Southwark is one of the best sporting boroughs in London and there are a wide number of local facilities for hire. Football is particularly popular in Southwark and this borough is home to lots of cracking pitches for hire whether you’re after 5-a-side, 7-a-side or 11-a-side pitches. Each football format has varying surfaces for hire so make sure you check whether they are sand-based astro-turf, 3G or 4G astro-turf. Other popular winter sports available for booking in Southwark are rugby and hockey. Users can book local rugby and hockey pitches through MyLocalPitch. Other sports that can be played through the winter are badminton, basketball and netball as Southwark has a good selection of indoor facilities for hire. Athletics, cricket and cycling are great to enjoy in more pleasant weather and facilities can be booked in Southwark. Tennis is another popular summer sport and Southwark has lots of top quality courts to book. Golf courses bookings can also be made in Southwark.
John Orwell Sports Centre has a wide range of outdoor sporting facilities that can be booked including five-a-side football, hockey, tennis, netball and gym. The five-a-side 3G astroturf pitches also work for six-a-side, seven-a-side and eight-a-side formats and can be hired for £69.40 per hour. There is a single concrete tennis court that also moonlights as a netball court. A full size hockey pitch is available for hire for £85 per hour during off-peak times and £129.60 in peak. There are floodlights around the pitch and changing rooms. John Orwell Sports Centre opens between 7am and 10pm on week days, 9am to 6pm on Saturdays and then from 9am to 7pm on a Sunday
Football lovers in Bermondsey should be sure to check out the Harris Academy facility. There is a cracking 3G astroturf pitch that can be used for 11-a-side football matches whether you’re after a friendly or more serious league match. The football venue can also be used for shorter format games like five-a-side and seven-a-side. Those travelling by public transport should head to Bermondsey Underground station on the Jubilee line. It should be noted that there is no parking onsite, but there are changing rooms for footballers looking to get ready here.
The Southwark Sport and Leisure team works tirelessly to offer a range of sport and physical activities across the borough. Southwark is passionate about keeping local residents in as best health as possible and physical activity is one of the top ways to do this. There are lots of community based sports to get involved in that brings together the locals. A great scheme that has worked wonders to get more people engaged in sport is the free swim and gym offering. Southwark council helps residents be aware of the sporting options they have on their doorstop to invest in the health of locals.
Southwark Council have partnered with Everyone Active to enable local residents to use the swim and gym facilities for free in six of the borough’s leisure centres. From 29th July onwards Southwark locals can take advantage of this deal anytime on Friday and Saturday or Sunday afternoons post 2pm until close. In a bid to reach a new audience Over 60s can get involved in any Silver sessions free of charge. An extension of this initiative means disabled residents in the area can use all the leisure facilities for free throughout the week.