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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 and Sadie at Follow on Twitter or Facebook at @TGCIslington.

Sessions are for women and girls aged 14+ and cost £2 unless stated otherwise; no sign up fees. The sessions are below. The Timetable leaflet lists most of the sessions.

American flag football

  • For girls aged 12-15. No prior experience is needed; all abilities welcome.

  • Tuesday, 5-6pm. Market Road football pitches, N7 9PL

  • The first session is free, £4/session from then on. Delivered by Floreal Sports:; 07939 179719.

Boxing Session

Cycle Skills

Improve your cycling skills and confidence for free. You will start off the road and then move on to quiet roads. Bike and safety helmet provided. Contact See the Training leaflet. 

Dance Aerobics

  • Dance aerobics combines exercise and choreography with infectious music to keep you motivated every step of the way

  • Tuesday, 10-11am, Islington Tennis Centre


  • Beginners football for women aged 16+

  • Tuesday, 7pm, Whittington Park, Holloway Road, N19 4RS. Cost £3

  • More information is on the leaflet Football. For more information about this session and other football for women and girls, contact Islington Football Development Partnership:; 07966 614 544



  • Better Extreme Trampoline Park

  • Wednesday, 5-7pm, Sobell Leisure Centre

  • £3, plus one off payment of £2 for socks

  • This information is also on the leaflet This Girl Can Jump


  • 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


  • All abilities are welcome. Suitable for beginners.

  • Thursday, 11am. Meet 15 minutes before the session

  • Highbury Fields. Meet outside Highbury Leisure Centre, Highbury Crescent, N5 1RR. Come for a coffee after the run.

  • More information is on the leaflet Running. The session is unaffected by the fire at Highbury Leisure Centre on 25 September.


  • Step is a motivational class using a platform and fast music for a high intensity workout

  • Tuesday, 10.30-11.30am; Finsbury Leisure Centre


Total Body Conditioning

  • Total Body Conditioning is an intense, exciting class combining cardio and conditioning for a full on, high-energy workout


  • Friday, 11.30am-12.30pm; Sobell Leisure Centre


  • 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+


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 to be a swim teacher or a lifeguard. See the Training leaflet.

Leisure centres

Islington's seven leisure centres offer activities solely for women and girls. Choose a centre below, go to the Timetable tab, choose a day, and look for sessions that have (W) after it

Other activities 

Time / date Details

Opening times/date
See timetable for activities

Other Details

Who is this service for?
For women and girls, 14+
Record updated: 19/11/2018