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3G sports pitches are coming to Dunes Splashworld

Building work is underway to bring four 3G artificial sports pitches to Dunes Splashworld in Southport.

 Due for completion in Spring 2018, the state of the art pitches are set to open up a world of sporting opportunities in Southport and across the wider borough.

 The all-weather pitches will be completely enclosed and will come complete with floodlights so games will be fully lit and can be played without interruptions.

 While the pitches are the perfect size for a game of 5 a-side football, they can be booked out for any sports activities that would usually take place on grass.

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

“It’s fantastic news that the new sports pitches are officially in the works.

 “This greatly expands the leisure facilities on offer in Sefton and I’m excited to see how the Southport community will make the most of the new opportunities the sports pitches present.”

 Mike Riley, senior operations manager at Dunes Splashworld, added:

“The pitches will mark an exciting expansion here at Dunes Splashworld and will add to our extensive leisure facilities that already include a 25m pool, market leading gym facilities and of course an indoor water park.

 “Dunes Splashworld is a community focused leisure centre and the new pitches will create even more ways for us to bring people together to lead a healthier lifestyle.”

 Contractors Bernhards Sports Surfaces will be carrying out the work.  

 Bookings are already open for March 2018. To make a booking call 01704 537160 or email

Active Workforce are supporting 30 Days of Sefton In Mind

Small and medium businesses in Sefton can help contribute to the wellbeing of their staff with Active Workforce/Health Service for local companies to improve the health & wellbeing of their employees

The average employee spends approximately 60% of their waking day at work.  As such, the government white paper “Choosing Health” identifies the workplace as an ideal setting for promoting healthy lifestyle choices

With 70% of the population not active enough to benefit their health and nearly 40% of deaths from Coronary Heart Disease attributed to inactivity, the Active Workforce programme enables employees to build exercise into their working lives by providing a wide variety of physical activity alternatives.

Anne-Marie Morrison from Sefton CVS said: “We have invested into Active Workforce for some years and now have 100% of the staff engaged in the programme, the events have improved our team morale, and we are all a lot fitter and healthier thanks to the workplace activities. We even managed to achieve the Wellbeing Workplace Charter with thanks to Active Workforce.”

For more details about Active Workforce: ring 0151 934 2079 or email

Active Workforce are supporting the ‘30 Days of Sefton In Mind’ Campaign – to spread the word about local services and activities available to people in Sefton to improve their mental health.

Paralympian is Special Guest at this year’s Sefton Sports Awards

The date for the next big sporting occasion has been set and the region’s sporting stars and unsung heroes will be celebrated once more.

Sefton Council is proud to host the Sefton Sports Awards 2017 which will once again held at the Southport Theatre and Convention Centre on Wednesday, July 12.
The annual awards ceremony recognises and rewards the outstanding talent, dedication and commitment of local athletes, coaches, volunteers, clubs and schools supporting grassroots sport across the borough over the last 12 months.
Organised by Active Sefton, which is part of Sefton Council’s Health and Wellbeing portfolio, this year welcomes guest of honour, Paralympian Lora Fachie MBE.
Born with a hereditary sight condition, para-cyclist Lora lost her sight at the age of 5. Lora won Paralympic gold with Corrine Hall at Rio 2016, and is also a two-time world champion on the road. Add to that a silver and bronze medal in the pursuit at the Track World Championships.
Tina Pilkington, Development Manager at Sefton Council, said:

“We’re so pleased to welcome Lora as our guest speaker to. I’ve no doubt that this brilliant athlete and role model will inspire the youngsters at the event.

“The awards night is always a wonderful celebration and we’re certain this will once again be a night to remember.

“If you know a volunteer or coach who has given up their time to support others or a sports club or person that has been really successful, we urge you to submit a nomination.”

Nominations are now open and can be made in the following categories:
• Club Of The Year
• Coach Of The Year
• Lifetime Achievement
• School Of The Year
• School Team Of The Year
• Sports Personality Of The Year
• Supporter Of The Year
• Team Of The Year
• Volunteer Of The Year
• Young Volunteer Of The Year
Nominations can be made at The deadline for entries is June 5, 2017.

Get On Track with the Sefton Circular Cycle Route

To mark the launch of a brand new cycle route, the Sefton Active Travel Team is holding a cycling day to encourage more people to get on their bike and explore the borough.

The new Sefton Circular cycle route covers 24 miles, 20 miles of which is traffic free and is officially launched on Sunday, May 21. Cyclists of all ages and abilities are encouraged to attend and complete all or part of the route.
On the day there will be three main starting points: Formby Railway Station, Mecycle Café in Ainsdale and the main hub on the day will be Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre. Here participants will be able to access further information about cycling as well as refreshments throughout the day.

Ride registration will take place at 10am at each of the three start points and ride leaders will be on hand to start you off on the route at 10.30am. Riders will then be free to cycle the route in a clockwise direction at their own pace. The theme of the day is participation, and while participants will be encouraged to cycle all 24 miles, people are also invited to ride just a section.
The event will be self-led but all riders will receive a map of the route, including turn by turn directions. There will also be directional markers along the way and cycling marshals will be patrolling the route all day.

The launch of the route coincides with ‘2017 the year of Sefton’s Coast’ a celebration campaign to recognise, promote and enjoy the superb Sefton Coastline; the Sefton Circular route takes in many miles of the coastal path, before heading inland along the Cheshire Lines towards Maghull and eventually the Leeds Liverpool canal, bringing you back to Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre via Rimrose Valley.

All riders will receive a map, a bottle of water, an energy bar and medal for taking part.

If you’re interested in attending on the day, registration for the ride is now OPEN! Follow the link or call 0151 934 4576 today. 

The Sefton Circular – FINAL MAP


Activities on offer this half term across Sefton

Be Active

Gymnastics clubBe Active school holiday activities return on Monday, February 13 across Sefton and the Active Sefton team will be offering activities such as swim & splash, dance camps, gymnastics, basketball and the very popular pre school swim crash-course.

Splash World

Splash World is a great day out for all of the family and is open all week for more splashtastic fun! You can visit their website to view opening times and find out more about what’ on offer.


Park Run takes place every Saturday morning at 9am, Hesketh park in Southport and Crosby beach (starting at the leisure centre). For further details view the Southport Parkrun or Crosby Parkrun websites.

Activities and events at The Atkinson

Don't Dribble On The DragonThe Atkinson in Southport has a programme of plenty to entertain and engage children and young people throughout the year – the half-term break is an ideal opportunity for families to take the time to immerse themselves in this fantastic cultural offer.

Sefton’s leading light for cultural activities will host Don’t Dribble on the Dragon, Monday 13 February, 2.30pm. This performance is based on the book by Steven Lee, with magic designed by the legendary Paul Daniels.

Half-term week is wrapped up with 5 More Minutes and the Very Hungry Caterpillar Show. 5 More Minutes is specifically for children age 6 and under, taking place Friday 17 February at 11.30am and 2.30pm. The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show takes place Saturday, February 18 and Sunday February 19 – times vary.

During half-term The Atkinson also have an X-Wing Fighter on display as part of the May The Toys Be With You Star Wars exhibition.  You are invited to come and have your picture taken in the fighter jet from Friday 17 to Sunday 19 of February.

The Atkinson continue to host regular free activities during the February half-term. There are Arty Aprons sessions, which take place every day, giving children the chance to use tools such as binoculars, magnifying glasses and sound recorders. Make It! is a drop-in session where children and young people can enjoy creative activities inspired by the exhibitions taking place in the galleries – these are daily sessions. Hands On takes place every Tuesday, 11am – 1pm and 1.30pm – 3pm and are a chance to handle exhibit items in the museum – during February half-term exhibits will come from the Ancient Egypt collection, which can be accessed all year round.

For very little children there will be two rhyme time sessions at The Atkinson: Space Adventure (Tuesday / Wednesday,  10.30am – 11.30am) and Hungry Caterpillar (Thursday, 10.30am- 11.30am) – these are a great way to augment their early English language education and learning. Both sessions take place in the Children’s Library.

Fun for little ones in Sefton children centres

Toddler painting at a Children's CentreAcross Sefton, children’s centres will be hosting a wide range of fun things to do for children aged 0-5 years and their families. Activities will include stay and play sessions; baby massage; arts and crafts; drama and sports clubs; childminder sessions; baby yoga; messy play, family fun days and much more. To find out what is happening during half-term and beyond at your local children’s centre, visit the Sefton Directory or contact our Family Information Service on 0345 140 0845.

Artist led print studio at Crosby Library

During half-term and beyond (10 February – 10 March), our ever busy library service will be hosting an artist led print studio at Crosby Library. Five local artists will visit the studio during the four week period, offering visitors the chance to ‘have a go’ at different printing techniques. Every afternoon during half-term, the studio will open its door to families, who can enjoy a wide range of creative pursuits, such as designing a new book cover for your favourite book, creating a printed piece of jewellery or create something abstract. As places are limited, the sessions are ticket only. Please contact Crosby Library to book your place or for more information. You can contact the library on 0151 257 6400

Young Creatives sessions

Young people will also have the chance to harness their creativity at The Atkinson’s Young Creatives sessions from 11 February to 5 March.  For young people aged 15-25 years, these sessions will give young people the chance to try a variety of different creative processes, from song writing to comic writing, testing their DJ and production skills to composing their own rap, drawing to stitching and almost anything in-between, these taster sessions last 2-3 hours, with some for free or some with a small charge of £2.50. The Atkinson is delivering these taster sessions in collaboration with Brighter Sound, a creative music charity and the SKY (Sefton and Knowsley Youth) Music Hub. For more information on this exciting initiative, contact Tom Rogers at The Atkinson on 0151 934 2110.

Aiming High events

Face painting at Aiming High eventDuring half-term, the Aiming High team continue to deliver a diverse programme of activities for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disability. During the school break they can enjoy multi-sports, football and drama camps, a free family fun day where their families can join in and of course, the legendary Aiming High Valentine’s Disco. All events bar the disco require children and young people to be registered with Aiming High – to find out how you can register, contact the team on 0151 288 6811, by email or visit the Local Offer website.

Sefton Coast Landscape Partnership events

What better time than half-term for families to immerse themselves in free outdoor activities delivered by my colleagues at the Sefton Coast Landscape Partnership?

Holding a frog in Ainsdale's dunesThere will be a Petalwort Safari at 11am on February 13. The petalwort is one of the most elusive organisms in the dunes network and everybody attending needs warm clothing, waterproofs and strong footwear for this February safari.

Love will be in the sea air on 14 February, when Love on the Coast, an annual event where children and young people go to Sands Lake in Ainsdale to follow the trail of nature’s happy couples inhabiting our coast; it starts 2pm and finishes at 3.30pm.

A Nesting Necessities session will take place at Ainsdale Discovery Centre on Wednesday, February 15, between 2pm and 3.30pm. Participants will help to create an artificial nest that wild birds can pinch to make their own nests as spring approaches.

On Thursday, February 16, you will be taken to another place as we take a walk in the shoes of “The Iron Men”, building sandcastles and collecting shells on Crosby beach. This walk will begin 11am at Mariners Road in Crosby and will finish at 12.30pm – needless to say, participants should wrap up warm.

The week of coastal themed fun is wrapped up with Wandering Wool on Saturday 18 February as the group follows the sheep trail through the sand hills to learn more about the woolly grazers who play a key role in conserving parts of our coast. This excursion will begin at Ainsdale Discovery Centre at 2pm.

All the events are free but booking is essential, to find out more about Sefton Coast Landscape Partnership events and to book your place, please contact John Dempsey or Fiona Sunners on 0151 934 2964 or email

Ditch Those Stabilisers

Ditch those stabilsersThe School Holidays will see the return of the popular ‘Ditch Those Stabilisers‘ cycling events. Children aged four and above can learn to ride a bike unaided at sessions in Litherland and Ainsdale.

Between Land and Sea exhibition

Staying with the coast and returning to The Atkinson, Between Land and Sea – 10,000 years of Sefton’s Coast is a permanent exhibition that tells the story of the many people who have lived and worked along Sefton’s coast. This exhibition is open all day, every day and is free for all visitors.

Waterloo Seafront Gardens Litter Pick

Friends of Waterloo Seafront Gardens have another Litter picking event arranged for February 11 from 10.30 – 11.30am.

Youth Cabinet meeting

On 11 November, 276 elected members of UK Youth Parliament (including the 2 MYP’s from Sefton) (aged 11-18) debated the top issues affecting young people across the country and voted Curriculum for Life as the England campaign and Votes at 16 for the UK-wide campaign. On 16 February 2017 the new MYP’s for Sefton will be elected at the youth cabinet meeting. This is taking place at Bootle Town Hall, 10 – 4pm. Any young person aged 11 -18 is welcome to attend and stand for one of the positions.

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