Basingstoke and Deane Be Physically Active

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Basingstoke and Deane Sport and Physical Activity Alliance (SPAA) is a network of partner organisations who share a common aim of increasing the number of people within the borough participating in sport and physical activity.

As well as being a great source of enjoyment, sport and physical activity has proven benefits to physical and mental well-being, educational attainment, social cohesion and economic development. However, statistics for Basingstoke and Deane show that 42% of adults do not do the recommended amount of physical activity of 150 minutes per week, and 22.2% of adults are classified as obese.

About Basingstoke and Deane Be Physically Active

The group meets quarterly to:

  • identify shared local priorities and appropriate initiatives to increase the number of people participating in sport and physical activity.
  • to share updates on recent success and challenges.
  • to act as an interface between sport, health and physical activity.


The group will work collaboratively to achieve the following objectives:

  • Increasing participation in sport and physical activity.
  • Decrease levels of inactivity.
  • Widening access to physical activity and sport across Basingstoke and Deane
  • Securing investment for sport and physical activity by collaborative funding bids.
  • A shared vision through joint working across sectors and pooling knowledge and resource.

Who is involved, and what current opportunities are available?

Organisations with a direct interest in sport and physical activity within Basingstoke and Deane as well as those who have an interest in the benefits and broader social outcomes.

The following organisations are members of Basingstoke and Deane Get Active:

We organise free and low cost opportunities including health walks, free swimming for over 55’s and many more opportunities.

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council opportunities include

  • Kicks Football for 11 – 19 year olds
  • Free Swimming Lessons for over 55’s
  • Breeze Bike rides
  • Health Walks
  • Coach to 5km courses
  • Buggy Fit
  • Baby and Me
  • Steady and Strong

The council offer bursaries for those wishing to undertake sports coaching courses.

Basingstoke and Deane Health and Wellbeing Partnership shared plan

Basingstoke and Deane Health and Wellbeing Partnership shared plan - A voluntary network of organisations seeking to improve health outcomes for the population of the borough through local leadership and influence. The plan has four key outcomes, with the co-ordination of the ‘Be Physically Active’ strand the responsibility of Basingstoke and Deane Get Active, with the desired outcome to increase rates of physical activity in the borough, and decrease the rate of inactivity.

The County Sports Partnership

Energise Me

Energise Me exist to beat inactivity and are committed to unlocking opportunities for people of all ages to beat inactivity for life. Energise Me are the County Sports Partnership in Hampshire and belong to a national network of County Sports Partnerships that specialize in delivering national reach and local impact, and are committed to unlocking opportunities for people of all ages to beat inactivity for life.

Leisure facilities - including swimming pools, fitness classes, fully equipped gyms and sports halls

Basingstoke Sports Trust

Basingstoke Sports Trust – manage and run the Basingstoke Sports Centre based at Festival Place, and is a non for profit social enterprise and a registered charity, who seek at all times to provide affordable, value for money facilities and activities for sport, recreation and leisure for the benefit of the population they serve. Facilities include:

  • swimming pools
  • squash courts
  • 186-station mixed gym
  • a separate ladies only gym
  • sports hall
  • three fitness studios
  • a pedal studio
  • a multi-purpose activity room offering around 100 classes per week
Basingstoke and Deane Community Leisure Trust

Basingstoke and Deane Community Leisure Trust is a company limited by guarantee who operate the Basingstoke Aquadrome, Basingstoke Golf Centre and Tadley Pool. Their vision is the creation and maintenance of a first class range of healthy leisure and recreational activities and facilities to serve all parts of the community of Basingstoke and Deane. Facilities include:

  • the gym
  • swimming pools
  • sauna and steam room
  • workout studio offering over 50 classes a week
  • a crèche

Community schools - offering sport and physical activity opportunities and facilities

Everest Community Academy

The Everest Health and Leisure Club is part of the Everest Community Academy in Basingstoke, and provides excellent facilities including:

  • A modern, fully equipped gymnasium
  • Dance studio
  • Main hall/theatre
  • Sports hall
  • Conference rooms
  • Outstanding outdoor facilities including a 3rd generation synthetic turf pitch and numerous grass pitches
Testbourne Community School

Testbourne Leisure and Learning Centre is part of Testbourne Community School. The Community Office run a busy programme of courses, clubs and activities, fitness gym and classes ranging from Brownies to Bendy Bears and Ballroom Dancing.

A vast range of indoor and outdoor facilities are available to hire including a sports hall, theatre hall, sports pitches and swimming pool.

The Hurst Community School

The Hurst Community School – The Hurst Leisure and Learning Centre host adult education courses and have a vast range of first class facilities available to everyone, including Woodlands Gym and a weekly programme of fitness classes, for use by the local and wider community.

The Vyne Community School

The Vyne Community School has a wide range of facilities and a diverse range of classes and groups that meet at the Vyne. Sports facilities available to hire include a sports hall (4 x badminton court), large playing fields, and newly resurfaced hard courts.

Voluntary Organisations

Basingstoke Sports Council

Basingstoke Sports Council (BSC) is a voluntary sporting organisation with committee members representing the major sports in the area. BSC works 'with and for the local sports community' alongside a variety of partners and primarily the Borough Council. Its two major events being the prestigious annual Sports Awards plus annual Festival of Sport with German twin town Euskirchen. A wide range of sporting issues are discussed at regular meetings.

Basingstoke Voluntary Action

Basingstoke Voluntary Action (BVA) – whether you are a charitable, voluntary or community group looking for help and advice, or a resident wanting information on community services, charities or activities, you can find all the help and advice you need at BVA. Our comprehensive database and website provides useful guidance and contact information for a wide range of organisations and services to assist groups and individual members of the Basingstoke and Deane community.

Further Education

Queen Mary College

Queen Mary College (QMC) – QM Sports Centre is a state-of-the-art leisure facility based on the campus at QMC. The centre provides a friendly and welcoming facility for the college’s stakeholders and the local community to participate in physical exercise. It is a key hub for local community sport, boasting a wide range of facilities including:

  • a fitness suite,
  • 23m swimming pool,
  • fitness studio,
  • sports hall,
  • gymnasium,
  • sand-based astro pitch and 3G football pitch.
Basingstoke College of Technology

Basingstoke College of Technology (BCoT) is a dynamic college with industry-standard facilities in a large campus in Basingstoke and a new training centre in nearby Bordon. The College offers advanced technical, vocational and academic qualifications that help our students go onto university, higher training or work.

Basingstoke School Games Organiser

Basingstoke School Games Organiser – the role of the School Games Organiser is to drive participation in school games competitions and increase the number of young people taking part in inter school sport competitions. This includes competitive opportunities for all, including the least active.


North Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group

The vision of the North Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group is to make a positive difference to the health and wellbeing of our population by delivering excellent patient experience and clinical outcomes, and to see a better integrated health and social care system for the future.

West Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group

West Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group - GPs in west Hampshire are supporting a campaign to get people walking more . Physical activity has a positive impact on health and happiness and even small changes can make a big difference. Sitting for long periods of time can cause premature aging and diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, dementia and depression. The only thing that can prevent this damage is being more active!

Contact details

For more information please contact Claire Leaney, Senior Health and Wellbeing Officer - by emailing

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