London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames

Here comes summer!

Welcome to our June eBulletin.

Sun, sand and sea ... they add up to only one thing: summer. And it’s nearly here!

Here at Feel Good Fitness we’ve got lots of great activities to keep you occupied. Whether it’s a spin class, a yoga class or a special offer half price tennis court we can help you make your summer more active.

Don’t forget we’ve got lots of fun things for the kids to do too, especially with those dreaded school holidays just around the corner!

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Leisure at Richmond

New term booking dates for Feel Good Swim School

We are dedicated to helping parents keep their children active by providing excellent, safe and a well-established Feel Good Swim School at Teddington Pools & Fitness Centre.

For those wanting to learn to swim we offer courses for all ages and abilities. We have highly qualified instructors who will help to develop confidence both in and around the water.

Our September - December courses will start w/c 7 September

Booking dates for Junior Learn to Swim lessons:

Assessment Week for existing pupils
For children remaining in the same class, day and time booking takes place
Monday 29 June – Saturday 4 July any time after their class.

Priority booking for existing pupils
For children who are moving up but are staying on the same day booking takes place from Monday 6 to Saturday 11 July any time after their class.

For children wanting to change day. Booking takes place from Sunday 12 July. Bookings start at 12noon.

New pupil bookings
New pupils can book from Sunday 19 July onwards. Bookings start at 12noon.

We aim to challenge, encourage and motivate children to achieve their full swimming potential.

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

Half price tennis courts

Come along to Teddington Sports Centre throughout the Wimbledon fortnight and all our tennis courts are half price.

What’s more of Andy Murray is successful and gets through to the final then all of our tennis courts will be free on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 July!

So get your trainers, shorts and racquets and head to Teddington Sports Centre.

Please contact us on 020 3772 2999 for more information or to book a court.

Calling all cyclists

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 checkup?
• 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

New spin programme at Teddington Pool

New spin programme now available at Teddington Pools & Fitness Centre.

Saddle up, blast the music and get your heart pumping. Try the classes in our dedicated studio and spinning will get you addicted to sweaty workouts!

Spinning is suitable for all fitness levels from complete beginners to elite athletes. This class is also ideal for participants looking for a high energy workout with very low impact on the joints.

Throughout the class our instructor will tell you when to increase your resistance to climb a hill or when to decrease the resistance for the decent. The instructor will also give you suggestions for speed, whether to stay on pace with the music’s beat or go to double time, triple time or sprint!

Don’t forget our fitness classes are free if you’re a direct debit member.

Click here for our spin programme or contact Teddington Pools & Fitness Centre on 020 3772 2999.

Spinning is a great, fun way to get into shape with high energy music and extreme calorie burn. All good reasons to spin!

Our spin studio programme will be re-launched in September with even more Les Mills™ RPM™ classes available.

Toddler Fun Time in Whitton

Whitton Sports & Fitness Centre has 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.

It’s a great place for your little ones to burn off some energy!

Sessions are available Saturday and Sunday 9.00-10.55am.

Toddler Fun Time sessions are also available during the school holidays, including the forthcoming summer holidays Monday to Friday 9.00am-4.00pm. Please check with the centre reception before visiting to ensure the sessions are taking place.

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

Thursday night is badminton night

Our Thursday evening adult 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 8.30-10.30pm
We also have a session on 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.

Skills on wheels

Get your skates on and head to Whitton Sports & Fitness Centre

If you are just starting out, or are an experienced skater looking for a little extra help then why not come along to the roller lessons and our professional skate instructors will be available. Sessions are available for children aged 5+years and adults too.

Using games and rolling activities our instructor will guide you through the basic skills ensuring you have lots of fun and planet of movement. We focus on skate safety, stopping methods and turning skills.

Once you’ve learnt all the moves why not stay and practice at our roller disco. Show off your skating skills to the latest tunes!

Sessions are available:
Roller lessons (children aged 5+years and adults)
Saturday 1.30-2.30pm

Family roller disco (children aged 5+years and adults)
Saturday 2.30-4.00pm

For more information and to book please call Whitton Sports & Fitness Centre on 020 3772 2999.

New to Yoga?

Yoga can improve your mind and body. Visiting a yoga class won’t just help you get fit and flexible; you can also expect to reduce stress, increase concentration and improve your posture.

Yoga is one of the most widely practiced of spiritual disciplines. The postures used in Yoga have been developed over thousands of years. It encourages relaxation and the posture work can alleviate back pain as well as improving circulation.

What are the benefits of Yoga?
• It’s a low impact, beginner friendly exercise
• Reduces stress
• Increases concentration and motivation
• Better balance and stability
• Improves flexibility
• Confident posture
• You’ll get a good night’s sleep

Beginners Yoga is available at Teddington Pools & Fitness Centre:
Saturday 12.30-1.30pm
Sunday 1.15-2.30pm

Click here for our full fitness class programme or call us on 020 3772 2999 for more information.

Teddington Sports Centre also offers Yoga on a Thursday evening 7.30-8.45pm. This class is included in all Gold Feel Good Fitness memberships. Please call Teddington Sports Centre on 020 3772 2999 to book your place.

Schools out!

A summer of fun is guaranteed here at Teddington Pools & Fitness Centre.

We offer a wide range of swimming crash courses for children of all ages and abilities throughout the summer holidays.

Swimming 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.

Our holiday crash courses are designed both for participants already in our swim school and for those that have never used the centre before.

Diving and Rookie Lifeguard courses are also available.

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.

Places are limited so book now to avoid disappointment!

Click here for more information on our summer holiday activities, call the centre reception on 020 3772 2999 or pick up a copy of our summer holiday brochure today.

Have you tried Body Flex?

Looking for a different fitness class? Are you bored with Zumba and Spin?

Why not give Body Flex a try. It’s a blend of Yoga, Tai Chi and Pilates that builds strength and flexibility. The class includes a series of controlled stretches, moves and poses to music, with an all-over holistic workout that brings the body into a state of balance.

What about circuits? This is a cross training class that is great for developing all-round fitness. Straightforward aerobic and resistance exercises are performed at a series of workstations, creating a fun and challenging workout that is different every time.

Our energetic and enthusiastic instructors at Hampton Sports & Fitness Centre will help you get fit and have fun at the same time!

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

Click here for our full fitness class programme or call us on 020 3772 2999 for more information.

Did you know we have a hydrotherapy pool?

The hydrotherapy pool at Teddington Pool & Fitness Centre offers a unique environment for people who require supported exercise as part of a rehabilitation programme. The thermal and mechanical properties of the water assist the healing and recuperative effects of aquatic therapy.

It can help with lessening pain sensitivity, improving blood flow and circulation. Aquatic therapies can be used to treat muscle weakness, balance disorders, musculoskeletal injuries, soft tissue injuries and other conditions that impair circulation.

Public session times

Adult session 7.45-9.00am
Adult/children session 12.30-1.30pm
Adult/children session 5.00-6.00pm
Adult session 6.30-8.30pm

Adult session 7.45-10.00am

Adult session 6.30-8.30pm

Adult session 7.45-10.00am

Adult/children session 9.30-11.00am
Adult/children session 3.30-4.30pm
Adult session 5.30-7.00pm

Adult session 8.15-9.15am
Adult/children session 9.15-10.30am

Family only session* 8.30-9.30am

Please note that all sessions are for people with special needs and rehab. Swimming is not permitted.

All users including carers must complete an indemnity form and a carer’s registration form, if required, before being able to use the pool.

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

*for families with special needs

Are your children interested in playing badminton?

Badminton isn’t one of the most common sports for children, but it can be a great way to get kids active, even if none of the other, more common, sports has caught their interest. These are some of the benefits of badminton for kids:

Badminton for kids is great exercise
Children need a lot of exercise to stay fit, so any activities that get them moving are great for their health. Badminton can be a particularly good sport as it is interesting, fun and fast-paced. Players get to rush around the court, chasing the shuttlecock, and since badminton is usually played individually or in doubles, every player gets plenty of exercise, which isn’t always the case in team sports for children.

Badminton can be played in pairs
Although badminton is an individual sport, it is played against a competitor, and it can also be played in pairs. This means that children can learn a lot about teamwork, communication, and working with other people. It also means that you can play too if you want to enjoy some quality time.

Badminton improves hand-eye coordination
Children’s badminton offers a chance to do more than just run around. Watching the shuttlecock flying up and trying to time and angle the hit correctly can help to improve their balance and coordination.

Exercise makes kids happier
Sport isn’t just good for children physically, but also mentally. Exercise can make people happier, and badminton can be particularly enjoyable as it is a sport that keeps players active and thinking throughout the whole match.

Badminton is a gentle sport
Some sports for children can be quite rough, and while this suits some children, others can be put off by contact sports that involve mud, rough play, and the chance of getting hit by a heavy ball. Badminton is a great option for children who want a gentler sport, or for those occasions when parents would prefer them to stay clean while they are getting active.

Badminton doesn’t require much equipment
Badminton is an affordable sport that doesn’t require much equipment. It can be played with just two people, a pair of racquets and a shuttlecock.

So why not come along to our junior badminton club on Sundays 9.30-11.00am at Hampton Sports & Fitness Centre.

Please note that we will provide racquets and shuttlecocks.

Please contact us on 020 3772 2999 for more information.

Looking to get fit but hate going to the gym

Whether you’re just getting into an exercise routine, or have been a fitness enthusiast for years, group exercise classes are a great way to move your fitness level up a notch. And with all the different options Whitton Sports & Fitness Centre offers, there’s a group exercise class for every fitness level and every interest.

Into dancing? Take a Zumba class. Prefer a quieter workout? Try a Yoga or Pilates class. Looking for a challenge? Try a Les Mills BODY ATTACK™ class

But the benefits of taking one of these group fitness classes go beyond the obvious. Yes, you’ll get a great workout and improve your health while having fun doing something you love, but that’s not all…..

• You’re more likely to show up – and keep showing up.
• Having an instructor ensures you’re doing each exercise correctly.
• You’ll be challenged to push yourself to the next level.
• Group exercise classes are, simply, fun.

So why not come along and try BODY ATTACK™, Zumba, Circuits, Yoga and Pilates.

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

Click here for our full fitness class programme or call Whitton Sports & Fitness Centre on 020 3772 2999 for more information.

Recipe of the month

Having a BBQ soon? Why not try our tasty beef burgers

Beef burger with sweet potato chilli chips


4 large, roundish sweet potatoes cut into chunky chips
1 tsp olive oil
1 tsp chilli flakes, plus a pinch
400g pack extra-lean beef mince
1 onion, grated
1 tbsp grated parmesan
1 tbsp tomato ketchup
4 small wholemeal buns, halved
1 Little Gem lettuce, leaved separated
1 beef tomato, sliced
1 red onion, sliced (optional)
4 pickles or gherkins, halved 

Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Toss the chips with the oil, 1 tsp chilli flakes and some seasoning. Arrange in a single layer on a large baking tray and cook for about 30 minutes, turning halfway through.

Put the mince, remaining chilli flakes, onion, Parmesan, tomato ketchup and lots of black pepper in a large bowl and mix to combine. Shape into 4 burgers. Ten minutes before the chips are ready, put the burgers on a baking tray and bake for 10 minutes or place on the BBQ until cooked through.

Top one half of the buns with the lettuce, tomato and onion. Add the burgers, and then top with the roll tops. Serve with chips and pickles on the side.

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