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.

Entries now open for Sefton’s Community Triathlon

Entries are now open for the Sefton Community Triathlon which will take place on April 29th 2018.

Sefton Council is working with Epic Events to launch the event which, as well as the triathlon, will also include music, entertainment, stalls and other activities for the family.

Open to both children (aged 8+) and adults, it’s the perfect opportunity for novices to experience their first ever triathlon. The distance for the adult event will be a 200m swim in Crosby pool, a 6km cycle on grass and a 2400m run along the prom. Distances are shorter for children.

Active Sefton has put together a timetable of swim, cycle and run activities taking place throughout the borough to help those who need some extra training support.

The swim section of the event will be held at Crosby Leisure Centre’s swimming pool before athletes complete the cycle course on grass followed by the running element of the race which will take place along the prom.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “It’s great to see that sporting events like a triathlon are on offer in Sefton.

“The Sefton Community Triathlon will offer beginners the chance to try their hand at an incredible sporting feat and where better to do it than on our wonderful coast.

“Good luck to all those taking part and most importantly, have fun!”

For more information about the race and to find out how to sign up, visit http://www.epicevents.co.uk/triathlons/sefton-community-triathlon.html

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.

Free golf lessons for children as part of the ‘Summer of Golf’

Free golf lessons are available for children at the Summer of Golf interactive village in Southport town centre.

The village, in the Town Hall Gardens outside The Atkinson, has been set up by Sefton Council and Southport BID for visitors and residents during the Open Golf Championship at Royal Birkdale.

Special golf lessons just for children aged three and above are taking place with PGA professionals.

The lessons are from 11am-noon and 3pm-4pm on Thursday, July 20 and 10am-11am on Friday, July 21.

Just head to the interactive village to find out more.

Paralympian Rik Waddon gives sporting tips to Southport high school pupils

Students at Stanley High School in Southport received some sporting tips from a top Paralympian at a special event this week.

The Marshside school welcomed cyclist Rik Waddon who worked with a selected group of year 8 students for the day as part of the Sky Sports Living for Sport programme.

Chester-born Rik, who suffers from cerebral palsy, took up cycling at the age of 14 after being inspired by watching the Tour de France on TV.

He began to compete in disability cycling in 2001, and was selected to train with the Great Britain team just months later.

Unfortunately injury ruled him out of the Athens Paralympics in 2004, but he went on to win silver medals in Beijing in the 1km time trial CP3 and in London in the mixed team sprint C1-5.

In recent years Rik has turned his attention to road time trialling, and recently returned from Spain after winning a bronze medal in the World Road Race Championships.

During his visit Rik led practical sessions on team work and communications, and also offered some motivational tips on overcoming adversity and setbacks to achieve a sporting dream.

He also highlighted the Sky programme’s six keys to sporting success which are mental toughness, a hunger to achieve, people skills, sport and life knowledge, breaking barriers and planning for success.

Mike Smethurst of Stanley High, who organised the visit, commented: “This event went really well and our students found what Rik had to say really inspiring and motivating.

“In addition, they also realised that in addition to being used in a sporting context, the six keys to success are valuable life skills which have a much wider application.”

A comment from one year 8 student summed up the feelings of the group: “It was great to work with Rik today.  His journey has been really inspiring, and has spurred me on to do by best and think positively in the future.”

Could your little one be the next local gymnastics star?

Sefton Council is set to help find the next Sefton Olympians with the launch of its new Jump into Gymnastics programme.

Developed in partnership with British Gymnastics, the sessions offer a fun introduction into the sport and will help children build new skills, including balance, co-ordination, self-confidence and dedication.

Sessions for children aged 5-8 will take place on Monday’s from 4.30pm-5.30pm and costs £33 per half term. For those aged 2-4 years, the programme is charged on a class by class basis at £3.50 and takes place Tuesdays, 10am-11am.

All Jump into Gymnastics instructors are trained by British Gymnastics and no special kit is required to attend.

For more  information visit sefton.gov.uk/gymnastics or call 0151 288 6286

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.

Walk Back to Sport with Sefton Council

Sefton Council is launching two brand new sessions aimed at getting those over 50 playing the sports they love again.

Launching at Dunes Splash World on Thursday, April 28, Walking Football and Walking Netball are, in a nutshell, slower versions of the beautiful games everyone knows and loves.

The rules are the same but all players walk, meaning it is even easier on the muscles and knees.

The sessions, which are aimed at making sport more accessible to all, are followed by a post-game tea or coffee, meaning attendees can meet new friends as they start their new healthier, more active lifestyle.

So if you fancy dusting off your trainers, donning an old school bib and getting back into the game you loved, this could be the session for you!

Walking Netball will take place on Thursdays 11am-12pm and Walking Football will take place Fridays 11am-12pm, both sessions are £2 per session, post match refreshment included.

The two FREE launch events take place at Dunes Splash World on Thursday, April 28 from 11am for Walking Netball and Friday, April 29 from 11am for Walking Football.

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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