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Sports development

Health and wellbeing is one of our priorities and we are committed to ensuring there is a wide range of accessible, quality sport and leisure activities across the borough.

We are active in local sports development, working with clubs, leisure facilities, community groups and other partners to develop and deliver programmes of sports and physical activity in Allerdale.

Find or set up a club

To find out where you can go to find a sports club or take part in any physical activity in Allerdale and across Cumbria, visit the Active Cumbria website . It has details of more than 500 clubs from karate to kitesurfing, fencing to fitness classes. If your club is not already on the database, you can add your information.

Active Cumbria can also help with setting up a club and making sure the relevant policies, paperwork and procedures are in place. Contact them for more information.

UK Coaching delivers a number of courses developing coaches and volunteers. These are aimed at local clubs and voluntary organisations to enable them to develop their club/group, raise coach awareness, and share good practice within sport.

We work with partners including Sport England to create and develop events and activities in Allerdale to encourage people to give sport a go.

The programme includes activities for beginners, such as the Festival of Running, to the more extreme athletes like the Lakesman long distance triathlon , and everyone in between, including the HSBC Let's Ride  programme or the local Parkrun events .

There are a number of facilities, activities and clubs available for disabled people in Allerdale.

Active Cumbria

Visit the Active Cumbria website to search for disability sports and activities within Allerdale.

Allerdale leisure facilities

We have a number inclusive leisure centres in Allerdale with a range of accessible equipment. Visit the GLL website for more details of the facilities, events and activities or contact your local centre.

ActivZone at Lakes College

ActivZone at Lakes College in Workington is a fully accredited Inclusive Fitness Initiative Sports Centre, with equipment that provides a full body work out with the optimum of independence for a vast amount of disabled people.


The Watchtree Wheelers  cycle centre is set within Watchtree Nature Reserve near Great Orton and provides a safe and friendly environment for people with disabilities to experience riding a bike.

Swimming and outdoor activities

The Calvert Trust provides swimming facilities and outdoor actitivities for disabled people.

You can find a list of the funding options that are available for sports and acitivities in Allerdale on the Active Cumbria website.

Contact us for further advice and support on sports development in Allerdale, including coach education courses, volunteering opportunities and funding information.

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