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Get active on the beach this summer!

Sefton Council is offering an exciting programme of events this summer as part of a regional campaign to get people active on the beach, and improve their health and wellbeing.

The North West’s Active Coast programme will showcase a diverse range of activities that cater for everyone, no matter their age, ability or interests including stand-up paddleboard yoga, nordic walking, beach clean-ups, boot camps and more.

Research shows that getting out, connecting with the natural environment and being active regularly can have multiple health benefits, from losing weight to improving heart function and relieving anxiety and depression.

Sefton’s beaches are a fantastic resource that can help keep people healthy in body and mind. The beach is free, easy to access and can be used for almost everything, from a high intensity run, team sports or even a stroll or meditation.

The Sefton coast is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, so its wildlife, plants and landscape are carefully protected but there are still plenty of ways to have fun without disturbing these natural treasures. Barbeques are banned from Sefton’s beaches and all visitors are asked to take their rubbish home with them.

This year, the Active Coast programme seeks to appeal to more people and includes a broader range of activities that fall into five categories: sports; environment; community action; walk and relaxation and arts and culture.

More information on planned activities will be available on www.lovemybeach.org/activecoast 

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “There is something for everyone on our coast and we hope that people will be inspired to use our beaches more this summer.

“Sefton proudly boasts 22 miles of coastline which provides the perfect back drop for a summer of fun activities that boost health and wellbeing. I encourage all of our residents to see what’s on offer at the beach this summer.”

If you’re planning a visit to the coast we recommend taking public transport, walking or cycling where possible. Our beach car parks can become busy and sometimes will be closed due to high tides or events. Check beach car park updates at www.sefton.gov.uk/beaches 

Marine Lake plays host to first ever Active Sefton Southport 5K

A popular 5K challenge is coming to Southport for the first time next month with hundreds of participants expected to take part.

Sefton Council’s Active Sefton team will host the first ever Active Workforce 5K Challenge on Wednesday, September 18 around the Marine Lake.

The challenge, which is open to individuals or teams of 5, will see competitors run a single lap around the beautiful Marine Lake, with trophies for fastest male and female.

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

The cost for individual entries is £10 and £50 for a team of 5. All entries must be received by Friday, September 13.

Staff who are part of Active Workforce Organisations qualify for a discounted entry price of £7.

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.

Sefton’s Lioness Alex is a perfect role model for borough’s budding sport stars

England star and Sefton’s very own Alex Greenwood should serve as an inspiration to budding footballers in the borough, says the council’s Active Sefton team.

Alex, who has passionately represented her hometown of Bootle in the world of women’s football from an early age, was one of the valiant Lionesses who bowed out of the 2019 Women’s World Cup last night (July 2) after a heroic run all the way to the semi-finals.

Although England Women lost out 2-1 on the night to the USA, Greenwood and her teammates have won the hearts of the nation and firmly put the spotlight on women’s football.

However Alex’s sporting heroics will come as no surprise to her family, friends and young sporting stars back home in Sefton. 

Liverpool Ladies Alex Greenwood attends the Sefton Sports Awards 2016 at the Southport Theatre and Convention Centre,

Having proudly presented Active Sefton’s annual Sports Awards previously, Alex has continued to inspire and motivate the next generation of women footballers and other sporty youngsters in the borough.

Her impact will be felt strongest at her former schools. As an ex pupil of both St Monica’s Primary School and Savio Salesian High School, Alex has often cited motivation throughout her school years in the borough as a catalyst for her later career.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “Alex’s success comes as no surprise to us all at Sefton.

“Many will recognise her from training at our Litherland Sports Park, while others will vividly remember her motivational speech at the 2016 Sefton Sports Awards.

“I would implore all our young sporting stars to take a look at Alex’s hard work and dedication to getting where she is today as one of the world’s best female footballers and her progress is a testament to the excellent school and sports facilities we have within Sefton.

“On behalf of us all at Sefton I would like to place on record a massive congratulations to Alex and her fellow Lionesses for their incredible World Cup run.”

For more information about Active Sefton please visit www.sefton.gov.uk/activesefton.

Sefton’s sporting stars shine at annual awards gala

Sefton has once again honoured the borough’s sporting heroes at a glittering ceremony in Southport.

Sporting stars and unsung heroes were hailed at the 2019 Sefton Sports Awards, which took place at Southport Theatre and Convention Centre last week (Wednesday, June 26).

Organised by Active Sefton, the awards celebrate a host of volunteers, coaches, teams or individuals from across the borough who have been successful or shown great tenacity in their sport.

Hundreds of nominations were whittled down to 51 shortlisted hopefuls all looking to walk away with one of the coveted trophies.

Special guest speaker and former marine, Andy Grant, was on hand to leave not a dry eye in the house with his speech documenting how he fought back from adversity and became the worlds fastest single leg amputee.

Joining Andy was our host Leanne Campbell from Radio City who was on hand to announce all the winners and highly commended sporting stars, many of whom dedicate much of their life to sport with little thanks or recognition.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, added: “It is down to these people, clubs, teams and schools that grassroots sport has a place in Sefton and our young people are inspired and supported when following their sporting ambitions.

“Congratulations to all of our worthy winners and thank you for your commitment to sport in Sefton!”

This year’s Workplace of the Year winner, EMR Recycling, were highlighted for their ongoing work to support and assist Bootle Bucks Inclusion Football Club.

Scott Bamborough, EMR Metal Recycling Area Manager, said: “It was a huge pleasure to accept the award on behalf of the partnership with EMR and Bootle Bucks Inclusion FC.

“It is a sincere honour to support ‘The Bucks’ with their huge success in giving every child the opportunity to play football. It is much more than a football club – it’s a community and support network for kids, parents and carers. It is an extended family to all involved.

“All of us at EMR are honoured to have been given the opportunity to be part of this family.”

For more information about the Active Sefton Sports Awards, please visit https://www.sefton.gov.uk/activesefton

Southport Half Marathon 2019: Travel and General Advice

This Sunday (June 30) Southport town centre will host to the 2019 Southport Half Marathon with hundreds of runners taking part 

This means the town will be exceptionally busy throughout the build up and duration of the marathon.

The route is 13 miles in total, starting at Victoria Park and incorporating Lord Street, Hesketh Park, Fleetwood Road, Marine Drive, the Promenade, Kings Gardens & Rotten Row.

In order to keep runners safe, road closures will be in place for the duration of the event, starting from 8.30am.

Roads will reopen to general traffic as the route is completed and the final closures are expected to be lifted around 1pm.

Southport Beach Car Park will be closed to the public during the morning to help facilitate the event and staff from Green Sefton will be assisting on the day. We hope to have the beach reopen for public parking from 1pm.

We’re working with organisers to help keep our beautiful borough clean and tidy and reduce the amount of litter which results from large scale events.

There will be four drop zones clearly signed at the water stations. Littering outside of these zones will result in a disqualification from the race.

Temperatures this weekend are expected to be between 18-26°c so regardless of if you’re running, cheering on a loved one or enjoying anywhere in our beautiful borough, please stay hydrated and apply sun-cream.

Everyone is welcome to come and watch the Half Marathon. The best and safest places to watch are around Victoria Park and the Marine Lake Café in King’s Gardens.

Don’t be offended if race marshals ask you to move. It’s to keep both you & runners safe!

Take full advantage of public transport to get here but if you’re driving, here’s some helpful routes:

East: Follow A570 Southport
South: Follow A565 North (Formby By-Pass)
North: Follow A59 South and then A565 into Southport

All participants and spectators are encouraged to park on Esplanade Car Park at the Eco Centre from 7am.

This offers the most convenient access to the venue and will cause the least disruption to our residents and businesses in the area.

We hope you enjoy your time in #MySefton, stay safe and good luck!

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