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We have superb leisure facilities in and around Carlisle

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Sport and Recreation

Carlisle City Council and their partners deliver high quality sport and physical activity programmes throughout the Carlisle district. We have superb leisure facilities in and around Carlisle providing activities for everyone at various levels of ability. Whether you join in for fun or you want to develop your skills further in a particular sport, we can help.

If you prefer the great outdoors, our walking programmes take place on various routes including parkland and woodland across Carlisle’s urban and rural district.

We also hold the annual Carlisle Sports Awards (see below) in partnership with Carlisle Sports Council.

Leisure facilities

Our leisure facilities at The Sands Centre, The Pools, Stony Holme Golf Course, Bitts Park Tennis and Recreation Area and the Sheepmount Athletics Stadium are managed by GLL, who work closely with us in providing high quality leisure services.


GLL is a non profit distributing organisation with charitable 'Trust' status which also operates a number of facilities in Carlisle which include The Sands Centre, 'The Pools', Stony Holme golf course and Sheepmount athletics stadium. Under the terms of the agreement with the Council, GLL is responsible for the management, operation and development of the leisure facilities.

One immediate benefit from the arrangement is the introduction of new membership initiatives which will allow customers to use Cockermouth Leisure Centre, Keswick Leisure Pool, Workington Leisure Centre & Pools as well as the facilities in Carlisle.


Sports Programmes

We have identified and are developing a number of sports through our partnership with GLL and the Cumbrian Sport and Physical Activity Alliance Foundation. Opportunities have been created for everyone to take part in sports all year round. See below for an outline of what we're currently involved with.


We provide, in partnership with GLL, opportunities for adults and children of all abilities to learn to play tennis, play competitively. We also run holiday time activities to allow children to try tennis for the first time.


Through our athletics development we look to develop opportunities for young people to participate in Athletics. This involves working closely with Carlisle Aspatria and Border Harriers (external link) Athletics Clubs.

If you find you enjoy athletics and want to join a local club, we can help you through the Star:Track Athletics programme.

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Please see the SPAAF website for current programmes and activities and booking information. This includes Sports Camps, Trampolining, Dance, Football, Startrack Athletics, Basketball, Tennis, Hockey, Rounders and more.

Map of Sports Facilities

This A to Z of services list provides links to service pages alphabetically