10 of the best sports venues in Wandsworth

If your children are active, energetic and raring to go then why not take them to one of these sporting venues, as suggested by MFM users in Wandsworth

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1. Barn Elms Sports Ground
Alex from Balham, mum to a 3 year old and a 2 year old recommends this sports ground for the wide variety of sports that your youngster can try, including football, rugby, cricket and hockey pitches, tennis courts, an athletics track and there is even a boathouse. You never know, your child could be the next sporting superstar!
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2. Battersea Sports Centre
If you little ones have too much energy then there’s lots for them to do at Battersea Sports Centre. The centre had a full sized indoor sports hall with markings for volleyball, netball, basketball, badminton, football. Other facilities include outdoor hard courts, a fully-equipped air-conditioned gym and fitness room and a multi-use games area including an 5-a-side Astroturf football pitch.
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3. Latchmere Leisure Centre
If your children are water babies and love going for a dip, then Alex suggests that this is a great place to take them. The pool has a wave machine and slide which older kids will love, while your little ones would be more at home in the soft play area.
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4. Putney Leisure Centre
This centre holds fantastic drop in sessions for children of all ages to enjoy, and mums and dads can join in too. There are also lots of after school clubs for children to get involved in.
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5. Tooting Bec Lido
Alex claims that this is her favourite place in Wandsworth. It boasts the second largest outdoor pool in Europe, has a paddling pool and a café making it a great choice for a day out on a warm summer’s day.
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6. Wandle Recreation Centre
This leisure centre has fantastic facilities for children and parents alike. They offer Junior Gym which is open Monday to Friday between 4pm and 6pm and is supervised by their qualified fitness team. 5-a-side football pitches are available for use any day of the week.  Something that is certain to be a hit with your little ones is Playzone, open Monday to Friday. Playzone is a inside area with slides, nets, balls, soft play toys and more. It is suitable for  children aged 3 months- 7 years. And if you’ve got a special occasion coming up they also host birthday parties. 
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7. Wandsworth Common Pitches
So many sports classes occur in this gated area of the common and Alex believes this is a great place to go with your kids. “It is a nice gated area so dogs are kept out and children in and close to the café for toilet breaks,” she says.
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8. Roehampton Sport and Fitness Centre
This great sports centre also has a Playzone soft playarea which is open from 9am Monday to Friday. They have lots of junior activities that your little ones can get involved in. There is also a sports hall with facilities for football, basketball, badminton and table tennis.
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9. Tooting Leisure Centre Pool
Debbiella, Battersea, mum to a 21 month old and a 4 month old, thinks this pool is ideal for teaching your children how to swim. The changing rooms are clean, so no worries there.
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10. The Little Gym
If you have active youngsters, get them involved in sports at The Little Gym. Natasha, from Wandsworth, mum to 3 year old twins says “Great for active toddlers and a fun introduction to gymnastics.”
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