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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.


Sport and Club Development

A wide range of sporting opportunities are available in Carlisle. We recognise and value the commitment made by local clubs to develop high quality, welcoming and safe environments for everyone.

We provide advice, support and funding to sports clubs and coaches to enable them to develop.

Coach Education

We are committed to developing and supporting new and existing volunteers, leaders and coaches within Carlisle.

We provide support for courses through the Coach/Instructor Grant Award Scheme.

Club Grant Scheme

We provide a grant award that can provide up to £300 for Clubmark accredited clubs or up to £150 for clubs who are working towards accreditation. Clubs who don't have accreditation will be offered assistance and guidance on club development.


Clubmark Accreditation recognises and values the commitment made by sports clubs to develop high quality, welcoming environments for young participants. We have a list of Clubmark Accredited Clubs in the Carlisle District.

Map of Sports Facilities

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