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Localise your sports search

Playfinder launched to make life easier for sports players and venues alike. By providing a search and booking portal for people who want to play sport it has broken down barriers to a healthier and more active lifestyle.

In line with Sport England’s ambitions, the driving force behind Playfinder is helping more people from every background regularly and meaningfully taking part in sport. There are 15 sports listed on the site with thousands of active users already enjoying access to over 4000 pitches and courts on the database. Since inception there have been more than 14,000 bookings placed.

Localise your sports search

A continuation of this thinking saw the launch of bespoke London borough and localised pages. Here users in Croydon for example, can explore a sports booking portal that only lists venues within the borough. This delivers an even more streamlined avenue for people to find and book sports venues and facilities. According to Sport England’s report on participation 34% of the borough take part in one session a week.

Since the Croydon page went live in January this year there has been a surge of page visits for the 42 venues in the borough listed on Playfinder. Of those page visits 61.29% were enquiries for football, 17.04% for squash, 7% for tennis, 5% for tennis and 5% other sports on the site.

Sports lovers are able to book venues with just a click of a button or a swipe through the app. It’s perfect for anyone looking to take up a new sport and not sure where to play or a new inhabitant of the area. Perhaps your office has relocated and is looking for somewhere to get a weekly netball game going or a team-bonding event around a badminton tournament.

From the venues perspective based in the borough it allows new and current venues to list their facilities to a highly targeted audience. Playfinder gives users all the information they need on a venue around matters of facility details, prices, amenities, parking and best transport routes. A new feature on the venue page allows users to see a 360 degree view of the pitch or court – an example can be seen here at Three Corners Playground Adventure.

Playfinder has created a number of bespoke borough and localised pages and here is a definitive list. Check them out and explore some of the best places to enjoy sport and get active in and around London.

Local sports booking pages
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 Bespoke Borough Search and Booking Sports Portals

Barking & Dagenham Enfield Islington Richmond-upon-Thames
Barnet Epsom & Ewell Kensington & Chelsea Southwark
Bexley Greenwich Islington St Albans
Brent Hackney Kingston-upon-Thames Sutton
Bromley Hammersmith & Fulham Lambeth Tower Hamlets
Camden Haringey Lewisham Waltham Forest
City-of-London Harrow Luton Wandsworth
Croydon Havering Merton Watford
Dartford Hillingdon Newham  Westminster
Ealing Hounslow  Redbridge Windsor and Maidenhead