The Essex Spartans Academy Youth team have completed an incredible regular season with 10 victories, and in doing so, have secured a place at the National Finals!

But they need your help...

These young men aged between 13 and 16 have to travel to Stourbridge, in the Midlands, to compete for the National Finals. They are fundraising to reduce the cost each player will need to pay themselves to have this amazing opportunity to face off against the best of the best.

Please visit the link below to donate if you can. Any little bit helps:


Did you know.... Sapphire Ice and Leisure in Romford run disabled swim sessions for all ages on Sundays from 2 - 3pm in both the main pool and teaching pool? Carers go free and changing facilities are available. Go and check it out! 

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We are very pleased to announce that we were SUCCESSFUL with our bid for the Summer Sport Activities Fund as part of the Mayor of London ‘Younger Londoners Fund’ (see earlier post from 12th June) 

This aims at delivering sport projects for those aged 11 - 25 at risk of crime within our borough.

We have since developed a packed programme which you will see below. For more info or to register text: 07973 703 458.

A huge thank you to Groundwork London Organisation for their consideration on our application!

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This past week saw over 250 children and young people taking part in a variety of sport sessions located all across the borough. From Rainham to Noak Hill, it was an action packed week of activity.

Parkour / Free Running proved prevalent with Robyn and Niko from Above Parkour delivering to an enthusiastic group of youngsters. Due to its success, we have established a weekly club at Harrow Lodge Park that runs every Monday evening. Sessions for those aged 10 – 13 is from 4.30 – 5.30pm and those aged 14 – 17 can come down from 5.30 – 6.30pm.

Athletics was another huge hit where Coach Jordan and Peter helped the athletes build from the momentum of the ever-popular Friday afternoon sessions held every week in the lead up to half term.

Our West Ham Football Camp saw the biggest turnout to date with spaces filling up in just a matter of days. We had more female attendees this time around which is always positive to see. It is exciting to be able to offer this extremely valuable opportunity every holiday in collaboration with the West Ham Foundation and their excellent coaching staff.

Josh from VIP HQ came out to the MyPlace Centre in Harold Hill and delivered a really positive self-defence course for a group of local young women. This was well attended and the ladies walked away feeling both confident and educated on how to handle themselves whilst out and about in the community.

The Essex Spartans Academy facilitated a fantastic afternoon of American Football which drew a nice group of young men who thoroughly enjoyed taking part in a sport they had never tried before. Brittons Academy is the perfect location for this and everyone walked away with an official jersey keepsake at the end of the day.

Netball, Golf and ‘She Can Play’ Football each received extremely encouraging feedback from participants and parents alike. These sessions are now well established and will feature in our half term schedules moving forward.

THANK YOU to all of our coaching staff, collaborative partners and facilities for working alongside us to produce an extensive, successful portfolio of sport. Regular weekly sessions are back up and running so we hope to see you at one (or more) of those.

We are now in the preparation stage for summer so be sure to check the School Holiday Activities tab on the Havering Active website for booking links to all our available events.

- Your Sports Development Team

 Havering Easter Success!

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Easter Success

This Easter Holiday saw over 400 children and young people taking part in a variety of sport and activity sessions located all across the borough.

Above Parkour delivering an enthusiastic Parkour / Free Running sessions for groups of youngsters across two days. Good to see new Easter particpants coming through to our weekly club at Harrow Lodge Park every Monday evening (10-13yrs 4.30-5.30pm & 14-17yrs 5.30-6.30pm).

Athletics was another huge hit where our coaches helped the athletes build from the momentum of the Friday afternoon sessions held in the lead up to the school holidays. It was great to see lots of potential future Olympians taking part and enjoying themselves.

Youths had fun and got muddy with Josh at the VIP HQ Obstacle Course. A great way to challenge yourself while having fun with friends.VIP HQ will be moving location and will hopefully delivering more sessions in the near future.


Female Futsal and Open Futsal sessions at Bower Park Academy drew many passionate participants and we witnessed some amazing displays of fancy footwork, teamwork and great goal scoring over the course of the day. 

Fencing Attendees worked with the Little Musketeers to gain more knowledge on these unique sports and to simply have a go.

Netball in our local parks MUGAs was a good way of getting young ladies out and working on their skills, drills, attack and defence as well as taking part in fabulous game play to finish the day.

The West Ham Football Camp was as prevalent as ever with spaces filling up in just a matter of days. With the weather being touch and go for the second week this did not stop our keen footballers getting involved. It was so good to see the increasing number of girls taking part in our football camps...Come on the girls!!! We are fortunate to be able to deliver weekly WHFC KICKS session every Monday 5-6.30pm at Brittons Academy as an exit route from the camps for our local footballers for Free.

Over in the disability sport sector, we held some fun activity sessions at the YMCA and MyPlace Centres, Athletics at Hornchurch Athletic Stadium and Swimming at Sapphire in Romford. It was nice to see some new faces as well as regulars in attendance.

A big THANK YOU goes out to all of our coaching staff, partners and the facilities for working extremely hard and doing such a great job teaming up with us to produce a fun-filled portfolio of sport and exercise this past 2 weeks. Regular weekly sessions are back up and running so we hope to see you at one (or more) of those.

Our May Half Term Activites are now out and ready to book so take a look!

We are now preparing for the Summer holiday, working on an action-packed roster for our community. Be sure to check the School Holiday Activities tab on the Havering Active website for schedules and booking links.

- Your Sports Development Team