The oldest and largest youth charity in the world

Across England and Wales, we operate as a federation with 116 local YMCAs that work to support young people in their communities. YMCAs share a common goal to create supportive, inclusive and energising communities where young people can truly belong, contribute and thrive.

We operate in almost 740 different communities across England and Wales impacting upon the lives of more than 630,000 people every year.

YMCA Physical Activity

We believe in the power of sport and physical activity to bring people together as well as the wider associated benefits, from increased self-confidence to better educational attainment, improved physiological health to better relationships. Sport has, and always will be, a fundamental part of what we do.

Across the country we have 36,000 gym members and encourage 500,000 people to be active through other sport development and commissioned programmes. In fact, we are one of the biggest voluntary sectors providers of sport programmes in the UK and have a hugely respected portfolio of training qualifications.

YMCA England & Wales has a long history of working with national agencies to deliver impactful sports participation programmes via the local network.

Find your local YMCA

YMCA Community Gyms

There are more than 30 YMCA gyms across England and Wales. A YMCA gym is a community where everyone can feel welcome and supported.

Find a YMCA gym

10-11 Charterhouse Square, London, EC1M 6EH