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Link4Life provide a variety of sessions for children & young people at various venues across the borough.

Soft Play

Come along and allow your children to play, explore, learn and make friends at our exciting and safe soft play sessions. Children can climb, crawl and play on the fun soft obstacles and ball pools.

Middleton Arena
Tuesdays 1.30pm-2.30pm
Cost: £1

Rochdale Leisure Centre
Tuesdays 1pm-2.30pm
Cost: £1

Heywood Sports Village                                                                               
Tuesdays 9.30am-12noon
Cost: £2.10

Littleborough Sports Centre
Monday 10am-11am
Cost: £2.20 or £2 with L4L card.

Contact the Centre for bookings.


Balanceability is the UK's only accredited learn to cycle programme for children 6 years. Learn to balance glide and ride through fun games and skills using our very own balance bikes.


Buggy Fit

A fantastic session to get you back into fitness after your new arrival.

Buggy Fit is a safe, effective and specific 45 minute workout led by a post-natal specialist, without any childcare concerns as your workout will be tailored around your baby and their buggy! Tea and coffee is available at the end of the session when you can make new friends and benefit from the social fun these classes bring.

Middleton Arena
Cost: £4

Buggy Fit: 11.30am-12.15pm
Soft Play & Social: 12.15pm-1pm

Suitable for parents/carers with babies 0 - crawling. Contact Middleton Arena for more information on 0161 6624000.

Link4Life offers young people the opportunity to access fitness and gym sessions at a number of centres. This includes both youth gym and fitness classes. 

Youth Gym

Bowlee Park Sports Centre for 8-16 year olds
Monday & Tuesday 4.30pm-7.30pm
Thursday & Friday 4.30pm-6.30pm
Saturday 12pm-1pm 

Heywood Sports Village for 8-15 year olds
Monday 5pm -6pm
Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday 5pm-7pm
Thursdays 6pm-7pm
Saturday & Sunday 10am-12noon

Middleton Arena for 12-15 year olds
Monday, Wednesday & Friday 4pm-5pm
Tuesday& Thursday 5pm-6pm

Rochdale Leisure Centre for 12-15 year olds
Tuesday 5pm-7pm
Thursday 5pm-6pm
Friday 4pm-6pm
Saturday 10am-11am

Junior Fitness Classes

Boxer Circuit
Bowlee Park Sports Centre Tuesdays 4.45pm-5.45pm for 5-15 year olds

Junior Circuits
Heywood Sports Village Tuesday 6-7pm & Thursday 5-6pm for 8-16 year olds

Rochdale Leisure Centre Thursday 4.15pm-5pm | 11-15 year olds
A different fitness class each week including boxer circuits, spinning, yoga plus more

Contact the Centre to book onto both Youth Gym and Junior Fitness Classes.

Energy Club

Are you looking to improve your families overall health and wellbeing, concerned about your child’s weight or want your family to become more active? Then the Energy Club is here to give you advice, support and guide you into a healthier lifestyle.

Energy Club is a fun, educational and active course for the whole family to promote a healthy lifestyle.

The course is made up of interactive nutrition education sessions for parents/carers as well as fun physical activity sessions for the children - the whole family learning and having fun together.

The course is FREE and available to families with children aged 5-12 year olds.

Fully qualified sports coaches will deliver a dynamic programme of physical activity which will include fun games, sports, fitness and physical challenges delivered by Link4Life sports coaches.

Pennine Acute’s Healthy Weight Team will lead on providing nutritional and wellbeing support for parents/carers covering topics around nutritional components, food labels,  goal setting and physical activity.

If you feel your family would benefit from the Energy Club Programme you can self-refer by contacting the Healthy Weight Team who will give you information on upcoming courses near you.

For more information please contact the Healthy Weight Team on 01706 901822 or Leigh-anne Carnall at Link4Life on 01706924840 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sportivate is a nationwide campaign that captures the excitement of sport and London 2012 by providing attractive, affordable and sustainable sporting opportunities for teenagers and young adults in the sport of their choice and guiding them into regular participation within their community.

Sportivate offers those who are not participating regularly in sport (or only for a limited amount of time) the opportunity to take part in 6 to 8 weeks of high quality coaching sessions and supports them to continue playing sport afterwards.

Are you 14–25 years-old and want to try a new sport? If so, Sportivate could be the programme for you.

What is it?

Aimed at children aged 4-7, these one hour sessions are designed to build water confidence in children safely. We will supply the wetsuits, buoyancy aids and the adventure.

Mini Splash starts at the water’s edge with some fun games to get children used to the water. Once we are ready we will set off on a journey of discovery in our smaller boats. On our way back we get into the water and play some fun games and splash around.

For Mini Splash bookings please contact us on 01706 370499 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Everyone will need a towel, swimming costume and spare footwear.

Link4Life Fit and Fed programme: Tackling Holiday Hunger, Social Isolation and Inactivity. In partnership with Rochdale Borough Council, NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Clinical Commissioning Group and Tesco Bags for Help.

Throughout the school holidays starting 30th July 2018.
Age 5 - 11                  
Food included

Places are limited.  

To reserve your child’s place call into the participating libraries or call the numbers below during opening hours.  Library opening hours can be found here

Balderston Library, Platting Lane, Rochdale, OL11 2HD                                     T: 01706 640438
Turf Hill Community Centre, Neston Road, Rochdale, OL16 4XW  
Darnhill Library, Argyle Street, Rochdale, OL10 3RY                                           T: 01706 927272
Junction Library & Community Centre, Grimshaw Lane, Middleton, M24 2BW   T: 0161 654 8910
Langley Library, Windermere Road, Middleton, M24 4LA                                    T: 0161 654 8911
Bowlee Park Sports Centre, Windermere Road, M24 4LA
Smallbridge Library, Stevenson Square, Rochdale, OL12 9SA                            T: 01706 659978

Football Sessions

Football coaching, skills and fun games

Friday: Bowlee Park Sports Centre 5.30pm-7.30pm for 8-16 year olds

To book please contact the Centre.


Total Gymnastics Academies are excited to be working with Link4Life in three of their centres to give children aged 2 and above the opportunity to experience recreational gymnastics.  The programmes follow child friendly rewards schemes and follow a clear development pathway.

Rochdale Leisure Centre
Tuesday 4pm-5pm: Bright Stars (aged 4-5)
Tuesday 5pm-6pm: Shooting Stars (aged 6-7)

Heywood Sports Village
Wednesday 4.15pm-5.15pm: Bright Stars (aged 4-5)
Wednesday 5.30pm-6.30pm: Shooting Stars (aged 6-7)
Wednesday 4.45pm-6.45pm: (aged 8+)

Middleton Arena
Tuesday 4.15pm-5.15pm: Bright Stars and Shooting Stars (aged 4-7)
Tuesday 5.30pm-7.30pm: Beth Tweddle Academy (aged 8+)
Saturday 9am-10am: Twinkle Stars (aged 2-3)
Saturday 10.15am-11.15am: Bright Stars (aged 4-5)
Saturday 11.30am-12.30pm: Shooting Stars (aged 6-7)

Click here to book course: http://www.totalgymnastics.co.uk/find_a_class

Multi-Sport Clubs

Link4Life’s qualified sports coaches deliver a number of fun and energetic multi-sport sessions for young people 5-12 years. Learn new skills, make new friends and have loads of fun taking part in sports such as crab football, pirate crickets, tennis, dodgeball and much more.

Active Kids
Thursday: Littleborough Sports Centre 3.45-4.45pm for  4-7 years olds        

To book please contact the Centre.


Come along and develop your skills on the athletics track! Session includes throws, jumps, running on the track and other fun activities.

Monday: Kingsway Park Sports Centre 6.30pm-7.30pm for 8 -11 year olds

To book contact Kingsway Park on 01706 750894


Adventure Activities

We have the following adventure activity sessions running at Hollingworth Lake Activity Centre and Littleborough Sports Centre.

  • Archery
  • Climbing
  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Windsurfing

For more information please call Hollingworth Lake Activity Centre on 01706 370499 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Link to HOLWAC Adventure Activities

Link4Life Fit and Fed Programme

Link4Life Fit and fed programme 2017. Tackling Holiday Hunger, Social Isolation and Inactivity. In partnership with Rochdale Borough Council, NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Clinical Commissioning Group and Tesco Bags for Help.


The junior parkrun is run by volunteers, free of charge and linked to the national junior parkrun  events.

Contact Su at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or check out their Facebook page Queen’s Park junior parkrun Rochdale for more information.

Children's Birthday Parties

Click on the image below for details.

School Holiday programme

Follow the link and to the Go4it School Holiday page.

More Information

  • Follow this link to the NHS website to see how much physical activity children and young people need to do to keep healthy.

Class Timetable

Follow the link and select Children & Young People Group.

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