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The holidays are here!

Welcome to our July eBulletin.

The holidays are here and we have lots of great ideas to keep the kids occupied during the summer holidays.

Don’t forget that the new sports and fitness centre programme is out now so don’t miss out on booking one of our great sports courses.

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Leisure at Richmond

Bored of the usual summer holiday activities?

Our sports and fitness centres offer a great range of activities this summer holidays….so there’s no chance of anyone getting bored!

Teddington Pools & Fitness Centre
We offer a wide range of swimming crash courses for children of all ages and abilities throughout the summer holidays. Our crash courses are a great introduction to swimming for your child. The aim of our courses is to build and improve water confidence / swimming ability in all age groups, to improve weak swimmers and to give the younger ones an introduction to water safety and structured lessons. These courses are designed both for participants already in our swim school and for those that have never used the centre before. 5 day courses will run w/c 24 and 31 July and w/c 7, 14 and 21 August.

Learn how to dive in our diving workshop.A chance to improve diving skills, learning how to do elementary dives, leading into racing dives from the side and the blocks. Diving is for children over 8 years, able to swim 25 metres of all strokes.
Workshops are available:
Tuesday 25 July, Tuesday 1 and Tuesday 15 August 10.30-11.15am

Are you a budding lifeguard? Why not try our Rookie Lifeguard workshop. This session will include rope throwing, towing and rescues. Rookie Lifeguard is for children over 8 years and able to swim 50 metres of an efficient stroke.
Workshops are available:
Tuesday 8 and Tuesday 22 August 10.30-11.15am

Don’t forget you can come and have fun with the floats in our fun time float sessions. These run every day during the school holidays, Monday to Friday 3.00 – 4.00pm and Saturday and Sunday 2.00 – 4.00pm.

Pools on the Park
Over the summer holidays Pools on the Park run swimming lessons for children aged 3 years and over. Holiday lessons are a great addition to your child’s term time lessons and to maintain their swimming skills over the summer break. They can also be used as an intensive course for children unable to attend regular lessons during term time.

The lessons run from Monday 24 July - Friday 25 August and during this period children can be booked into as many or as few lessons as you choose on any combination of days. Spaces are limited so early booking is advised.

Whitton Sports & Fitness Centre
Toddler Sessions at Whitton Sports & Fitness Centre
It’s time for Toddler Fun Time! Looking for something fun to do with the little ones this summer? It’s a dedicated toddler session where pre-school children can come along and enjoy our fantastic range of soft play equipment including bouncy castle and inflatable slide.
Monday 24 July – Friday 1 September (excluding bank holiday)
Price per session: &3.60 or &3.30 with a Richmond Card.
Please check with the centre reception before visiting to ensure the sessions are taking place.
Sessions are also available on Saturday and Sunday, 9.00-10.55am, throughout term time and school holidays.

Teddington Sports Centre
Play Beach Sessions at Teddington Sports Centre
Come and have fun at ‘the beach’ with the team from Brilliant Play. Sessions will feature arts, crafts, games and more. These sessions are suitable for toddlers and upwards and are available:
Monday 7 August 1.30-3.30pm
Thursday 10 August 10.00am-12 noon
Monday 14 August 1.30-3.30pm
Thursday 17 August 10.00am-12 noon
Please note that these are drop in sessions and not childcare.
Price per session: &2.00 and these sessions can be booked online, please visit:

For more information please call us on 020 3772 2999 or click here to download a copy of our Summer Fun leaflet.

NEW sports and fitness centres programme out now!

Bookings are now being taken for our autumn courses. So why not book a sports course today.

There’s a wide range of junior and adult courses to choose from including ballet, trampolining, karate, gymnastics, taekwondo, badminton, judo, roller skating, street dance, basketball, football, tennis and squash.

Courses are available at Shene Sports & Fitness Centre, Hampton Sports & Fitness Centre, Whitton Sports & Fitness Centre and Teddington Sports Centre.

Please click here to view the new September-December 2017 programme leaflet or call us on 020 3772 2999 for more information.


Come along to our RISE summer spectacular open day this weekend

Come along and try a range of inclusive and disability specific sports at our RISE (Richmond Inclusive Sports & Exercise) Summer Spectacular Open Day on Saturday 22 July!  
This free open day will take place from 10am to 3pm at Teddington Sports Centre, Teddington School, Broom Road, Teddington, TW11 9PJ.  Activities include yoga, dance, multi-sports, football, tennis, wheelchair basketball and dragon boating.  A timetable is available on our website please click here or click here to download our flyer.

Most of our regular weekly RISE activities have now stopped for the summer holidays but will resume in September.  However, we will be running “pay as you go” RISE canoeing sessions throughout the holidays every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 24 July – 1 September, 4.30 – 6.30pm.  These are fun sessions at the Lensbury Watersports Centre in Teddington led by experienced coaches and provide an opportunity to try different canoes and kayaks.  Participants learn different strokes and skills and build up their confidence on the water through drills and games.

For more information on our RISE activities, please contact the Sports Development Team on 020 8831 6181/6134, text: 07956 027701 or email:

Strike a pose with our parent and child yoga course

Our Parents and Child Yoga session at Hampton Sports & Fitness Centre is a great way to have fun with your child in a relaxed, creative environment helping you both feel nurtured, calm and full of healthy vitality.

We will work with a variety of yoga postures that suit children’s little bodies and adults benefit too, drawing on children’s natural imagination and ability to have fun so they are kept engaged and active whilst receiving numerous physical and mental benefits. This will start the process of learning body and mind awareness.

So stretch your way to fitness with this fun and gentle yoga class. Be part of a yogic adventure and experience stretching through a magical journey.

This course takes place on Sundays 9.30-10.00am and will run during the summer holidays from 23 July to 20 August.

We will also be running another course from 17 September to 22 October and 5 November to 10 December

Please click here for more information or call us on 020 3772 2999 to book your place.

Children must be 5+years.

Add badminton into your social life

Are you and your friends looking for something fun and different to do? Why not come and play badminton…meet new players…and have fun

Our Badminton Club at Whitton Sports & Fitness Centre caters for players of all standards. With a mix of experienced players and a fully qualified coach on hand to give advice should you want it, you’ll be able to enjoy badminton on your own terms. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t played for years just give it a try.

We are always looking for new players to come along and join in and we will always make you feel welcome.

Badminton Club sessions are available:

Adult Badminton Club 16yrs+ 
Thursday 8.30-10.00pm
Sunday 10.00am – 12noon (family session for adults and children aged 8+years)

Click here for more information or contact the centre reception on 020 3772 2999.

Looking for work? Why not train as a lifeguard?

Lifeguards are an integral part of the staff at a swimming pool. They keep an eye on everything happening from poolside and are qualified to intervene and even save someone’s life if they are in trouble.

The role is nearly always offered on a part time basis and this flexibility means it is often taken up by young people at college or university. For many lifeguarding provides an excellent foundation for a career in the leisure industry – many pool managers began their professional careers as a lifeguard.

The UK National Pool Lifeguard Qualification is the most awarded lifeguard qualification in the UK and Ireland that complies with the industry requirements. This qualification is a recruitment requirement for a number of leisure jobs from Pool Lifeguard to Centre Manager. On successful completion of this course you will be fully qualified to work as a Pool Lifeguard in the UK.

The NPLQ course comprises both physical training and theoretical classroom work, followed by a water based practical test, dry assessment on pool rescue, first aid, CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and lifesaving skills. The course includes AED bolt on.

All applicants must be 16 years or over.

Teddington Pools & Fitness Centre runs National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) courses throughout the year.

Our summer courses will be held from Monday 24 to Saturday 29 July and Monday 14 to Saturday 19 August.

If you would like to register your interest please email Rob at

Please click here for more information or contact Teddington Pools & Fitness Centre on 020 3772 2999.

Learn to play the Harlequins way

Harlequins are running a number of summer camps across South East England this summer, for children aged 6 to 18 years old and starting from just &49. The camps provide the opportunity for young people to learn to Play the Harlequins Way. The Harlequins Way has been filtered down from their professional squad to our community coaches and allows them to deliver sessions using the same playing ethos: TRUE.

They play with Tempo, are Ruthless in every contest. Their game is Unpredictable. And, they Enjoy themselves.

The content of the sessions will focus on the fundamentals of handling, creation, identification and execution of space, tackle technique, continuity in attack and defensive organisation. They believe that improving each individuals’ core skills and understanding of the game will allow them to develop as a rugby player and allow them to continue on their journey to reach their full potential.

As well as receiving expert coaching, all participants on our camp will receive a FREE Harlequins gift, a chance to win Harlequins prizes and an exclusive invitation to a Harlequins training session to meet the players.

For more information please contact one of our team here or to book please click here.

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