Toggle menu

Play On

Community football activities in East Gateshead, High Fell and Deckham

We're creating more opportunities for adults living in East Gateshead, High Fell and Deckham to improve their health and wellbeing through sport.

We're delivering the Play On programme together with Sport England, the Football Foundation and local partners including Gateshead Older People's Assembly and Edberts House.

Play On sessions

Most sessions are completely free to join. 

Walking football

Walking football offers several health benefits, such as reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke while improving blood pressure. It also gives you the chance to become involved in something you really enjoy while making new friends. 

Where and when:

  • Whitehills Community Centre, 1.30 to 2.30pm on Mondays
  • Gateshead International Stadium, 6 to 7pm on Thursdays (in partnership with Gateshead FC - all participants welcome)
  • Gateshead Older People's Assembly, Deckham, 10 to 11am and 11am to 12 noon on Fridays (for participants aged 50+)

Soccercise fitness

Get involved in fun activities to help you keep fit and healthy, including soccercise, boxercise, multi-sports and more! A great way to support your wellbeing in a welcoming and relaxed environment.

Where and when:

  • Larkspur House, 9.30 to 10.30am on Tuesdays - all participants welcome

Girls and Goals - Lion Lasses

Feeling inspired by the Lionesses? These sessions are aimed at beginners to football or players who have not played for a while and are looking to get back into the game. Women of all abilities and fitness levels welcome!

Where and when:

  • The Elgin Centre, Deckham, 6 to 7pm on Tuesdays (aged 16+)

Women's HUB fitness sessions

Get involved in fun activities to help you keep fit and healthy, including soccercise, boxercise, multi-sports and more! A great way to support your wellbeing in a welcoming and relaxed environment.

Where and when:

  • Edberts House, 10 to 11am on Thursdays (for women aged 16+)

Active Through Families

For families in the local community. Adults and children are welcome to sign up and come along to take part in fun and friendly games that support both physical and mental health. Sessions are run by staff from the Hat-trick project and Gateshead FC Foundation. We will also have regular workshops that will support members such as cooking sessions, crafts and community awareness activities.

Where and when:

  • The Elgin Centre, Deckham, 5 to 6pm on Wednesdays 
  • Whitehills Community Centre, 5 to 6pm on Fridays

Refugee football

Free and friendly football sessions for members of the refugee community, delivered by Gateshead FC coaches.

Where and when:

  • Elgin Centre, 6 to 7pm on Wednesday

Man V Fat

MAN v FAT Football is a unique network of weight loss football clubs across the UK, exclusively for men who have a BMI of 27.5 or over. Players can score goals both on the pitch and off the pitch, as weight loss progress directly impacts your team's performance.

Where and when:

  • Gateshead International Stadium, 8.30 to 9.30pm on Wednesdays

Limited number of free places available for eligible players in Gateshead. Check if you're eligible to play for free, find out more about MAN v FAT and register at MAN V FAT Gateshead (opens new window) or by calling 0345 163 1042.