The best local sports clubs for students in London

Tuesday 2nd January 2024

New to London and eager to get active, make friends, and unleash your inner sports star? Whether you’re a tennis enthusiast, a football pro, or just want to try out something new, London has a huge sports scene with something for everyone.

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Now, let’s dive into some of the best sports clubs which combine fitness, fun, and community spirit.  


Kicking off with one of England’s most popular sports – football. Whether you can bend it like Beckham or just fancy a casual kick about with your mates, we’ve got your football fix sorted.

Footy Addicts

Squeezing a game of football around your busy student schedule can be difficult. Until now… Footy Addicts is the perfect choice for those needing full flexibility, and football fun without the commitment of a formal team. Simply search for a game near you and book in – it’s that easy.


For football that fits around your schedule, you want to visit Powerplay. Powerplay is London’s biggest organiser of after-work football leagues, with over 40 locations around the city. So, whether it’s 5-aside, 6-aside, or 7-aside, there are leagues for all abilities and fitness levels – meaning you’re guaranteed to find the best league for you.

London Football

For 7-aside football leagues, London Football is the one for you. Established in 2002, London Football is one of the city’s leading providers of amateur football leagues. Find the perfect league for you over on their website.

Padel, Tennis and Badminton

Don’t miss out on one of the hottest trends in sports – racquet sports. Racquet sports are becoming increasingly popular, so we couldn’t miss out someone of London’s best padel, tennis and badminton clubs. All of these sports are great options for students who are seeking an active and sociable experience, with plenty of fun.

Harbour Club Chelsea

First up, we have Harbour Club – the ultimate padel club in the area. This club is perfect for beginners and seasoned players alike with 3 indoor padel courts and 12 tennis courts. Whether you’re keen for a group session or private lesson, Harvour Club caters to your every need.

Park Sports Hyde Park

For those glorious sunny days in London (yes, they exist!) Hyde Park is one of the best places to be. Grab some friends and book an outdoor pitch or court to play tennis, padel, table tennis, lawn bowls or football.

Sundridge Park Tennis, Squash & Padel Club

Sundridge Park is another great open-air option. The park hosts tennis, squash and padel clubs that you can job as a member, or opt for pay and play for ultimate flexibility.

North Dulwich Tennis

Focusing on your Tennis game? Then North Dulwich Tennis is the place for you. Open to all ages and abilities, here you can meet new friends whilst sharpening your skills. Put your skills to the test with club-ran competitions and tournaments throughout the year, and even compete in the Surrey, TeamTennis and Southwark leagues. And that’s not all – North Dulwich Tennis also hosts social events such as comedy nights, BBQs, and other fun activities.

Crossfire Badminton

Based in the heart of South East London, Crossfire Badminton is a friendly club which offers both social and competitive badminton for players of all abilities. Get involved with their inter-club championship to flex your competitive (and your arm) muscles.

Peckham Pulse Leisure Centre

Is your badminton squad looking for a place to practice? Book a private court at  Peckham Pulse Leisure Centre – the perfect place to get some friendly rallies going, or to go head to head. You’re guaranteed to have a great time here with your squad.

Riverside Badminton Club

Ready to take your badminton skills to the next level? Look no further than Riverside Badminton Club, perfect for intermediate to advanced players. This premier club plays in the Middlesex badminton league, which makes it a popular choice for players wanting a competitive thrill.


A fusion of strategy, agility, and teamwork, netball is a thrilling and fast-paced game which not only gets your blood pumping but also creates lasting bonds that go beyond the court.

Play Netball

If you pride yourself on community, Play Netball provides a platform where making friends is as crucial as scoring goals. With options for women-only or mixed leagues, it’s not just about the game – it’s about building connections in a supportive and friendly environment.

Go Mammoth

Level up your netball game with Go Mammoth, a platform that caters to individuals, small groups, or full teams. Find a league that aligns with your skill level and seamlessly fits into your busy student schedule. That’s not all – Go Mammoth also hosts other team sports such as volleyball, basketball, dodgeball, and more.

Net Busters

Who you gonna call? Net Busters! Offering weekly indoor or outdoor leagues across London, Net Busters simplifies the game. All you have to do is join a team, turn up, and play. It’s a hassle-free way to immerse yourself in the netball world and get straight to the fun.


Gear up for some slam-dunk action, get your head in the game, and prepare to showcase your skills on the court. Basketball is a high-energy game which can help you to boost your endorphins and get in that team spirit.


If you’re thirsting for competition, Basketble is your go-to hub for all things basketball. Head to their website to find a league or game near you. Whether you’re a seasoned player or just starting out, Basketble gives you access to hundreds of games so that you can find the perfect one for you.

Thunderball Basketball

Basketball lovers, rejoice! Thunderball Basketball are always accepting new players to join their teams – no matter your experience or skill level. Want to play on a more casual basis? Choose to pay and play every Saturday.

Try something new

Ready to break free from the ordinary and step out of your comfort zone? Embrace the thrill of something new and try out horse riding. 

This timeless sport is perfect for animal lovers with a passion for the great outdoors. There are riding schools near Peckham and Bermondsey, which are perfect for you to build your equestrian skills whilst improving your fitness.

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