Sport for young people

Free swimming in Hackney

Under 18s, over 60s, disabled people and their carers can swim for free across the borough, all year round at Britannia Leisure CentreClissold Leisure Centre and Kings Hall Leisure Centre. Disabled people and their carers can also swim for free at London Fields Lido.

Running events for young people

Young people in Hackney can participate in many running events each year.

Interborough running race – Finsbury Park Sunday 8 March 2020

The annual interborough race for ages 5 – 11 years is organised by Heathside Athletics Club. The runners compete on the track across 1.5km and all participants receive medals.

To take part you can register on the day at Finsbury Park Track 9.45 – 10.30am with the races starting soon after. There will be 2 races across the age groups and entry is free.

London Mini Marathon

Every year young people from Hackney can compete against young people from over 30 London boroughs and 9 UK regions in the Virgin London Mini Marathon. Find out how to take part in this year’s Virgin London Mini Marathon.

The London Youth Games

Every year, over 20,000 young people from every London borough compete in over 30 different sports at the London Youth Games. The results from all the different sports competitions are added together and the winning borough wins the Jubilee Trophy. Find out more about the London Youth Games.

Sports sessions at The Urswick School, Paragon Road, E9 6NR


  • 5-6pm, judo, 8-11-year olds, studio, £3
  • 6-7pm, judo, 12-17-year olds, studio, £3
  • 7-8pm, judo, 18+, studio, £3
  • 5.30 -7pm Girls Basketball, 11 – 18 years, £2


  • 5.30-6.30pm, trampolining club, 8-11 years, £5
  • 6.30-7.30pm, trampolining club, 12-16 years, £5
  • first session free – booking required


  • 5-6pm, ages 11 –  adult, girls and women only non contact boxing, studio, £2


  • 5-6.30pm, sportshall athletics, 8 -12 year olds, sports hall, £4 (includes 2 other sessions at City Academy)
  • 5-6pm, judo, 8-11-year olds, studio, £3
  • 6-7pm, judo, 12-17-year olds, studio, £3
  • 7-8pm, judo, 18+, studio, £3


  • 1-3pm, volleyball, 11-18-year olds, sports hall, £1

All sessions are turn up and pay. For further details please contact us on 020 8356 2230 or email:

Hackney Marshes Saturday Youth Football League

Affiliation to the Hackney Marshes Saturday Youth Football League 2019/20 is now open. The league is centralised with all of the games taking place at the iconic home of grass roots football Hackney Marshes or Mabley Green. The league caters for U8 – U17 age groups and in the 2018/19 season saw in excess of 135 teams taking part in the competition. For further details on how to affiliate to the league of if you have any queries then please contact Michael Cole on or 020 8356 2089.

Page updated on: 14 February 2020

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