Where to play Olympic sports around the country this weekend


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Sharron Davies, David Moorcroft, Daley Thompson, John Inverdale and Jonathan Edwards are touring the UK this weekend, as part of the government’s “Join In” Campaign, encouraging people to get involved in sport in the wake of the success of the Olympic Games.

Their “Battle Bus” will stop at dozens of different sporting events, at which, rumours abound, many of Great Britain’s medal winning Olympians may turn up.
In Glasgow, there are athletics taster sessions with the Shettleston Harriers, and an open day at Milngavie and Bearsden Sports Club, featuring archery, hockey, tennis and shinty. Both events take place on Saturday.
Elsewhere in Scotland, there’s beach volleyball in Edinburgh. Spectators can head down to Portobello Beach on Saturday for the Jets open tournament. Sunday is a recreational event for those inspired by the action at Horse Guards.
Any budding judokas inspired by Gemma Gibbons can try their hand in Aberdeen, where Ultimate Judo will hold a beginners session on Saturday.
Events in the north include mountain biking for juniors in Kielder, a triathlon taster session in Bassetlaw (both on Saturday), and sailing on Sunday at the Pennine Sailing Club near Sheffield.
In wales there are a range of different Olympic disciplines. There’s canoeing in Caerphilly Basin, and sea rowing in Caernarfon, fencing in Swansea and trampoline tasters in Cwmbran.
In the midlands there are several opportunities to experiment. If you feel inspired by Helen Glover and Heather Stanning, head down to Ironbridge Rowing Club who are holding taster sessions on Saturday.
If your kids are looking to try something completely different then there’s basketball in Birmingham, where local side the Hurricanes are holding a junior taster session.
In Coventry, Centre AT7 is celebrating the end of the Olympics with a range of different sports including archery, basketball, gymnastics and hockey.
In London, the Olympic spirit lives on in the ‘Pop Up Mini Olympics’ on Saturday and Sunday. And if you’re feeling brave, Tooting’s Lido celebrates its 106 birthday with a morning cold-water swim on Sunday.
Hackney City Tennis Club is also offering an inclusive taster session for wheelchair tennis, if you fancy trying something new, head down on Sunday.

Join in weekend:

Saturday 18, 9am-5pm, free
All ages and abilities.
47C Arran Road, Catford, London, SE6 2LT, UK

Lee Valley Athletics Centre:
Saturday 9am-5pm, free.
All ages and abilities.
The Lee Valley Athletics Centre, 61 Meridian Way, N9 0AR, UK

Brentford Fountain Leisure Centre
Saturday 12pm-6pm, free
8+ all abilities.
Brentford Fountain Leisure Centre , 658 Chiswich High Road, Middlesex, TW8 OH

Peckham Pride Basketball Club
Saturday 10am-12pm, free.
Everyone welcome.
Harris Academy Peckham, 112 Peckham Road, London, SE15 5DZ

Boxing, Taekwondo, Judo, Wrestling:
Combat Company:
Saturday, 10:30am-2pm, free
All ages.
Combat Company, Richmond Station Left, Kew Road, Richmond, TW3 2JX

Castle Canoe Club
Sunday 10am-1pm, free
18+, all abilities
The West Reservoir Centre, Green Lanes, LONDON , N4 2HA

The Traxx Off Road Cycling Club,
Saturday 11:30am-1pm, free.
6-16 intermediate.
Lordship Recreation Ground , Off Freedom Road, Tottenham, N17 6HO

Access Sport BMX Riding
Sunday, 10am-12pm, free.
All ages and abilities.
Haggerston Park BMX Track, Goldsmith's Row, Hackney, E2 8QF

Havering Cormorants Diving Club
Sunday 3-4pm, free
6-60, confident swimmers (u8 must have accompanying adult).
Hornchurch Sports Centre, Hornchurch Road, Hornchurch, Hornchurch, RM11 1JU

Golden Lane Sport and Fitness
Saturday, 10am-12pm, free.
All ages and abilities
Golden Lane Sport & Fitness, Fann Street, City of London, London, EC1Y 0SH

Hendon Gymnastics Club,
Sunday, 3pm-6pm, free.
16+, all abilities.
Hendon Gymnastics Club, Marble Drive, Brent Cross, London, NW2 1XQ

Romford Hockey Club
Sunday 10am-12pm, free.
Robert Clack School, Gosfield Road, just off Wood Lane, Romford, RM8 1JU

Barnes Bridge Ladies Rowing Club
Sunday 12pm-5:30pm, free
18+ all abilities
Civil Service Boat House, Dukes Meadows, Chiswick, W4 2SH

Twickenham Yacht Club
Sunday 10am-3pm, free
4+ all abilities
Twickenham Yacht Club, Riverside, Twickenham, TW13DL

Canons Leisure Centre
Sunday 12-7pm, free.
All ages
Canons Leisure Centre , Maderia Road , Mitcham , CR4 4HD

Social Tennis and Table Tennis:
Sat and Sun 3pm-6pm. Free.
14-100, intermediate skill.
Wilton Tennis Club, 28 Wilton Grove, Wimbledon, London, SW19 3QX, UK

Falcon Spartak Gymnastics Club
Saturday 10am-4pm, free
0-50, all abilities.
Falcon Spartak Gymnastics Club, Hurstmere School, Hurst Road, Sidcup, DA15 9AW

Water Polo:
Walthamstow Tritons Swimming Club
Sunday 9am-1pm, free,
All ages and abilities
The Community Pool, Waltham Forest College, 707 Forest Road, London, E17 4JB