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Information on sports activities and clubs in Waltham Forest.

London Youth Games Click to get info

The Balfour Beatty London Youth Games is Europe's largest sporting event for young people. It involves all 33 London boroughs and 26 national sports governing bodies in over 60 competitions across 30 sports.

You can compete for Waltham Forest if you live or go to school in the borough. It’s free and open to all young people aged between 7 and 17.

The games offers competitive opportunities for participants of varying abilities and experience and has been a stepping stone in the careers of international and Olympic athletes. More on London Youth Games.

For more information and to speak to someone about how to get involved please contact: sports.dev@walthamforest.gov.uk 

Club Matters is Sport England’s one stop shop for sports clubs. Club Matters provides free, convenient, practical resources to help you develop and run a sustainable club.

Club Matters provides free guidance, support and learning on all aspects of running a club. At its heart is a brand new website, but it's far more than that.

The Club Matters website brings together all of the previous support for clubs: Club Leaders, Help for Clubs and the Clubmark website. So those involved in running a club, it's time to breathe a sigh of relief.

To find out more please see the Sport England Club Matters website.

Motivate East is a disability partnership project being delivered by the London Legacy Development Corporation, London Sport and WheelPower in partnership with Lee Valley Regional Park Authority and Waltham Forest Borough Council and run for three years.

Motivate East comprises of:

  • Paralympic Legacy Agents Programme: A local volunteering programme launched in tandem with the social media/ web campaign. Paralympic Legacy Agents will raise the profile of opportunities the programme offers and make sure a range of disabled people make the most of the project
  • Multi-sport participation events: Offering many opportunities for disabled people to try and take part in sport and physical exercise
  • New equipment including a throw down activity surface: Which can be used to transform any open space into a platform for sporting and physical exercise activities
  • A programme development project: Designed to make sport and physical activity opportunities in the six boroughs more inclusive and accessible for disabled people
  • Paralympic Anniversary Festival: A community event taking part in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, celebrating the Paralympics and encouraging disabled people to try out sport and physical activity

There are several disability sports activities for young people and adults in the borough that are open to residents.

For details on the Motivate East programme please contact the Sports Development team or email Winston Reid.

Sports club directory Click to get info

Sports clubs based in Waltham Forest can list on our online sports directory, which we update regularly.

To register your club please complete the registration form.

There are currently over 110 sports clubs in the borough that are open to residents

Funding Click to get info

For further information please see: London Sport Funding Update.

Waltham Forest also works in partnership with Leyton Orient Community Sports Programme (LOCSP) and Tottenham Hotspur Foundation (THF), community-based charities that run a range of innovative and creative sports and educational projects in Waltham Forest and other London boroughs.

For further information please ring LOCSP on 020 8556 5973 or THF on 020 8365 5138.

Satellite clubs Click to get info

Satellite clubs are extensions of community sports clubs, which are established in a secondary school or college in order to target 11 to 25 year olds.

Research shows that the step from school or college sport to community sport is often too great for young people.  Satellite clubs help young people to get more active.

We believe satellite clubs can bridge the gaps between school, college and community sport and provide new opportunities for young people to create lifelong sporting habits.  

Contact Click to get info

Contact the sport and leisure team via email, sports.dev@walthamforest.gov.uk