From Strip Clubs to the Olympics: Investigating the Art of Pole


Pavlena Todorova reveals how local fitness clubs are working to change perceptions of pole dancing from a sleazy profession to a global sport… Fitness clubs like Pole Ballet are training budding pole dancers to enter official championships. (Image Credit: Marina Iris) Trends and habits are changing rapidly in today’s world and the general attitude More...

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By Chiara Fiorillo On Thursday, December 15th, 2016

Opinion: How Islington Students Can Balance Academic and Outdoor Pursuits

Academic study and sporting pursuits are both important to many Londoners, but how can we combine the two? Chiara Fiorollo investigates… Image Credit: Wildfire Comms   Despite all of today’s technological More...

Badminton coach Wayne Bridge teaching participants at the Sobell Centre (Image Credit: Elfrida Society)
By Mike Stavrou On Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

Are Islington Council ‘All In’ For Disabled Sports?

Image Credit: Alastair Rae, licensed by CC BY-SA 2.0 Sport provides invaluable opportunities for the disabled community of Islington, but will a lack of funding prove detrimental for those who need it the most? More...

By Ghazzala Zubair On Friday, March 18th, 2016

Islington Boxing Club: The Beating Heart of the Community

Lenny Hagland, chairman and proprietor of Islington Boxing Club. Photo courtesy of   At the end of a long corridor, as though illuminated through a keyhole, Lenny Hagland can be seen More...

Cyclists mix with traffic waiting at a junction on the intimidating three lane Old Street roundabout. Photo credit: Valerie Browne
By Valerie Browne On Friday, February 26th, 2016
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Opinion – Why London’s Cycle Safety Needs Serious Attention

A pressing local issue; can outdated inner London road infrastructure cope with the fastest growing commuting trend in the area? Cyclists mix with traffic waiting at a junction on the intimidating three lane Old More...

By Rosemary Stopher On Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Cool running: East London is the new race hotspot

East London, the new racing hotspot? Photo: Josiah Mackenzie, Flickr   It was always raining, the ground was a mud pit, and your fingers were so cold you thought they might fall off any second. Ring any More...

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By Adam Mills On Saturday, February 15th, 2014

Video: Is London ready for its own NFL franchise?

We ask American football fans in London whether it would be a smart move for the NFL to cross the pond  More...

By Claudia Romeo On Saturday, February 8th, 2014

Video: Down at the park – What does it take to become a football pro?

Every Saturday teams of kids head to Islington’s parks to play football but only a handful, if any, will ever seriously aspire to a professional career in football. What hope for those who do want to play More...

The City Sentinels at their first competitive away game against the Kingston Cougars. © City Sentinels
By Adam Mills On Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

Podcast: American Football – big sport on the small island

The City Sentinels at their first competitive away game against the Kingston Cougars. © City Sentinels American Football has grown exponentially over the last few years in the UK. Since 2007, the International More...

By Adam Mills On Monday, December 2nd, 2013

How social media is helping the NFL grow in London

Islington doesn’t sound like a natural home for the US-born National Football League, but a couple of fans – aided by social media – are helping build the league’s popularity in London  More...