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Sport and Activity for Women and Girls - This Girl Can

Find out about the This Girl Can Islington project, activities for women and girls in leisure centres and elsewhere.

This Girl Can Islington

This Girl Can Islington is an exclusively female only project that takes its inspiration from the This Girl Can campaign. It aims for women and girls aged 14+ of Islington to feel inspired about taking part in sport and fitness activities by bouncing, jumping, dancing, working out, freaking out, laughing and ultimately having a great time. There are also training opportunities. For more information or just some reassurance then please email Gemma at Follow on Twitter or Facebook at @TGCIslington.

Sessions are for women and girls aged 14+ unless stated otherwise and cost £2; no sign up fees. The sessions are below and on the timetable.


  • This is a set women’s only time in a separated gym for women to come and do their own workout
  • Wednesday, 6.30-8.30pm; Friday, 6.30-8.30pm; Saturday 9-10am. Sobell Leisure Centre

Ice skating


  • Pilates aims to strengthen the body in an even way, with particular emphasis on core strength to improve general fitness and wellbeing
  • Wednesday, 5-6pm; Sobell Leisure Centre

Power pump


  • Rebounding is a great way of toning and strengthening muscles with the help of gravity and a mini trampoline
  • Tuesday, 5-5.45pm; Sobell Leisure Centre

Swimming for women only

  • Whether you’re new to swimming or returning to the pool
  • Tuesday, 7.30-9.30pm; Ironmonger Row Baths 


  • Yoga is an exercise that focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing to boost physical and mental wellbeing
  • Monday, 5pm-6pm; Sobell Leisure Centre  

Yoga 55+

  • Also suitable for those new to activity or with low fitness levels regardless of age
  • Islington Chinese Association
  • Friday, 10.30-11.30am


  • Zumba is a Latin-inspired cardio-dance workout that uses music and choreographed steps to form a fitness party atmosphere
  • Friday, 5.30-6.30pm; Sobell Leisure Centre 

Zumba Gold

  • Zumba Gold takes international dance rhythms you know and love from regular classes and brings them to older adults, beginner participants and other special populations that may require modifications. For women aged 55+ or those that may want to try a gentler form of Zumba
  • Sunday, 1-2pm; Caxton House Community Centre

Training opportunities

There are fully funded training opportunities for female Islington residents in lifeguard training, the Arsenal Gappers programme and cycle skills.

Leisure centres

Islington's seven leisure centres offer activities solely for women and girls. Choose a centre below, scroll down to the weekly programme, and then click on the gender tab

Other activities 

  • Access to Sports offers activities to girls and young women. The activities include cheerleading, football, multi-sports, netball, and street dance, and also multi-sports camps and tournaments during half-term  
  • Angels Ladies Badminton Club 
  • Arsenal in the Community offers free sessions to females only, including football, basketball, hockey and table tennis. More information is in the leaflet below, Arsenal sport
  • Badminton takes place for women and girls aged 11-25 at Sobell leisure centre on Tuesdays 4.30pm 
  • The Barnsbury Improved Lifestyle Initiative offers exercise classes to women in Barnsbury. Go to Get Active London and then enter Barnsbury in the keyword box
  • Girls only basketball, age 11+, with Access to Sports. Fridays 4-5.30pm at Sobell Leisure Centre, Hornsey Road N7 7NY. Sessions are free, fun and sociable; all abilities welcome
  • The All in Islington website has information about football for women with a learning disability
  • Football sessions are on offer to women at Arsenal's new sports centre next to the Emirates stadium. For more information and to get involved, go to the Get Active London website
  • Katabella FC
  • Holloway Neighbourhood Group offers Ladies Gentle Exercise
  • Lift healthy living hub for people aged 13 to 25 has a range of activities, including female-only gym sessions
  • London Metropolitan University Students Union offer free female-only sports sessions. They take place on Fridays 6-7.30pm, Benwell Road Gym, Tower Building, London Metropolitan University, N7 8DB
  • Netball

Time / Date Details

Opening times/date
See timetable for activities

Other Details

Who is this service for?
For women and girls, 14+
Record updated: 04/01/2018