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Get back in the saddle and rediscover your love of cycling in confidence

People who want to rediscover their love for cycling in Sefton after years of staying out of the saddle can now benefit from free refresher sessions.

To mark Sefton Council’s Year Of Friendship, the local authority’s Highways Safety Team are holding bespoke ‘Back In The Saddle’ rides for those who want to rediscover their confidence on two wheels as part of a friendly group.

Those looking to get a handle on their cycling skills will join like-minded others at MeCycle cafe in Station Road, Ainsdale, every Friday before 10am to bike in confidence with the aim of improving overall skill and ability.

The sessions will run every week throughout the summer holidays. 

John Fairclough, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Locality Services, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone over the age of 16 to have a wealth of help and support to find their way back into the saddle.

“The best thing about our courses is you won’t be alone and it’s great to be around like-minded others who share the same fears, abilities and difficulties but still want to learn and want to be able to ride.

“Sefton is a fantastic borough for cyclists and boasts an incredible cycle route that encompasses our coastline which will make a beautiful victory lap for our Back In The Saddle graduates.

“This is a wonderful initiative which ties in perfectly with our ongoing Year Of Friendship campaign to bring people together throughout our borough.”

No booking is required for the Back In The Saddle events, simply turn up with your own equipment.

If you need to borrow a bike or helmet, please contact MeCycle Ainsdale ahead of time via 01704 579353.

For further information please email road.safety@sefton.gov.uk

Sefton backs 3tc’s annual Festival Of Learning campaign

Sefton Council’s Year Of Friendship campaign is lending its full support and backing to the 3TC Festival of Learning during June, which is the borough’s Learning month.

Festival of Learning, an annual festival by charity 3tc, is encouraging everyone to learn something new, or re-connect with an old hobby or passion, this month.

The Festival of Learning is for everyone! Whether you already love to learn, are thinking about having a go at learning something new, or are involved in organising learning activities, events and courses for others, you can be a part of the Festival of Learning.

Each year, all those who take part in the Festival of Learning show that learning increases self-confidence, enhances career prospects, improves health and well-being, enriches family relationships and empowers people to change their lives for the better.

Throughout June Sefton’s Year Of Friendship campaign we are highlighting a host of fantastic organisations and groups across the borough who foster positive, friendly learning environments which help expand both knowledge and social interactions.

Bootle Bucks back Sefton’s Year Of Friendship campaign

A football club in Sefton, created solely to encourage youngsters with disabilities to get into the sport, is backing a council led campaign to celebrate the importance of mental and physical well-being.

May marks Sefton’s Year Of Friendship’s ‘Active’ month, where the local authority celebrates community groups, teams, individuals and organisations who promote healthy bodies, minds and flourishing friendships through keeping fit, playing sport and more.

Sefton Council’s campaign is being supported by a number of groups and organisations across the borough, including Bootle Bucks Inclusion Football Club, who have been leading the way in inclusive sporting events since 2018.

John Rice, Chairman of Bootle Bucks Inclusion FC, said: “We started the team in April 2018 with a view of giving a handful of kids with a disability an opportunity to play football.

“Since then Bootle Bucks Inclusion FC has really blossomed into a huge event. Now we have up to 70 kids every Saturday turning up to play football.

“But it’s not only football and fitness, it’s friendships that the children have made. They all stay over at each other’s houses, going out for days out and more!

“The parents are meeting up as well outside of football so what started out as just a footballing idea has really turned into a massive family now really which is absolutely fantastic.”

To find out more about Sefton Council’s Year Of Friendship visit www.mysefton.co.uk.
More information about Bootle Bucks Inclusion FC can be found on twitter via www.twitter.com/inclusionbucks.

100 Year Old lauds benefits of making friends and keeping fit

A 100 year old woman from Sefton is backing a council led campaign to celebrate the importance of mental and physical well-being.

May marks Sefton’s Year Of Friendship’s ‘Active’ month, where the Local Authority celebrates community groups, teams, individuals and organisations who promote healthy bodies, minds and flourishing friendships through keeping fit, playing sport and more.

Sefton Council’s campaign is being supported by a number of groups and organisations across the borough, including Bootle Bucks Inclusion Football Club, the Merseyside Sports Partnership (MSP) and South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (SSCCG).

The importance of making lasting relationships all while keeping fit and active has certainly not been lost on 100 year old Alma Jones from Maghull, who regularly attends an Active Ageing Falls Prevention class.

Bootle born Alma regularly joins other elderly residents at St Andrews Church, Maghull for the weekly classes where skilled instructors help Over 65s to develop muscle strength and improve balance, with the aim of preventing potentially serious falls or accidents.

However Alma says she benefits just as much from the social inclusion aspect of the course.

Alma said: “For one thing the Active Ageing course gets your arms and legs moving, which maybe would not be happening otherwise but also we’re socialising, which a lot of people don’t do when living on their own.

“Some people just stay in their house, just watching television and not speaking to anyone. 

“So I make a point of going out every day, coming to this class, and keep on socialising. Often I will invariably meet somebody and talk to somebody which you should do when you’re older.

“I love coming to the class. I have always been very active and throughout my life I’ve done lots of exciting things like rock-climbing and made sure I always kept fit by swimming, cycling and general good living.”

To find out more about Sefton Council’s Year Of Friendship www.mysefton.co.uk.

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.

 

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