Croydon is a town based down in South London that is home to a wide range of sporting activities. Football is the most popular sporting activity to book in Croydon and there are lots of football venues available to hire. There are 11-a-side football pitches for booking as well as five-a-side and seven-a-side in the local area. Other team sports that people can book in Croydon are cricket, netball and rugby depending on the time of year. Athletics and cycling remain extremely popular following the successes of the London Olympics in 2012. Anyone hoping to book swimming pools in Croydon can use MyLocalPitch. Croydon has some cracking tennis and squash courts to hire for sports enthusiasts that enjoy racket sports. There are gyms here too for anyone in training or focusing on weight programmes.
###Pitches and courts in Croydon###
Lewis Sports and Leisure Centre (sometimes referred to as Harris City Academy Crystal Palace) is situated between Penge and Upper Norwood and has some of the best sports facilities in Croydon. There is a concrete 5 a side football pitch which can also be used as netball courts. There is also a sports hall which can be hired to use as an indoor 5 a side football pitch, as well as an indoor netball court. Badminton courts are also available to hire. The nearest stations to this venue are Crystal Palace and Anerley. Free parking is also available for those wishing to drive to the venue.
Harris Academy is ideal for any football fan in the Croydon area. It features an outdoor full-size 3G astroturf pitch as well as a five-a-side version. There is also a five-a-side indoor pitch available for booking making it possible to play in the warmth all year around. Harris Academy Purley caters for netball with a great court and there are also indoor cricket nets for hire. Purley Oaks and Sanderstead are the closest train stations and these are both national rail. Free parking, changing rooms and floodlights are all on site.
###Additional information for Croydon residents###
Croydon Borough Council works tirelessly to help the public enjoy sport and activities in the local area. There is a huge selection of sports available for Croydonites which range from basketball, to sailing, including pitch and court bookings. The council targets all age categories to promote the benefits of recreational activities and they have been heavily invested in the fantastic London Youth Games.
The Harris Federation is a not-for-profit charity with over 25 years’ experience of education across and around London. A large portion of the charity focuses on sports and activities as these have far reaching benefits for mental and physical wellbeing. The Harris Federation has built its reputation on a family of Academies that, across the board, are setting standards of excellence and fulfilling high expectations.
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