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Sports and exercise

Access sports and exercise throughout Lewisham.

SEND play sessions at AirThrill

  • Held at AirThrill, Unit 4, Catford Island, Plassy Road, Catford, London SE6 2DD
  • To book or for more details, please email kayleigh.stenning@activeuniverse.co.uk
  • Please note that these sessions are closed to the general public.

Saxon Crown Swimming Club

  • Locations:
    • Glass Mill Leisure Centre
    • Downham Health and Leisure Centre
    • Wavelengths Leisure Centre
    • Crystal Palace National Sports Centre
  • Dates, times, age range and cost: visit the Saxon Crown Swimming Club website.

Tiger Sharks by Saxon Crown Swimming Club is for children and adults with physical and/or learning disabilities. This includes (but is not limited to) autism spectrum conditions (including non- or minimally verbal children), Down’s syndrome and cerebral palsy. The club teaches in small groups, with swimming teachers who are experienced in teaching people with additional needs.

Tideway Sailability

Children can learn the basics of sailing individually, with their family or in groups.

The AHOY Centre

  • Contact details: phone 020 8691 7502
  • Location: Borthwick Street, Deptford, London, SE8 3JY
  • Age range, dates and cost: visit the AHOY Centre website.

The AHOY is an RYA (Royal Yachting Association) Sailability Centre and the facilities are viewed as a centre of excellence. The AHOY has complete wheelchair access and offers the full range of RYA Sailability courses and qualifications.

Flip and Turn Swim School

Flip and Turn is suitable for all abilities. Nervous swimmers are welcome. The business teaches diving to all ages.

Francis Hazleton, disability swimming instructor

Francis offers:

  • 1-2-1 lessons/group lessons for swimmers of all stages and abilities
  • Visually impaired-friendly swimming
  • Deaf friendly swimming
  • Autism friendly swimming

Greenwich Bouncers Trampoline Academy

All classes are fully inclusive for children, young people and adults with a physical and/or learning disability.

SIGNAL Family Support Trampolining

SIGNAL provides two trampolining classes at the Bridge Leisure Centre in Sydenham on Tuesday evenings during term time. It offers two trampolines per session with four children and one ASD-trained instructor per trampoline.

Blackheath Fencing Club

  • Contact details: phone James on 07766757315
  • Location: Blackheath High School for Girls, 27 Vanbrugh Park, Blackheath, SE3 7AG
  • Age Range: 10–16 Years old
  • Dates, times and cost: visit the Blackheath Fencing Club website.

Blackheath Fencing Club’s Musketeers sessions are suitable for all abilities and levels of experience.

Woodcraft Folk

In weekly groups, children can sing, take part in drama, discussions, projects and crafts, and learn about local and global issues in a fun, entertaining way.

Fusion Table Tennis Club

A community based table tennis club providing a playing environment that encourages growth and well-being and welcomes players of all ages and abilities.

Sydenham Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club

Juniors (4-7 year olds) can learn movement patterns, racket swing shapes, balance, and speed work in a fun, games-based environment. From 10 years old, children can learn to develop power and use of spin, play offensively and defensively, and learn to use match play routines.

First Saturday Family Bike Ride

Short local rides on traffic free paths or quiet rides. Cargo trike available which can carry children who can’t ride independently.

Safe Haven Basketball

Safe Haven is a disability inclusive basketball club for 14-25 year olds. All abilities are welcomed.

Fun Fizzical

  • Location: Bellingham Leisure Centre, 5 Randlesdown Rd, London SE6 3BT
  • Contact details: call Sarah Thorn 07960 898764
  • Age range: 3–11 years
  • Dates, times and cost: Sessions run between 4.15pm and 5.45pm every Wednesday. Cost: £4 per child (paid by card)

Fun Fizzical is 90 minutes of fun and games lead by fully qualified instructors. Parents are welcome to stay in the gym or relax in the café area.

Beckenham Place Parkrun

  • Location: Beckenham Place Park, Beckenham Hill Rd, Beckenham BR3 5BS
  • Age range: All ages
  • Cost: free
  • Date and time: every Saturday at 9am

The run starts at the Ravensbourne Avenue entrance of the park. There’s no specific end time, the park run finishes when all the runners cross the line.

Please register before your first run. Only ever register with parkrun once. Don't forget to bring a printed copy of your barcode (you can request a reminder). If you forget it, you won't get a time.

Visit the Parkrun website for more information.

The Reach (wall climbing)

The Reach encourages committed young climbers to have fun while developing their expertise and evolving as climbers.

Peckham BMX Club inclusive session

  • Contact details: phone 020 7993 9883 (Monday to Friday)
  • Location: Burgess Park, Albany Road, London, SE5 0AN
  • Age Range: five to 18 years
  • Dates, times and cost: visit the Peckham BMX club website.

Peckham BMX is inclusive to anyone with any form of disability.

Boxing Specific Body Conditioning

  • Contact details: phone Roger on 07956 319 660 or Sarah on 07960 898 764
  • Location: The Bridge Leisure Centre, Kangley Bridge Road, Lower Sydenham SE26 5AQ

BSBC runs a weekly body conditioning session for children and families who have special educational needs.

Double Jab Boxing

  • Contact details: 020 3719 3393
  • Location: Moonshot Centre, Fordham Park, New Cross, London, SE14 6LU
  • Age Range: from five years to adults
  • Dates, times and costs: visit the Double Jab website.

Double Jab aims to go beyond boxing and teaches discipline, respect and commitment to all our members, giving them the moral foundations to tackle all that life will throw their way. It welcomes all ages and abilities, with the promise of equal opportunity and support.

London Thunder Basketball

The sessions are for those who are just starting out in basketball, or currently play at their school and want to develop their skills. All sessions are inclusive. Please contact if you have specific requirements.

Wheels for Wellbeing

Wheels for Wellbeing runs drop-in inclusive cycling sessions for disabled people and their families, carers or friends, from three bases in south London. Qualified instructors, supported by fantastic volunteers, help participants try cycles or get comfortable on the one that suits them, and offer ongoing support.

Pan Disability Football – Millwall Community Trust

The Pan Disability programme is open to anyone with a disability and allows them to get involved with sport and become part of the Millwall Lion Hearts and Millwall Pan FC.

Ability Counts Football - Charlton Athletic

  • Contact details: email Terry Peart at terry.peart@cact.org.uk or phone 020 8850 2866 or 07837 401597
  • Location: Crook Log Leisure Centre, Brampton Road, Bexleyheath, DA7 4HH
  • Age range: 7-16 years
  • Dates, times and cost: contact Terry Peart

The Ability Counts programme seeks to enhance the lives of young people with disabilities and improve their physical well-being using football.

Other sports and exercise activities

Check the activity alliance events listings to find sports activities in London for people with disabilities.


Children with disabilities can swim in the borough. Find out about swimming lessons, clubs and hydrotherapy pools.


Check the disability football directory to find out about footballing opportunities for people with disabilities.


S-Factor pan disability athletics sessions.


Find out what sports facilities are available in the borough.