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Be Active is back for May half term

Be Active is preparing to keep Sefton’s youngest residents entertained this May half term with a fun-filled line-up of activities set to take place from Tuesday, May 29 to Friday, June 1.

 A huge range of activities will take place at leisure centres across the borough including Bootle Leisure Centre, Crosby Leisure Centre, Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre, Dunes Splash World, Litherland Sports Park, Netherton Activity Centre and Maghull Meadows Leisure Centre.

 The hugely successful Wave Rave pool parties are set to make a return along with a wide array of pool-based activities including swim and splash sessions, inflatable parties and the preschool swim crash course. Those looking to try something new can make the most of the water sports on offer at Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre during its Lakeside Adventure sessions.

 For those looking to stay dry over half term, Be Active’s May-hem days will include obstacle courses, adventure games, tournaments, dodgeball and maybe even a bouncy castle!

 The ever popular Everton Soccer School will return to Netherton Activity Centre and Football Camp will launch at Dunes Splash World in Southport. Sefton’s sportiest youngsters can also try their hand at gymnastics, fencing and archery thanks to Be Active’s Come and Try classes.

 Fans of The Greatest Showman will love the dance workshops that are lined up with the opportunity to learn new, choreographed dance routines from the hit musical.

 Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said:

“There is such an array of activities happening across Sefton that our youngest residents will be spoilt for choice this half term.

“I’m delighted that we have such a diverse sporting offer that will help keep children active and entertained while they’re enjoying a break from school.”

 For the full line up of activities head to www.sefton.gov.uk/beactive. Places are limited and advanced booking is required so call 0151 288 6286 or 0151 934 4799 to secure a place.

 

 

Get back into Netball with Active Sefton

Active Sefton is encouraging residents to get active with England Netball’s Back to Netball initiative.

 The netball sessions provide women of all ages with a gentle re-introduction to the sport with classes led by passionate and enthusiastic coaches. Sessions will cover the basics of the game including passing, footwork and shooting before finishing with a friendly game, to put new found skills into practice.

 Sessions are held every Wednesday at Chesterfield High from 6.30pm to 7.45pm and new sessions will launch at Crosby Leisure Centre on Monday, May 14 and will take place every Monday from 8pm-9pm.

 This is a great way to get active in a team sport environment where, as well as keeping fit and healthy, participants can meet new people and have fun while they exercise.

 No special kit is required and anyone who’d liked to participate is welcome to wear anything they’re comfortable exercising in.  

 Tina Pilkington, Health and Wellbeing Development Manager at Sefton Council, said: 

“Perhaps riding on the success of England’s gold medal winning Commonwealth team, netball has recently burst back into prominence.

“It is a game that many of us enjoyed at school, but for some reason never continued to play in later life. Back to Netball initiative brings together exercise and healthy competition in a way that makes keeping fit and active truly enjoyable.”

 For more information about the sessions contact Active Sefton on 0151 934 2340 or Active.Sports@sefton.gov.uk or Louise Moss on 07726692701 or email louise.moss@englandnetball.co.uk

Couch to 5k launching in Southport

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 1.

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 7.

 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

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. 

 Competitors can run, walk or stroll at their leisure to complete the race and bottled water will be provided.

 The Lakeside bar and bistro will also be fully operational and open to purchase food and drinks before, during and after the event making it ideal for spectators as well.

 The cost for team entry is £35 and £7 for individual entries. All entries must be received by Friday, June 8.

 Participants are also welcome to raise money for a chosen charity.

 To register a place for an individual runner or a team or for more information please email  active.workforce@sefton.gov.uk or call 0151 934 2079.

 

Wildcats Girls’ Football on the prowl for new talent in Sefton

Sefton’s young girls are invited to show off their football skills at Dunes Splash World’s new 3G sports pitches from Tuesday, April 24.

 SSE Wildcats Girls’ Football Centres from The FA will provide Sefton’s girls aged 5-11 with regular opportunities to play football as well as promoting opportunities to progress to local clubs within the Southport area.

 Created exclusively for girls, the weekly sessions will take place every Tuesday from 4-5pm and will provide a fun and engaging environment for girls who are keen to try their hand at a game of football.

 Active Sefton hopes the initiative will inspire participants to engage with football, meet new friends, develop fundamental skills, learn new things and create the foundation for a lifelong love of football.

 In addition, Active Sefton will be developing further opportunities to be involved in football, including walking football and soccercise sessions in the coming months. 

 Tina Pilkington, Health and Wellbeing Development Manager at Sefton Council, said: “Women’s football has truly gained momentum in recent years and this makes it all the more important for local authorities to ensure that doors are open for young girls to have access to the sport.

 “The Wildcats will give Sefton’s girls a taste of football at a grassroots level and when better to launch this than during National Girls Football Week?”

 Kelly Simmons, FA Participation and Development Director, said: “Since the launch of SSE Wildcats we have seen great enthusiasm from the girls taking part to continue learning and playing football.

 “The centres have proved a huge success and we are pleased to be able to considerably grow the size of the initiative in 2018, offering a much higher percentage of girls across the country the opportunity to enjoy football in a safe and inspiring environment.”

 The first session in free and sessions thereafter will cost £3 each. For more information about the Wildcats visit THEFA.com/play-football.   

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