Football is a fantastic way for boys and girls of all ages to get some exercise, make new friends and learn about teamwork. Little Kickers offer football sessions for children as young as 2. Classes take place every Saturday at St Mary’s Community Centre, and there are separate sessions for children of different ages. You need to book and pay in advance.
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Play Yoga Baby
Play Yoga Baby provides new mums with the opportunity to enjoy yoga and interact with their babies at the same time. Aimed at parents with babies from 6 weeks up to crawling age, it’s open to anyone, whether you’re a yoga enthusiast or a beginner. Each class runs for an hour at the Pop Up Yoga centre onUpper Street. There are only 10 spaces in each class, so make sure you book ahead.
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There are loads of Gymboree sessions running in Islington, with six different levels to cater for babies and toddlers from newborn up to 5 years. The classes are a great combination of music, movement, imaginary play, with safe and exciting equipment to help your little one learn new things in a completely safe – and fun – environment.
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If the younger members of your family have been inspired by watching the likes of Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon this summer, and fancy picking up a racket themselves, take them along to the Mini Tennis sessions at Islington Tennis Centre. It’s a brilliant introduction to the game for younger players, as the size and weight of the balls and rackets, and even the size of the courts and the length of the games, are tailored to the age of your child.
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Aikido and Judo for kids
Lots of parents credit martial arts with giving their children increased self-confidence, and learning the different moves and routines helps children learn to focus, and provides a controlled outlet for all their excess energy! Moving East runs classes in Judo and Aikido for children from 5 upwards.
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Swimming is not only fun and a great way to keep fit and active, it’s also an essential life skill that could potentially save your child’s life. At Cally Pool, there’s a great balance of swimming lessons and fun sessions to help your child learn to love the water. Super Swim sessions (for over 8s) even teach lifesaving, synchronised swimming and water polo, and there are fun ‘toys and floats’ sessions on Fridays and Saturdays. If you’re aged 8 or over, you can come without an adult!
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Water Babies sessions focus on having fun in the water, and are aimed at babies from newborn up to 24 months. They prefer babies to start when they’re under 1, and the idea is that your child will become so confident in the water, and used to using the muscles he needs for swimming, that he’ll never need armbands.
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Stuck for something to do on Saturday mornings? Then why not try the Badminton Clinic at Sobell Leisure centre. It’s a drop-in session for juniors, and you don’t even need your own equipment as it’s all provided.
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