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Volunteers needed to help launch Bootle junior park run

The race has begun to find community volunteers to help launch a junior parkrun in Bootle.

Junior parkrun is a series of 2km events aimed at young people aged 4-14, held in open space and are free, safe and easy to take part every Sunday at 9am.

Active Sefton, in partnership with Parkrun UK, want to launch a regular junior parkrun session at Derby Park.

If you’re interested in sports or youth volunteering this could be a fantastic opportunity to make a real difference in your local area.

Budding volunteers are invited to a community meeting at Bootle Cricket Club, Wadham Road on Tuesday February 5, from 7pm.

If you’re interested and would like information, please get in touch with lesley.neary@parkrun.com

To find out more about parkrun UK visit http://www.parkrun.org.uk/

 

Free training programme for Sefton’s budding fitness instructors

A training programme that will develop Sefton’s next generation of fitness instructors is set to return for 2019.

Developed by Sefton Council and part funded by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), Aspiring Instructors will help to improve the skills and employability for residents across the borough.

Information sessions for the programme will take place at Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre on Wednesday January 16, 10am and 1pm and Friday January 18, 10am and 1pm.

The 16-week course is targeted at Sefton residents and designed to help get people into a new career within the sports and fitness industry.

Set to begin in February, the programme will combine a mix of coaching and work placement with attendees’ receiving nationally recognised qualifications on completion of the course. Last year, participants gained over 118 qualifications between them.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “Year on year the Aspiring Instructors programme proves that it can change lives with many course graduates qualifying as Outdoor Activities Instructors, Fitness Instructors and Lifeguards.

“This is a brilliant opportunity for anybody who is looking for a career in health and fitness and who in the future will have the skills to promote health and wellbeing across the borough.”

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, added: “This is a life-changing programme that has helped Sefton residents to increase employability, socialise and get active.

“Despite the financial challenges the council is facing we remain committed and use every opportunity we can to build resilient communities in line with our 2030 vision and this is one of the examples of how we are doing it.

“I urge anyone interested in qualifications in sport and fitness to attend an information session and make the first steps towards a new career.”

To find more about the scheme contact Active Sefton on 0151 288 6286 or Sefton@Work on 0151 934 2610.

 

Get in shape this new year with Active Sefton

Active Sefton has lined up a raft of fitness activities starting in January to help residents make a jump start on their new year’s resolutions.

The ever-popular Couch to 5k programme will return to Litherland Sports Park at 6pm, January 7 where it will take place every Monday and Wednesday for 10 weeks. This is the perfect opportunity for beginners to build up their confidence and fitness levels with the goal of running 5k without stopping by the end of the programme.

This year, external funding will not be available to support the Couch to 5k programme and therefore participants will be asked to pay a £10 registration fee to cover the 20 sessions. To book a place call 0151 288 6286.

New mums can try their hand at one of Active Sefton’s Active Buggies classes held at Litherland Sports Park, Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre and Dunes Splash World in Southport. This energising fitness class is a great way for mums to kick-start weight-loss, tone up and meet like-minded people.

The session removes the need to find childcare as babies and buggies are both welcome and are all part of the workout. Sessions are held Mondays 11:30am-12:30pm at Litherland Sports Park, Wednesdays 1:30pm-2:30pm and Thursdays 11am-12pm at Crosby Lakeside and Fridays 10am-11am at Dunes. The first session is free then you can buy a loyalty card for £10 for 6 sessions, no need to book just turn up.

Those interested in finding their way back into team sports can head to the Back to netball sessions at Chesterfield high school in Crosby from Wednesday, January 23, 6:30pm-7:30pm or Now Netball at Crosby Leisure Centre from Monday, January 7, 8pm-9pm, £3.50 per session. This is the perfect opportunity to explore netball, particularly for those who may not have played the game since school.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “January is the time of year when we start to make decisions to improve our health after a few weeks of enjoying the party season.

“The programmes offered by Active Sefton are great for those wanting to make their first steps back into fitness after a busy Christmas period. There are lots of activities on offer and I encourage all of our Sefton residents to give one a go and make a positive lifestyle change in 2019.”

Active Sefton offers a wide array of sports and activities for all ages and abilities throughout the year, including its popular Be Active holiday camps. To see a full list of activities on offer visit www.sefton.gov.uk/BeActive or follow @ActiveSefton on twitter and Active Sefton on Facebook.

Sefton cycling route in first phase of a 600km City Region network

Work is set to begin on the first phase of a potential 600km key network of cycling and walking routes across the Liverpool City Region.

Metro Mayor, Steve Rotheram, and the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority ratified the £8.3m funding for the first 55km phase of the network– including a Sefton route– at its meeting on Friday (December 14).

The 15km route between Southport and Seaforth will link into a wider strategic cycling route into Liverpool City Centre. The route links major growth areas with new areas of housing and completes the Sefton Coastal cycle route.

The proposed 600km cycling and walking network is based on upgrades to around 31 key routes across the Liverpool City Region over the next 10 years.

The network will be planned on a whole city region basis, both improving links to the public transport network and between residential areas, employment, training and retail sites.

Meanwhile, work is already underway on bidding for funding for the next phase of the network with the launch of a questionnaire on people’s cycling and walking habits to help shape what a wider network would look like. It can be accessed here .

Two thirds of all journeys in the city region are less than five kilometres but half of those are made by car. Through the Local Journeys Strategy, Steve Rotheram and the Combined Authority recognise that getting the infrastructure right is key to encouraging people out of their cars, particularly for shorter journeys.

The cycling and walking network is one of the first actions bringing the Local Journeys Strategy to life.

Making places walking and cycling-friendly not only reduces congestion, improves air quality and brings significant health benefits, it also has wider economic benefits – boosting inward investment and attracting new talent by helping create the places that people want to live and work in.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said:
“This route will mark the beginning of a much-awaited era of clean travel in Sefton that will give our residents better access to walking and cycling opportunities, cleaner air and an infrastructure that supports alternative travel.”

The programme will also see the management of new wood and grassland areas and the planting of trees alongside the routes.

In addition, the funding will support a new pilot project by Liverpool John Moores University, trialling innovative methods of collecting cycle and walking trip data and the development of a cycling app and journey planner.

The LCR Transport Partnership was successfully awarded £8.3m ERDF Sustainable Urban Development (SUD) funding for the first phase of the cycling and walking network, with the LCR Combined Authority giving approval to draw down this funding. Match funding for the project is being sought from the

Transforming Cities Fund and other contributions will come from the LCR CA’s constituent local authorities.

Get your skates on – Southport is well and truly set for Christmas!

Southport is well and truly set for Christmas!

Southport’s amazing new 60 foot digital Christmas tree is lit, the town centre streets are lined with decorations and the  open-air ice skating rink is now  frozen and ready for skaters!

The ice skating rink in the Town Hall gardens is set to open today (December 7) and is organised as part of a partnership  between Southport BID and Sefton Council and will be at the heart of the town’s Christmas activity.

Winter chalets will be selling festive food and drink in the gardens and the tree’s amazing light show can be viewed from  both the outside and inside of the impressive structure.

Visitors and residents can skate beneath the tree from as little as £4.50 and enjoy a magical Christmas experience,  making  memories with friends and family.

Throughout the festive period businesses across Southport will host various themed events including lunch with Santa,  grottos and the ‘Dear Santa’ production at The Atkinson.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member, Regeneration and Skills, said: “The skating rink is back due to its popularity last year. It really puts Southport on the map as a leading Christmas destination and gives both  residents and visitors a wonderful festive experience when in the town.

“As well as supporting local businesses by shopping whilst here, visitors can also enjoy seasonal fare in the town’s restaurants and bars.

“Local businesses really benefit from the increased footfall to the town throughout December and the skating rink, Christmas tree and food and drink chalets make the Town Hall gardens the hub of Christmas.

“We are also actively encouraging local schools to get involved by offering a discount for group bookings.”

Hugh Evans, Southport BID CEO also added “The BID funded ice rink last year was hugely popular and we are extremely pleased to be bringing it back in partnership with Sefton Council.

“We wanted to make Christmas a great season in Southport, starting with the switch on. Centred around the new tree and its light display which we have entirely funded, the open-air rink will be something new for Southport and provide a real draw to the town centre in the build up to Christmas.”

You can book a skating session in advance by visiting www.visitsouthport.com. Tickets can also be bought on the day but are on a first come first served basis so it’s best to buy as early as possible online.

 

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