Responsible for the development of sport within the community and throughout the Borough, ActiveSouthend is a Government run organisation working alongside the Change4life programme. Most well known for the slogan “Eat well, move more, live longer”.

The organisation runs weekly fitness classes for residents of all ages across Southend. Sports such as touch rugby, badminton and tennis are included, but there are also a few you may not have been aware of. In fact, I was stunned to discover some of these activities existed within my local community! Here are just a few of the activities on offer in and around Southend, to assist you in keeping fit and promoting a healthy lifestyle.

Bikeability Lessons

Also known as the “Cycling Proficiency Test”, Bikeability lessons are run throughout the year and are suitable for people of all ages and abilities. These lessons also help with understanding traffic and road safety.
Contact: or call 01702 215003.

Southend Parkrun

If you are a keen runner then get yourself down to Gunners Park in Shoeburyness at the weekend. Every Saturday at 9am, Southend Parkrun is a free event which see’s people of all ages and ability coming together for a 5K run. Parkrun offers an excellent opportunity for the community to come together on a regular basis whilst keeping active and enjoying the scenery! You must register before you are allowed to run, however this only needs to be done once, and then you will be eligible to take part in the run every week.
Contact: or find them on Facebook at

Body Pump & Body Combat

Already proving to be a huge hit at Southend Leisure and Tennis Centre, body pump and body combat classes offer the benefit of an extreme physical workout, but in much more fun environment. Held at Garon Park, just off of Eastern Avenue in Southend,  the Les Mills body pump and body combat classes sold out in their first sessions! That’s over 170 customers! Body pump helps to improve your core, posture and strength whilst body combat offers an intensive cardio fat-burning workout.
Contact: or call 01702 613000.

Active Seniors Project

If you are aged 50 or over, a resident of Southend, and like to stay fit, then the Southend Active Seniors project is a good way to keep active. Offering everything from tap-dancing to yoga to chair exercises, the Active Seniors Project holds classes at locations across Southend including St. Luke’s Church, St. Mary’s Church and even Southend Leisure and Tennis Centre. The Active Plus Games also offers you a chance at a free session, enquiries about this should be made to the organiser.
Contact: or call 01702 215011.

Remember it is important to consult with your GP if you have any health concerns before embarking upon any overly stressful physical activities. If you have suffered with a sports injury in the past, it may also be helpful to consult with a local expert such as Louise Johnson at The Body Matters for further advice.