Sport in North London
|| Round balls, oval
balls, yellow balls, small balls…balls of all kinds
seem to play a part in sport, so why not find one to suit
you in north London.
Of course the most popular sport in the UK is football
and north London has two of the best teams in the country
namely Arsenal and Tottenham
Hotspur. During the football season these teams
play several times at their home grounds in north London
so there should be plenty of opportunity to see them in
However if you’re more of a player than a passive
watcher, then you could get some friends together to play five-a-side football at the Sobell Centre [map] or the Finsbury Park Leisure Centre [map] (which
also has outdoor pitches to play on). Women wishing to
join a team can try out for the Dynamo North London
Ladies FC who play at Tufnell Park. They have only
been established for a few years but manage to have a
bit of fun while they practice their one-twos and long
Those who prefer to play with the oval ball can head to Finchley Rugby club [map].
They’re always on the lookout for talented, or at
the very least enthusiastic players to join their teams.
Another option would be to try your hand at Aussie
Rules with the North London Lions. The club
was started in 1990 and since then has managed to be an
integral part of this growing UK sport.
Another popular ball sport, particularly during June/July,
is tennis. Although you will have to venture to
south west London to see the professionals play at Wimbledon [map] ,
you could give your own backswing a workout at the Islington
Tennis Centre [map].
Lessons and coaching sessions are available at the centre
as well as a tennis ladder for the more competitive. And
there’s no excuse for waiting until summer because
in addition to the two outdoor courts, the centre is equipped
with six indoor courts which can be booked by anyone,
not just members. The centre also has tanning facilities
so you can bronze up before donning your tiny tennis skirt
or extra short shorts!
If you’d really rather not have balls interfering
with your physical activity then there’s still plenty
for you to try. The Castle Climbing Centre [map] near Finsbury Park is one of the top climbing facilities
in the UK. Housed in an actual castle, this is a great
place to go whether you’re a beginner or an experienced
climber as they have a wide variety of routes to try.
If you want something new for the whole family to try
then this could be the place as they cater for adult and
And if you don’t mind getting wet there are a number
of swimming facilities you can enjoy with the family including
the Cally Pools public baths [map], Arnos Swimming Pool [map] in Hornsey and Finchley Lido [map] which also has an outdoor pool open from May through to
September. Or for something with a little more in depth,
you could take up diving at Triton Diving [map] on Essex Road in Islington.
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