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International Women’s Day 2017

Today is International Women’s Day and we’re taking this opportunity to celebrate the sportswomen who use Playfinder to get involved in grassroot sports. International Women’s Day is an annually held initiative to recognise women’s historical, social, economic, cultural and sporting achievements of women.

Compared with this time last year, the amount of women using Playfinder to search and book sports facilities has almost doubled, and in acknowledgement of this, this International Women’s Day we wanted to recommend some of our best venues for the most popular sports among women on our website.


We’ve found that the top 4 sports among female sports players are badminton, tennis, squash, and football, and here are the best courts and pitches for those sports in London:


Finsbury Leisure Centre:

Finsbury Leisure Centre is a great option if you’re looking for badminton courts in Central London, you can even book instantly using our online calendar. Just head to Old Street underground station to play at one of our most popular venues.

Other badminton courts in London:

Poplar Baths Leisure Centre (East London)

John Orwell Sports Centre (East London)

Harris Academy Bermondsey (South London)

Kensington Aldridge Academy (West London)


Islington Tennis Centre:

If you’re based in North London, check out Islington Tennis Centre for top quality indoor tennis courts, and outdoor macadam courts. There’s free parking and changing rooms onsite but if you’d rather use public transport, Caledonian Road on the Piccadilly line is the closest station.

Other tennis courts in London:

Westway Sports Centre: indoor and clay courts (West London)

Rosemary Gardens: outdoor macadam courts (North London)

John Orwell Sports Centre: outdoor macadam courts (East London)

Colombo Centre: outdoor macadam courts (South London)


Queen Mother Sports Centre:

Queen Mother Sports Centre couldn’t be better placed if your looking to play squash in the capital. Right next to Victoria station, the centre also has an internal squash league if you’re after some competitive match play.

Other squash courts in London:

Harrow Leisure Centre (North West London)

Brixton Recreation Centre (South London)

Finsbury Leisure Centre (North London)

Walthamstow Leisure Centre (North East London)


Drapers Field:

There aren’t many better 3G football pitches than the one at Drapers Field in East London. You can play 5 a side and 11 a side and the pitch is floodlit for evening games, just head to Leyton station on the Central line. Book online now!

Other football pitches in London:

Calthorpe Project: 5 a side on astroturf (Central London)

Nescot College: 5 a side on concrete and indoor, 7 & 11 a side on grass (South East)

Trailfinders Sports Club: 5 & 7 a side on 3G astroturf (West London)

Sacred Heart Catholic School: 5, 6 & 7 a side on 3G astroturf (South London)


To find more courts and pitches for 16 sports in London, head to our homepage. Happy International Women’s Day!