Whether you love working off your energy in the local health club or you prefer nature’s own outdoor gym, there’s plenty of choice for sports and activities near Cambium. And thanks to the immense green spaces and parklands nearby, you have a wealth of options on your doorstep.
Being so close to Wimbledon – the home of lawn tennis – there’s no excuse not to have a go. You don’t have to be a seasoned player – there are plenty of places to pitch up with your racket and have a game, or take lessons from seasoned pros.
Anyone for cricket? If you love the sound of leather on willow, you’re in good hands – there’s a number of decent cricket clubs around, whether you want to play or just sit in the sun and spectate. Or, if you just love to run, lace up your shoes, head outdoors and let the wind take you.
This handy club delivers high-quality classes and sports facilities for both adults and children, right on your doorstep. As well as a 25m swimming pool, fitness suite, activity studio and dance studio, there’s a 3G artificial turf pitch and outdoor courts suitable for tennis and netball. There’s also an outdoor climbing wall if you or your child fancy trying your hand at climbing and bouldering, plus archery courses are run on a regular basis.
337 MERTON ROAD, SOUTHFIELDS SW18 5JU
Just five minutes’ walk from Southfields tube station, the members-only Gardens Lawn Tennis Club offers both social tennis – turn up and play, three times a week – and pre-arranged matches. The club also organises short tennis leagues and a competitive annual tournament. Regular social events such as quizzes, pop-up restaurants and barbecues means there’s plenty of opportunities to meet new people.
343 WIMBLEDON PARK ROAD, SW19 6NS
A fantastic location for aspiring athletes, right in the heart of Wimbledon Park. The facilities include an eight-lane 400m track, long jump pit, high jump and pole vault mats, hurdles and both shot put and javelin areas. Track use is on both a casual basis and via season ticket, so if you think you’re going to be making good use of it, you can sign up in advance.
HOME PARK ROAD, WIMBLEDON, SW19 7HX
A challenging woodland course with award-winning greens, the course on the common is the second oldest continuing golf course in England and Wales, first played on in 1865. The club welcomes both members and green fee players, and all standards of golfers are welcome – a handicap is not required.
19 CAMP ROAD, WIMBLEDON, LONDON SW19 4UW
PARKRUN, WIMBLEDON COMMON
Every Saturday at 9am, come rain or shine, join in with fellow runners for what has to be the friendliest semi-competitive run anywhere. Parkrun has gained traction over the years, and now there’s one within easy reach of most towns in across UK. What’s more, it’s free! The one on Wimbledon Common starts near the windmill, perfect for grabbing a coffee at the Windmill Tearooms afterwards.
WIMBLEDON COMMON, WINDMILL ROAD
ROEHAMPTON CRICKET CLUB, PUTNEY HEATH
Less than 10 minutes’ walk away, on beautiful Putney Heath, is Roehampton Cricket Cub. Founded in 1842, it’s one of London’s oldest cricket clubs. The club welcomes new members, regardless of previous experience or age, and social membership is available if you just love sitting back and watching a match. Coaching is provided for juniors, and the nets cater for both beginners and experienced players. What’s more, there’s a thriving social scene, too.
ROEHAMPTON CRICKET CLUB, TELEGRAPH ROAD, PUTNEY SW15 3TU