Supporting you to lead an active lifestyle
Whether you are completely new to sport or physical activity or would like to do a little more, Watford Borough Council's Sports Development Team can help.
Our high quality programmes are designed to meet the needs of Watford's diverse communities. All activities are provided locally, at low cost or free.
- Watford Get Active Project - low cost, local sport and activity sessions
- Health Walks - free weekly, volunteer led walks for all abilities
- Disability Sports - activities for people with disabilities
- Outdoor gyms
- Cassiobury Parkrun - free 5k timed run at 9am every Saturday
- Free Swim and Gym for Under 19's - free swim & gym during Easter and Summer holidays
- Watford and Three Rivers Physical Activity Referral Scheme - 12 week exercise referral programme
- Cycling - local led rides taking place across the borough
- BoxCleva - boxing for 7-15 year olds
- Big Sport - Watford's Big Sports Day
- Fit 4 Fun - 5 week healthy eating programme delivered to Year 4's in Watford schools
Other opportunities and information
- Shape Up - free 12 week weight management course for men
- Active Herts - a three year funded project that aims to offer inactive people behavioural change support to try and get them to lead a more active lifestyle
- Leisure venues
- #This Girl Can
Support for local sports clubs, coaches and volunteers
Our aim is to support local voluntary sports clubs to improve their ability, and to deliver through the following key areas:
- coach and volunteer development, e.g. improving coaching standards, developing volunteers
- supporting clubs to achieve accreditation
- promoting and raising the profile of voluntary sports clubs
Small Grants Fund
This fund offers voluntary and community sector groups the opportunity to apply for a grant to help towards a project or purchase an item of equipment.
Sports club bursary scheme
As part of our initiative to support the development of local Watford sports clubs, we are offering club volunteers the opportunity to apply for a grant to support the development of essential qualifications to maintain minimum standards as a coach / club.
Watford Borough Council can help provide subsidised workshops to support clubs working towards Clubmark accreditation and develop the skills of their coaches. Courses include 'how to coach disabled people into sport', 'first aid' and 'safeguarding and protecting children'.
CoachMark is a scheme supported by both Herts Sports Partnership and Hertfordshire County Council. It establishes standards for the coaching of sport and physical activity in schools and helps to safeguard young people who participate in school. A coach accredited by CoachMark meets the minimum standards set out by Sports Coach UK, the governing body for sports coaching. Find out more.
Developed and delivered through Sport England, Club Matters is a tool packed with practical resources to help develop, run and maintain a sustainable club. These tools include information on finances, management, marketing and Clubmark, a universally acknowledged accreditation scheme for community sports clubs. Visit the Club Matters website for more information.
Herts Sports Partnership
The Herts Sports and Physical Activity Partnership is an award winning organisation that was established in 2003. We are one of the 45 County Sport Partnerships in England that were created as part of the long-term plan for delivering sport across the nation. The HSP team works alongside numerous partners from the public, private and voluntary sectors. Bringing together expertise, resources and ideas from all parts of the sports, health and physical activity arena in Hertfordshire and beyond.