England to deliver a physical activity programme for women in the Oakmere ward, Potters Bar.  The sessions will be low cost, local and accessible.  For more information visit the We Move She Moves website or call 020 8207 2277.

Box Cleva

Box Cleva is a community safety partnership initiative which helps to promote safer neighbourhoods and wellbeing in young people. Teaching 7 to 13 year-olds the discipline behind boxing including fitness training, nutritional advice, and alcohol and smoking awareness sessions, the scheme also promotes a healthy, active lifestyle, ensuring they get the best possible start in life. This is a no contact boxing session.

This scheme runs during school term-time and trainers are fully qualified by the Amateur Boxing Association of England. Box Cleva offers bronze, silver and gold assessments to give young people a sense of achievement and to raise their self-esteem and confidence.

For more information visit BoxCleva

Coaching Courses and Experience

Coaching courses and experience

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.

and find opportunities to volunteer locally.

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

For more information on any of the schemes above, call Helen Hopkins, 020 8207 2277 or email community.services@hertsmere.gov.uk