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Sefton’s Year Of Friendship celebrates the fittest friendships in May!

The month of May marks Sefton Council’s Year Of Friendship celebration of all things Active.

Throughout May we’ll be taking a look at a host of community groups, teams, individuals and organisations who promote healthy bodies, minds and flourishing friendships through keeping fit, playing sport and much more!

From eager centenarians at the local authority’s very own Active Ageing classes to the mighty Bootle Bucks Inclusion FC making their mark on and off the field, Sefton is a hive of fitness inspired friendships.

Every year hundreds of new friendships are forged through various health and wellbeing clubs and sessions across Sefton and there has never been a better time to get involved in your community.

Keep checking this post for updates throughout May on a whole host of opportunities for you to get fit and make friends in our fantastic borough…

Amazing Bowling For Health scheme rolls out across #MySefton

Supported by the MSP (Merseyside Sports Partnership)’, Bowling For Health is a fantastic initiative, developed and successfully piloted in 2017 by Holy Trinity Bowling Club in Formby. Now the scheme is bowling over many other clubs and residents across Sefton.

Bowling For Health was developed and successfully piloted in 2017 by Holy Trinity Bowling Club in Formby

Run by qualified and welcoming coaches, older adults are being encouraged to feel the benefits of being more active by heading along to a Bowl for Health course near them.

Currently there are 3 sessions starting in Sefton. They are:

• Scarisbrick Bowling Club, Falkland Road, Southport. Sessions will run from 10.30am -11.30am from Friday, May 10 for eight weeks. Book a place by calling 07821 995055 or email doger.lloyd70@gmail.com

• Victoria Park Bowling Club, Esplanade, Southport. Sessions will be held from 10am starting on Saturday, May 11, for six weeks. To book a place call on 07816287273 or email vpbcbowling@gmail.com

  • Botanic Gardens Bowling Club, Bankfield Lane, Southport. Sessions have already begun and run 10am to 11am for six weeks – to book your place please contact Rod Eckersley on 01704 224167 or email reckersley144@btinternet.com.

To find out more and to keep abreast of future sessions, visit www.merseysidesport.com/bowlforhealth

Active Alma is still making friends at 100 years old!

Alma Jones is proving that age is just a number as she continues to impress instructors at Sefton’s Active Ageing sessions – at 100 years old!

Active Alma says her local health club helps fight off social isolation

Alma Jones, who celebrated her landmark birthday in March, is a familiar face at her local Active Ageing Falls Prevention class and she insists keeping active is key to fighting social isolation and keeping both her mind and body active.

Alma said: “Not only are the Active Ageing classes fantastic for keeping well and building up your muscle strength, they’re also a great opportunity for people to make friends and have a chat between exercises!”

Read more about Alma and her active adventures here.

 

May Bank Holidays: All You Need To Know In #MySefton

Thousands of people are expected to visit beautiful Sefton this Bank Holiday weekend (May 24-27) and we’ve put together a list of helpful tips to make the most out of the borough.

Transport

People are strongly advised to plan their journeys as roads are expected to be much busier than normal and we are urging as many people as possible to consider using the wealth of fantastic public transport options

If you are driving through #MySefton, make sure you plan ahead and allow extra time for your journeys and some queues can be expected.

Shopping

A visit to Sefton is not complete without sampling the shopping and restaurant delights of the borough.

After taking in the fantastic sights each day, why not explore the fantastic array of shops, restaurants and bars which Sefton has to offer?

From the quaint and quirky offerings of Wesley Street and Lord Street in Southport to the hustle and bustle of South Road, Sefton has it all.

The borough’s nightime scene comes alive after 6pm with an array of wine bars, bespoke beer shops and clubs, while Sefton is also renowned for its tasty restaurants and thirst quenching bars.

Beaches

There are no planned beach car parking closures in place. Click here to find out more.

Please note that BBQs and drones are banned on our coastline for safety reasons.

Rubbish

Sefton is home to many beautiful and picturesque spots and we want to keep it that way. We actively encourage both visitors and residents alike to make sure they are responsible for their own rubbish and dispose of it in a sensible manner.

If you cannot find a bin to dispose of your rubbish responsibly, please take it home with you.

 

Your chance to nominate a Sefton Sporting Star for 2019

The honour of joining Sefton’s sporting hall of fame is one step closer as entries open for the 2019 Sefton Sports Awards.

Now in its 17th year, the awards celebrate the very best of the sporting offer across the borough with categories celebrating the outstanding talent and commitment of local athletes, coaches, volunteers, clubs and schools.

Special guest for the Awards, which takes place in June, will be motivational speaker and former Royal Marine Andy Grant from Bootle. Andy became the world’s fastest single leg amputee after being blown up by an IED during active duty.

The inspirational runner is set to explain to nominees and guests that life will put you in all kinds of challenging situations, but it need not determine you as a person – it’s how you react to these challenges.

Taking place at Southport Theatre and Convention Centre on Wednesday, June 26, the annual event is organised by Sefton Council’s Active Sefton team and budding sporting legends will vie for glory over ten categories.

Nominees will reflect the very best of all aspects of Sefton sporting achievements from school teams to top coaches and even a sports personality of the year.

You can make your nominations in the following groups:

Young Volunteer of the Year (14 – 19 Years)
Volunteer of the Year
School of the Year – (Primary and Secondary)
Sports Personality of the Year (Jnr Sports Personality U18, Sefton Sports Personality, Disabled Sports Personality)
Club of the Year
Team of the Year
Coach of the Year
Workplace of the Year
Community Project of the Year
Lifetime Achievement Award

Heather Redhead, Sefton Council’s Health and Wellbeing Development Manager, said: “Each year our communities nominate the very best sporting stars across Sefton and we want 2019 to be even bigger and better than ever before.

“If you know of an individual or group who are deserving then please nominate them – this is a fantastic opportunity for those involved with sports across the borough to be recognised for their efforts.

“We look forward to seeing another strong list of nominations this year.”

Nominations can be made at sefton.gov.uk/seftonsportsawards. The deadline for entries is May 10.

Take on the 3 Club Challenge and win big in May!

As part of Sefton Council’s fabulous Festival of Golf, a raft of prizes are up for grabs as part a special 3-club competition.

Golfers can play a free round at Southport Municipal Golf Links on May 6 or May 12 as long as they complete the course using just 3 clubs.

Prizes on offer for the lowest score include tickets for a 4-ball at Hillside Golf Club and Hesketh Golf Club, further tickets for the Southport Airshow and British Musical Fireworks Championship and some further free rounds of golf at Southport Muni.

The competition is part of Sefton Council’s Festival of Golf that is taking place at Southport Municipal and Bootle Golf Course from May 4-12.

It is set to coincide with the British Masters tournament at Hillside Golf Club hosted by Southport star Tommy Fleetwood.

People must call 01704 535286 to book a tee slot and then they will be allocated a tee time on arrival and the rules are they are only allowed to take 3 clubs on the course.

Tickets are still available for the British Masters at Hillside Golf Club and for more information visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/betfred-british-masters-hosted-by-tommy-fleetwood-2019-tickets-52081823135

For information about the Festival of Golf agenda, visit mysefton.co.uk.

Dwayne Johnson to be Sefton Council’s new Chief Executive

Sefton Council has formally approved the appointment of Dwayne Johnson to be its new Chief Executive and Head of Paid Service.

The appointment, confirmed during last night’s Full Council meeting at Southport Town Hall (April 25) followed a rigorous selection process.

Dwayne, who is currently Director of Social Care and Health at Sefton and has been in post since 2014, will replace Margaret Carney when she retires on May 31 after 10 years at the helm.

Following confirmation of his appointment, Dwayne said: “I’m very proud and honoured to be appointed to the position of Chief Executive in Sefton. Having worked here for the last five years, I can see how much Sefton has to offer in supporting existing and attracting new businesses into our area, how engaged our communities are in what we are trying to deliver, and we have such a talented workforce to match. I am really looking forward to working with the Leader and Elected Members on delivering the vision of this wonderful Borough and so looking forward to starting the role in June.”

Congratulating Dwayne on his appointment, Sefton’s current CEO Margaret Carney said: “I am delighted that Dwayne has been appointed as my successor.  He has an excellent track record in local government across a wide range of services and has always been committed to improving outcomes for our communities.”

With an extensive background in social care, Dwayne started his career working with disabled and older people as a care assistant in Durham, before going on to manage a care home. After qualifying as a social worker, Dwayne held a number of roles in the sector before climbing the ladder to strategic director in Halton where he was responsible for social care, housing, waste, libraries, community safety, before joining Sefton.

Nationally, Dwayne sits on the Association Directors Adult Social Services (ADASS) which aims to further the interests of people in need of social care by promoting high standards of services and influencing the development of social care legislation.

Dwayne has been the forefront of influencing many legislation changes around improving older people’s services and safeguarding and protecting adults. He is also Vice Chair of Directors Children Services in the North West. On a more personal level, Dwayne is also a strong advocate for the role of foster carers having seen the benefits himself because of his mother, who herself was fostered as a child.

Dwayne takes the leadership role at Sefton a time when the vibrant local authority is on a journey of ambition and change as it works towards its exciting Vision 2030 with partners to ensure Sefton is a confident and connected borough – focussing on what is important for the borough and its communities in the future.

Earlier this year, the Council was also praised for demonstrating real ambition for Sefton, for its strong track record of partnership working, place leadership and for having such a dedicated, passionate workforce by the Local Government Association’s (LGA) peer review team. This, Dwayne says, is a high standard to start the next chapter of his career on.

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