Women & girls


Many Tower Hamlets clubs run sessions for women and girls, so make sure you check our find a sport page for more details on specific sports.

International Women’s Week

In celebration of International Women & Girls Week, Tower Hamlets Sports Development, Better and other community groups run a week of free sport and leisure activities, including beauty taster sessions, across Tower Hamlets. 

Info on 2019's programme is coming soon.


Love to Swim

School term time swimming lessons for women and girls only at Sir John Cass Secondary School.

For more details or to make a booking visit www.lovetoswim.co.uk, or contact enquiries@lovetoswim.co.uk, 020 3006 6189.

Better UK

All of the borough's pools offer weekly female only access times from £1.30 per session:

Better UK
Mile End Park Leisure Centre Monday 10.15am - 12.15pm
  Tuesday 1.30 - 3.30pm 
  Thursday 7 - 10pm
Poplar Baths Leisure Centre & Gym Wednesday 5.30 - 9.30pm
  Thursday 12noon - 1.30pm
  Sunday 4 - 5.30pm 
St George's Leisure Centre Monday  12.30 - 1.30pm
  Thursday 12.30 - 1.30pm
  Friday 7.30 - 9.30pm
  Saturday 5.30 - 6.30pm
Tiller Leisure Centre Tuesday 8 - 9pm
  Wednesday 1.30 - 2.30pm
  Sunday 10 - 11am
York Hall Leisure Centre Monday 12.30 - 1.30pm
  Tuesday 7.30 - 9pm
  Wednesday 12.30 - 1.30pm


Three leisure centre gym's offer female only access during the following times:

Women Only Gym Times
 Centre Mon Tue Weds Thur Fri Sat Sun
Poplar Baths  6.30 - 9.30am  9.30 -11am  6 - 10am  9.30 - 11am  6.30 - 9.30am  12 - 1.30pm  4.30 - 6pm
Mile End Park

 6.30 - 9.15am

10.15am - 12.15pm

6 - 10pm

 6.30 - 9.15am

12.15 - 3.30pm

 6.30 - 9.15am

 6.30 - 9.15am

6 - 10pm

 6.30 - 9.15am

12.15pm - 1.30pm

6 - 10pm
 11am - 3pm  9am - 3pm

 7am - 9pm

 7am - 10pm  7am - 10pm  7am - 10pm  7am - 10pm  8am - 6pm  8am - 6pm


For the girls, by the girls

This programme provides opportunities for women and girls across the borough's leisure centres, delivered by Better and the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. Sessions are fun, affordable and available to all. There are lots of different activities to try, suitable for all abilities and all in a female-only environment.

See what sessions are available by locating your nearest leisure centre, and then clicking on the ‘For the Girls’ tab, or contact forthegirls@gll.org for more information.

Women only fitness classes

Gentle exercise - Thursdays, anytime 10am - 1pm. £2.50. St Peter's Community Centre, Marian Place, E2 9AX. For information contact stpetersprojects@gmail.com.

Zumba - Mondays, 10 - 11am, Flower & Dean Community Centre, E1

Contact cmcardle@onehousing.co.uk, or call 020 8821 4494

Pilates on Ocean Estate - Tuesdays, 10 - 11am, OTLA Hall. For more information contact Khalida Maleque, 020 7780 3113, khalida.maleque@oceanregeneration.org.uk. Session costs £2.

Zumba - Wednesday, 6 - 7pm, The Centre, 32 Merchant Street, E3 4LX

Contact p.a.l.a.c.e@hotmail.co.uk, call 07795 064116 or view the Zumba flyer for details.

Yoga - Thursday, 1.15 - 2.15, Viginia Quay Community Centre, E14

Contact rmiah@onehousing.co.uk or call 020 8821 5362

Zumba - Friday, 9.30 - 10.30am, Cranbrook Community Centre, E2

Contact cmcardle@onehousing.co.uk or call 020 8821 4494.

Parent & child activity sessions

Mum & Childrens' Netball

Come to Poplar Baths for fun netball games and coaching for Tower Hamlets mothers and their children aged 7–12. Run by the council in partnership with Better UK and England Netball, sessions will be coached by Yvonne Rhoden MBE. There’s no need to book, just turn up!

Parent & Kids' Pilates

This weekly class by Tower Hamlets Mums and Laura Williams gets the girls (and boys) together for pilates to get you looking and feeling fabulous. No experience needed, just a pilates mat or similar to stretch on and we will do the rest. Babies are of course welcome but you are also just as welcome to come on your own for a work out.

Women & Girls' Football

There are opportunities in the borough to play in women and girl's teams, from beginner to senior competition. Visit the football section for more information.

Case study

Read all about our pilates class run in conjunction with the Somali Women's Group in Bethnal Green.

For more information contact pauline.stewart@towerhamlets.gov.uk.