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Walking & Cycling Grants

activeNewham has been awarded a £20,000 Walking and Cycling Grants for two Brand New Walking Projects to take place in Newham throughout 2021 – 2023.

Walking and Cycling Grants London is a programme funded by Transport for London in partnership with The London Marathon Charitable Trust and managed by the environmental regeneration charity Groundwork London. It offers funding of up to £10,000 over three years to community groups such as residents’ associations, charities and youth groups for projects that encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to walk and cycle safely.

ActiveNewham is leading the way in Newham with two new borough wide projects which support residents in getting active and reengaging within the community through regular weekly walks, lead by trained walk leaders and supporting volunteers. The two funded projects will help engage residents, allow for a sharing of stories and experiences, and redevelop deep community bonds following an unsettling 12 months.

Group walks which support health and wellbeing, will allow residents to rekindle their love of nature, develop new relationships with other locals, delve into Newham’s rich and diverse heritage, and increase overall levels of fitness through specialised health walks and Walking Yoga. For more information on Walking in Newham, upcoming walks, or to register your interest as a “Walk Leader” for activeNewham’s Walking projects get in touch with activeNewhams Sports Team via by calling 07741 293510/ 07741 292893

Please see the full statement HERE .

Manor Park Fitness Centre - Temporary Closure

We want to updare our members with regards to the temporary closure of Manor Park Fitness Centre from November.

Newham Council is working with architects Haworth Tompkins to develop a set of proposals to redevelop the site at Greenhill Centre.

The redevelopment will provide around 80 new affordable homes, as well a new gym and an improved public realm such as landscaped garden

What does that mean for members of Manor Park Fitness Centre?

The proposed new development will be allocated for affordable family and wheel chair accessible housing. In addition to housing, the proposal includes a brand new gym for the area. The new gym will replace the existing facility and will still be run and managed by activeNewham.

For a period, whilst the new site is being built, members of Manor Park Fitness Centre will be able to use other activeNewham facilities within the borough - Atherton Leisure Centre, East Ham Leisure Centre & Newham Leisure Centre.

What is the timetable for the works?

It is envisaged that the fitness centre will close from the end of November for a period of approximately three years.

Will I have access to other activeNewham facilities?

Absolutely. Whilst works are taking place on the build of the new gym, members of the fitness centre will be able to use any of the other activeNewham sites across the borough.

These include:  Atherton Leisure Centre, East Ham Leisure Centre and Newham Leisure Centre .

The closest facilities to Manor Park Fitness Centre are East Ham and Atherton Leisure Centres. Members are, however, welcome to use any of the facilities above.

What happens to my monthly membership fee during this time?

There are several options available to you in relation to your transferring your membership. Please contact our customer service team centre directly on  to discuss the most suitable option for you. 

Where can I find out more information?

We will keep all our members updated as proposals for the new site develop.

For a full list of FAQs, please see the Manor Park Updates page .
In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns please email

 Thank you.

COVID-19 Re-opening

For all the latest news on our re-opening, please check out our Welcome Back page!

Coronavirus Update

As valued activeNewham members, we want to let you know that the health and well-being of both our customers and staff is paramount with the ongoing situation surrounding Coronavirus (COVID-19).

We’d like to take this opportunity to reassure all members that we’re taking all the necessary steps to ensure we lessen the risk of Coronavirus, so that customers are still able to use our facilities and services. We are continuously monitoring the situation in line with current planning and information provided from the government.

To ensure both members and staff remain healthy and active, please follow the below guidelines:

•If you’re feeling unwell, please do not visit your local centre.
•Wash your hands regularly, both before and after using the facilities for at least 20 seconds, using soap and warm water.
•Using the disposable wipes provided, please wipe down any equipment you have been using, including weights and mats.
•Use a tissue to catch all coughs and sneezes and dispose of accordingly. Alternatively, sneeze into the crook of your elbow. Please wash your hands after or use hand sanitiser if soap and water isn’t available..
•Avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, mouth and ears if your hands are not clean.
•If you think you may have any symptoms relating to the Coronavirus, please follow the government advice and call NHS 111 for more information.
DO NOT visit your local GP or hospital .

For more advice from the government, please visit their website HERE  or for more information on the symptoms of Coronavirus, please visit the NHS website HERE .

We will continue to provide updates as and when the situation changes but if you have any questions in the meantime, please contact our Call Centre on 0300 124 0123.

February Half Term 

The activeNewham Swim School regularly holds intensive swimming courses during the school holidays.
These 5-day courses are led by our qualified coaches and are aimed at giving you new swimming skills to build your confidence in the water.
The courses are available to all swimmers aged 3.5 years and over, including adults and are available at four leisure centres in Newham. The upcoming February Half Term is a great opportunity to develop swimming skills and build confidence in the water. Families can learn to swim together during a 5-day course and will be in the safe hands of our qualified and passionate coaches. Courses are being held at Atherton, East Ham and Newham Leisure Centre. Please contact our Call Centre on 0300 124 0123 to book your space!

Newham Leisure Centre are also running Boxing and Football courses across the half term. 
Boxing - A 5 day course for juniors to learn disciplines and techniques of one of the fastest growing sports of the moment including: Basic boxing skills, Pad focus, skills and drills, boxing terms, how to prepare wraps for gloves and much more! Certificates of participation will be given to all who attend  throughout the week. 6- 14 years. £30 for the week.
Football - Participants will play football, learn new skills and drills at our half term holiday courses. During the course, juniors will have the opportunity to improve and learn new football skills, develop important social skills as well as increasing fitness, all whilst having an amazing footballing experience. We will have three ages groups: 5 -7 years (£25), 8 - 11 years (£30) and 12 - 14 years (£35).

January 2020 - Atherton Leisure Centre

Atherton Leisure Centre has opened it's new ground floor programmable gym, allowing more space for general gym sessions, more Women Only sessions and we will be running new Quiet and Inclusive gym sessions throughout the week from the new gym. Quiet and Inclusive sessions are open to all members who can find the usual gym scene slightly overwhelming; there will be very low or no music playing allowing customers to enjoy a peaceful workout or use their headphones to enjoy music of their own taste! We look forward to seeing customers making great use of the fantastic Life Fitness equipment and the new sessions being introduced!
The new soft play area at Atherton is also now open! This fantastic 3 level area is full of fun for kids - there's rope bridge, bash bags and much more; it's the perfect way to keep them entertained! 

December 2019 - Centre updates

At the Atherton Leisure Centre in Forest Gate improvement works are under way to improve the soft play area and gym facilities, enhancing the overall offer for residents. There will be more space in the existing gym areas upstairs and a new programmable ground floor gym will allow better access for gym users and more specialised group sessions. There will be new cardio and strength equipment including treadmills, rowing machines, bikes and weights, as well as stretching mats and a Synrgy 360T area. A new soft play area will be bigger and better when it returns in 2020 with three levels of soft play adventures to explore, including a twin lane slide, rope-bridge, bash bags and for the younger children, a separate baby area. The upstairs gym area and swimming pools will be open as normal during the works and alternative soft play facilities are available at East Ham Leisure Centre. The improvement works will take until the end of the year and it’s planned to re-open on Thursday 2nd January 2020. A faulty lift that needs total replacement is expected to be complete by Spring 2020.

Over at East Ham Leisure Centre and Newham Leisure Centre in Plaistow, residents are now able to enjoy the freedom of easy pool access thanks to the introduction of “poolpods”. “Poolpods” allow swimmers with restricted mobility to have independent and dignified access to the water and can be operated by the swimmer via a wristband, removing the need for assistance. The “Poolpods” were installed using a grant from The London Marathon Charitable Trust. 

Almost 400 residents have engaged with the consultation into the future of Balaam Leisure Centre in Plaistow which ended last month. Newham Council is now collating and analysing the results before making a recommendation on the future of the centre.

Balaam Leisure Centre in Balaam Street was closed in December 2018 following the discovery of a serious water leak which made the structure unsafe. It is the oldest of the Council’s four leisure centres and is approaching the end of its design life. 

Cllr James Asser, Cabinet member for environment, highways and sustainable transport, said: “This is an important time for our leisure centres, with improvements, important repairs and future plans all under way. I am grateful to the residents who engaged with us on the Balaam consultation and I’m very pleased to see improvements to our facilities at Atherton, East Ham and Newham Leisure Centres. It is very important that we continue to improve accessibility for all our residents so everyone can take the benefits that come from regular exercise.”



Our ever popular Intensive Swimming Courses are back at Atherton, east Ham and Newham Leisure Centres where children and aduts can learn the basics and improve their techniques in 5 day courses. For more info, please click here .

We also have a huge range of ParkLives activites running across local parks in Newham from July through until the end of Summer. For more info and schedules, please check the website here .

Balaam Update - June 2019

Balaam Leisure Centre remains closed following the discovery of a serious water leak into the concrete slab which forms the roof of the gym. The structure has undergone specialist testing and the results are currently being evaluated. In the meantime members of Balaam can use facilities at Atherton, East Ham and Newham Leisure Centres at no extra cost.?
Steps have been taken to protect the site from unauthorised access (site hoardings etc) but this is solely for security purposes.  No decision about the future of the Centre has been taken.
Newham Council hopes to be able to give an update on options for the centre going forward soon.

Balaam Leisure Centre Closure - January 2019

Following on from further inspections, it has now been decided that Balaam Leisure Centre will remain closed until at least March 2019. As the extent of the works and the associated timescales become known, we will be publishing these on both the activeNewham and London Borough of Newham websites and social media sites. We are currently working with hirers and those with existing bookings with us, to arrange for alternative locations to host these activities. Customers that have swimming lessons at Balaam Leisure Centre have been contacted and arrangements made to be relocated. Health and fitness members and casual users are encouraged to use the other activeNewham centres until further notice at no additional charge.
We would like to thank our customers for their patience and understanding during these works. If you have any queries, please contact our Call Centre on  0300 124 0123 .


Balaam and Newham Leisure Centres are about to undergo some exciting refurbishments to transform the centres!

activeNewham in partnership with Newham Council will be refreshing Balaam and Newham Leisure Centres. Both centres will feature brand new state-of-the-art equipment, toilets/changing rooms, air conditioning, larger activity space and more!

Newham Leisure Centre will introduce new cardio and strength equipment for both able-bodied and disabled customers, the ground floor gym will be extended, with a larger free weights area. At specific times, the top floor of the gym will be dedicated to female members for the extremely popular women-only sessions.

Meanwhile Balaam Leisure Centre will be open 24-hours a day with every piece of equipment being replaced with brand new state-of-the-art kit. Members will be able to make the most of new classes taking place in a specially equipped hot studio where customers will be able to enjoy classes such as hot yoga.

During the refurbishment, the gym and studios will temporarily close at both leisure centres from early November to allow for the works to take place. The crèche will also be closed at Newham during this time. Both leisure centre pools will close from mid-December. The sites will both re-open with their exciting new features on Tuesday 2 January 2018. For the exact dates of closure, please see the relevant leisure centre at the bottom of the email.

Whilst the refurbishment work is being carried out, Balaam and Newham Leisure Centre members will be able to use their membership privileges at East Ham and Atherton Leisure Centres and Manor Park Fitness Centre as they would at their regular centre. Residents who continue their membership throughout this time are guaranteed a price freeze if they continue with their existing membership plan when the revamped centres re-open.

Customers can attend a 'meet the manager' session to ask any questions they may have. These sessions will take place at the below dates -

Newham - Saturday 4 November (10:30am)

Balaam - Tuesday 7 November (6:30pm) & Saturday 11 November (10:30am)

For more information and enquiries, please call us on  0300 124 0123  or click the links below to be taken to the Balaam and Newham refresh pages and keep up-to-date with the latest news and images.

Balaam Refresh

Newham Refresh


Womens Only Gym opening at East Ham Leisure Centre - Now open!

The brand new Women Only gym at East Ham Leisure Centre had its grand opening on Monday 2nd October, with the new facility being officially opened by Councillor Tahmina Rahman. The opening was also attended by Team GB sprinter, Finette Agyapong who trains locally at Newham Leisure Centre and is definitely a star to watch out for!

East Ham Leisure Centre has brand new opening hours and at 6am when the centre opened, there were already ladies heading into the new gym! The ribbon was cut at 11am with many customers enjoying some refreshments and finding out more about the new gym. Decathlon were also in attendance handing out some free goodies to customers who will be sure to making good use of them in the new gym!

The gym itself has brand new state of the art equipment with 21 stations and has a team of all female instructors to assist those who may need it. It is a dedicated space for females and efforts have been made to frost all windows and any other viewpoints so nobody can see in to the gym, making it a safe and secure environment for everyone. The new facility will give ladies the ability to use the gym whenever the centre is open. It will be open every day and provide many more hours for female gym- goers than the previous Women Only gym sessions that were held on a Wednesday evening. click here  to find out more and sign up for just £28 per month!


Newham Leisure Centre has reopened to the public

Newham Leisure Centre has reopened at 3.00pm this afternoon, and we are offering a full service of classes and activities. We look forward to welcoming our customers back to the centre.

activeNewham have been cooperating with the request from the London Metropolitan Police, the Health and Safety Executive and London Borough of Newham and we were requested to remain closed during the onsite investigation, as this has concluded we have now fully re-opened the leisure centre.

With regards to the tragic events which took place on Tuesday 11 July, whilst these took place within the Newham Leisure Centre grounds, the area that this took place has been surrendered to the London 2017 World Athletics Championship. While the investigation into the events takes place we will continue to operate the main Leisure Centre.


activeNewham statement regarding incident at Newham Leisure Centre

activeNewham joins with International Paralympic Committee (IPC) to express sadness at the death of Para athlete Abdullah Hayayei following a training ground incident this evening (11 July) at Newham Leisure Centre.
Emergency services were called shortly after 17:00 to reports of a seriously injured man. Police, London Ambulance Service and London’s Air Ambulance attended the scene.  At 17:20 the athlete was pronounced dead at the scene.
The athlete’s family who are in the UAE have been informed of his death and the UAE team were brought together at the team hotel to be informed of the tragic news.
Ian Gallagher, Managing Director activeNewham said: “Our thoughts are with the Abdullah Hayayei family at this time.  We want to assure both staff and customers that we are committed to deliver services and activities to get people in Newham more active, more often and this incident only strengthens our resolve to do this.”
Police officers remain at the scene and cordons are in place.  The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have been informed.
Last September, Hayayei made his Paralympic debut at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.  He finished sixth in the javelin F34 and seventh in shot put F34.
London 2017 was to be Hayayei’s second World Championships. At the 2015 event in Doha, Qatar, he finished fifth in the discus F34 and eighth in shot put F34.  He was set to compete in the shot put, discus and javelin F34 events.
During Friday’s Opening Ceremony at the London Stadium a moment of silence will be held in honour of Hayayei’s death.
The IPC and the London 2017 Organising Committee will stage a press conference on Wednesday (12 July) at the Upper Welcome Zone at the Aquatics Centre in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park at 10:00am.


London Youth Games Finals Weekend

This weekend saw the culmination of eight months of sporting competition where Newham’s young people have represented Newham in sports from Cross Country to fencing.

The finals weekend was at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre and Newham competed in basketball, football, weightlifting, athletics, indoor rowing and swimming.

The basketball team were competing in the semi - finals having qualified from the earlier rounds back in June. Both teams sailed into the final with convincing wins, the female team winning 18-12 against Hackney and the male team beating Southwark 28-24.

Both finals were contested against Haringey with the female team going first. The girls fought hard but just ran out of steam and lost the final 20 points to 13.  The male team was next and in an exciting final they managed to stay ahead and win the final 36-33 and bring the trophy back to Newham for the first time. This was a fantastic end to day one of the finals.
It was also swimming on Saturday and Newham won a gold medal in the female 50m breaststroke.

On day two Newham continued to win medals, starting off in the Weightlifting where the Newham weightlifter winning silver in the male competition lifting 76k in the snatch and 96 in the jerk.

Newham were also successful in the Indoor Rowing with the year 7 and 8 boys each receiving a bronze medal. In athletics, the female relay team came second and also picked up an individual bronze medal in the female long jump.


Les Mills launching at Newham Leisure Centre in April

For those of you who have participated in a Les Mills class at Atherton or Balaam Leisure Centre, you will know how much of an exhilarating and rewarding workout it is! So Tuesday 18 April is the day that Les Mills will be launching at Newham Leisure Centre for the first time. You can now enjoy BODYPUMP, BODYBALANCE and BODYATTACK classes at Newham.


activeNewham are delighted to announce Prince Regent CrossFit is coming!

The world renowned CrossFit will be launching at Newham Leisure Centre on Monday 3 April. You can now register your interest in our founder membership offer before Sunday 16 April and get access to a fixed price membership that includes full access to CrossFit sessions and all activeNewham leisure centres including gym, swim and group exercise for £100! This means a saving of £39 per month or £468 per year and you will also pay no joining fee if you register before Sunday 16 April.

activeNewham and London Borough of Newham have spent £150,000 to refurbish the sports hall at Newham Leisure Centre ahead of the launch, so see what all the fuss is about and get access to one of the worlds most popular workouts!

If you would like more information on what CrossFit is and wish to register your interest ahead of the high demand, simply click here and visit the Prince Regent CrossFit page .


Yoga classes are coming to Manor Park!

As of Tuesday 21 March, Manor Park Fitness Centre customers will be able to take part and enjoy yoga classes at the fitness centre. The classes will be ran by Yasmine and held every Tuesday at 11.30am - 12.30pm and Wednesday at 7.15pm - 8.15pm.


activeNewham announce large refurbishments at Newham LC!

activeNewham are excited to announce £150,000 of works to the sports hall at Newham Leisure Centre that will begin in March. The refurbishment will see the installation of a brand new floor, new courts for volleyball and the launch of the world renowned fitness regimen CrossFit! The sports hall will reopen on Monday 3 April.

For more information please see the Newham Sports Hall page.


activeNewham announce partnership with HeadStart!

activeNewham is pleased to announce that we will be working with Newham's HeadStart Mental Health Promotion Programme which is committed to the delivery of evidence based approaches which promotes emotional resilience in 10-16 year olds with emerging mental health conditions.   

A full programme of activities will launch from April 2017 but we will be running a number of taster sessions for young people to come along and try out the activities.
More information and the full programme of activities can be found here.


Competition Winners!

Last month Atherton Leisure Centre held an in house membership challenge. The task was to see how many times a tyre could be flipped in 1 minute. The prize on offer was a month’s free membership to the champion boy and girl.

A massive congratulations to Antonia & Leontin who were our January champions! These two certainly are smashing their fitness goals already in 2017.


London Sports Awards announcement

activeNewham are delighted to announce they have been shortlisted for three awards!
The London Sports Awards will take place on 19 January 2017 and activeNewham have been nominated for a total of three different awards. The London Sports Awards places grassroots sport at the heart of all that is good and unique about London, bringing together an array of coaches, volunteers, clubs, investors, elite sport events and participants to celebrate their sporting achievements. The categories that activeNewham have been shortlisted for are:

Resources Award – ParkLives
Coach of the Year Award – Paul Archer
Harnessing the Power of Elite Sport – Roll on Rio (via joint application with the LLDC)

To check out the videos of our nominees, please visit the activeNewham YouTube channel.
More information on all the nominees can be found on the London Sport website.


Help Newham City Farm secure extra funding

You can vote for Newham City Farm at your local Tesco Store!

Please vote for Newham City Farm to receive funding to make improvements to our current wildlife area. You will be able to cast your vote in Tesco stores between 31 October – 13 November. Help us secure a Tesco Bags of Help grant for the farm!

For more information please visit the Tesco Bags of Help website.


MACE Volunteers Week

This project has been running from 5 September - 16 September 2016     
MACE are working in partnership with activeNewham and the London Borough of Newham to undertake a “DIY SOS BIG BUILD” project in Stratford Park.This project has seen large businesses and the local community working together to rejuvenate the area. Staff from Westfield, the Financial Conduct Authority as well as young offenders from Newham’s Youth Offending Team have all been willing to get their hands dirty to help. The work will see improvements benefitting a local project which supports adults with mental health needs and children who have special educational needs.

External works
- Opening up and creating a new layout for a sensory garden to allow 2 means of access• New planting
- New Tarmac footpath

Existing building works
- New Kitchen
- New Flooring
- Whole redecoration
- Fit out of Male and Female WC


The Health Suite at East Ham opens!

activeNewham are pleased to announce that the much anticipated health suite at East Ham Leisure Centre has finally opened and is ready for use!
The final work on the brand new health suite at East Ham was completed and the centre officially opened on the 14th September 2016. The new health suite includes a state-of-the-art sauna and steam room.

For more information including the timetable, please visit the East Ham health suite page.


Newham and Essex Beagles youngster makes World final

Finette Agyapong produced a sparkling display in the 200m at the World under-20 Championships.

19-year-old Finette came close to beating her personal best time in the initial 200m heat in Poland, before finishing fourth in the semi-finals. She went on to finish in seventh place in the final, with an impressive display. The Newham youngster has been coached by activeNewham team member Coral Nourrice ever since she was 14.

Coral believes it may only be a matter of time before we see Finette on the grand stage!

Click here for more information on Athletics in Newham and the Newham and Essex beagles.


Les Mills Born to Move classes are coming to Atherton!

We are excited to announce that the popular Les Mills classes will be adding a children's programme to the schedule at Atherton leisure centre.

Parents of children aged 4 and over can now bring their children to the 30 minute engaging class that aims to help children lead a more active and fun lifestyle. 25 children from St Antony's School were invited to come along and try a class and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.


Brand new East Ham health suite - coming soon!

We are pleased to announce that work is about to get underway to install a brand new health suite at the East Ham leisure centre.

Work is due to last 12 weeks and the new health suite is scheduled to be opened in early September. For more information and to keep up to date with the latest news regarding the state-of-the-art facility, please visit the East Ham health suite page.