Sports Clubs & Fitness in Clapham

Sports Clubs & Centres in Clapham

There are many great sports and fitness facilities in the Clapham area. Plenty of opportunities to “get out there” and raise your pulse! Clapham Common is the most used sports facility in the area – you can play tennis, cricket, football and even skateboard in specific areas and now there are free fitness machines and equipment on Northside and Westside and free table tennis tables by the bowling green café. On a Sunday afternoon you’ll even see pretty athletic kite flying!

We’ve also discovered a useful site which makes it simple to book and play sport in and around Clapham. MyLocalPitch is a grassroots search and booking portal for Lambeth, designed to make it easier for Londoners to get into sports. It’s also partnered with excellent local facilities like Clapham Sports Leagues and Clapham Leisure Centre. Click onto their website to sign up for free.

Below we have listed a few of the best sports activities in nearby areas – for fitness on Clapham Common click here for full listing. Also take a look our Gyms & Leisure Centres page.  Football and Tennis get their own pages because there are so many clubs in the area. Please check individual websites for update-to-date details as venues/times often change. Do get in touch if you know of other good sports activities and clubs in the area.

For sports for children, see our separate Sports & Fitness for Kids in Clapham page. Phew!

Team Sports

Australian rules Football

Wandsworth Demons Clapham Common Australian rules football club in Wandsworth – the most successful in the UK.


Battersea Ironsides Cricket Club Burntwood Lane, Earlsfield, London, SW17 0AW, T: 020 8874 9913 Formed in 1983, Battersea Ironsides fields senior and junior teams. See website for details.

SinjunGrammarians Cricket Club Trinity Fields, Trinity Road, Wandsworth Common, SW17 7HW Cricket Club based at Wandsworth Common. They field 4 Saturday teams in the Surrey Championship and are always looking for new players.

Spencer Cricket Club Fieldview, Earlsfield, SW18 3HF. All ages: men, women, juniors (almost 1,000 members!). Thriving club.


Click here for local football clubs.


Clapham Common Hockey Club Sociable, mixed hockey club which plays in Clapham, Brixton and Battersea Park. Social and competitive hockey – you choose!

London Wayfarers Battersea Park, SW11 4NJ. A friendly club with over 300 senior members and 270 juniors – male and female.

Spencer Hockey Fieldview, Earlsfield, SW18 3HF T: 020 8874 2717 Spencer Hockey Club runs 11 men’s teams, 6 women’s teams, mixed hockey and a thriving junior hockey section.


Clapham Ladies Lacrosse Club Email: Clapham Ladies Lacrosse Club was founded in London in 1998 – providing a mixture of competitive and friendly matches. Training on Tuesday evenings.


Demonettes Netball Club South London Netball club which trains at various locations. You can choose to play matches or take it up a level with extra training. All levels welcome.

Latchmere Netball Club Latchmere Leisure Centre, Burns Road, SW11, T: 020 8871 8377 Netball every Friday from 4.30-5.30pm

Go Mammoth Netball League Register to find local leagues in Clapham.

Wandsworth Netball Club Training Tuesdays and Thursdays 7:30pm-9pm at South Thames College (Wandsworth High Street campus), London SW18 2PP.

Netbusters organises social netball leagues in Clapham and across London. You can enter as a full team, with friends or as an individual. See their website for details.


Battersea Ironsides Rugby Club Burntwood Lane, Earlsfield, London, SW17 0AW, T: 020 8874 9913 With 4 senior XVs, vets, youth and a minis rugby section, they have one of the largest combined club memberships in London. That said, they are always looking for new players of all levels.

Old Haileybury Rugby Team The Old Haileyburians RFC (OHRFC) plays in the Surrey leagues combining high quality rugby with a welcoming, sociable environment for players and their guests.


Softball Sundays Mixed club – play softball every Sunday on Wandsworth Common during league season.

Ultimate Frisbee

Clapham Ultimate Frisbee Club Clapham Ultimate are the UK Ultimate and European Frisbee Champions.

Pyramus and Frisbee (PAF) Friendly mixed club that meet on Clapham Common every Saturday at 11am. Beginners welcome.

Angels Ultimate Mixed, sociable club that trains at Brixton Rec and takes part in regular tournaments. Beginners welcome.

Other Sports

Athletics (also see Running)

Battersea Park Millenium Arena Eight lane running track: Tuesdays and Thursdays for public use (can get booked up on other days.). Athletics sessions also available for children. Check website.

Tooting Bec Athletics Track Tooting Bec Road, SW17 3NP Eight lanes, fully floodlit open all year and caters for individual athletes, school and club competitions. The Pavilion also provides a gym, changing rooms and showers.

Battersea Sports Centre Hope Street, Battersea SW11 2DA, Indoor facilities and courses geared towards children and teenagers.


Aspire Centre Climbing Wall 337 Merton Road Southfields, SW18 5JU. Ideal for juniors and adult beginners.

High Sports Climbing courses for all ages – adults and juniors – at Brixton Recreation Centre, 27 Brixton Station Road, SW9 8QQ

Vauxwall Climbing Centre A new dedicated climbing centre two minutes walk from Vauxhall station/ tube:  47 South Lambeth Road at Vauxhall Station, just south of Vauxhall Bridge. Lessons available for adults and children. Although it’s not in or near Clapham, we recommend Westway Climbing Wall in W10.


Clapham Chasers Regular cycle sessions for all from beginners to advanced. See website for details.
Lambeth Council and Wandsworth Council run free cycle lessons for all ages to help gain confidence when cycling on the road.

Lambeth Cyclists and Wandsworth Cyclists work to improve the, profile safety and enjoyment of cycling in the boroughs.

See our special Cycling in Clapham listing for everything you need to know about cycling in Clapham!


See our Gyms & Leisure Centres page, our Fitness on Clapham Common page and our Yoga, Pilates and Zumba pages.

British Military Fitness (BMF) Clapham Common Plenty of sessions times to choose from (6.30am anyone?) every day. Meeting point is in the car park of the Windmill pub, half way down Clapham Common southside. BMF classes are a challenge – they admit that!  There’s also a separate running club. See the website for full details and times.

Fit for a Princess T: 020 8879 6114, e: Outdoor fitness for females all year round including workouts, kick boxing, pilates and running plus the infamous bootcamps. There are plenty of daytime and evening classes on Wandsworth Common (cricket pitch opposite the Skylark café).

106 Triangle Place, 65 Clapham Park Road, Clapham, SW4 7EQ T: 020 7627 6318
This new fitness studio in Clapham offers 45-minute, full body workouts: Spin – HIIT – Yoga. All classes feature experienced instructors, low lighting, and good music.

Open Air Fit
Drop-in fitness sessions on Wandsworth Common, by Skylark café. Mixed Circuits – Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays 9:30-10:30am & Saturdays 9-10am (£12.00), 45 Minute Burner – Wednesdays 9:15 -10:00 am (£12.00), Women’s Football – Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays 9:30-10:30 am (£12.00), Teenage Circuits Class (Teen Fit) – Saturdays 9-10am (£10.00). Monthly passes available – see their website for details.

Swift Fitness
Bootcamp fitness sessions with a smile! Various locations including Clapham Common (between Rookery Road and Long Road) and Battersea Park. Early morning and evening sessions plus a free trial class available. See website for details.

Off the Rails, Unit 2, Arch 4, Grant Road, Battersea, SW11 2NU, T: 07597 561682
SwingTrain is a swing dance inspired workout programme that brings the benefits of swing dancing to the gym! Burn up to 500 calories per hour dancing swing inspired moves to swing, charleston, electro swing and blues music. Every Mondays @ 7:30pm. All levels of fitness welcome!

Walk and Workout , Wednesdays 10-11am on Clapham Common (meet by paddling pool) –  a fun outdoor fitness programme organised by Lambeth Council for residents who are interested in gaining fitness but not in a gym setting. Only £3 a session.


Central London Golf Centre Burntwood Lane, SW17 0AT The Central London Golf Centre offers a full-length 9-hole golf course, driving range, golf shop and clubhouse facilities. Lessons for all ages including juniors available.

Martial Arts

Mei Quan Academy Tai Chi and Qi Gong At Alderbrook Primary school, Oldridge Road, Balham, London SW12 8PP, Tai Chi explores posture, balance and flow and Qi Gong focusses on calmness and relaxation. Lessons also in Battersea at Chatham Hall, SW11


Clapham Chasers (Running and Triathlon) Email: Nuffields Gym, Sheepcote Road, Burns Road, Battersea, SW11 5BT A Clapham running, swimming and cycling club. Beginners and newcomers very welcome.

Clapham Runners Based at Balance Performance Physiotherapy, 113 Gauden Road, Clapham SW4 6LE and Battersea Running Track, Millennium Arena, Battersea Park, SW11 4NJ Clapham Runners is a small friendly club that was set up in 2005. The club trains both at Clapham Common and Battersea track. All abilities welcome

Pioneers Running Club Clapham running club ‘made up of sociable people who love running’. They meet on Tuesday evenings at 7.15pm at Wingate Square SW4 0AF and head to Clapham Common for a warm up and then a choice of a shorter run for beginners, a longer route or a coaching session. Post run, it’s off to the pub to get to know your fellow Pioneers.


Clapham Common Skate park Long Road, Clapham Common, SW4 London, United Kingdom Recently updated, this is a popular skate park and can get busy. Friendly atmosphere and new Field café next door.

Wandsworth Skate park St Georges Park, off Kimber Road, Wandsworth, SW18 4NY Updated in 2013. BMX, scooter and skateboard course complete with half pipes, banks, ramps, grindrails, handrails and flyoffs.

Skating & Rollerblading

Citiskate Battersea Park, SW11 Inline skating courses and private lessons for all ages and levels.

Skate Instructor Battersea Park, SW11 Group or private lessons and courses in rollerblading, inline skating and ice skating.

Streatham Ice & Leisure Centre 386 Streatham High Road, SW16 Group and individual ice skating lessons for all ages and abilities plus public sessions for all the family, ice discos, ice hockey.


Squash courts are available at Brixton recreation centre and Balham leisure centre.

Grafton Tennis & Squash Club 70A Thornton Road, SW12 0LF T: 020 8673 28913 Air conditioned squash courts (plus 8 tennis courts). Adult, student and junior membership available. Mixed leagues.

Spencer Squash Club Fieldview, Burntwood Lane, Earlsfield, London, SW18 3HF Members club with a full programme of club activities for juniors, team players and club players.  Beginners coaching sessions held on Sunday afternoons.


For booking and courses at public tennis courts in Lambeth and Wandsworth see below. We’ve also compiled a separate listing to include tennis clubs in Clapham and surrounding areas.

All Star Tennis All Star Tennis now manages booking, courses and coaching at tennis courts across Wandsworth including Wandsworth Common, Tooting Bec, King George’s Park, Tooting Bec Common and Leaders Gardens Putney for all ages and abilities during the day, evening and at weekends. Private lessons and kids’ courses also available.

Battersea Park Tennis There are 19 courts in the park. Coaching and courses available for all ages. Check the website link for details.

Clapham Common Tennis Courts Windmill Drive, Clapham, London SW4 New online booking system through Better or phone: 0845 130 8998 Tennis coaching at Clapham courts: Julian Cousins


Reach new heights at the recently opened trampoline park FlipOut in Earlsfield. Open late most evenings and a great kids’ party venue.


Clapham Angling Society A voluntary organisation that was set up in 1993, it’s primary aims are to protect and promote angling on Clapham Common in South London.

Clapham Canoe Club The club’s main activity is Canoe Polo, which is a bit like waterpolo or basketball in canoes. Beginners welcome.

Dive Balham:Learn to scuba dive at Tooting Leisure Centre, Putney Leisure Centre or Southfields Community College

Diving Leisure: 36 Webbs Road, Battersea, SW11 6SF Full range of diving courses from beginner to advanced plus a club.

And don’t forget our lovely lidos: Tooting Bec Lido – if you’re a member of South London Swimming Club you can swim there all year! – and Brockwell Lido See our Gyms & Leisure Centres page for local leisure centres with indoor pools.