Sport England has launched the This Girl Can campaign to encourage more girls and women to take up sporting activities.

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There is a wide range of classes and sporting activities on offer for women and girls at our four leisure centres.


There is a free, timed 5k run held at Sconce and Devon Park, Clumber Park and Sherwood Pines every Saturday morning. They are part of thousands of parkrun events held throughout the world.

The idea is that anyone can join in and get running!

Newark Canoe Club

Newark Canoe Club is based on the Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire border. Newark Canoe Club is an active canoeing and kayaking club with interests across the entire spectrum. There are winter sessions, courses and clubs available to join. For more information visit the website or email


There are so many different ways to ride your bike that there is something for everyone. All forms of cycling are a great way to keep fit, make some new friends and get yourself from A to B. There are a number of guided rides, social rides and big bike events to take place in whatever your ability. You can find rides in your area.

Horse Riding

A sport that anyone of any age, ability or background can get involved in. Riding is an excellent way to improve your balance, co-ordinations and flexibility. It strengthens your core body muscles and gives you a great workout. There are lots of local stables around so you can find one in your area. 


Hockey is a great team sport which is easy to pick up and combines tactics and team work with an aerobic workout. There are local hockey clubs in the Newark and Sherwood District including Newark HC and Southwell Brincliffe United HC or find a Hockey club in your area.


Karate is a martial art originated in India and the Japan. One of the world's biggest karate organisations is the Japan Karate Association (JKA) Many gyms offer karate and martial art classes in your area.


Swimming is enjoyed by many people in either open water, leisure clubs, or public swimming baths. Related water sports may include water polo, diving, synchronised swimming and lifesaving. Find your local swimming pool or club.

Your Stories


"It was only the other day when I realised that little voice of doubt has now gone and I can’t wait to play! I’m still not as fit as I want to be, but I know I’ll get there because I love being part of the team and I know my fitness will continue to improve over time. I love playing hockey because I forget that I’m exercising while I’m playing and that’s the key to exercise for me."

Hayley Keaveney

"If anyone was considering taking up road cycling I have two words: DO IT! The rewards and sense of achievement I get from cycling is much more than I anticipated. Nothing beats getting to the top of the challenging hill and knowing that it was your legs that got you there. It makes me feel like I can achieve anything!"

Geraldine Harris

Geraldine joined the walking football group at Newark Sports and Fitness Centre. Geraldine decided that she would join the group because she had never played football before and thought that it would be a good, as well as fun, way of keeping fit. When asked what she felt she had gained from the group she thought it was a brilliant way to keep fit as well as really enjoying herself. As well as enjoying the sport there has been benefits as Geraldine has been able to move better since starting the group and she is enjoying herself more than ever.

Pushabout Clumber

The Clumber push-about is a 2 mile mum friendly walk through Clumber Park. 

Why not join us at 10:00am at the Clocktower with your little one. The route we will take will, be suitable for prams and pushchairs and will take around an hour. Various dates throughout the year.

Visit the Clumber Park website for more information.

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Newark and Sherwood District Council
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Great North Road
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01636 655291

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