Sustainability

Football unites Westminster community

Football unites Westminster community once again

19 grassroots football clubs in Westminster came together last weekend for a day of friendly competition

Unity in the Community Football Tournament took  place on Saturday 15 June at Paddington Recreation Ground, the day kicked off with a mixed-gender competition, followed in the afternoon by a Girls Football Festival.

The event, organised by Active Westminster and its leisure operator Everyone Active as part of their Neighbourhood Sports Club programme, kicked off with the Unity in the Community (UITC) mixed-gender football tournament in the morning.

182 players aged seven to 16, regardless of abilities or backgrounds, took to the state-of-the-art pitches, competing in friendly matches aimed at uniting the community through sport.

There was amazing community spirit, and everyone displayed great sportsmanship,” said Dilu Miah, Coordinator of the Queen’s Park Bangladesh Association, whose under-12 team participated. “This was the first tournament our U12 team have experienced, and they thoroughly enjoyed every minute.”

team of players with the Lord Mayor

The Lord Mayor of Westminster, Councillor Robert Rigby, joined the morning’s activities.

Later in the afternoon, a Girls Football Festival was held to commemorate the upcoming Women’s World Cup.

Local girls took part in skills sessions and friendly matches, the festival celebrating women’s football’s growing popularity while encouraging young girls to try the sport themselves.

Nicole Fox, Everyone Active Contract Activity and Wellbeing Manager said: “We are extremely proud to be able to offer such amazing events and sessions to those throughout Westminster and beyond.

Saturday was an incredible day, and the number of children we had attend reminded myself and the team how far we have come with reaching our goal of supporting children and other communities in their physical and mental wellbeing. Our goal is to ensure everyone – no matter their age or background – has the same opportunity to improve their mental and physical health to lead a happy and fulfilling lifestyle.”

The Lord Mayor said: “Football fever is gripping the nation with the Euros, and it certainly gripped Paddington Recreation Ground for the Unity in the Community football tournament. It was a pleasure to watch local teams go through their paces and hand out medals to winners”.

Unity in the Community back in September for a second event

If you would like to attend the next Unity in the Community, keep an eye on our dedicated page for when we confirm the date for the event in September.

Kickfit – A new Brand of Football Fitness is coming your way!

KickFit - A New Brand of Football based Fitness for Women

KickFit is a brand-new fitness programme designed  for women, harnessing the power of football in a completely new way.

3 FREE Sessions up for grabs!

Make sure you sign up for the 3 FREE sessions to get a feel of this fantastic new programme. Let all your girls know!
  • Saturday 22nd June
  • Saturday 29th June
  • Saturday 6th July
The sessions are just £8 a week from Saturday 13th July.

Football x Circuit Training

The sessions are based on a circuit training method with the activities themselves using more traditional fitness exercises combined with football training techniques and equipment to offer a wide variety of fun individual and team based exercises through a timed rotation.

Designed for Women

The programme has been designed to cater to the physical fitness needs of women from all walks of life, of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. 

The sessions are structured to ensure that all participants can progress at their own pace, in a safe, fun and social environment. 

You can find out more about the programme at United Dragons Webpage for KickFit and make sure you register for the 3 FREE sessions below!

 

Experience the London Youth Games Finals Festival!

Save the Date! Experience the London Youth Games Finals Festival 2024!

Join over 6,000 Londoners descending on iconic Olympic and Paralympic legacy venues for an incredible festival of sport from 28th-30th June 2024, It’s a weekend not to be missed!

Why attend?

Across the weekend you will get to:

  • Support your borough and cheer on your local teams as they compete!
  • Explore and try exciting new sports and activities. It’s your chance to discover new passions and talents!
  • Meet and Greet Athletes. Last year, Olympic champion Christine Ohuruogu, boxer Jordan Thompson and Team GB Hockey star Tess Howard met and inspired attendees! 
  • Gain access to and experience three iconic Olympic and Paralympic venues and feel the legacy of London 2012
  • Learn about opportunities to join sports sessions across London. You can also discover how to get involved in coaching, youth leadership, and volunteering across London. Be part of something bigger than yourself and make a difference in your community!

Be the first to receive news and updates about the LYG Finals Festival 2024! Register your interest today!

Join Pimlico Library’s Big Olympic Summer Move 2024

Join Pimlico Library's Big Olympic Summer Move 2024!

Head down to Pimlico Library next Saturday 8th June between 12:00 – 3:00 pm for what promises to be a great celebration of FREEfun activities to get us all moving and excited for this year’s Olympics!

So many great things to do!

Here’s a run down of all the amazing activities that will be taking place on the day inside the library:

  • 12:30 pm – Fencing Demonstration
  • 1:00 pm – Dancing by Unique Dynamites
  • 1:30 pm – Football Challenge by Pro Touch SA CIC
  • 2:00 pm – Street Dance Workshop Presented by USDD Networks
  • 2:30 pm = ‘Sing out’ Pimlico Choir

The below will take place at St George’s Square Street Play:

  • 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm – Football skills with Little Kickers & Techniques Football Academy

Pimlico Library is located at Lupus Street, SW1V 3AT.  Make sure you sign up for this fab FREE day of family fun!

The Know Ball Games Consultation Phase 4 – Drop-in sessions and survey on proposals starting Tuesday 28 May

Know Ball Games Pilot Consultation Phase 4 - Drop in sessions and survey on new proposal starting Tuesday 28May

The next stage of the Know Ball Games project, Phase 4, is to engage with residents on the new signage design, programming ideas and how tackling anti-social behaviour and the Ecological Emergency agenda aligns with this.
 
To begin this process, we are launching new design ideas for residents to comment on via an online survey and we encourage all residents to provide feedback. We are also hosting drop-in sessions with the Sport, Leisure and Active Communities and Housing teams in each area if you wish to talk to officer about the design.
WCC-KnowBallGames
Drop-in sessions details are as follows:
  • Hallfield Estate – Tuesday 28th May 2024, 4pm to 6pm at Pickering Hall, Hallfield Estate W2 6HF
  • Churchill Gardens Estate – Thursday 30th May 2024, 4pm to 6pm at WCC South Area Service Centre, 137 Lupus Street SW1V 3HE
  • Queens Park – Monday 3rd June 2024, 4pm to 6pm at Queens Park Court Hall, Droop Street W10 4QB
For more details, sign up to the Know Ball Games Consultation mailing list or to complete the survey, please click the button below.s

Bowls’ Big Weekend is back from Friday 24 to Monday 27 May

Bowls’ Big Weekend is back from Friday 24 to Monday 27 May at Paddington Sports Club

Bowls’ Big Weekend will have 674 clubs across the country opening their doors to enable new participants to discover everything that is great about this great, sociable, accessible sport.

Be ready to have fun, bowls is for everyone!

The Big Bowl’s Weekend is funded by Bowls England in partnership with Aviva.
 
In Westminster, Paddington Sports Club, based at Castellain Road, W91HQ is offering during that weekend, every day from Friday to Sunday sessions from 2-4pm (weather permitting).
 
Big Bowls Weekend
This is a free event for adults and children, so contact  Paddington Sports Club on 0207 286 8448 for more information or just drop by.