Paddington Recreation Ground – Cricket nets re-opening as of Wednesday 20th May

Following from the latest government advice, we will be re-opening the cricket nets at Paddington Recreation Ground from 8am on Wednesday 20th May. Bookings to use the cricket nets can be made online or via the app from 7pm on Tuesday 19th May.

Other facilities that have recently re-opened include; the table tennis tables, tennis courts, multi-use games area (MUGA), as well as our football/hockey pitches which are available for informal/casual use as part of the ActiveWestminster Open Pitch Policy, subject to social distancing guidelines.

However, at this point in time, our playground, outdoor gym and trim trails will remain closed until further notice and in line with government guidance.

Please help us, to help you and others stay active and maintain an Active City for All, while staying well. At all times, you should continue to observe the government’s social distancing advice when you are outside your home, including ensuring you are 2 metres away from anyone outside your household.

If you’re going outside to get or stay active, please:

  • Limit your contact with others
  • Keep your distance (stay 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household)
  • Travel by foot or by bike
  • Do not use public transport
  • Do not gather in groups of more than 2 people, excluding members of your household
  • Wash your hands for 20 seconds when you get home

See the full list of government rules here. More information is available on the Mayor of London website.

We will continue to continue to keep this situation under constant review and will publish further updates on the ActiveWestminster and Everyone Active websites, Facebook and Twitter pages.

Thank you for helping us to keep Everyone Active.


Published May 15 2020

Last Updated 19 May 2020

19 May 2020 Updated to announce the re-opening of the cricket nets.

15 May 2020 First published to announce the re-opening of the tennis courts, table tennis tables, multi-use games area (MUGA) and football/hockey pitches in-line with Govt. guidance issued on 10 May 2020.

Temporary closure of the Athletics Track at Paddington Recreation Ground

We have now commenced the programme of improvement works at Paddington Recreation Ground, which will provide a range of new and upgraded facilities in-line with our ActiveWestminster strategy.

As part of the programme of improvement works, we need to temporarily close the Athletics Track, in part or full to the public. We will communicate any temporary closures, with as much notice as possible.

These temporary closures are to facilitate some of the improvement works to be carried out safely.

The current planned temporary closures are on the following times:

  • Wednesday 13 May 7:30am – 4:30pm
  • Thursday 14 May 7:30am – 4:30pm
  • Friday 15 May 7:30am – 4:30pm

Where a partial closure is in place, the remainder of the Athletics Track will be open for continued public use.

We apologise for an inconvenience this may cause and we thank you for helping us to keep everyone active.

For further information or assistance, regarding the temporary track closures please email paddingtoninfo@everyoneactive.com.

For more information about the improvement works at Paddington Recreation Ground, email us at active@westminster.gov.uk or call us on 020 7641 2012.


Active Westminster Sports Club Newsletter – 12th May, 2020

During these difficult times we continue to support clubs and organisations based in Westminster by highlighting some of the news, tips and opportunities available through partner organisations in our newsletter for sports clubs and organisations.

Owning to the fast-paced nature of the current situation, this month we will be sending out two newsletters. Each edition will be packed full of informative updates on new and existing support programmes, including funding packages, grants and other resources to help you through COVID-19.

This week, we’ve put together an ensemble of the latest news updates and tips to help you #StayInWorkOut, as well as some handy information on opportunities accessible to sports clubs and community organisations during this difficult time.

Featured Update: Ashley McKenzie Aims to Raise £5,000 for Local Club and Hospital

As you may know, one of the athletes we support via our Champions of the Future scheme is Ashley McKenzie,Team GB’s No.1 judoka at 60kg.

Ashley grew-up and went to school in Queen’s Park and still supports the local community by undertaking school visits to talk about the many challenges he had to overcome before he could achieve his dream. 

This year would have seen Ashley participate in his third Olympics representing Great Britain but due to the COVID-19 crisis this is now on hold.

Along with his judo team mates, Ashley is raising money for the Camberley Judo club where they train and the Great Ormond Street Hospital, which is of particular importance to Ashley as it is where he underwent the open-heart surgery as as a child that saved his life.

Ashley’s aim is to raise £5,000 by running 10k per day for 10 days. Full details of the challenge and how you can support are available here.

Title graphic reads: The community contribution fund COVID-19 grant scheme

City of Westminster Charitable Trust COVID-19 Grant Scheme

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the City of Westminster Charitable Trust has launched a new grant scheme through the Community Contribution Fund.

The scheme exists to support local voluntary and community organisations that are providing essential services to the most vulnerable groups of people during this crisis.

Organisations could be eligible to receive a grant of up to £15,000 if they are providing extra support to rough sleepers, supporting young people or helping people suffering from social isolation or loneliness during the national effort to reduce transmission.

Applications for the scheme are now open and will be assessed on a rolling basis. Find out more & apply here

Club Matters Virtual Workshops

Club Matters are delighted to be able to offer their suite of workshops adapted for delivery online.

Online workshops will run for a maximum of 2 hours and require a minimum and maximum of four and twelve delegates respectively. This number should include a minimum of 2 different clubs.

These online virtual workshops can be requested by filling out a request form and will be available until the end of June 2020 and they are continually reviewing the offer in light of COVID-19.

Additionally, there are three open workshops available to clubs and volunteers. Details can be found below:

  • Planning for Your Future
    Wednesday 17th June 2020
    1 – 3pm
  • Introduction to Legal Structures
    Friday 12th June 2020
    1 – 3pm
  • Leadership Teams
    Thursday 18th June 2020
    6.30 – 8.30pm  

Access to these free workshops are available by booking online here, with further open workshops being organised should the demand exist.

Fill out the request form for online workshops here.

Title graphic reads: Join the Movement # stay in work out

Join the Movement with Sport England

Sport England invite you to ‘Join the Movement’ by being active, in support their new campaign, which has been launched across Twitter, Facebook and Instagram!

Search #StayInWorkOut on social media platforms to find inspiration and trusted information about how to get active in and around the home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Get involved by contributing to and sharing posts across your channels to support members of your clubs, friends and family to stay active at home.

Find out more and get ideas on how to join in here.

Sport England Launches £195 Million Support Fund

As part of their dedicated support, the Sport and Recreation Alliance are keen to highlight that Sport England has announced a £195 million package to help sport and physical activity through the COVID-19 pandemic.

The funding will help Sport England partners, clubs and community organisations cope with the short and long-term impact of the pandemic. The package consists of four elements:

£20 million Community Emergency Fund
Now open for clubs and community organisations to bid into. Grants awarded are between £300 and £10,000.

£5 million Sector Partner Fund
Support for existing partners to bid into if they’re facing specific financial difficulty.

£55 million Sector Stimulation
To fund new and innovative ways to keep people active during the period of COVID-19 restrictions and to help organisations get back to business and adjust to a different environment once restrictions are lifted.

£115 million funding rollover
An extension of current funding into 2021/22 to give long-term certainty to over 100 well-established partners who play a vital role in the delivery of sport and physical activity in England.

Read more, including eligibility criteria and how to apply, here.

Get Support for Live Streaming

Some of you may be looking to provide online content for your participants, but may be unsure of how to get started. London Sport have highlighted an easy to follow guide by imin to help you get started. Access the guide here.

Stay Active with 10 Today Audio Exercise Routines

Easy to follow, 10-minute daily home workouts are now available to listen live via BBC Radio 5 Live and on-demand via the 10 Today website and BBC Sounds. Each of the audio routines have been designed to help older members of the community stay active at home during the COVID-19 outbreak. Find out more here.

Learn to Process Emotions in Times of Uncertainty

Times of uncertainty can play havoc with your emotion. Swim England sport psychologists Hannah Stoyel and Helen Davis have put together a video to help understand how to identify and process emotions effectively and increase wellbeing. View the video here.

London Sport Support Planning for the Future of Activity

London Sport’s consultancy service is offering you the opportunity to commission bespoke project work to get Londoners moving. During the COVID-19 outbreak they’re continuing work on existing projects as well as exploring new briefs.

Across their key areas of insight, funding and digital marketing, they work to deliver high quality projects remotely using their expertise and online tools. Find out more here.

Extended Deadline for The Healthy Communities Together Funding Programme

The National Lottery Community Fund and The King’s Fund are committed to delivering the Healthy Communities Together programme.

However, due to the current situation with COVID-19, they have decided to allow additional time and extend the deadline for the submission of expressions of interest. Find out more here.

That’s all for this weeks newsletter, but before signing off, we would like to advise you that while working from home, Ian Bannister, Relationship Officer – Sport, is keen to offer support while available for ActiveWestminster Mark re-accreditation. This includes providing clubs with support documentation and reviewing applications. Start dates of the newly renewed accreditation will then begin from the time current restrictions are lifted.

If you would like to find out further information about the ActiveWestminster Mark or the sports clubs and organisations newsletter, including being added to the mailing list, please get in touch with Ian Bannister at: active@westminster.gov.uk.

Paddington Recreation Ground Improvements

Works are commencing this Spring/Summer

In line with our ActiveWestminster Strategy, we continue to invest in our facilities and have commenced work on range of new and upgraded facilities at Paddington Recreation Ground.

New additions to the existing facilities include:

  • A new two-lane 60m sprint track with LED lighting
  • New LED lighting to the whole athletics
  • New callisthenics training equipment
  • A new small-sided sand dressed Astroturf pitch with fencing and LED floodlighting
  • Additional track side storage facilities

Upgrades to the existing facilities include:

  • Hockey pitch replacement with new fencing, water cannons and conversion to LED floodlighting
  • Resurfacing of the 400m athletics track to align with the new 60m sprint track
  • Conversion to LED lighting to the existing Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA)
  • Refurbishment of spectator seating
  • Landscaping the area and increasing the planting surrounding all these facilities

For more information about the improvement works at Paddington Recreation Ground, email us at active@westminster.gov.uk or call us on 020 7641 2012.


Following government advice, all leisure centres will be closed until further notice. This includes all council leisure centres. However, in-line with current Government advice, our parks and open spaces will continue to remain open.

As staying active is vital to everyone’s physical and mental wellbeing, therefore we have partnered with Sport England on their #StayInWorkOut campaign. They have produced a hub of activities to stay active at home and there are some great ideas to help everyone stay active on our activity finder too. Here are some of the activities listed on the hub:

Ways to stay active at home

Want to dance along to Disney? Or are you over 65 and need something more relatable that you can do from your chair? Here are some of the best free video content and other types of activities compiled by Sport England to keep you moving at or close to home.

General fitness

  • POPSUGAR Fitness – Over 500 ad-free workouts from celebrity trainers and fitness experts, including POPSUGAR’s exclusive multi-week challenges. The app ‘Active by POPSUGAR’ is also free to use at this time.
  • Our Parks – Our Parks is known for delivering fitness sessions in parks across London and the UK. On their YouTube channel you can find at-home workouts, delivered by qualified instructors, to do at any time of the day.
  • Sweaty Betty – Workout from home with Sweaty Betty’s online fitness classes. With workouts ranging from yoga to HIIT, you’ll be able to find a class to suit your timeframe and fitness level.
  • NHS home workouts – You can also follow these home workout videos from the NHS, which includes a strengthening workout and a 10-minute cardio workout.
  • Fitness Blender – Fitness Blender believes fitness should be accessible to everyone, everywhere. With hundreds of professionally led workouts, as well as a positive community, you’ll have everything you need to reach your personal fitness goals.

Activities for children

  • Disney dance-along– Partnering with Disney, This Girl Can has captured some of the ways mums and kids get moving to the songs they love. Learn their moves or put your own spin on their routines.
  • The Body Coach – Joe Wicks, aka the Body Coach, has lots of free workouts for kids that are fun and can be done at home with no equipment. Joe’s also doing live YouTube workouts for kids at 9am Monday to Friday.
  • Change4Life – Change4Life has created some Disney-themed indoor games and activities, including a Toy Story 4-inspired Find Forky game, that are bundles of fun and will get the kids moving.
  • Accessible activities – There are also lots of ways to keep children and young people who are disabled active indoors, including a seated version of a classic obstacle race. Try out these games from Change4Life.

Older Adults

  • 10 Today – A set of fun, 10-minute workouts intended to easily fit into your day that help get you stretching and moving at home. You can find audio or video workouts on the 10 Today website.
  • Move it or Lose it – Founded by exercise instructor Julie Robinson, Move it or Lose it has created a series of fitness videos for older people.
  • NHS sitting exercises – Sitting exercises are great for all ages, but particularly if you’re over 65. Click on the button below to also find strength, balance and flexibility exercises.
  • Strengthen and Stretch – Endorsed by FLexercise, Strengthen and Stretch offers fun and friendly, weekly online exercise sessions for older adults that work the whole body.

If you have a disability or long-term health condition

  • When you’re managing a health condition, being active is about finding what works for you, particularly when the way you feel can change from day to day. So as well as giving any of the activities on this page a go, Sport England have brought together some more specific content below from expert partners to help.​
  • Parasport – Parasport are producing home workout routines especially designed for disabled people. New content will be added to the website all the time, so keep an eye on the latest updates.​
  • MS Society – Symptoms of multiple sclerosis can make it hard to exercise. So the MS Society has worked with personal trainer Dom to create a range of exercises for people with MS. These workouts are designed for different levels of mobility.​
  • NHS Pilates workout – The NHS has produced a Pilates-inspired 30-minute workout suitable for people with several conditions including multiple sclerosis, chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic pain and fibromyalgia.

Ways to get active outdoors

In any given day, you can still go outside for one form of physical activity, such as a walk, a run or a cycle, if you’re well enough and as long as you’re on your own, or with members of your household. Please always follow the latest official advice on social distancing – which means staying more than two metres from others outside of your household – and follow the advice on hand hygiene. It’s important that you stick stringently to the guidance.

If you’re going outside to get fresh air and to get active, you should do so alone or with people you live with, locally, staying close to your home and avoiding places where it may be hard to follow the guidelines.

  • Walking is one of the easiest ways to get active, if you have some space and can follow the government guidelines on social distancing.
  • Couch to 5k is a nine-week programme of podcasts that does exactly what it says on the tin – taking you from the couch to running 5kms.
  • The Active 10 app, from the NHS, is a great way to help you monitor and gradually increase your brisk walking levels over time. If you’re feeling anxious in these uncertain times you could also consider some of the walking meditations from Headspace.

Everyone Active’s Online Package

  • Just because our centres are closed, doesn’t mean we shouldn’t continue to be active to support both our physical and mental health. ActiveWestminster’s operator Everyone Active are offering you access to their online solution for just £9.99 a month. This consists of three great at-home workout solutions including Les Mills on Demand, worth £45 per month.
  • To register and for more information click here.

A guide for local activity providers

  • ActiveWestminster’s partners imin worked with the team to produce a simple guide to help local activity providers stream sessions/classes.
  • The guide is available here.

An Active City for All; our outdoor spaces and places

Staying active is vital to everyone’s physical and mental wellbeing. Therefore, in-line with current Government advice, our parks and open spaces will continue to remain open. However, our playgrounds and outdoor gyms/trim trails will remain closed.

Following the Government update (10 May 2020), we have now re-opened our multi-use games areas (MUGA’s), sports courts and pitches, table tennis tables and other communal recreation areas across the City.

Please help us, to help you and others stay active and maintain an Active City for All, while staying well. At all times, you should continue to observe the government’s social distancing advice when you are outside your home, including ensuring you are 2 metres away from anyone outside your household.

If you’re going outside to get or stay active, please:

  • limit your contact with other people
  • keep your distance (stay 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household)
  • travel on foot or by bike
  • do not use public transport
  • do not gather in groups of more than 2 people, excluding members of your household
  • wash your hands for 20 seconds when you get home

See the full list of Government rules. More information is available on the Mayor of London website.​

If you don’t think that’s possible, then there are loads of great ways you can get and stay active at home or out in your garden (if you have one!). There are some great ideas to help everyone stay active on our activity finder, the Sport England website or search #StayInWorkOut on social media.

We will continue to keep this situation under constant review.

You can find information about coronavirus (COVID-19) including what you can do to protect yourself, and the impact of the disease on our services on the main Council website.


Published 27 March 2020

Last updated 15 May 2020

12 May 2020 Updated in line with latest Govt. guidance.

3 April 2020 Additional guidance on dog walking added.

27 March 2020 First published.