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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.   

Netherton Activity Centre’s Fitness Suit undergoes major upgrade

Netherton Activity Centre’s fitness suite will be temporarily closed next week while it undergoes a significant refurbishment.

The suite will be closed between Friday April 13 and Friday April 20 while contractors complete the required works.

During the renovation, the fitness studio timetable will be in operation and will not be affected by the Fitness Suite closure.

Chris Porrino, Sefton Council’s Senior Health & Fitness Development Manager, said: “We are extremely excited to be bringing the latest in exercise innovation to our already excellent service offering.

Netherton will have the very best training kit available, including  strength & conditioning rack, cable cross over, functional training rig, battle ropes and Plyo boxes to name just a few!

“The new Cardio and Strength kit is the best there is and has the latest in multimedia connections with everything from TV to app integration through your smartphone.

“Improvements to our group exercise studio will also be made with replacement spin bikes and the installation of Les Mills Virtual class instruction being made available to our users!

“We have a number of other fitness suites across Sefton which our Netherton members are invited and welcome to use while the works are ongoing.”

Netherton Activity Centre’s fitness suite is set to reopen on Saturday April 21.

Sefton encourages residents to walk to work

Sefton Council is encouraging residents to leave the car at home and walk to work on April 6 in support of Walk to Work Day.

This is a great opportunity for the people of Sefton to reduce their carbon footprint and make a positive action for their health and wellbeing.

Those who live too far afield to walk the entire journey could try to walk to the train station or bus stop rather than drive.

Recent figures show that as little as 2.5% of the population choose to walk to work five days a week.

The council would like to encourage as many people as possible to pledge to walk for at least part of their journey.

By walking to work, residents are helping to reduce the amount of air pollution caused by cars and traffic.

Sefton is also calling upon its staff to make a pledge to ditch the motors for the day and brave the walk to work.

Matt Ashton, Director of Public Health for Sefton and Knowsley, said: “Walk to Work Day is a fantastic opportunity to make a positive lifestyle choice and welcome some physical activity to your daily commute.

“Walking has so many benefits to health and wellbeing and by making the choice to leave the car at home, we can reduce the amount of pollution caused by traffic.

“I strongly encourage all residents to take this opportunity to improve their health and Sefton’s air quality.”

Kick high sugar drinks and junk food into touch!

Sefton’s Director for Public Health has backed a campaign to kick high sugar drinks and junk food into touch!

Matthew Ashton, Director of Public Health for Knowsley and Sefton, is one of 58 health experts who has supported a campaign to protect children from food and drinks that are high in fat, sugar and salt, promoted through football across the UK.

The campaign is led by Healthy Stadia and Sugar Smart and aims to tackle the issue of childhood obesity as well as tooth decay.

Many football associations, leagues and some football clubs partner with companies known for products containing high fat, sugar and salt, so health experts have now joined forces to help address this important issue.

Other supporters to the campaign include representatives working in sports development, dental health, sustainability, social housing and the media.

All 58 experts signed a letter which was sent last week to English football clubs, UK National Football Associations, UK league operators and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

Whilst a response is awaited, further work will continue around raising awareness of the health harms such products cause on children and young people’s health.

This includes swapping sugary fizzy drinks or sugary squash for water, lower-fat milk or no added sugar cordial, along ditching the takeaway and cooking meals from scratch – that way you know exactly what is in it!

In addition, an e-petition has also been developed and children, parents and schools are encouraged to support the campaign. You can read more and sign the petition here.

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