We've launched a community sports initiative in Minehead
An initiative has launched in Minehead, to encourage local people to get into sport.
The “Creating Active Communities” programme is a three year partnership project, which we're leading. The project aims to help people of all ages take part in fun and healthy sports and has received National Lottery funding from Sport England’s Community Sport Activation Fund.
The project launched in Minehead with a free event last Tuesday, at the multi-use games area in Sandpiper Close. Adults and children alike from the local community attended to try their hand at a variety of activities from climbing to street dance, basketball to tennis, football and rugby.
The afternoon of free activities was delivered by regional providers, including 1610 Leisure, Somerset Activity & Sports Partnership (SASP), Age UK Somerset and Minehead Barbarians RFC.
The event was also supported by the local PCSO, Luisa Skinner and Neil Bliss from Magna West Somerset Housing.
The event gave locals the opportunity to sign up to upcoming courses provided by Creating Active Communities partners, including swimming, women’s and girls’ rugby and adult gym sessions.
Minehead is the third town to benefit from the programme following success in Yeovil and Taunton.
The importance of regular activity has been highlighted by the Government in a recent report, prompting a public consultation on the issue. The report shows that the number of people doing regular exercise has fallen since the increase following the 2012 Olympics. Latest figures, reported by the BBC, show that almost 250,000 people stopping taking part in regular exercise during the past six months in England.
Jane Edmonds, our Assistant Director, said: “Along with our partners, we’re striving to make a real difference to participation in sports and activities in Somerset, and we’re committed to making sure communities have access to sport in their area.
It was fantastic to see so many members of the local community getting involved in the event last week, and signing up to sporting activities.”
The Creating Active Communities programme has already set up, funded and supported Walking Football and Table Tennis groups in Minehead. Since they were established in April-May this year, these groups have grown, and now have affiliation with their sports’ National Governing Bodies.