Cheap summer sports

Getting active costs a lot less than you’d think, with a load of cash-saving sports activities on offer during the sunny months adults and kids can break a sweat without having to break the bank.

Get running

If you want to join a free, friendly running community, then find your local Parkrun. These 5km timed runs for adults start at 9am every Saturday morning in parks and countryside around Britain. Kids can try Junior Parkrun, 2km courses for children aged four to 14.

Make a date

Being part of a big sporting event is a brilliant mood-booster, especially if you don’t have to pay for it. Before you put on your trainers, log on to to find out what’s happening near you. The website also lists local sports clubs and inspiring charity challenges.

What a racket!

Tennis for Kids is a free tennis teaching programme for children aged five to eight who are new to the sport. The Lawn Tennis Association also organises events throughout the year with many parks and clubs offer free sessions for kids and families.

Balls for all

Young footie nuts can go football crazy honing their passing and tackling at FA Skills football coaching sessions. For boys and girls aged five to 11, sessions costs no more than £3.

Make some waves

If your kids are keen swimmers, sign them up to a free outdoor swimming and water safety course for seven to 14 year olds at 22 open water locations across the UK. Children, who must be able to swim 25 metres, will be taught safety skills and what to do if they find themselves in difficulty.

Love your local park

Make the most of your local park by joining in free classes held there each week. Whether you want to chill out with some yoga or go for broke at a training bootcamp, you’re bound to find a sport to suit. Find listings for what’s happening in parks near you at

Free for all

Tennis for free works with local councils, tennis clubs and coaches to provide free weekly coach-led sessions in public parks. It also works with councils to provide access to courts for free in as many parks as possible.

Keep it local

Every local authority will offer different discounted sports sessions and it’s worth finding out what’s on offer. For example, some councils offer free swimming for under 16s during the school holidays. Check out your council website to find out what cheap deals will get your heart pumping.