Dacorum has a range of fantastic sports facilities and venues, whether you’re a beginner or reaching for Olympic standard, we have something for everyone. We work closely with local clubs, schools and organisations to offer opportunities for you to be more active in your local area. Find out what’s important to us and our aims over the next few years through our Physical Activity and Sport Strategy (PDF 3MB).
Latest news and events
Your Town Get-Together 5k run
On Sunday 22 September 2019 (10am), we've organised our first ever Your Town Get-Together 5k run in Hemel Hempstead to bring the local community together and bring energy to our town.
All profits from ticket sales (which range from £6.50 to £21.50) are donated directly to DENS and Sunnyside, to support all of the fantastic work they do with homeless and vulnerable people.
The route is a 5km loop, starting and finishing by Riverside Shopping Centre. We encourage everyone to join us in town on the day of the event to cheer the runners on and get involved in bringing a positive energy to Hemel Hempstead town centre.
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Boasting eight swimming pools (including a lido), gyms and racket sports courts, our local leisure centres in Hemel Hempstead and Berkhamsted and Jarman Park Athletics Track are run by Everyone Active. These venues provide amazing facilities for you to enjoy and are home to a huge number of sports clubs, from scuba diving to trampolining.
It’s also the main base for Sapphire Gymnastics, where double Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast Max Whitlock started his career.
Meanwhile, at the athletics track, you’ll find an eight-lane, 400-metre floodlit track plus a full-sized football pitch, clubroom, shower and toilet facilities.
Nestled in the Chiltern Hills, Hemel Hempstead provides a challenging terrain for ambitious cyclists and has hosted both the Tour of Britain (2014 and 2017) and the Women's Tour (2015).
The Dacorum Cycle Hub opened in 2017 and is the perfect place to take a rest, meet like-minded cyclists, have a cup of tea or get your bike serviced. Free guided rides operate on weekends and Bikeability courses are also run from the Hub. The nearby Nickey Line provides a great route for families and cycling groups.
If you're into extreme sports, The XC is home to an impressive skate park, a 14-metre high climbing wall, one of the world's largest organic indoor caving systems and a challenging high ropes course.
You’ll find London’s closest real snow slope in Hemel Hempstead at The Snow Centre. With a huge 160-metre main slope, as well as the largest indoor ski lesson slope in the UK, it's perfect for all your indoor skiing and snowboarding needs.
And ice skating fans are well catered for at Planet Ice skating rink at Jarman Square, which is also used as a practice rink for ITV show Dancing on Ice.
With a mild climate, Hemel Hempstead is a great place to get out for a round of golf. And there are a range of venues for you to test your skills. Little Hay Golf Complex in Bovingdon boasts an 18-hole course and driving range, and offers tuition for adults and children. And despite only opening in 2013, The Centurion Club near Leverstock Green has already hosted a European Tour event - the GolfSixes tournament.
Find a club
If you’re looking for a club to help you get back into sport, or to help you progress to the next level, visit The Dacorum Sports Partnership for a list of clubs in the local area.
There’s plenty more to discover - we have skate parks, walking routes, health walks, Park Runs in Tring and Hemel Hempstead, sports pitches and floodlit pitches at our Adventure Playgrounds, bowls, fishing… the list is endless. If you haven’t found what you’re looking for why not try using a popular online search engine and type in your sport alongside “Hemel” or “Dacorum”?
If you'd like to find out more or if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us:
Telephone: 01442 228000 and ask for 'Active Dacorum'
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