Physical Activity

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!

 

Join the Thousands for the Running Out of Time Relay!

Join the Thousands for the Running Out of Time Relay!

The Running Out of Time Relay is an annual event bringing people together to run, walk cycle, kayak, climb, wheel swim and surf the baton across Britain for 29 days with the goal to supercharge awareness and celebrate great climate work and inspire action.

2,436 KM. 210 STAGES. ONE MISSION

This year’s relay will launch on 6th June at Ben Nevis, and will go on it’s 2,436 km journey and conclude at Big Ben in Parliament Square on 4th July. The route covers 210 stages, including over 80 visits to climate and nature projects, sporting bodies and venues, schools, events and iconic locations!

Stages going through Westminster

Thursday 20th June:

  • Stage 100: Parliament Hill Fields Athletics Track to St Andrews Youth Club. 5:15 – 18:10 (8.5km, run in 55 mins)
  • Stage 101: St Andrews Youth Club to Southbank Centre. 18:25 – 18:40 (1.8km, run in 15 mins).

Friday 21st June:

  • Stage 103: Highgate Primary School to Lord’s Cricket Ground. 11-11:55am (7.7km, run in 55 mins)
  • Stage 104: Lord’s Cricket Ground to Twickenham stadium. 12:55 – 14:20 (21.km, bike in 85 mins)

Thursday 4th July:

  • Stage 209: Potters Fields Park to Parliament Square. 19.05-19:55 (4.1km (run or walk in 50mins). Finale of the relay!

You can find all the stages here on the Route Map | Running Out of Time (running-out-of-time.com)

NSC Premiere League Kicks – Girls Only Sessions

NSC Premiere League Kicks - Girls Only Football

As part of the Neighbourhood Sports Club (NSC) Programme Premiere League Kicks are offering FREE GIRLS ONLY football sessions for 8-14 year olds!

The sessions are on every Tuesday between 5-6 pm at Churchill Gardens SW1V 3AD. Girls get signed up, get down there and show the boys how it’s done!

Get involved in the London Estates Cash Cup!

Sign up for The London Estates Cash Cup July 2024!

Sign up for this FREE to participate in football tournament taking place across various estates in London for a chance to win £1000! It starts in just a few weeks and lots of teams have already registered so make sure you and your team get in there before it’s too late!

Categories

Participants can enter in the following categories:
  • Under 10s
  • Under 12s
  • Under 14s
  • Under 16s

You can find the heat closest to you for your age group on the London Estates Cash Cup website to sign up. 

There are 16 heats in total – if one is already full you can choose a different heat for the same age group. Players may be asked to provide ID so make sure you and your team take them along with you.

This year’s final will be taking place at Paddington Recreation Ground on 14 July – we look forward to seeing you there!