The UK is set to come alive this summer with an impressive lineup of sporting events. Following the highly anticipated London Marathon, this summer, people from across the country will be tuning in to watch the Euros, Wimbledon and the Olympics.

There’s nothing like the buzz of these events to encourage people to get involved. Fortunately, Watford is an excellent place to dive into the action. Whether you want to participate in a new hobby to improve your fitness, meet the wider community or to simply try something new, there are ample sporting opportunities – particularly for residents based at The Clarendon, thanks to its central location.

  • Tennis

For those wanting to brush up on their tennis skills, Watford boasts numerous tennis clubs, catering to players of all levels. One of which is the West Herts & Watford Lawn Tennis Club, located just a 15-minute walk from The Clarendon. This club offers seven all-weather, floodlit courts, allowing for year-round play. It provides excellent facilities for individual, team, and social tennis in a friendly and relaxed environment. The club also features an active junior section with a highly regarded development program and hosts Friday night social sessions during the summer – the perfect place for families to come together to meet the wider community.

Another great option is the Cassiobury Tennis Club, situated in the Cassiobury Estate – which is just a 20-minute walk from The Clarendon. This family-oriented club welcomes competitive and social players of all standards, making it a fantastic choice.

  • Football

The pride of the town, Watford FC, competes in the EFL Championship. The club plays its home matches at Vicarage Road Stadium, a historic venue known for its passionate fans and great atmosphere – which residents of The Clarendon can see from the impressive 25th roof terrace. However, this summer, football fans are turning their attention to the upcoming Euros. Pubs across Watford will be broadcasting the matches live, creating a lively atmosphere as many cheer on England.

For those looking to get more involved in the sport, Watford offers numerous opportunities to play football at various levels. Local football clubs and leagues provide a chance for everyone to join in including Cassiobury Rangers FC, West Herts Football Club or Watford Town Youth FC.

  • Croquet

Croquet might not be the first sport that comes to mind, but it is a fantastic way to enjoy the outdoors, get involved in a strategic and skilful game, and connect with others. The Watford Croquet Club, located in Cassiobury Park and just 20 minutes walk from the Clarendon, is the heart of the local croquet scene. The club offers a friendly and sociable environment, welcoming players of all levels, from complete novices to experienced competitors. The club also hosts various social events throughout the year, providing a great way to enjoy croquet and the surroundings of Cassiobury Park.

  • Cricket

Next up is Watford Town Cricket Club. Based at Woodside Playing Fields, it is a great place for Watford residents wishing to join a cricket club or even those simply wanting to enjoy watching a match on a sunny afternoon. The club runs both junior and senior teams, offering coaching and competitive play for younger players and more experienced adults.

  • Athletics, Running & Cycling

Watford is an ideal location for those passionate about athletics, running, and cycling. The town offers excellent facilities, scenic routes, and active clubs that cater to all.

Harriers Athletics Club is the go-to for athletic facilities, welcoming all ages and abilities. It offers structured training sessions and opportunities to compete in a variety of track and field events. If you are into cycling, residents can also check out Watford Velo Sport, which organises regular group rides, training sessions and social events.

Watford is surrounded by several beautiful green spaces – in fact, there is an impressive eight parks within walking distance from The Clarendon. Cassiobury Park is one of the largest parks in the area and has become a popular spot for running thanks to its free (and very popular!) Cassiobury Parkrun, which is held every Saturday morning. Looking a little further afield, residents of The Clarendon can also gain quick and easy access to the beautiful Chiltern Hills. This Area of Outstanding National Beauty offers ample space for walkers, trail runners, and cyclists alike.

  • Private resident facilities

Residents of The Clarendon will also enjoy access to an impressive range of private residents’ facilities including two sky gardens located on the 7th and 25th floors – providing the perfect place to enjoy a spot of yoga. A state-of-the-art gymnasium – reminiscent of the world’s finest five-star hotels – is unlike anything else on the Watford market. As well as benefiting from having gym moments from their front door, it also provides great opportunities for residents to meet their neighbours.