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Football at Wanstead Flats

Wanstead Flats is an iconic venue, and the perfect place to play football in East London; with excellent transport links, 60 pitches and a rich history in the beautiful game. Footballers such as:

  • John Terry
  • Jermain Defoe
  • Ledley King
  • Sol Campbell

began their careers here and you can play there too.

We run different types of hire across a large variety of pitches. From mini soccer to 11-a-side, there's something for players of all ages and abilities.


  • 60 pitches suitable for mini-soccer to 11-a-side games
  • A fully accessible facility at Harrow Road Changing Rooms, including equipment storage and lockers for teams
  • A converted disabled toilet at our Capel Road facility
  • A meeting room perfect for workshops, seminars and meetings
  • Free car parking

Our changing facilities are open: 

  • Mon – Fri, 9am – 5.30pm
  • Sat – Sun, 8am – 4.30pm

Facilities may be booked outside these hours, subject to staff availability.

Hire a pitch

We offer mini, youth and adult pitches on both a casual and season basis throughout the year.

Our winter season is from September to April, with our summer season making up the rest of the year. For a map of our pitches, please see our pitch map (300KB).

To book a pitch with us, please complete the appropriate booking form below:

When complete, please submit your form to us by email at:

Please read our terms and conditions (130KB) before making your booking.​ ​


Please see below for casual pitch hire prices for the winter season. All prices are inclusive of VAT. 

A 5% discount is included in season block booking prices, and payment plans are available on enquiry by email at:

Full-sized pitches

​Day ​Adult (18+) Youth (17-18)
and Female
​Child (U16)
£70​/£600 ​£55/£395 ​£40/£270
​£85/£855 ​£60/£575 ​£42/£345

Please note, teams must provide their own goal nets and corner flags.

Mini-soccer pitches

​Day ​Adult (18+) Youth (17-18)
and Female
​Child (U16)
​£40/£360 ​£40/£300 ​£40/£240
​£45/£405 ​£45/£340 ​£45/£270

Please note, teams must provide their own portable goals.

Football at Wanstead Flats

Terms and conditions

For full terms and conditions for the hire of Wanstead Flats Playing Fields, please see our terms and conditions document (130KB) and our byelaws page.


Teams hiring our pitches are responsible for the removal of all litter generated by themselves and by visiting teams and all spectators. We advise managers to bring bin liners for this purpose.

Littering in Epping Forest is unacceptable and will be fined if reports are made from our grounds staff, Forest Keepers or members of the public. Repeated misuse may result in termination of your pitch hire agreement and/or prosecution under the Epping Forest Act 1878.

Please help us keep our Forest clean and litter free.​

Footballers at Wanstead Flats

How to get here

For directions to Wanstead Flats, please see our visitor information page.

Sports development

A wide range of different groups use the Wanstead Flats Playing Fields, including community focused projects, coach education courses and leadership opportunities, helping to develop the next generation of players, referees and coaches and secure the future of football.

More information about sports development can be found on the following websites:

If you are interested in supporting or helping to deliver football development on Wanstead Flats, please contact us on the details below.

Contact us

For more general information and enquiries, please email our sports co-ordinator at: or call 020 8529 2085.

Match day contacts

  • Sports Coordinator: Tel: 020 8529 2085
  • Paul Poupoutsi, Head Groundsman: Tel: 07715 989 265
  • Peter Braiden, Aldersbrook Road: Tel: 07795 062 357
27 March 2012
Last Modified:
13 December 2017