An Update on Reopening our Leisure Centres

We are happy to announce that from Saturday 1 August we reopened all our Leisure Centres across Westminster. 

We know how important getting and staying active is to our residents and our entire community, which is why we felt it was important to take the time to finalise operational details in order to allow our leisure centres to open safely before reopening.

As part of the reopening process we have been working towards the Right Directions ‘Fit for Business’ independent certification, a new accreditation produced by nationwide Quest auditors, Right Directions as a mark of confidence that leisure facilities with the certification have taken measures to ensure they are compliant with government COVID-19 guidance. 

During lockdown, and in partnership with Everyone Active, we took the opportunity to carry out essential maintenance and improvement works to the leisure centre across Westminster.  

At Queen Mother Sports Centre the main and diving pools have been drained and the circulation pipework has been fully remodelled. Unfortunately, these essential improvement works mean that the main and diving pools will remain closed until late August to allow each pool to have a wholly independent filtration system fitted.  

Additionally, the planned major refurbishment works of the main pool at Porchester is continuing and is expected to be completed by end of 2020. This is subject to any further COVID-19 related working protocols. 

You can find out more about the maintenance and improvement works that have been taking place at our leisure centres here

While all our Leisure Centres were opened from 1 August, some services may have changed, and you may need to book ahead of your visit. For up-to-date information on timetables and classes, please visit the EveryoneActive website or download the app. 

All of our outdoor recreation areas, including Paddington Recreation Ground remain open as usual. Find out more details on our parks and green spaces here.

And don’t forget that, for those of you more comfortable being active at home, there are tips on how to get or stay active at indoors here and on social media by searching #StayInWorkOut.

Published 24 July 2020

Last updated 29 July 2020

29 July 2020 updated to announce the reopening of leisure centres.

24 July 2020 first published.

ActiveWestminster Sports Club Newsletter – 2 July, 2020

In this month’s newsletter, we’ve put together the usual ensemble of the latest funding, volunteering and ActiveWestminster Mark news, as well as information on courses and resources and sector related announcements.

To kick off, we’re starting with a featured post about two recently launched public consultations.

Featured Update: ActiveWestminster Launch Digital Consultations

On Monday 15th June, ActiveWestminster launched two digital consultations for a proposed new ‘CycloPlay’ facility and refurbished Dog Exercise Area at Paddington Recreation Ground.

Both consultations are the first to be administered primarily online and have so far had an excellent response rate.

Nevertheless,  our Relationship Officer – Insight, Laura Quayle, who lead the development of the digital consultations is keen to get as many diverse responses as possible, “We have had an excellent response from our first all-digital public consultations. The CycloPlay public consultation has received fantastic feedback. If you want to have your say and have your opinions heard, the consultations are open for another 2 weeks”.

Have your say by completing the Dog Exercise Area consultation or the CycloPlay consultation online, or request a paper consultation.

Both consultations will close at midnight on Monday 13th July 2020.

ActiveWestminster Mark News

We’re delighted to announce that the following local organisations have all recently attained their ActiveWestminster Mark:

  • Chelsea & Westminster Swim Club
  • FC Marylebone
  • Rathbone Boxing Club
  • Regents Park Rangers

 The ActiveWestminster Mark is a 2-year accreditation awarded to independent coaches, clubs or organisations. Those who have been awarded the mark are proven to provide quality physical activity leisure and/or sport services by meeting by a range of quality standards set by the Council’s Physical Activity, Leisure and Sport (PALS) team, including health and safety, coaching qualifications and insurance.

Updated CPSU safeguarding Resources

The CPSU have updated their COVID-19 and Safeguarding in Sport page. This includes links to Government guidance about the phased return to outdoor sport and coaching. Find out more about the update here.
The CPSU also have training pages with a wealth of information and advice from choosing the right training course for your role to continual professional development, which is accessible here

Ann Craft Trust COVID-19 Resources

The Ann Craft Trust  have also been thinking about safeguarding in Sport as the lockdown is lifted.As people have adapted to new systems and regulations, a number of safeguarding issues came to light and have been identified.

To address some of these issues the Ann Craft Trust have compiled a list of useful resources to support sports clubs and organisations, which are available here.

For further information about the ActiveWestminster Mark, please visit the ActiveWestminster Mark page or get in touch with Ian Bannister, Relationship Officer – Sport.

Courses and Resources

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Club Matters Supporting the Return to Activity

To address some of the uncertainty around how people and clubs can safely return to activity Club Matters has developed a new suite of resources, including support in the following areas:

  • Return to activity action plan
  • Re-imagining your offer
  • Understanding your people toolkit
  • Re-engaging your volunteers
  • Risk management templates.

You can access the resources here.

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Free UK Coaching Mental Health Awareness Course

This accredited course, which is normally £18, is now free until the 31st August 2020.

Mental Health Awareness for Sport and Physical Activity
The course takes between 2 – 3 hours to complete, is worth 3 CIMPSA CPD points and comprises four modules focusing on

  • Building resilience
  • Adapting sessions,
  • Supporting mental health recovery
  • Tackling stigma and discrimination.

Certificates will be available to download upon completion.  More details can be found here.

Further Resources

Create Accessible Home Activities 
Online resources and information from the Activity Alliance on adapting activities in the home to be more accessible . Access the guide here.
Tackle Inactivity with Speedy Home Production Sessions
The Get Yourself Active team at DRUK are hosting a series of  short 15-20 minute co-production webinars over the next two months to help tackle inactivity amongst disabled people. Watch the recordings or sign up to join live here.
Introducing Crowdfunding For Sports
Crowdfunder have created a webinar covering the basics, tips and tricks around crowdfunding for sport. There are spaces to attend the webinar across a range of dates between June and September 2020. Find out more here.


The National Lottery Community Fund have made the decision to focus their efforts on providing support and relief to organisation affecting by Covid-19.

As such, they have paused applications to the National Lottery All Awards fund and are now encouraging anyone who needs access to emergency funding of less than £10,000 to apply to the  COVID-19 funding under £10,000 – including Coronavirus Community Support Fund.

Other funding opportunities include:

The Hargreaves Foundation: Funding for Sport and Education Projects Benefiting Disadvantaged Children and Young People

The fund is aimed at supporting organisations giving those under the age of 18, and living with a mental health problem, physical disability, or growing up in poverty, the opportunity to fulfil their potential, improving wellbeing, self-esteem and independence. Grants will only be allocated to fund defined projects, initiatives or the purchase of specific items and wherever possible payments will be made directly to suppliers.

The foundation welcomes applications from:

  • Registered Charities
  • Schools & FE Colleges
  • NHS Trusts

For projects & Initiatives that are:

  • One-off, time-limited or events
  • Could include training for staff / volunteers
  • Residential activities
  • Benefit under 18s

Currently, there is no set minimum or maximum grant size. Applications are accepted throughout the year. Apply here.

Communities Foundation:  Community Action Fund (England)

The FCC Community Action Fund provides grants to not-for-profit organisations for amenity projects eligible under Object D of the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF).

Only applications for projects sited within 10 miles of an eligible FCC Environment waste facility can be accepted, you can check if you are located near an eligible site by clicking Apply and completing the pre-application eligibility check.

To be eligible for funding, projects must provide, maintain or improve a public amenity such as:

  •  Community Centres
  •  Public Play Areas
  •  Publicly available Multi use games areas;
  •  Skate parks and BMX tracks;
  •  Sport and recreation grounds including pavilions and clubhouses with full public access.
  • Project to be located within 10 miles of a licensed landfill site

The size of the grant awarded is between £2,000 – £100,000. Applications need to be submitted before 5pm, Wednesday 2nd September 2020. Find out more here

Sport England: Active Together – £1m crowdfunding support

Sport England are committing another £1 million to combating the impact of coronavirus (Covid-19) on sports clubs and community activity groups, in the form of match funding through Crowdfunder.
The match investment aims to help community sport and physical activity organisations who are experiencing short term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

To be eligible to apply, organisations must be:

  • Local sports clubs,
  • Charities, community, voluntary and social enterprise sector organisations that deliver sport and/or physical activity in their community, including organisations that are not solely or primarily sports organisations,
  • For the benefit of people residing in England.

No deadline has been set, however you will need to set up a Crowdfunder to receive a pledge. Sport England will match funding of up to 50% towards the initial crowdfunding target, up to a maximum of £10,000. Find out more and apply here.

The National Lottery Community Fund: COVID-19 funding over £10,000 – including Coronavirus Community Support Fund

TNLCF are distributing government funding alongside National Lottery funding, to support community organisations deliver services to people and communities affected by COVID-19. Grants are expected to cover approximately six months of expenditure. And there are specific types of project that will be given priority.

You can only apply once for COVID-19 emergency funding in England, so please make sure that you’re applying for what you need. Although you can apply if you already have existing grants with The National Lottery Community Fund. Applicants with priority include:

  • People-led organisations
  • Organisations connecting and supporting communities through Covid-19
  • Organisations providing support to vulnerable people through Covid-19

This list is by no means exhaustive. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis. Awards are for grants between £10,000 – £100,000
Apply here.

Volunteering News

From the first week of June, Team Westminster Active celebrated Volunteers’ Week and they have a little message to share with all of you who supported the cause.

Westminster Connects

In response to Covid-19, Westminster City Council set up Westminster Connects to help connect volunteers to those needing support. The council has received an overwhelming response from both the community groups as well as residents who are keen to offer help and welcome you to sign up to lend your time and skills. Find out more and become a volunteer here. 

We Are Not Spectators

London Sport have released a new video campaign, “We Are Not Spectators”

The campaign shares the stories of community sport groups and how they have continued to support London during the covid-19 lockdown. 

Send in your story or create your own content for the campaign to get involved and tag London Sport in social media posts you create for Twitter or Instagram, using the #WeAreNotSpectators hashtag.

Sport Work Design Research

A student at Coventry University is conducting dissertation research exploring impact of work design on the rate of sports staff turnover.

The project aims to build on the Labour Market Intelligence Report, produced by CIMSPA in 2017.  If you or your staff work as a personal trainer, plant operator, lifeguard, manager, or any other similar role, please contribute your experiences to the study here.

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Digital Consultation: Proposed ‘CycloPlay’ Outdoor Facility at Paddington Recreation Ground

On Monday 15 June, ActiveWestminster launched a digital consultation regarding the proposal for a new ‘CycloPlay’ outdoor facility at Paddington Recreation Ground (PRG). The proposed facility will be located between Essendine Gate entrance, Morshead Gate entrance and the Athletics track, and will create a year-round destination, enabling children, young people, families, adults and older people to get and stay active, primarily on bicycles, but also via other wheeled sports/activities. The digital consultation will last for a total of four weeks and will close at Midnight on Monday 13 July. 

Who is the CycloPlay facility Designed For?

The design of the CycloPlay facility would create a new play, physical activity, leisure, sport and educational attraction for people, particularly children, young people, families and older people, to learn, participate and practice cycling in a dedicated and safe environment, that mimics elements our roads and streets. 

In addition to cycling, other wheeled sports/activities would be welcome and promoted at the facility to enable that various users of the facility to practice all elements of learning to ride a bike, scooter and more! Although it would mainly be designed as a space to encourage, facilitate and enable cycling, the complete design will incorporate elements of play throughout. The design will provide: 

  • A space for Bikeability courses/activities, to include both cycling basics and the risks and hazards of cycling in a city such as London. 
  • A flexible facility for all park users to use for free, as well as providing a bookable space for group training activities. 

How will the CycloPlay facility enhance Paddington Recreation Ground?

This facility would help to improve air quality by offering a further mode of active travel to Paddington Recreation Ground (PRG) and for people to actively travel, more widely, in and around Westminster.

CycloPlay will incorporate more areas for biodiversity enhancement, reduce any potential additional noise through planting and improve the horticultural appearance of the existing space where the facility is proposed to be developed.

This will build on the existinghigh-quality facilities at Paddington Recreation Ground and continue to enrich the vibrant biodiversity and nature of the park overall. Specific features of landscaping and planting that are not represented currently or that are under-represented in the wider park will also be included .

How will the CycloPlay facility be managed 

Primarily, the facility will be free to access and use in the same manner as the Playground at Paddington Recreation Ground. However, it will also be available for bookings where there will be classes and activities delivered by Cycle Confident and other WCC approved suppliers. The facility continue to be managed by Everyone Active, as part of the existing operations of Paddington Recreation Ground.

Please do let us know your thoughts on the proposed CycloPlay facility 

To have your say about the proposed CycloPlay facility, complete the digital consultation survey online, or request a hard-copy of the survey via email.

Published 19 June 2020

Last updated 29 June 2020
01 June 2020: Updated to include proposed location of the ‘CycloPlay’ facility.

Synthetic Tennis Courts Rejuvenation Works

Rejuvenation works to synthetic tennis courts at Paddington Recreation Ground are due to commence from Monday 15th June and are scheduled to be complete by Friday 26th June.

These works are being carried out to restore the quality and feel of the surface underfoot, giving the synthetic tennis courts a renewed lease of life, whilst enhancing the overall playing experience for all that use the courts.

During the works, the synthetic tennis courts will be temporarily closed, however, our tarmac tennis courts can be booked online or via the Everyone Active app. Other facilities will remain open to the public in-line with government guidance.

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

For more information about any of the works at Paddington Recreation Ground, email Active Westminster at active@westminster.gov.uk or the Paddington Recreation Ground team at paddingtoninfo@everyonactive.com.

See the full list of government guidelines here. Further information is also available on the main Council website.

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.