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Merton Council’s leader hailed the borough’s first Big Sports Day on Sunday 24 September a stunning success.

Councillor Ross Garrod said: “It’s been an amazing day and so good to see so many people enjoy themselves and get involved in activities. It’s been a stunning success. The day shows that Merton is more than ready to be London’s Borough of Sport.

“This is only the start of our journey and I hope this day acts as a springboard for more people in the borough to get involved in sport and activities whatever their age and ability.”

The Big Sports Day featured a range of free sporting activities including football, cricket, martial arts, BMXing, new age kurling and rugby.

A host of local sporting legends including Ray Stevens, who won his Silver in Judo in the 1992 Olympics and 92-year-old Jane Asher BEM went to the event, plus a cameo appearance by legendary bass player Jah Wobble.

To find out what went on at Merton’s Big Sport’s Day, see below.

Download the map to explore the site and everything that's on offer across the day.

Map of Merton’s Big Sports Day

Pick up a physical copy of the map to earn stamps that help you to win Borough of Sport prizes.

Toilets are available both within the leisure centre and around the site. Baby change and disabled toilets are within the leisure centre.

Food vendors are clearly marked and are open until 4pm.

Photography and video will be captured on site, these photos may be used by Merton Council for education, archival and promotional purposes.

Our ambition is to become London’s Borough of Sport - by creating more low-cost and free opportunities for residents to get active, by celebrating the area’s sporting heritage and by investing in our sporting infrastructure to ensure opportunity for all. 

This is your chance to get involved, as we throw our first ever borough-wide Big Sports Day to showcase all the fantastic facilities, organisations and opportunities in Merton. 

Leader Ross Garrod invites you to Merton's BIG sports day

Video transcript

Hi I'm Councillor Ross Garrod, Leader of Merton Council and I'm here at Canons House to invite you to Merton's Big Sports Day, which will be on Sunday 24 September - here from 10am to 4pm.

There'll be a whole host of activities that are free to take part in, they're for all ages and all abilities. Make sure you bring your training kit and your swimming kit to take part.

I'm now just going to tell you a few things that are going on the day.

At Mitcham's Victorian running track, we will have a velodrome, BMX track and it also be a place for you to park your bike or Forest e-bike.

Football, rugby and tennis will be available on the recreation ground.

Have a go at hockey or try skateboarding.

You can try badminton, netball, cricket or the obstacle course. And don't forget, if you want to try swimming for free, bring your kit.

We're running yoga classes here in the tranquil walled gardens and on the West Lawn, we will have a wellness zone, self-defence, a climbing wall and our stage. And that's where we'll be celebrating our Summer Reading Challenge winners.

And at Madeira Hall, we'll have boccia, seated tennis and curling.

So if you are less mobile, there will be activities for you as well.

So don't forget, Merton's Big Sports Day, on Sunday the 24 of September, 10am to 4pm.

I'll see you there.

Join us for South West London’s biggest-ever community sports event, where residents will have the chance to get stuck in and try something new, for free. From cycling to football, yoga to tennis – there are activities for all ages and abilities on offer. 

Merton’s Big Sports Day brings together the clubs, coaches and providers who can support you to get involved and get active. Activities will be available with AFC Wimbledon, the All England Lawn Tennis Club, Tooting & Mitcham FC, Motspur Park FC, Mitcham Cricket Club, Merton Saints BMX club and a host of other local organisations. 

Sunday 24 September will see the event take over the entire Canons House and Grounds site, with activities available across the day. The leisure centre on site will be completely free to use on the day, including the swimming pool. 

The event marks the start of a programme of activity as we work towards becoming London’s Borough of Sport.

Loads of local sports and community clubs will be at the event, including:  

  • GLL  
  • AFC Wimbledon 
  • Motspur Park FC 
  • Tooting and Mitcham United 
  • Fulham FC Foundation 
  • Sean McInnes Sports Coaching 
  • Morden Little League 
  • The All England Lawn Tennis Club 
  • The Wimbledon Club 
  • Mitcham Cricket Club 
  • Mitcham Bowls Club 
  • Merton Croquet Club 
  • Boom Boom Netball 
  • Great Britain Top Team 
  • Urban Dance City 
  • Merton RFC 
  • Kings Rugby 
  • Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club 
  • Merton Hockey Club Juniors 
  • Dink Pickleball 
  • Wimbledon Pickleball 
  • Merton Saints BMX Club 
  • Croydon Elite Basketball Club 
  • Wimbledon Guild 
  • Age UK 
  • The Proper Blokes Club 
  • Catch 22 
  • SSAFA – the Armed Forces Charity 
  • Merton Uplift 
  • Attic Theatre Company 
  • Merton Moves  

and many others! 

The event will have a full programme of presentations and demonstrations happening on stage. This includes the prizegiving for the Merton Libraries Summer Reading Challenge, and demonstrations and activities on stage. There’ll also be a pop-up velodrome, a heritage trail around the site, food and drink, and lots of different activities to try out, whatever your age or ability.

Everyone can take part – no matter what your age or physical ability – and we encourage you to get stuck into the activities and try something new. 

Most activities can be adapted for those who need additional support, with some of our providers specifically working with less mobile people or those with disabilities.  

These include Boccia, new age Kurling and seated or walking versions of many sports. 

Everything in the Canons Leisure Centre will be free on the day – and prebooking has been disabled for the date of the event, to allow event attendees to take advantage of what’s on offer. As well as gym access for non-members and free swimming (which you can book on the day), the sports halls and multi-use pitches will host a range of sporting activities across the day. 

If you can’t get to the Canons, there will be free events at all of Merton’s leisure centres. 

The most important things to bring are: 

  • Comfy exercise-appropriate clothing and footwear

  • Swimming kit if you want to use the pool  

  • Your bike – lots of cycle parking available and you can also use your own on the pop-up velodrome or BMX track (limited bikes available to borrow at the velodrome) 

  • Food and drink are available on site from a range of vendors, but feel free to bring your own and use our picnic area. 

  • Most importantly, bring buckets of enthusiasm to try something new. 

There will be good food available to buy, picnic areas to eat what you’ve brought or bought, as well as free water stations to keep you hydrated as you get active. 

The Canons is well served by public transport via Mitcham tram stop, Mitcham Junction train station and tram stop, and Mitcham Eastfields train station. You can also reach the Canons on bus routes 118, 127, 264, 270, 280, 355. Alternatively, you could cycle to the event, where bike parking will be available. 

Full address for google maps is: Canons House and Grounds, Mitcham CR4 4HD