Sport & Fitness for Children in Clapham

Children’s sports in Clapham

There are plenty of sports for kids in Clapham and surrounding areas – football, tennis, gymnastics, swimming, ice skating or just running about on Clapham Common.

When most adults think about exercise, they imagine working out in the gym on a treadmill or lifting weights. But for children, exercise means playing and being physically active. Kids exercise when they do gym at school, football practice, dance class, swimming, riding bikes, or just running around in the park. Experts say that children should exercise between 60 and 90 minutes a day. It’s not always easy these days with the lure of computer games and screens but all children feel better and happier when they do physical activity. We are lucky to have a huge range of sports activities for children in Clapham. Get in touch if you know any others or would like a listing on our Sports for Kids in Clapham page.

Also take a look at Young Lambeth which lists sports (and plenty of other stuff too!) in the Lambeth area.

Climbing

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

Brixton Climbing Centre
Brixton Recreation Centre, 27 Brixton Station Road, SW9 8QQ, T: 020 7095 5100
Weekend climbing sessions and courses for juniors and adults.

Clip’n’Climb Chelsea
19 Michael Road, London SW6 2ER, T: 020 7736 2271
Yes, it’s over the river but no climbing experience is necessary and full training is given, with a 30 minute induction as part of the 90 minute session. Age 4 upwards.

The Climbing Hangar
Unit 5 Parsons Green Depot 33-35 Parsons Green Lane SW6 4HH, T: 020  751 0913
Also in SW6, this is a state of the art, dedicated bouldering centre with sessions and courses for adults and children including adults with children. Suitable for beginners or experienced climbers. Aged 5 and above.

High Sports
Climbing courses for all ages at various UK locations including Lewisham.

Vauxwall Climbing Centre
A 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 all ages.

Although it’s not in or near Clapham, we recommend Westway Climbing Wall in W10. Also take a look at the London Climbing guide website for other London climbing centres.

Not quite a climbing centre, but if you have a head for heights (and money to spend!) try Go Ape tree top adventure in Battersea Park – age 10 and above.

Cricket

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.

Spencer Cricket Club
Fieldview, Earlsfield, SW18 3HF. Thriving club with almost 1000 junior members!

Fitness for Kids

Sporty Mini’s delivers 30 minute FUNdamental Movement skills sessions throughout many London nurseries. Their aim is to work in partnership with settings to deliver active structured learning, develop better social skills, spatial awareness and listening abilities – and most importantly excel children’s physical development.
Parents who would like to refer a nursery for a chance to have Sporty Mini’s sessions delivered free within the nursery can get in touch via their website.

Muki Sports
A range of fun, sports and fitness boot camps for kids and teenagers at various locations including Clapham Common. Free trial class and 1-to-1 sessions also available. See website for details.

Football

Many of the adult football clubs on our general sports club page have junior and youth squads too.

Broomwood Football Club
Wandsworth Common, Thurleigh Road end, SW12
Informal kids football club for 4-11 year-olds that has been playing on Wandsworth Common since 1990. The club is run by parent volunteers and has about 300 registered players.

Chelsea FC Soccer Schools
Saturday and holiday clubs from age 2-15 including girls’ coaching and goalkeeping clinics. Balham and Battersea Park.

Fit4Kidz
Wandsworth Common
Popular football coaching for ages 4-11, girls and boys. Coaching, skills, and matches on Saturdays, plus holiday courses.

Little League

We love the sound of this football club. Aimed at 7-13 year olds the emphasis is on ‘mass participation rather than elitism; enthusiasm and endeavour rather than ability. Players are encouraged to develop team spirit, self discipline and sportsmanship’. They play on the north side of Clapham Common. See website for details.

Little Foxes
Battersea Park. Term time 12 weeks. Ages from 18 months.

Little Kickers
Classes around Clapham South and Balham for 18 months up to 7 years.

Gymnastics, trampoling & trapeezing

The Little Gym
Smugglers Way, Wandsworth Bridge, SW18 1DB, T: 020 8874 6567
Classes for kids aged 4 months to 12 years

Mayfield Gymnastics Club
Springfield Hospital, 61 Glenburnie Road, SW17 7DY, T: 020 8767 2094
Mayfield Gymnastics Club is a British Gymnastics Association (BGA) registered club with a sprung floor area, balance beams, vaulting table, asymmetric bars, tumble track, and mini trampolines.

Flip Out Indoor trampoline centre in Earlsfield. Book sessions by the hour.

Flying Fantastic, The Wilditch Centre, 48 Culvert Road, Battersea SW11 5BB. Learn aerial and trapeezing skills.

Hockey

London Wayfarers 
Streatham & Clapham High School, SW16. A friendly club with over 270 juniors – girls and boys.

Spencer Hockey
Fieldview, Earlsfield, SW18 3HF T: 020 8874 2717
Spencer Hockey Club runs a thriving junior hockey section for girls and boys.

Martial Arts

ACER Capoeira
A combination of martial arts and dance with classes in Battersea and surrounding areas.

Hapkido London
4 locations in Clapham and Battersea.
Jon runs a range of different after-school and Saturday clubs for 4-15 year olds.

Pee Wee Karate
St Barnabus Church, Clapham Common Northside, SW4 9SW
An introduction to karate for 3-6 year olds.

Taekwon-Do 4 Kids
Taekwon-Do Club based in St Ann’s Community Hall, Venn St. Clapham Common London SW4. For kids aged 7 years and up.

Clapham and Tooting Taekwondo

Rugby

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

Rugby Tots
An introduction to rugby for 2-7 year olds (30 min lessons for younger ones, 45 mins for 3.5-7 year olds)

Skateboarding

Skates and Ladders website reviews skate parks and also offers lessons.

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 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.

Zebraskate

Specifically for children – held at Battersea Park.

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.

Swimming

Check local leisure centres for children’s swimming lessons in Clapham and nearby. And don’t forget that Tooting Bec Lido and Brockwell Lido aren’t far away on warmer days.

Here are a few private swimming clubs.

Blue Wave Swim School
Swimming lessons not too far from Clapham over in Burntwood Lane SW17 and Wimbledon SW19. All ages from babies up to to adults.T: 020 8090 1415

South West Swimming School
Trident Business Centre, 89 Bickersteth Road, SW17 9SH, T: 020 8767 2723
Swimming lessons at various locations in Clapham, Battersea and Balham for ages 5 months upwards.

Splish Splash Swim School
St Joseph’s College, Beulah Hill, Upper Norwood, SE19 3HL, T: 01403 372609
Not quite Clapham but it’s not easy finding good swimming lessons for children!

Swimming Nature
Small groups (one or two) and the instructor is in the water so progress is generally fast. Recommended.

Swimway
Classes in Wandsworth and other areas of SW London for all ages. One to one or semi-private.

Water Babies
Classes in Battersea and Balham
Battersea T: 020 7585 1510
Uk school teaching babies to swim in warm water pools from birth.

Waterlife Swim School provides baby and toddler swimming lessons in South London, including Balham, and Surrey.  All instructors are ASA/STA trained and specialise in infant submersion teaching methods. The focus is to enable each child to reach their full potential, expand their natural swimming ability, gain water confidence and life saving skills in a fun and relaxed environment. Ages 3 months up to pre-school. Contact Lizzie on 020 8947 2149 or via their website.

Tennis

All Star Tennis
T: 020 8871 4706
All Star now offer tennis coaching for all ages at tennis courts across Wandsworth including Wandsworth Common, King George’s Park, Tooting Bec Common and Leaders Gardens Putney. Tennis courses for toddlers, 5-7 year olds and 8-12 year olds (8-14 during school holidays) which teach co-ordination and tennis skills in a fun environment. Private lessons and adult courses also available.

Julian Cousins Tennis Coaching
Clapham Common
Beginner, intermediate and advanced tennis coaching at Clapham Common throughout the week. Wheelchair tennis also available.

Little Aces Academy
Balham (Brixton and Dulwich coming soon)
Tennis classes for 2-5 year olds using mini pop-up nets and foam balls.

Take a look at our Tennis page for other many other clubs in the area with classes for children and teens.

Watersports

You have to go a bit further than Clapham ponds if your children want to give watersports a go.

Diving Leisure: 36 Webbs Road, Battersea, SW11 6SF Introduction to diving for 8s and over or snorkelling for 7s and over. PADI courses for 10+ years

Dive Wimbledon: introduction to diving for 8s and over or snorkelling for 7s and over. PADI courses for 10+ years

Wimbledon Watersports Centre, Home Park Road, SW19 7HX, T:020 8947 4894 This is really the place to go in south London to try out various water based activities.

Yoga

Mini yoga
The Bright Emporium at 103 – 105 St John’s Hill, SW11 1SY (up the hill from Clapham Junction) has opened up its space for  yoga classes, with mini yoga for children. It’s an attractive venue filled with art and children’s books and an inspiring space to enjoy yoga.

Yogabugs
Yoga for under 12s. Helps with co-ordination and flexibility with a fun approach.

Zumba

Zumba Stars
Fun classes on Clapham and Wandsworth Common. Adults classes also available. See websites for times and full details.