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Sports Blast

Free exercise sessions for young adults and families in Mitcham

Sports Blast is a three-year health and wellbeing project for young adults and families in the Mitcham area, part of YMCA LSW’s community work in the borough.

The aim of the project is to deliver a range of inclusive physical activity and wellbeing opportunities that will improve the health and wellbeing of residents in Mitcham.

The Sports Blast project runs from 2014 to 2017 and is possible thanks to an award of over £120,000 from Sport England and the National Lottery, as well as the combined effort of the Merton based partner organisations, including Merton Council, YMCA London South West and several others.

The Sports Blast classes and sessions by YMCA LSW are similar to those we run at our regular gyms (for instance at YMCA Wimbledon), however there is one important difference: all our Sports Blast classes are entirely free of charge. 

Natasha Stanley-Usher, a Learning Assistant and BSL teacher, and her son Carlysle, 9 have been attending Zumba for the last 18 months.

Not only is Zumba the perfect activity to keep fit and let off some steam, Natasha feels it’s a good way to socialise too. “I see a lot of mums from primary school here and it’s great to catch up with them as there’s never time at the school gates. I’ve also reconnected with an old friend Andrea, who I didn’t know came along, so that was great to see her again.”

Natasha isn’t the only one in her family to love fitness, her husband is a nurse and in between shifts he goes running with her once a week. She also attends Legs, Bums and Tums. A local who lives in Pollards Hill, Natasha loves her Zumba sessions and says, “ Narissa the teacher is excellent, she’s very motivational and her choice of music is excellent.”

As for her son Carlysle (the only 9 year old boy taking part with 50 other women at the session), he loves it and keeps up with all the moves. “He’s such an exhibitionist, he loves it!” says Natasha. “He used to do the family Zumba, but Lisa-Marie explained that he could join me at this session, so that works out really well. If I can’t come, his godmother brings him along!”












Free exercise sessions

YMCA London South West runs the following FREE Sports Blast sessions

Family fitness: Saturdays, 10am – 12 noon. Families (all ages).

Circuit training: Mondays, 7 – 8pm. Adult and youth (14+).

Legs, Bums ‘n Tums: Tuesdays, 5.55 – 6.55pm

Yoga: Tuesdays, 7 – 8pm. Adult and youth (14+).

Zumba: Wednesdays, 7 – 8pm. Adult and youth (14+). Watch the video here

Basics2Box: Fridays, 5.45-6.45pm. Adult and youth (14+).

For updated news about all the Sports Blast sessions in Mitcham, please visit Merton Council’s Sports Blast website.

Register your interest

To register, or for more information, please contact Lisa-Marie Hawkins, Community Health & Wellbeing Coordinator (Merton & Sutton) via email: Team.community@ymcalsw.org or call: 07880 033 553

Everyone in Merton is welcome to register an interest, but priority will be given to families and young adults living in these wards: Abbey, Colliers Wood, Cricket Green, Figges Marsh, Graveney, Lavender Fields, Longthornton, Merton Park, Pollards Hill, Ravensbury, St Helier and West Barnes.

Find us

St Mark’s Academy, Acacia Road, Mitcham CR4 1SF

There are 2 access points to get to the YMCA LSW Sports Blast Site Entrance, depending on what direction you are coming from:

  • Walk down Acacia Road and past the BMX tracks. The entrance is the large double green gates on your left hand side.
  • From the Acacia Centre: walk down the footpath towards the Acacia Adventure Playground; the entrance will be on your right hand side.

Once you pass through the gates, turn right and walk around the building – an entrance is open opposite the football pitches. This entrance brings you directly on to the Sports Blast Corridor.

Urban Games

Throughout the year, the Sports Blast partners organise Urban Games sports days where you can come to do activities, try lots of free sessions and get more information about the project.

Follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook to keep updated on Urban Games events and Sports Blast sessions. Get involved by using the handles @ymcalsw  and @SportsblastLBM and the hashtag #mymitcham.

Read more about the first year of the Sports Blast project here, or download the year one report here.