Barnet Council and Better are investing in big improvements to leisure centres and activities in Barnet.

All updates and information about all the exciting developments will be displayed on this page. Alternatively, please speak to a staff member when you next visit one of our centres in Barnet.

New Centre builds

As part of a £41.5million council investment, and an award of £2million National Lottery funding from Sport England, Barnet Copthall Leisure Centre will be redeveloped, creating a new facility for the community.


Church Farm Leisure Centre will also be replaced with a new leisure centre in Victoria Recreation Ground; New Barnet which replaces the The Victoria Recreation Ground facility. This will also include a partnership library, which will replace the current East Barnet Library.


Work on both leisure centres is expected to be completed by summer 2019 with the existing Barnet Copthall Leisure Centre and Church Farm Leisure Centre remaining open as normal until the new facilities have been completed.

Fab Hub

Through the London Borough of Barnet’s partnership with ourselves, we have developed the FAB hub – a ‘one stop shop’ of useful information to help you lead more active and healthy lifestyles.

Here you will be able to find almost everything you need to help you lead a more active and healthy lifestyle. Featuring an activity finder, FAB Card registration, health and wellbeing guidance and much more; whether you are new to physical activity, regularly participate or you are returning after some time away, the Hub will help you on your journey to a more active and healthier you! 



Healthwise Programme

In partnership with Barnet Council, Better offer a range of specialist health intervention programmes, aimed at supporting people to get physically active. These include:

  • Physical Activity Referral
  • Adult Weight Management
  • Child Weight Management (school referrals only)

Health professionals can refer patients to a physical activity programme designed for individuals with existing health conditions as well as those at risk of developing health conditions, such as diabetes, hypertension and depression, who would benefit from specialist support to become and remain more active.

The programme has been designed to help participants to increase their knowledge, skills and confidence, and improve their health and wellbeing, incorporating one to one assessments, behaviour change techniques and individual tailoring of activity plans – all offered at a low cost to participants.

Do you have a medical condition and are looking to become more active? Speak to your GP today who will be able to refer you.

Under 8s Swimming for Free/ Kids For A Quid

If you are a resident in Barnet and are aged under 8, you can enjoy free swimming Monday to Saturday during general swim sessions , on possession of a Fit and Active Barnet (FAB) card, whilst children aged 8-16 years can swim for £1.  

To register online for your FREE FAB card click the button below.  Alternatively you can visit one of the five Barnet leisure centres across the borough.


register online 


FAB Card

The FAB Card is a FREE annual membership available to Barnet residents, giving access to a range of benefits across all five of the Barnet Leisure Centres and beyond.  Current opportunities at Better Leisure Centres include: 

  • All Barnet leisure centres
  • Up to 50% discounts off activity prices
  • FREE swimming for children aged under 8*
  • Young people aged 8-16 swim for ONLY £1*
  • Access to a wide range of activities
  • Access to courses and other member only activities and facilities
  • FREE e-activity guest passes for you, your family and friends
  • Online booking and payment for activities
  • Use of kiosks to allow fast track entry (where applicable)
  • Up to 21 days advance telephone or online booking
  • And much more...

*Monday to Saturday only. Terms and conditions apply. Full terms and conditions are available at the point of sign up.


To register online for your FREE FAB card click the button below.  Alternatively you can visit one of the five Barnet leisure centres across the borough.

Register online



Nursery facility

An investment of £319,000 will be used to create 2 brand new nursery areas at Burnt Oak leisure centre. The early years child care provision will have the capacity to cater for up to 69 children at one time, 45 of the spaces being open for children 2 and under through enhancing the size and quality of the current crèche area. A new room catering for 3-5 year olds is also being developed. Having the nursery located at one of our leisure centres creates the unique opportunity to include physical activity into children’s learning and development.

Better app

The Better App is in its initial stages of development and is available to download via the Google play store. The Better App offers users access to information via the Better website, digital membership card (including your FAB Card) to access centres to information via the Better website, digital membership card to access centres, links to boditrax, Mywellness, online Better fitness classes and court bookings. There will be more exciting developments in the future as we make updates and changes to the app provision. You can download the app by clicking the Better App tab above.