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Sports and Exercise

Sports and Exercise

St Helena is a great place to stay active in a fun way.

There is something for those who love to dance, who love team sport and for those who prefer to be on their own.

 

Golf

Golf

The St Helena Golf Club acknowledges its course as one of the most remote and interesting in the world, being commissioned in 1903 by the Governor of St Helena, sir Henry Galway.  Despite being just 4,783 yards long the nine-hole course, just around the corner from Longwood House is played twice with two different tee placements for each hole. There is also a club house available for banter and refreshments after a game. The clubhouse and bar are open on the evenings of Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from around 4.30pm.

Fishing at Westrocks Edward Thorpe
Fishing at Westrocks Edward Thorpe

Fishing

Fishing is an important source of employment and fresh produce for the island. St Helena’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) extends to 200 miles offshore. Until fairly recently only waters within 12-15 miles of St Helena were regularly fished. Catches are processed through a plant and cold storage facility in Rupert’s Valley. The main fish stocks are yellow-fin, long-fin, bulls-eye, skipjack tuna and wahoo – the island also has blue marlin, one of world’s most sought after sports fish.

Football on Francis Plain
Football on Francis Plain

Football

For the island and its community, the St Helena Island Football league is an eagerly anticipated sporting event each year. It is fiercely contested and supporters through the latter part of the year and can found on the islands only football pitch; Francis Plain with adjacent eager junior competitions.  Football has become one of the more popular based sporting activities based on the numbers who participate and watch loyally every weekend during the season.

Cricket

Cricket

Cricket remains one of two main participating and spectator sports on St Helena, with the season running from January to July.  The sport is played competitively at weekends on Prince Andrew School’s field, since a formal league was founded in 1903 by Honourable Humphrey Solomon, a local businessman.

Gym

Gym

Looking for a full cardio and weight workout at any time of the day or night, New Horizons runs a 24hr gym located in Half Tree Hollow which houses several cardio & weight lifting machines.  Signup must be done at New Horizons located in the lower part of Jamestown.

bootcamp

Bootcamp

Boot camp sessions are run by the New Horizons centre are held during the week for adult members of the public.  Sessions are held weekdays and on Saturdays.  The circuit training offers a form of body conditioning, resistance training and cardio, making the circuit diverse, versatile and challenging working each section of the body individually.

St Helena's Day Pool Games

Swimming

The islands only swimming pool is located in lower Jamestown at the Wharf, which traditionally opens from 10am.  In the summer months the pool is open on Wednesday from 7pm – 8:45pm.  Tuesday and Thursday also offer aqua aerobics activities from 4.30 – 5.30.  To gain access to the full sized pool and an infant pool – a small fee is asked for use of the facilities.  Currently the pool is managed by Dillon and Son.

Sport and leisure

Shooting

The Jamestown Rifle Club is situated in the Moat, The Wharf (Jamestown) is a Club for all ages to get the chance to shoot on a 25yard Range.  Saints trained at the Rifle Club have gone on to compete and been placed on the medal table in international gaming events.