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Get moving

We know that being active helps you

  • get better sleep
  • feel better about your body and yourself
  • take your mind off your worries
  • generate ‘feel-good’ hormones

Why get active?

Studies show that being active can protect you against low mood and anxiety, and can also help reduce the symptoms of depression.

Leeds teenagers Lem, Tian and Liam found their mental health improved when they got active. Find out how they made their move…

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Make your move!

There are loads of ways you could get active in Leeds.

Here are some we know are free or low-cost, focused on young people, where you can expect a warm welcome from someone who really understands how to support you and your mental health.


Leeds Youth Alliance (South, West and East Leeds)

Lots of activities are available, including dance, skating, ping pong, skateboarding, karate and boxing.

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Let's Do More CIC (Citywide)

Offers community basketball sessions with a focus on young people’s wellbeing, including a girls-only session. There’s also a programme for young people who want to play more seriously.

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Dance Action Zone Leeds (Citywide)

DAZL is all about dance for wellbeing. Dance sessions are on offer across Leeds. No special clothes needed. Young people can also volunteer.

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Connect Together (LS10, LS11, LS12, LS13)

Link in with a worker for emotional and wellbeing support (5-19 yrs) to help you get active as well as physical activity opportunities and creative activities.

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Fall Into Place (LS14)

Offers activities including a ‘wheels’ session in Rein Park (skating, boarding, cycling and scooting), a Sports Leaders programme, youth theatre, dance, karate and boxing.

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Seacroft Community on Top (East Leeds)

Offers football sessions, a community gym, dance classes for children and teens, and Big Club Fitness, for older teens/adults with bigger bodies. Classes range from 50p to £2.

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RJC Dance (Chapeltown)

Offers free dance taster sessions in school holidays, RJC Dance also provides a youth programme for a small annual fee.

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Barca (West Leeds)

Includes urban dance, a gym and football sessions with Leeds Unite Football Club foundation.

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Chapeltown Youth Development Centre (LS7)

Range of activities including yoga, football, boxing, rugby and basketball, CFYDC also offers a mental health-focused project, Every Mind Matters.

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LS-TEN (South Leeds)

More than a skatepark, it’s a community. Weekly youth clubs, free skating/ boarding sessions in parks, roller disco evenings and Get Active camps in school holidays.

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Re:Establish (South Leeds)

Offers opportunities to get involved in a range of activities, including dance, boxercise, a community gym and music.

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New Wortley Community Centre (LS12)

A welcoming space for 11-17 yr olds. Free gym, plus yoga, boxercise and bike training. Open Thursdays, 4-5pm.

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St Luke's Cares (South Leeds)

Weekly sessions including mountain biking, football and multi-sports. Click below for info – go to RISE (males) and SHINE project (females)

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