Sport & Health Development

The St Albans Sport & Health Development Team play a central role in the promotion of sport and physical activity for the local community. This page unites all of our current projects, providing you with information for you to share, making it easier for you to access and live a healthy lifestyle.

The team will work with partners to support the delivery of sport, physical activity and recreation at grass roots level through to sporting excellence, via sports specific development programmes and physical activity initiatives. The team will focus on developing health and well being schemes to increase activity levels and promote the benefits of living a healthy and active lifestyle.

Our Projects


Active Schools

Active Schools is the delivery of alternative sessions within secondary schools. Four week alcohol education and five week introduction to mental health courses run within PSHE lessons. Physical activity is also delivered, either as part of their PE lessons or as lunchtime and after school clubs, varying from popdance to badminton. Many of the activities are delivered by instructors from local clubs and pupils are signposted out to these clubs as a way to continue their participation. These sessions are adapted to be inclusive for all year groups from 7 to 11 and are offered to several secondary schools in the St Albans City and District area. For more information please contact Rowell Gordon on

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Back To Netball – Harpenden Sports Centre

Back to Netball sessions provide a gentle re-introduction to netball, the emphasis is very much on having fun whilst learning the basics and getting a bit of exercise at the same time! Most people who come along haven’t played for a number of years, usually since school, and new players are always very welcome! You don’t need any special kit, just clothes that you feel comfortable exercising in and trainers ideally that lace up. Make sure you bring some water! We currently run the session on Wednesday evenings at Harpenden Sports Centre, 7.30pm – 8.30pm. First week free and then after its £4 each week pay as you go. For more information please contact Alex Varran on 01727 819531 or through email on

Beach Courts in Verulamium Park, St Albans

Sand donated from the London 2012 Olympic beach courts at Horse Guards Parade has been used to produce three recreational sized volleyball courts. The courts were funded by Sport England and Volleyball England’s Go Spike campaign, and are open from 9am to dusk (summer opening times April to November). The courts can be booked via Abbey View Golf & Track facility (01727 868227) at £5 per court per hour, and equipment can also be hired. Summer 2015 will see a new beach court schedule introduced at the facility and will include sessions such as beach tennis, beach footvolley, beach fit and lots more opportunity to play beach volleyball. For more information please contact Alex Varran on 01727 819531 or through email on

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Be Healthy; Be Active

The Be Healthy; Be Active programme is a 6-week healthy lifestyle programme incorporating healthy eating and physical activity. The sessions are 90 minutes long and consist of a 45 minutes lifestyle discussion followed by 45 minutes of different physical activity sessions. For more information please contact Rowell Gordon on



In December 2010, the county council said to all of Hertfordshire’s schools “… we recommend that schools employ those coaches who meet minimum standards and are registered with CoachMark. CoachMark will be administered by the Herts Sports Partnership and it will apply to coaches who wish to work in schools, whether on a paid or voluntary basis.” CoachMark is a scheme for all sports coaches in Hertfordshire, in particular those looking to work in schools and on funded projects. For CoachMark clearance, coaches must individually register on the Coaching Herts Database ( and provide evidence to show that they meet minimum standards – coaching qualifications, DBS/CRB disclosure, insurance, Safeguarding & Protecting Children education, references and commitment to a code of conduct. For more information please contact Alex Varran on 01727 819531 or by emailing

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Daylight Club

The Daylight Club is a very friendly social club for adults of working age with physical disabilities living in the St Albans District. As part of club activities, healthy living sessions are organised that can include sport and physical activity. For more information visit The Daylight Club website, or contact Salpi by email on or call 01727 819214 / 07762 595936.

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Elite Cards

The Elite Card has been designed for our Elite Athletes in the District to help them reach their full potential in their sport.  The card allows free access to gym, swim and group exercise classes across the District at council owned facilities, subject to availability. The leisure facilities involved in this scheme are as follows:

 > Batchwood Golf and Tennis Centre

 > Cotlandswick Leisure Centre

 > Harpenden Leisure Centre

 > Harpenden Swimming Pool

 > Westminster Lodge Leisure Centre

 To qualify for the card applicants must meet the criteria listed in the terms and conditions stated in the application form. Please click here for an  Elite Card Application Form or contact Megan Llewellyn on 01727 819327 or email  for more information.


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Exercise Referral Scheme

The St Albans Exercise Referral Scheme is a discounted gym membership for anyone having trouble with any one of several medical conditions. We aim to work with you to generate an exercise plan tailored to your wants and needs, as well as offering regular monitored gym sessions in the week, to give you the extra support you need. We operate out of Harpenden Sports Centre, Batchwood Golf & Sports Centre, London Colney Recreation Centre and Westminster Lodge Leisure Centre and allow you to access the gym, swimming pool and exercise classes at these facilities. For more information about how our scheme works or to find out what medical conditions we can accept please contact Andrzej Juraszek on 01727 814649 or by emailing

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A four week healthy living course delivered in local Children’s Centres encompassing the whole family, but focusing on giving tots the best start for a continued healthy lifestyle. The sessions are very interactive where both adults and tots take part in the games and physical activity, all done to music. Each week information is provided on how the family can stay active within the home and in the local community. Support and advice is also offered on nutrition and other important factors relating to health and wellbeing. For more information please contact Rowell Gordon on




A new six week activity programme which runs in local primary schools for key stage two pupils.  Each week the pupils will get to try a different sport with a qualified coach from local sports clubs. The aim of these sessions is to have fun and try out something new. All pupils who attend will receive a voucher at the end of the course entitling them to have a one off taster session in the at the local community clubs where the JUMP coaches also deliver. There will be a healthy living theme running throughout the programme looking at fruit and veg, water and replacing screen time with being active. For more information please contact Rowell Gordon on

LEAN (Learning Exercise And Nutrition)

These continuous sessions run in St Albans and Harpenden leisure centres where 11 – 16 year olds can turn up and take part in a variety of sports and activities. The focus of LEAN is to provide the opportunity for young people to take part in exercise when they would otherwise find it difficult due to a number of different barriers they may have come across previously. Throughout the sessions the participants learn about the benefits of sport and exercise as well as other health topics relevant to this age group. Listening to the thoughts and ideas of the participants is what guides the theme for each session. For more information please contact Rowell Gordon on


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Passport to Leisure is a local project which aims to integrate adults with learning disabilities into the community through leisure opportunities, whilst at the same time supporting them to develop their independence and social skills. A varied programme of events is available, so for more information please contact Salpi on or call 01727 819214 / 07762 595936.



Play in the Parks

Play in the Parks is an Easter and summer holiday play scheme for children aged between 3 and 12 years old. Our team of play leaders co-ordinate fun and active sessions in 15 parks across the St Albans District. Children can turn up and join in free of charge, and there is no need to book in advance. For more information please contact Alex Varran on 01727 819531 or through email on




REFIT is a physical activity programme for residents 45+. The programme uses local facilities such as church halls, village halls and community centres and aims to take activity out into the St Albans community. The programme is currently being delivered in Harpenden, Park Street, Sopwell and Redbourn. For more information please contact Rowell Gordon on

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Run England - Run St Albans

Run England is the official England Athletics recreational running project which aims to get the whole nation running, and the team manage the project for St Albans and Harpenden. Regardless of your age, fitness level, aspiration, background, or location you can be a part of Run England and benefit from being a part of England’s running community. We currently deliver groups across the district called Athena, which is in partnership with the St Albans Half Marathon, as well as Moving Mums running groups from the school gates. We are always looking to expand the St Albans and Harpenden running community, so please do get in touch if you want to join agroup, or set one up in your local community. For more information on Run St Albans please contact Alex Varran on 01727 819531 or by emailing


Satellite Club

Satellite Clubs

The Satellite Club programme is a Sport England funded project that gives secondary schools the opportunity to host regular sport and physical activity sessions with the help of a local community club. Qualified coaches from the “hub club” deliver weekly sessions at the school site and any individual between the ages of 11 and 25 are welcome to attend. Satellite Clubs run after school so that children and young people have time to travel to the Satellite Club if it is not being delivered at their own school venue. St Albans has already established Satellite Clubs in table tennis (Marlborough school), cricket (Marlborough School), yoga (Loreto College), fencing (Verulam School), dance (Sir John Lawes), badminton (Roundwood Park), rugby (Samuel Ryder Academy) and tennis (St Georges and STAGS). For more information on Satellite Clubs in St Albans and Harpenden please contact Alex Varran on 01727 819531 or by emailing


Special Olympics St Albans (SOSA)

Special Olympics St Albans provides Olympic sports, leisure and community opportunities to those with a Learning Disability 8+ years. For more information please contact Susi Williams on 01727 819 422 or by emailing



St Albans Half Marathon

The St Albans Half Marathon is now in its 37th year! With races for all ages and abilities, the St Albans Half Marathon is the perfect event for anyone looking for a new challenge, to beat their personal best, or a great way to get the whole family active.  We offer a Half Marathon, Walking Half Marathon, Wheelchair Half Marathon, 5k Race and 1.5 Mile Children’s Fun Run, all of which aim to raise vital funds for local charities. The 2018 registrations are now open so please visit the website to enter. We look forward to seeing you on Sunday 10th June 2018! For more information please contact a member of the team on 01727 819327 or by emailing .

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