April 2019: Physical Activity

Aside from keeping us physically healthy, exercising makes us feel good and is a great way to meet new people. Being active is particularly important as we get older. It not only reduces our risk of serious illness but also enables us to stay fit enough to keep doing the things we enjoy.

A list of Leisure Centres in the borough can be found here and the Kingston Council Sports Club Directory can be read here. Group cycle ride information can be found here. Activities for young people with additional needs here.

Get Active

Get Active is a structured 12 week exercise programme which is fully supported by qualified exercise referral specialists. The programme includes a variety of activities ranging from supervised gym workouts, Easy Aquacise, Easy Pilates, and outdoor activities such as walking and cycling.

Get Active is currently offered in selected leisure centres across Kingston, each session costs £3.80. Reduced rate gym membership is offered to those who complete the full 12 week course. Adults (16 years and over) who currently have one or more of the following conditions can join the programme:


Risk of heart disease (e.g. family history, smoking, overweight, obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure).

Risk of osteoporosis (e.g. heavy drinker, early menopause).

Controlled asthma and COPD.

Mild to moderate osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and back pain.

Anxiety, depression, stress and controlled mental health conditions.

Have a sedentary lifestyle (exercise less than 30 minutes twice a week) and want to take the first steps towards a healthy lifestyle.


To join Get Active check with your GP or health professional that you are suitable for the programme and ask them to complete a Get Active referral form. You can call the Get Active team directly on 020 8547 6815 or email [email protected] for more information.

Active Kingston Card

The Active Kingston Card allows residents of the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames enjoy discounts on a wide range of activities at participating leisure centres across the borough. To be eligible you must be a resident of the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames and included in at least one of the below to qualify:

Aged 60 or over.

Receiving Jobseeker’s Allowance.

Receiving Income Support.

Receiving Income Related Support Allowance (ESA).

Receiving Carer’s Allowance.

A full time student in further or higher education.

An adult/young person registered disabled or receiving a disability benefit.

In foster care, or a child looked after by The Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames.

For further information contact [email protected]

Parkrun - free

A free 5km timed run, jog or walk, open to all abilities. People can take part at their own level and pace, whether it's a jog, run or walk. Ages 14 plus.

Adjacent to the Hawker Centre on the towpath, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey.

Every Saturday at 9am.


Junior Parkrun - free

A fun and varied 2k run for juniors only (from four to 14 year olds).

Alexandra Recreation Ground, King Charles Road. KT5 9BE.

Every Sunday at 9.30am.

Kingston healthy walks - free

A range of graded walks for all abilities. Varied parks and open spaces across Kingston.

Please contact Healthy Lifestyle Helpline for specific details: 020 8547 6815

Various times.

Bikeability Level 1 and 2 Easter Programme

Week courses for Year 5 pupils and above. Not suitable for complete beginners

Kingston, New Malden and South of the Borough.

Email: [email protected]

Weekly courses, from 10am to 12pm.

Summer Holidays waiting list

Bikeability Advanced Level 2 and 3 Programme

A free one-to-one session for Level 2 achievers, aiming at doing longer cycle journeys independently. Anywhere in the Kingston and Sutton boroughs. We come to you.

Email: [email protected]

School holidays - 13.00 to 15.00

Summer Holidays waiting list

Cycle Skills for Adults

Free one-to-one session for adults and families. Includes complete beginners and advanced. Anywhere in the Kingston and Sutton boroughs. We come to you.

Email: [email protected]

Monday to Friday. Limited availability on Saturdays.


A wealth of fun ideas and easy ways to increase physical activity for all the family.

One You (Active 10)

A brisk 10 minute walk every day can make a difference to your health. Each 10 minute burst of exercise is known as an "Active 10".

Download the free Active 10 app to keep track of how much brisk walking you're doing and how you can do more. It's easy to use and helps you set your goals for the day.

Park Fit - for all ages

Free fitness in Kingston's parks.

Women only aged 30 plus football

Kingsmeadow Athletics Fitness Centre

INSPIRE - Disability Multi Sport for aged 8+

St Philips School Sports Hall, Chessington Monday's (fortnightly) from 6 to 7.30pm

Special Olympics Surrey

Sports for age 8+ with a learning disability.

Women Only Gym & Swimming

Malden Centre, New Malden

Various times.

020 8336 7770

Walking Football

£3 per session The King's Centre, Coppard Gardens, Chessington, KT9 2GZ

Thursday from 8.30 to 9.30pm

Contact: [email protected]

The Fulham Kicks programme runs on a Monday at David Weir Athletics & Fitness Centre pitches 17:00-18:00. This programme is delivered by Fulham FC Foundation and works to engage with disadvantaged young people.

Couch to 5k - Couch to 5K has been designed to get you off the couch and running in just 9 weeks.

Mind United FC is run by Mind in Kingston and meets once a week for training and competes in the Surrey Community league.

Community Allotment - Mind in Kingston runs a Community Allotment in Tolworth, which offers local people with mental health issues the opportunity to grow fruit and vegetables, and learn more about healthy eating. Gardening and being outdoors are proven to help people with mental health issues and improve mood, lessen anxiety and help people relax. The project is open to anyone with a mental health condition or issue, who will benefit from ecotherapy and is interested in learning about growing and tending plants, different varieties of fruit and vegetables and what to do with them.

GoodGym Kingston. Forget the gym, we get fit by doing good. Our community of runners and qualified trainer will help you achieve your fitness goals by doing physical work that helps your community. There are many activities for you, go on a weekly group run each Tuesday helping a community project, sign up for a one off mission to help others or go solo by visiting an isolated person in your community. All free activities or recommended donation.


Albany Outdoor Centre provides Water sport activities for everyone, located on the Thames in Kingston.