London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames

May Madness!

Welcome to our May eBulletin.

The half term is nearly upon us and if you the children will be bored this holiday then don’t worry as our sports and fitness centres have a whole host of activities to keep them entertained!

Step straight into summer with our new LES MILLS™ class at Whitton Sports & Fitness Centre, lunchtime fitness classes at Teddington Pools and beginners spinning at Hampton.

We also have a range of activities taking place across our centres to promote Learning Disability Awareness week. Check out our article below for more details.

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Leisure at Richmond

Fun fun fun this half term

The half term holidays are here and if you’re looking for something fun and energetic to keep the kids occupied then look no further than Teddington Pools & Fitness Centre.

We are running swimming crash courses. A short intensive course is often the best way to learn to swim or develop your skills. Courses are available for all ages and abilities including beginners through to improvers.

One day workshops for diving are also available. These workshops are a great way to improve diving skills, learn how to do elementary dives, leading into racing dives from the side and the blocks. Diving is for children over 8 years and they must be able to swim 25 metres of all strokes.

Have fun in the pool with our great fun time float sessions too on Saturday and Sunday 2.00-4.00pm.

Click here for more information or call us on 020 3772 2999.

Don’t delay…book today!

Do you make the most of your lunch break?

It’s easy to scoff at the idea of working out in your lunch break. Maybe you’re thinking something like, “there’s no way I’d have enough time for that” or “I don’t want to get all sweaty in the middle of the day”

These are legitimate concerns, but luckily they can be addressed pretty easily! You might think that there’s not enough time in the day as it is, but taking a break to let your mind refresh and your body unwind is never a waste of time.

Not only can squeezing some extra exercise into the middle of your day benefit your physical fitness, but stepping out of the office for a workout can help you de-stress and ultimately be more productive at work.

So why not come down to Teddington Pools & Fitness Centre and make the most of your lunch break. Our shorter lunchtime classes will give you the time to workout, shower and get back to the office!

Choose from:
Insanity 12.45-1.15pm and 1.15-1.45pm

Zumba 12noon-12.45pm
Boxercise 1.00-1.50pm

BODYPUMP (LES MILLS) 1.15-1.45pm

Fit Camp 1.05-1.50pm

Click here for more information or call us on 020 3772 2999.

We hope to see you and your colleagues soon.

Bike Fest comes to the Borough

Come along to Bike Fest on Sunday 28 June at Kneller Gardens.

It’s a festival of cycling and a fun day out for everyone. Bike Fest will have a skills arena and a sprint track for you to test your speed and skills. There will also be a programme of ‘Go Ride’ racing for anyone to have a go at grass track racing and a mini BMX track.

In addition there will be stalls with information about cycling and equipment for cycling.

All activities are free!
• Grass Cyclo Cross – all welcome, any bike will do
• 50 metre sprint lane – how fast are you?
• Skills Arena – can you complete it?
• Bike Doctor – does your bike need a check up?
• BMX Pump Track – come and have a go
• Bike Marking – make your bike safe
• Rollapaluza – roller racing 1v1

Click here for more information.

Kneller Gardens, Meadway, Twickenham, TW2 6PH

BODYATTACK with LES MILLS™ at Whitton and Teddington

Our new BODYATTACK class will start on Thursday 4 June…make sure you don’t miss out!

So what is BODYATTACK? It’s a high-energy fitness class with moves that cater for total beginners to total addicts. We combine athletic movements like running, lunging and jumping with strength exercises such as push-ups and squats. A LES MILLS™ instructor will pump out energising tunes and lead you through the workout – challenging your limits in a good way, burning up to 730 calories and leaving you with a sense of achievement.

This class will be available from Thursday 4 June 8.00-9.00pm.

Don’t forget if you’re a direct debit or annual member then all of our fitness classes are free!

Click here for more information or contact Whitton Sports & Fitness Centre reception on 020 3772 2999.

BODYATTACK will also be starting at Teddington Sports Centre on Wednesday 26 June 7.00-8.00pm. To register your interest please email 

Scared to try Spinning?

Have you always felt scared to try Spinning? Why not come along to Hampton Sports & Fitness Centre and we’ll show you that there’s nothing to be scared about.

The first Wednesday of each month our experienced spinning instructor will help all beginners get acquainted with a spinning bike, explain how the class will run and show you how to set and adjust your resistance.

So if you’ve always wanted to try a spinning class but have felt a bit scared then why not come along to Hampton at 8pm on the 3 June and take part.

Please call us on 020 3772 2999 for more details.

Strike a pose for Yoga

Why not reduce life’s stresses and centre yourself with our Yoga class at Whitton Sports & Fitness Centre.

You’ve probably heard that Yoga is good for you. Maybe you have even tried it and discovered that it makes you feel better. A regular practice can offer all kinds of mental and physical health benefits. Some, like improved flexibility, are clearly evident. Others, including mental clarity and stress reduction, may be more subtle but are just as powerful. When put together, all the benefits listed below contribute to an increased feeling of wellbeing, which helps to explain why so many people find Yoga so addictive.

Physical benefits
• Increased flexibility
• Builds strength
• Increased muscle tone
• Helps balance
• Better breathing

Mental benefits
• Improves mental calmness
• Stress reduction
• Body awareness

Yoga is available at Whitton Sports & Fitness Centre:
Wednesday 8.30-9.30pm

Don’t forget if you’re a direct debit member then all of our fitness classes, including Yoga are free.

For more information please contact Whitton Sports & Fitness Centre on 020 3772 2999 or click here for our full fitness class programme.

Recipe of the Month

You can’t go wrong with this tasty cake. Great for sharing with friends

Classic Victoria Sandwich Cake


For the cake
200g caster sugar
200g softened butter
4 eggs, beaten
200g self-raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
2 tbsp milk

For the filling
100g butter, softened
140g icing sugar, sifted
Drop vanilla extract (optional)
340g jar good-quality strawberry jam
Icing sugar, to decorate


Heat your oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5. Butter two 20cm sandwich tins and line with non-stick baking paper. In a large bowl, beat all the cake ingredients together until you have a smooth, soft batter.

Divide the mixture between the tins, smooth the surface with a spatula or the back of a spoon, then bake for about 20 minutes until golden and the cake springs back when pressed. Turn onto a cooling rack and leave to cool completely.

To make the filling, beat the butter until smooth and creamy, and then gradually beat in icing sugar. Beat in vanilla extract if you’re using it. Spread the butter cream over the bottom of one of the sponges, top it with jam and sandwich the second sponge on top. Dust with a little icing sugar before serving. Keep in an airtight container and eat within 2 days.

Cuts into 10 slices.

You’re never too old to learn to swim

Many adults would like to learn to swim given the right opportunity. Swimming is an excellent form of low impact exercise with many health benefits including weight loss, muscle toning and cardiorespiratory improvement. It’s also good fun.

At Teddington Pools & Fitness Centre we have a range of adult lessons designed for varying abilities. It’s never too late to learn to swim. From lessons for the complete beginner who lacks water confidence to lessons for competent swimmers who want to improve their technique. Feel Good Swim School has it all!

We understand that you may feel embarrassed or nervous about taking swimming lessons as an adult but please don’t feel like you’re the only one.

We offer 6 week courses for beginners, intermediate or advanced swimmers. Our next term will start w/c 1 June and booking is available now.

Please click here for more information or call the centre reception on 020 3772 2999.

Swimming is a total body workout that leaves you feeling energised and revitalised. So come and try one of our lessons today and get swimming.

Help us promote Learning Disability Awareness Week

The Sports Development Team are running open sessions for dance and football in learning disability awareness week as part of their Richmond upon Thames Inclusive Sports and Exercise programme. Fusion Dance and Drama is on Monday 15 June, 6.00-7.00pm at Hampton Sports & Fitness Centre. Football will take place on Saturday 20 June, 11.30am – 1.00pm at Shene Sports & Fitness Centre. If you would like to come along and try either of the activities then please book in advance on 020 8831 6134.

There are a range of activities happening across the borough to celebrate Learning Disability Awareness Week. Click here to find out what is happening locally.

There are many ongoing activities as part of the RISE programme; Wheelchair Basketball, Football, Multi-Sport, Canoeing, Swimming and Gym.

You can find out about the ongoing activities on the website. Please click here for details.

Fancy a game of badminton?

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.

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 Whitton Sports & Fitness Centre reception on 020 3772 2999.

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