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October 11, 20180

Arsenal Women are running a new coaching programme for girls who want to play more football on a regular basis.  Arsenal Women Gunnerettes will provide weekly 1 hour coaching sessions for 24 weeks from September 2018 to March 2019.

The girls only sessions will be aimed at a mixed ability, and will help the girls taking part develop their football skills, learn more about football and make friends.

Coaching sessions will include:

  • Coaching led by Arsenal Women consultant coaches
  • Small sided games
  • Fun activities, aimed at developing girls in their technical & physical ability, but also supporting the development of their confidence, creativity and communication skills

Girls joining the coaching sessions will also become an Arsenal Women Junior Member, which will entitle girls to access all elements of a Junior Membership, including:

  • Entry to all home Arsenal Women Women’s Super League fixtures for the 2018/19 season
  • Entry to ballots for exclusive opportunities
  • And much more!

More details on the Junior Membership will be released in due course.

Arsenal Women Gunnerettes sessions will take place at:

Day Time Venue Address Surface Age Group
Monday 16:30 – 17:30 Boreham Wood Football Club Broughinge Rd, Borehamwood WD6 5AL Astro Turf Under-10s (8 & 9 yrs old)Under-12s (10 & 11 yrs old)
Tuesday 17:00 – 18:00 University of Hertfordshire De Havilland Campus, Hatfield Business Park, Mosquito Way, Hatfield AL10 9EU Astro Turf Under-10s (8 & 9 yrs old)
Friday 16:30 – 17:30 Ashlyns School Chesham Rd, Hertfordshire HP4 3AH Indoor Sports Hall Under-10s (8 & 9 yrs old)


To book your place at an Arsenal Women Gunnerettes session please visit:

If you have any specific questions about the Arsenal Women Gunnerettes, please contact Tom Hartley, Arsenal Women Development Officer –


September 25, 20180

The search is on for local sporting heroes and heroines as nominations are now open for the Hertfordshire Service to Sport Awards.


Held in November each year, the awards ceremony celebrates the vital contribution of volunteers in community sport and physical activity. The event represents an opportunity to nominate those individuals who go the extra mile, often behind the scenes, to keep grassroots sport and physical activity alive across the county. It could be a selfless volunteer who gives up their time to coach youngsters, who always shows up to drive the minibus, or someone you believe to be an unsung hero.


There are 10 categories that the public can nominate into including:


  • Male and Female Community Coach of the Year
  • Disability Coach of the Year
  • Contribution to Disability Sport
  • Community Project of the Year
  • Community Club of the Year
  • University of Hertfordshire Sports Volunteer of the Year
  • Unsung Hero
  • David Wray Service to Sport
  • ‘This Girl Can in Herts’ Award


The awards ceremony takes place at the University of Hertfordshire Weston Auditorium on Tuesday 27th November. Nominations are open to the public until Sunday September 30th so get your nominations in quickly before time runs out! You can nominate online at – if you would like some more information about the awards, please contact Matt Hughes-Short from the Herts Sports Partnership on 01707 281204.


September 18, 20180

This weekly exercise and movement class will dance your body fit.  Weekly sessions take place at Elm Court Youth and Community Centre, 363 Mutton Lane, Potters Bar, EN6 3BP.  The first class is free and the sessions aim to help people to keep active, feel energised and show that exercise can be fun.  Sessions take place on a Wednesday afternoon from 2.15-3.45pm.  For more information please contact Tracy, or call 07949 055958


September 11, 20180

As part of the Hertfordshire Year of Physical Activity, we have teamed up with Saracens Sport Foundation to offer a free trial at their Love to Dance class in Borehamwood on a Friday between 1000 and 1130am.  The class is a fun and friendly dance session for over 50’s and takes place at Farriers Way Community Centre, Farriers Way, Borehamwood, WD6 2TB.  For more information or to book our free place please contact Clare Bellchambers, 020 3675 7215 or email


September 11, 20180

As part of the Hertfordshire Year of Physical Activity, we have teamed up with Saracens Sport Foundation to offer a free trial at their Love to Dance class in Potters Bar on a Wednesday between 1245 and 215pm.  The class is a fun and friendly dance session for over 50’s and takes place at King Charles the Martyr Church, Mutton Lane, Potters Bar, EN6 3AS.  For more information or to book our free place please contact Clare Bellchambers, 020 3675 7215 or email

August 29, 20180

Tabard Rugby Club in Radlett are looking for women who want a new challenge.  The session, which introduces the basic skills of rugby, are run in a fun, friendly and commitment-free environment.  Run by England Rugby in partnership with Tabard RFC, the campaign hopes to encourage women off the touchline and onto the field, helping increase the number in rugby.

England’s Katy Daley-Mclean said: “One of the best aspects of rugby is the variety of people you meet through the sport and the different characters and backgrounds fosters a fun and sociable atmosphere which helps to strengthen the bonds between yourself and your team-mates.”

All you’ll need to take part are a pair of trainers, your usual workout gear and a ‘have a go’ attitude. The session takes place on Wednesday 12 September between 6-9pm at Tabard Rugby Club, Cobden Hill, Radlett, WD7 7JN.  For more information, please contact Laura-Jo Pearce 07793 809586.

August 28, 20180

There’s an ideal opportunity for men to be the latest signing to ‘Shape Up’ and reap the health benefits this autumn, as a new weight management course gets under way in Bushey.

The 12-week programme called ‘Shape Up’ focusses on combatting the growing problem of obesity amongst middle aged men in Hertfordshire and is aimed at men aged 18 to 65 with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or over. Use the NHS choices BMI calculator to find out your BMI.

Sessions will take place at St Margaret’s School in Bushey on Wednesday nights between 7:30pm and 9pm from 26 September.

Participants meet up weekly for a 90 minute session consisting of a 30 minute educational segment and a 60 minute physical activity session. These two segments are delivered with the aim to develop a healthy relationship with food and change unhealthy behaviours and habits that cause weight gain.

Shape Up has seen over 850 men engage in sessions across Hertfordshire with participants recording a staggering collective weight loss of over 3.1 tonnes with 23.6 million calories burned over that time. Improvements in mental health have also been seen with 93% of participants reporting improved self-esteem.

A previous participant in Potters Bar, said: “Shape Up has been great. Over the 12 weeks I’ve lost so much weight around middle that I’m wearing shorts that I haven’t worn for years. I can actually bend down and tie my shoes laces now.”

Obesity is a national problem, and one that is growing fast. Currently 63% of adults who live in Hertsmere are carrying excess weight and this is predicted to rise. Promoting a healthy weight and increasing the levels of physical activity will help lead to a reduction in risk of major diseases, such as diabetes and coronary heart disease.

This course is open and accessible to all, delivering at a number of different venues across Hertfordshire. Participants can get involved with Shape Up by contacting 01923 494391 or For more information visit the Shape Up website.

The free Shape Up weight management course is funded by the Premier League Charitable Fund, PFA, Hertfordshire County Council Public Health and Hertsmere Health and Wellbeing Partnership. The male-only programme is delivered by Watford FC’s Community Sports and Education Trust.

For more information about health and exercise in Hertsmere visit our Physical Activity and Healthy Eating page.



August 21, 20180

We are pleased to offer a six week power Yoga class starting on Monday 10 September, 7.30-8.30pm at Allum Hall, Elstree, WD6 3PJ. The cost of the course is just £35.

A strong athletic based class involving strength based yoga moves. The pace of the class is fast and muscles will be challenged in a variety of strong postures. Relaxation at the end will help to calm the mind after this challenging session.

To book your place or for any enquiries please email or phone 020 8207 7801