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London is probably the best city in the world in terms of activities for families and children including lots of free activities and events. We list here lots of initiatives that we believe London Mums and their children from babies to teenagers would enjoy especially at the most entertaining places such as the Science Museum, The V&A, Kew Gardens, Kensington Palace, Hyde Park, Richmond Park, Greenwich, West End shows, the London Eye, the London Aquarium, Kingston upon Thames, Chelsea, SouthBank and so much more.

Lewisham local residents can take sport classes at £1 per session at Downham Health & Leisure Centre

Downham Health & Leisure Centre is helping keep teenagers and young adults active this autumn with three exciting new courses, which are being delivered locally as part of the Sportivate programme. Starting on 11 October and for just £1 per session, local residents can sign up for the new Boxing Fitness, Indoor Cycling and Swim 4 Fitness.

Sportivate is a £32 million Lottery programme that gives 14–25 year olds access to six-week courses in a range of sports including those offered at Downham Health & Leisure Centre:

Boxing Fitness (18–25 years and 14–17 years) £1 a session

This brilliant class is a great combination of fitness and fun, using boxing moves to work all areas of the body. Classes run every Tuesday for 18–25 year olds 8–9:30pm and every Wednesday for 14–17 year olds 4:30–5:45pm, beginning 11 October for six weeks.

Indoor Cycling (14–17 years and 18–25 years) £1 a session

These classes will focus on endurance and strength, through the use of high intensity exercise and intervals. Classes run every Wednesday for 14–17 year olds 6–6:45pm and for 18–25 year olds 7–8pm, beginning 12 October for six weeks.

Swim 4 Fitness (18–25 years) £1 a session

Get fit and have fun with these Swim 4 Fitness classes, which offer a clear structure to swim sessions. Classes run every Friday 12 noon–1pm, beginning 14 October for six weeks.

Danielle De Cruz, Community Liaison Manager at Downham Health & Leisure Centre, said:

“Sportivate is a great initiative to help get young people engage in a range of activities. We’re looking forward to welcoming local youth residents to take part in the new courses!”

The Sportivate programme is part of the Play strand of Sport England’s mass participation legacy programme ‘Places, People Play’, which was launched on 15 November 2010. Sportivate will provide a range of attractive and sustainable sporting activities for 14-25 year olds who are not choosing to participate in sport during their own time, or are doing so for a very limited amount of time.


For further information about the course and book a place contact the centre on 0208 461 9200.

To find out more information about Downham Health & Leisure Centre visit www.harpersfitness.co.uk.

Downham Health and Leisure Centre is managed for Lewisham Council by Leisure Connection. Leisure Connection supports Change4Life. For more information please visit http://www.nhs.uk/change4life.

About Monica Costa

Monica Costa founded London Mums in September 2006 after her son Diego’s birth together with a group of mothers who felt the need of meeting up regularly to share the challenges and joys of motherhood in metropolitan and multicultural London. London Mums is the FREE and independent peer support group for mums and mumpreneurs based in London https://londonmumsmagazine.com and you can connect on Twitter @londonmums

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