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. 

2018's activities took place from 5-11 March. Download the full programme.

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.


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

Fitness classes

Gentle exercise at St Peter's Community Project - gentle exercise giving older women in the local community the opportunity to exercise and socialise in a safe & calming environment.

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

Pilates on Ocean Estate - women only pilates session for residents living in and around the Ocean Estate in Stepney.

Mondays, 9.30 - 10.30am, OTLA Hall. For more information contact Khalida Maleque, 020 7780 3113, khalida.maleque@oceanregeneration.org.uk.

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

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

Women Only 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.

Women Only Yoga - Wednesday, 11am - 12noon, Viginia Quay Community Centre, E14

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

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

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

Parent & child activity

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 & Girl's 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.