Park Nights return for May Half Term

Active Sefton’s successful Park Nights are set to return this May half term!

The free evening events are designed to give youngsters across the south of borough the chance to enjoy a host of free and fun activities.

Hosted at various locations throughout South Sefton, the early evening events aims to divert young people away from anti-social behaviour by encouraging them to take part in fun filled activities

Throughout the week (Tuesday May 29 – Friday June 1) youngsters can take part in a raft of free activities including street golf, ultimate frisby, climbing walls and more!

Park Nights is organised by Active Sefton and funded by the Merseyside Police Community Cash Back Fund.

Activities include:

  • Dodgeball and Games at Bowersdale Park (5-7pm) Tuesday May 29
  • Street Golf and Football at Kirkstone Park (6-8pm) on Tuesday May 29
  • Ultimate Frisbee and Games at Derby Park (5-7pm) on Wednesday May 30
  • Climbing Wall at Netherton Activity Centre (6-8pm) on Wednesday May 30
  • Street golf and Football at Crosby Coastal Park (5-7pm) on Thursday May 31
  • Ultimate Frisbee and Dodgeball at Kirkstone Park (5-7pm) on Thursday May 31
  • Street Golf and Football at North Park (5-7pm) on Friday June 1

For more information contact the Active Sefton Team on 0151 288 6286.

 

Couch to 5k launching in Southport with Active Sefton

Active Sefton has announced that its hugely successful Couch to 5k programme will be heading to Southport next week.

Taking place every Tuesday and Thursday, from 6-7pm, at Hesketh Park, the classes will run for 10 weeks from May 1st.

On street parking is available and classes will meet at the greenhouse near the lake.

The free sessions are perfect training for those looking to prepare for a summer running event and will help attendees slowly build up to running 5K at their own pace. Classes are drop in, drop out but it is recommended that runners take part in as many as possible.

At the end of the programme all runners will be invited to take part in the Southport Park Run on Saturday, July 7th.

Running has many health benefits, including improved heart and lungs; and when combined with a healthy diet can result in weight loss. A more active life style is also known to improve mental health and can act as a great stress reliever.

For more information about Couch to 5k, contact Active Sefton on 0151 934 2340 or email active.sports@sefton.gov.uk

Bowl for Health – See how playing Bowls can help your health & well being

Residents across Sefton are being encouraged to feel the benefits of being more active by trying a free beginners course in bowls. Taking part can give yourself a boost, feel more refreshed and is a great way to meet new people.

‘Bowl for Health’ is an eight week programme designed for complete newcomers to bowls, providing an overview of the basics and how to play a match. Run by qualified and welcoming coaches, the programme is available in Waterloo, Formby and Southport.

The programme is being led by MSP and Active Sefton, thanks to funding from the Big Lottery Fund. The idea was developed and successfully piloted in 2017 by Holy Trinity Bowling Club in Formby, and is now being rolled out by more clubs across the borough.

One participant – Gail, in her early sixties from Formby, explained how taking part in bowls has transformed her life, “I found that I became much stronger, more flexible and fitter since taking it up. The game itself is great fun and my fellow bowlers are very welcoming and friendly – I’m so glad that I decided to try bowling!”

Danny Woodworth, from MSP, said, “Being active doesn’t need to mean joining a gym, it’s about finding an activity that you enjoy – people have told us that bowling is a great way to enjoy gentle exercise in a relaxed and sociable environment. Bowl for Health is for anybody to join in with – it doesn’t matter what your age, experience or level of fitness is.”

Sessions are starting up in May and June in Waterloo (Brooke Hotel Bowling Club), Formby (Holy Trinity Bowling Club) and Southport (Victoria Park Bowling Club and Southport Bowling Club) – completely free for any Sefton residents who would like to improve their physical health and wellbeing, with all equipment provided.

Helen Birrell from, Sefton Council, said, “Bowl for Health is great way to increase your activity levels and enjoy the outdoors. We are delighted to be able to support the project to enable Sefton residents to lead an active lifestyle”.

For further information about the programme or to book your free place then please visit www.merseysidesport.com/bowlforhealth or call MSP on 0151 728 1811.

Active Workforce 5K Challenge to return to Crosby Lakeside

Active Sefton has announced that the 12th Annual Active Workforce 5K Challenge will take place on Thursday, June 21 at Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre.

The challenge, open to individuals or teams of 5, will see competitors run a double lap around the idyllic setting of Crosby Coastal Park, before settling down for a post-race BBQ.

Start warming up for a new career with Aspiring Instructors

If you are unemployed and passionate about sport, fitness and being outdoors, did you know that from March 2018, you could be on the road to a new career in those industries in just 16 weeks?

The Aspiring Instructors course is delivered by Active Sefton and boasts a success rate of 75% for participants finding work placements as a result of the course.

The programme includes practical work placements, nationally recognised qualifications and free coaching.

To find out more or to book a place on the Aspiring Instructors Open Day, contact Active Sefton on 0151 934 2610.

Staff work on their Wellbeing

Paying attention to wellbeing was the aim of Living Well Sefton’s recent staff development day.

The focus of National Work Life Week is wellbeing at work and the partners of Sefton’s wellbeing collaborative came together for an afternoon of activities and work updates.

Active Sefton launches ‘Spooktacular’ half term line-up!

Active Sefton has released its exciting line up of activities taking place over the October half term (October 23-28).

The ‘Spooky Spectacular’ timetable includes lots of fun activities available for 2-16 year olds to keep them entertained during the school break.

Sessions include themed workshops, Everton Soccer School, archery, Born to Move music classes and the ever popular ‘Spooky Spectacular’ days are set to make a grand return.

Active Sefton – Swim Consultation

Active Sefton in partnership with Sport England are looking at improving Sefton’s swimming offer. We will be looking at our existing swimming pools (Bootle Leisure Centre, Meadows and Dunes Splashworld) with a view to improving facilities and activities, in order to increase participation across all ages and abilities.

Click here for a link to the survey.

Sefton are one of 12 Local Authorities across the country to be allocated funding to make such changes as part of a Sport England Pilot.  Key to this is extensive consultation with local residents (user and non-users) which will enable us to collate information and opinion regarding the current services around swimming in Sefton and improvements that could be made. The outcome of the consultation will influence Sport England funding which will enable us to potentially renovate existing facilities and revamp current and new services.

The aim is to gain feedback regarding the Councils current swimming provision and insight into what would attract current non users into Active Sefton facilities.

The results from this consultation will enable Active Sefton to prioritise areas for improvement and develop new opportunities.

Aims:

  • To improve the existing swimming offer (both facilities and programmes)
  • To attract more people to participate in swimming activities
  • To increase the Health & Wellbeing of residents

All questionnaires will be anonymous – except for those who want to take part in further focus groups.  No information will be disclosed to others outside of those involved in the project.  No personal details will be disclosed as part of the results and subsequent funding bid to Sport England.

Full details of the consultation and subsequent swimming activity will be shared and a full marketing and communications plan will be implemented.

Get active with ‘Everybody Active’!

The Sefton Council/Sport England scheme ‘Everybody Active’ is running fitness classes and sessions across Sefton to help you keep fit and healthy. You can keep up to date by joining this facebook group and checking the website for the latest information.

See below for the weekly timetable of classes and if you’d like to know more contact everybody.active@sefton.gov.uk or call 0151 934 2355.

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Sefton’s Free 16 week training programme “Aspiring Instructors”

Do you want to work in the Sport and Fitness or Outdoor Activities Industry?

Aspiring Instructors is a 16 week training programme that has been developed for those wanting to work in the sport, fitness or outdoor activity industries. The programme includes a practical work placement with a local employer, nationally recognised qualifications and free mentoring, support and advice to help you move into a new career.

Eligibility criteria:
· Must be a resident of Sefton
· Subject to a satisfactory DBS check
· Some work programme clients may not be eligible

(Please note that applicants who are on the DWP Work Programme will need to have clearance from their provider before commencing the course).

Please call Sefton@Work on 0151 934 2610 to attend our Open Day and hear more about the opportunities available.

Aspiring Instructors is a popular course and places are limited.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE INFORMATION POSTER

Please call Sefton@Work on 0151 934 2610 to attend our Open Day and hear more about the opportunities available.