July 17, 20180


Tennis season is upon us with Wimbledon, so people often want to pick up a racquet and play – but what do you think of Hertsmere’s public tennis courts? Hertsmere residents are being encouraged to voice their opinions about the borough’s council-owned tennis courts. Answers will help us to better understand current and potential tennis users, as well as help us to identify how we can encourage more people to play.

Councillor Caroline Clapper, Portfolio Holder for Leisure, Culture and Health, said: “Hertsmere Borough Council and the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) are working in partnership to encourage more residents to play tennis and to ensure local tennis courts are sustainable for future use. “Being active and outside has so many benefits. Exercise improves our physical fitness and we reap enormous benefits the minute we step in to a park. Natural surroundings help reduce stress and tension and in just three minutes our heart rate, blood pressure and muscle tension reduces. It also makes us feel happier, amps up our vitamin D intake, which is needed for healthy bodies, and can even help us age gracefully.” Cllr Quilty, Portfolio Holder for Environment, added: “Our parks and open spaces are a vital resource for local people and we want to ensure they continue to meet the needs of park users in the future. “New options are being considered for managing the courts, including the introduction of affordable fees for public tennis courts, an online booking system, which would enable fairer access for everyone, and the implementation of an on-going community tennis programme for players of all ages. “Your views are important for the development of tennis provision in the future, so I would encourage you to take part. The survey will only take about 10 minutes to complete, so please get involved.”

The deadline for responses is Friday 27 July. You can share your views by completing the survey on our website: If you have any queries or require the survey in an alternative format or language please email: or call 020 8207 7801.



July 11, 20180

Walking Netball is a slower version of the game, it is netball, but at a walking pace. The game has been designed so that anyone can play it regardless of age or fitness level.  From those who have dropped out of the sport they love due to serious injury, to those who believed they had hung up their netball trainers many years ago, it really is for everyone.  Women the length of the country have begun playing the game of Walking Netball for the fun, laughter and camaraderie the social session brings, as much as the health benefits on offer. It can give those who feel isolated an outlet, provide an activity for those who don’t deem themselves fit enough to run anymore and offer a stepping stone for those looking for a pathway back into netball.

 Lynda (71) says, whilst listening to the radio, I heard an advert about walking netball sessions starting up to get adults back into fitness and they mentioned that it would also be a great option for older adults.  After a search on the internet, I discovered that there would be session at the Furzefield Leisure Centre which is local to me.  The session keeps me active and it’s lovely to meet and socialise with people of all ages.  I feel the walking netball session is a great activity to take part in because a lot of people are wary about joining a gym, especially if they go by themselves, whereas this session is in a group and has a structured warm up before the main activity, so we all go away feeling like we’ve had a good workout.

Melissa (39) says, I found out about the walking netball session through the potters bar mums page on Facebook and thought I’d give it a try.  Not only do I enjoy the session and get a good workout that isn’t too intense, there’s also a lovely group of women who attend so the socialising is great.  The session suits me very well as my son is at nursery, and it’s a great alternative to the gym.

If you are interested in joining the session, it is currently held at the Furzefield Leisure Centre on Mondays from 11:30-12:30. Each session is £3.75

 For more information please contact the Furzefield Leisure Centre on 01707 850500.  Alternatively please contact sports development at, or visit



June 28, 20180

Soft Ball Cricket is about getting out and playing: maximum fun, minimum fuss. No pads, no hard ball, no heavy bat, no head-scratching rules. It’s a game for absolutely everybody, no matter your skill level, fitness, or age. Playing time at festivals is usually about two to four hours, so it never gets boring!
Turn up and we promise you a warm welcome, a free T-shirt, free coaching, music, and food; basically, all the good things about a festival with none of the grunge.
So why not bring friends, kids, and family, down to your local Festival and make a day of it? It’s no problem if you want to sign up on your own. We’ll find a team for you and introduce you to all your new team mates.
All you have to do is go to, find a festival and register. If you think you know other women or girls who might be interested, please just share the link.
Thousands of women and girls who tried Soft Ball in 2017 found the festivals to be a way to have a laugh, meet new people and try a version of cricket for the very first time or return to the game.

The planned festival at West Herts CC (WD18 7HP):
Sunday 22 July 3-5pm – book direct 


June 27, 20180

Games fit is a fully fitness focused hours based on play and games. The best part about these sessions is we mix up adults and children meaning we can get the whole family fit in one energetic session. The class is one hour long and participants will get fit playing fitness based versions of their favourite games including: NOUGHTS & CROSSES, DUCK DUCK GOOSE, AGILITY COURSES, TAG and many more.


  • Each session is just one hour long making it achievable for adults and kids alike.
  • The ratio of adults to children is 1:2. A child may not be signed up for Games Fit unless there is at least one participating adult.
  • We have an age limit children must be aged 8 years old and above – from a motor skills developmental standpoint it is just too difficult.
  • Parents will need to sign a waiver for each child attending as children are not covered under our insurance policies. Once the waiver is signed it takes any exposure away.
  • Every adult and parent will need to fill in a health questionnaire before the start of each session.


£5 for adults, free for under 16’s, no need to book, just turn up. Sessions will take place on Tuesdays 6.30-7.30pm at Phillimore Recreation Ground, Gills Hill, Radlett, WD7 8AL


Any questions, please contact

June 26, 20180

The Arsenal Women Gunneretttes sessions will provide weekly 1 hour coaching sessions for 24 weeks throughout the football season. Sessions will begin on the week commencing 10th September 2018 and run until week commencing 18th March 2019. (No sessions will take place in school holidays, and a full list of dates will be sent prior to coaching delivery). The Gunnerettes sessions is part of the Arsenal Women Player Development Pathway, and take place alongside, or prior to our Player Development Programme sessions.

 The girls only sessions will be aimed at a mix of ability, and will help the girls taking part: develop their football skills, learn more about football and make new friends. Coaching sessions will include:

·        Coaching led by Arsenal Women 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!


Day Time Venue Address Surface Age Group
Monday 16:30 – 17:30 Borehamwood Football Club Broughinge Rd, Borehamwood WD6 5AL Astro Turf Under 10’s (8 & 9 years old)

Under 12’s ( 10 & 11 years old)

Tuesday 17:00 – 18:00 University of Hertfordshire De Havilland Campus, Hatfield Business Park, Mosquito Way, Hatfield AL10 9EU Astro Turf Under 10’s (8 & 9 years old)
Friday 16:30 – 17:30 Ashlyns School Chesham Rd, Hertfordshire HP4 3AH Indoor Sports Hall Under 10’s (8 & 9 years old)

If you are interested in booking your daughter in to these sessions, please visit this link:


June 14, 20180

It’s healthy eating week and the British Nutrition Foundation has produced a wealth of resources and challenges to help people to make a change in their lifestyle.  The five challenges with their guides are :

The website also has a number of factsheets about physical activity and healthy eating




June 11, 20180

Join Radlett Youth Council on Saturday 30 June to celebrate sport in Radlett.  There will be taster sessions from local sports clubs, a smoothie bike, obstacle course and much more.  Come along to Phillimore Recreation Ground, WD7 8AL between 2pm – 5pm.


June 7, 20180

This year, it’s back and bigger than ever as we plan a new 2km course at home in the beautiful grounds of the Royal Vet College, Hawkshead Lane, Hatfield, AL9 7TA

This is the perfect event for the whole family, including your 4-legged friend and this year there is a brand new Dog Show as well as our popular demonstrations and delicious food.

So come along and enjoy the perfect summer’s day with the whole family- it’s the only way to spend Father’s Day this year with a few sneaky treats for the Dads too!

To book a place visit the website


May 31, 20180

This ‘World No Tobacco’ day (Thursday 31 May) will be focusing on the impact of tobacco on our cardiovascular health.

The World Health Organisation is raising awareness of the risk factors associated with tobacco use. It has been highlighted that the risk factors of smoking can lead to strokes, coronary heart disease and peripheral vascular disease.

If you, a family member or friend needs support and advice to quit smoking today, visit a Local Stop Smoking Service. To find your closest one call 0800 389 3998 or Text SMOKEFREE to 80818.