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Welcome to Crystal Palace National Sports Centre

Facilities & Activities at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre

Here are all the facilities and activities you'll find at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre

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Our fully equipped, air-conditioned gym offers a range of fitness equipment for everyone. Our members can choose from cardiovascular machines such as treadmills and rowers, resistance equipment including free weights and dedicated stretching areas and fitness aids such as Swiss balls.

For a fitness programme tailored to your needs, just ask a Better fitness instructor and they'll be happy to put together a workout to suit you.

Before using the gym you'll need to complete an induction, so our fitness instructors can check you are well enough to train. As well this gives you the opportunity to get advice about other activities the centre may offer which could help you achieve your fitness goals.

Re-focus sessions are available to you at any time, where our fitness instructors will mix up your fitness programme. Did you know that keeping your workout more varied and challenging will actually keep you much fitter?

Lessons and Courses

Sports Courses at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre

Better Swim School

Here at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre we follow the New National Teaching Plan for Swimming.

When enrolling a child onto a course, they will be progressed through our rolling programme. With this, they learn key lifesaving skills which they can use in everyday life.

Swimming lessons start from just 3 months old.

With a variety of payment options, prices start from £18.27 per month.

You can book on via our website or by visiting main reception.


Dry Courses

We also have a variety of Dry Courses, including; Athletics, Gymnastics, Trampolining, Tennis and Football.

These courses are run as a skills and development session in your childs chosen discipline.

To book onto any of the courses held here at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre please visit or main reception.

For any further details please contact us at


Swimming is great at any age.  Whether you want to improve your technique, get fit, meet new friends, compete or have fun, you're sure to find a pool session that you'll love.

There are four pools in the centre:

The Racing pool is 50 metres long, with 8 lanes and has a depth of 1.83m - 2.06m, a maximum of 4 lanes will be opened to the public with dedicated wet changing rooms close to the poolside.

There are two smaller pools: The teaching pool (18m long at a depth of 0.83m) and the training pool (25m long at a depth of 0.9m - 1.0m). Both these pools are used for swimming lessons and family sessions.

These swimming sessions are designed for people of all abilities aged 8+, who want to use swimming to improve their fitness and wellbeing. Swim Safely rules apply and swimmers must be able to swim 100m to enter. Floats are available from the poolside.

Group Exercise

To vary your workout why not try a group exercise class? We offer a range of classes - from beginners to advanced level - in a fun and sociable environment.
Choose from:

* Aerobic - Get your heart and lungs working more efficiently and help make
everyday tasks that little bit easier
* Body - Want results? Look no further than these classes to tone and
condition your body
* Calm - Stretch, relax, and get in tune with your body.


Racquet sports are a great way to stay fit and have a catch up with friends at the same time. Courts may be booked for play during centre opening times, subject to availability and programming, racquets are available to hire. Badminton (6 courts), Tennis (4 courts) and Squash (3 courts) are available.

In addition to this,  Table Tennis is now available in centre. Contact main reception for further details.


Creche for under 5's gives you the chance to take part in leisure activities, knowing your children are well-cared for. You can leave your child for up to 2 hours. Booking is essential and places are limited so we are afraid any no-shows (including Prepaid members) will result in the full charge being made. Our Creche is Ofsted registered. This means that the Creche is regulated and inspected to ensure the care of the children who attend is of an excellent standard.

The Creche is open Monday - Friday 10.00am - 2.00pm.

It is £2.70 per hour for members and £4.00 per hour for non members.

If you do have any further queries, please contact main reception on 020 8778 0131

Toddlers World

A fun-filled, soft 'n' squidgy environment with innovative play sessions to challenge and stimulate children.

In addition to this we now have a Bouncy Castle open for parents and children to enjoy.

It is suitable for those between the ages of 6 months to under 5 years. Parental supervision required throughout.


Better Athletics offers the opportunity to develop your athletics skills in a safe environment led by UK Athletics qualified coaches.  Athletics is a sport for all so come along and develop your skills - whether in Track and Field, park runs and jogging, indoor activities, or 'Boot Camp' training!

Climbing Wall

Climbing is fantastic fun and the perfect way to get an all-round workout. If you have never climbed before, we can take you from your first step off the ground through to climbing on real rock. We've a range of activities to suit everyone regardless of your age or fitness.

To get started, try our ROCKSTART taster session, where an experienced instructor will show you the ropes of this exciting sport.

Want to learn how to climb independently? Our Beginner's course teaches you all the basic skills to use the ropes at any indoor climbing wall. We can take up to 6 adults on one course so you'll get to meet others starting out too.

Climb London

Climb London is a network of climbing walls in central London, providing a
fantastic range of new activities for novice climbers - whatever your age,
experience or fitness.

For further details and to book, please contact Climb London:

0845 363 1144

Outdoor Sports

There are a number of outdoor sports facilities - perfect for getting out 
and enjoying some fresh air! The following are all available for booking:

  • Floodlit Astro Turf pitch - suitable for football and hockey
  • Floodlit hardcourt Tennis Courts
  • Football Grass Pitches
  • Floodlit 3G Rubber crumb Pitches for 6 aside and 8 aside football
  • Floodlit Netball
  • Floodlit Athletics
  • Beach Sports Arena - 3 beach volleyball courts

Personal Training

Our personal trainers provide exercise programmes for all areas of general fitness, and are there to give you all the motivation and support you need to achieve your goals.

Your trainer will design a progressive training workout just for you. They'll select the appropriate loads, reps, sets and sequence of exercises, ensuring your time is best spent, giving much better results than if you were training alone. They'll also offer nutritional and lifestyle advice.

Workouts will be challenging, educational yet fun, and hopefully you'll find the experience has a positive effect on your whole life!

All Better personal trainers have REPS (Register of Exercise Professionals) level 3 qualifications or equivalent, which is the required national standard.

Book your complimentary personal training session now by calling 08009 884 466 or visit the Your PT website


Enjoy more flexibility with a short term pass at any one of our many leisure centres.

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