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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.

Women-only gym sessions

Women-only gym sessions for young women aged 14-19 take place in Sobell leisure centre, alternate Tuesdays and Thursdays 4-5pm. Female fitness instructors are available to give advice. See the leaflet Gym session for more information.


If you want to get involved in women's football, or you are in a team that wants to play other teams, contact Islington Football Development Partnership:; 07966 614 544.

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.

Boxing Session

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



  • 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


  • 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


  • 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+

  • The class is ideal for women new to activity or with low fitness levels

  • Islington Chinese Association

  • Friday, 10.30-11.30am

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 and cycle skills.

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: 23/06/2018