Get Active in London Post Olympics | Hg2 FEATURE

So the hype is over – we survived the squashed tubes, sweaty palms and serious traffic jams of the Olympic fortnight, and everything has returned to normal in London. At Hg2 we have to confess, we’re missing it slightly; the last two weeks have given us many memorable displays of athleticism, which have inspired us to get up off the sofa and have a go ourselves. To inspire you (if you’re not inspired already), and to prove that ours was no feeble resolution, we’ve tracked down clubs and venues across London offering those sports that you’ve recently seen on TV, but never thought you’d actually try…

Equestrian

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Hyde Park Stables, 63 Bathurst Mews, London

Hyde Park Stables Equestrian

In a metropolis like London it can be a bit of a challenge to find somewhere to ride horses. Hyde Park Stables, however, provide all year round riding and riding lessons for anyone who is interested. With five miles of bridleways in Hyde Park for riders to explore, the stables provide a beautiful setting that is unavailable in most other capital cities. For those interested in lessons or dressage, they have two outdoor riding arenas available.

Handball

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Bethnal Green Academy, Gosset Street

The London GD Handball club have a vision: to enthuse and attract new players to the growing sport of handball. With three central venues in London and development sessions for beginners the GD Handball club is dedicated to bringing handball “into the English consciousness once and for all”. If you are passionate about sport and want something new to try, join other beginners at Bethnal Green on Saturdays, 15:00-17:00 (info@londonGDhandball.co.uk). Both welcoming and friendly, The London GD Handball Club invites guests to one of their practices for a fun sporting experience.

Triathlon

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Clapham Chasers

Are you ready for a challenge?  A sport that involves swimming, running, and cycling consecutively definitely sounds like hard work, but if you enjoy all three why not push the limits? Clapham Chasers Running and Triathlon Club are sociable, friendly and welcome everyone of all abilities. The club organises various training sessions across the week in all three sports with a “flagship” social run on Mondays, giving members a chance to get to know each other. Whether participating in an organised triathlon event or simply participating in the weekly training sessions, the Clapham Chasers provide a motivating and social way to get fit, healthy and active.

Synchronised Swimming

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If you want to get active, but are not inclined towards high impact sports, Synchronised swimming may be just the ticket. With finesse, elegance, rhythm and a sparkling smile you can underwater ballet yourself to fitness. Out to Swim is a unique club that not only provides water polo and synchronised swimming, its aims and members provide an atmosphere “where gay and non-gay can practice together in mutual understanding and support”. Out to Swim are offering a free taster day on Saturday the 19th August for those interested in getting wet and rhythmic, and are also running a beginners course for men and women (Sundays 17:45, 26th August- 16th September, Queen Mother Sports Centre, Victoria, over 18’s only). This course teaches the basics of Synchro, and by the end you will perform a team routine.

London Beach Volleyball Club

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Crystal Palace, Westminster, Shoreditch

Image by Flickr User Neo_II

Beach Volleyball has become overwhelmingly popular recently – who knew that four people playing on a square of sand at Horse Guards’ Parade would have conjured such an atmosphere or inspired such a following. LBVC, being one of the biggest clubs in the city, has four courts dotted about London, and offers coached sessions for newbies on Saturday mornings (10:00-12:00), as well as open tournaments three times a year. Welcoming, totally beginner-friendly, and don’t fret, they won’t make you squeeze into lycra.

Trampolining

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Sobell Leisure Centre, Hornsey Road

If you thought bouncing about on a trampoline wasn’t real exercise, think again. A half hour session can burn up to 200 calories, the same amount as a 15mph, 30 minute bike ride – but it’s twice as fun, if we do say so ourselves. Aquaterra leisure at the Sobell centre offer junior and adult classes a few days a week (+44 20 7609 2166 for times), where the gymnastic moves that are taught are not only impressive, but increase your flexibility and strength, too.

Crystal Palace Diving

http://www.crystalpalacediving.co.uk/adult-diving-classes
National Sports Centre

Crystal Palace Diving

The Crystal Palace centre is one of only five main 10m diving venues in the UK, and it offers classes and holiday courses to divers of any age and ability, whether you fancy yourself a bit of a Daley, or the best you can muster is a scrappy dive-bomb. The coaches (some of them national coaches) will have you up to speed in no time – all it takes from you is the courage to launch yourself headfirst from the 10m platform, and gravity will do the rest.

Guys & Dolls Badminton Group

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Little Venice Sports Centre, near Marylebone

A group of badminton addicts got together weekly in 2005 and so began the Guys & Dolls Badminton Club, which now attracts beginners through to ex-pros from all over the world, with three sessions a week. The Sunday (14:00-17:00) class is aimed at all levels of ability, but if you’d class yourself as intermediate or advanced, turn up to a Thursday (19:30-22:00) or Saturday (14:00-17:00) session, and have your hand-eye co-ordination put to the test.
(To attend any session, book here)

Rhythmic Gymnastics

Image by Flickr user tpower1978

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Hillingdon School of Gymnastics, Oldfield Lane, Greenford

Some of us could only have imagined being a ‘proper’ gymnast when hula-hooping in the garden as a kid, but Hillingdon Gymnastics School are offering coached sessions for those with a little previous training and complete beginners, too. Master the impressive and oh-so-attractive rhythmic disciplines of hoop, ball, club and ribbon work whilst inventing your own routines, not to mention getting fit and flexy.
(Contact taniamike@twoswallows.fsnet.co.uk for more information)

Archery

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Requiring patience and accuracy, archery is an exciting sport to get involved in post-Olympics, and all of 2020Archery’s courses are open for beginners, meeting at different locations around London Bridge/Bermondsey. The lessons include equipment hire, tuition and insurance, so whether you opt for Monday’s fast track beginners evening course, or the standard beginners course you will be fully kitted out, with no worries other than trying to hit the target. In addition to the comprehensive lessons, 2020Archery provide archery events for those interested. Joining for beginner lessons or getting involved in events, the club offers everyone a chance to have fun with a bow and arrow, often leading to a ‘pub o’clock.’

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