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Get ready for Summer with Be Active!

Sefton’s most anticipated activity days are returning this Summer as Be Active announce its revitalised line-up.

 Running throughout the summer holidays, Be Active has got fun-filled camp days planned from July 26 to August 31.

 Brand new for this summer, LFC Foundation and Active Sefton will be delivering a 3-day summer camp at Bootle Leisure Centre and Netherton Activity Centre. Open to all abilities aged 5-12 years, the days will consist of sports drills, challenges and small-sided games with prizes to be won each day.

 Keen footballers will also be impressed by the return of Everton Soccer School and the Football Academy.

 Sefton’s youngest sports stars may also be interested in Netball Camp, Acrobatic Arts and the array of swimming sessions on offer.

 Budding adventurers will be keen to try Active Explorers or Active Adventurers Minis where they will have the chance to experience the outdoors through exciting fun and games.

 Once again the ever-popular Dance Mash-ups will return with sessions themed around The Greatest Showman, Moana, Coco, Strictly Come Dancing and Grease.

 Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “The Be Active line-up just keeps getting better and better with a huge range of activities targeting a variety of abilities and age groups.

“The camp days are fun and affordable and provide a brilliant way to keep children active while they’re not in school.”

To see the full list of activities visit www.sefton.gov.uk/BeActive and to book a place call 0151 288 6286 or 0151 934 4799.

Swim Safe heads to Sefton

Sefton Council is excited to introduce Merseyside’s first ever Swim Safe outdoor swimming sessions which are free-styling to Crosby Lakeside Activity Centre this summer.

 Swim Safe offers free outdoor swimming and water safety sessions for children aged 7 to 14.

 With 22 miles of coast in Sefton, it is so important for young people to understand the dangers of open water, and have the skills to stay safe in the water.

 Targeting children who are already able to swim 25 metres unaided, the Swim Safe programme is delivered by trained instructors and teaches essential skills and builds on pre-existing swimming abilities.

 Launched by Swim England and the RNLI, Swim Safe aims to ensure children have the right skills and mindset to ensure they don’t get into trouble in open water.

 As well as opening up to the public, Swim Safe is also inviting schools across the borough to attend and make sure students are educated about water safety.

 Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “In somewhere like Sefton where we have such a vast coast line, water safety is so important.

 “Young people enjoy swimming outdoors, but swimming in the sea, rivers and lakes is very different to swimming in a pool.

 “I’m delighted that Sefton is holding Merseyside’s first Swim Safe sessions and strongly urge parents and carers to book a place for their children.”

 Swim Safe sessions will take place at Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre on July 21, July 22, July 28 and July 29. Places are limited, to book a place visit www.swimsafe.org.uk

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New technology to make a splash in Sefton’s pools

Sefton Council’s new swimming programme has launched brand new technology that will allow swimmers to keep on top of their swimming progress.

 Swimmers in Bootle Leisure Centre, Dunes Splash World and Meadows Maghull can now use SWIMTAG to help monitor their swims.

 SWIMTAG allows users to keep a record of their swimming progress, helping them to keep a tab on their training progress with a single click.

 A small device that can be worn on the wrist or ankle will record swim performance and feed back to an online system where users can access their results including swim distance, pace and length count.

 All of this comes as part of Sefton’s new revamped swimming offer, made possible by grant funding from Sport England.

 The installation of high tech sound systems and lighting at the three centres has opened up a world of opportunities for the kind of pool sessions that can be offered in Sefton and now SWIMTAG is set to add even more to the growing offer.

 The SWIMTAG is free to those with a swim membership, or an extra £1 for casual swimmers.

 Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “The swimming offer in Sefton just keeps getting better. We want to show that we truly listened to the feedback we received from over 3,000 residents and are working hard to make swimming a sport that everyone can enjoy.

 “Swimming is a great way to keep fit and healthy and the new SWIMTAG technology will help swimmers improve their ability, train for an event or just meet personal goals. It’s wonderful to see this kind of thing available in Sefton!”

 For more information on SWIMTAG visit www.sefton.gov.uk/swimsessions

Family fun day in Southport to celebrate World Environment Day

The Eco Centre, Southport will be hosting a family fun day to support World Environment Day on Saturday June 9.

The event has been put together in partnership with the centre’s award winning education service and the popular on-site cycle hire to celebrate its 10th season.

It is also supported by United Utilities who have funded the Eco Garden transformation and one of the centre’s education topics.

With loads to do for both children and adults, the event will feature:

  • The chance to contribute to the design of a legacy sculpture made from reclaimed bike wheels
  • A large wooden cycle ramp course to test your cycling skills!
  • Explore the Eco Garden and take part in our activities to win prizes!
  • The computrainer – a virtual cycle race where you can compete with your parents/friends
  • Does your bike need a bit of TLC? If so, bring it along for a free health check by Dr. Bike!
  • Prize draws, free eco-friendly gifts, special offers on cycle hire

Merseyside Police’s Safer Roads Problem Solving Team will also be in attendance to promote safe passing distances and will bring with them a HGV for children to sit in.

Visitors also have the opportunity to check out Community and partner stalls which will highlight the good work taking place in Sefton.

For more information, or if you would like to showcase your community project, please contact 0151 934 2728 or teachers@southportecocentre.com

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

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