South Gloucestershire Council’s new healthy lifestyles programme, SportsPound, is now live and kicking! If you are currently doing less than 30 minutes of exercise per week and are aged 14+, SportsPound vouchers give you free entry to a range of new and exciting sports sessions in your community.
If you are new to sport or are coming back to sport after a break, then SportsPound is for you! From judo to dance, aquafit to tennis, there is something for everybody to be tried with SportsPound vouchers.
2016 has seen health success stories with Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre accepting new people for swimming and fitness classes every week.
To find out where you can get hold of SportsPound vouchers and kickstart a new activity or hobby, visit www.southglos.gov.uk/sportspound, or contact your SportsPound activator Keith Fairburn at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone him on 07710 145216 or 01454 865821.
The South Gloucestershire SportsPound initiative has received £171,324 of funding from Sport England.
Cllr Erica Williams, chair of South Gloucestershire Council, said:
“The SportsPound enables us to extend sports programmes right into the heart of our communities and will also continue our good work with local partners in reducing barriers to sports participation. This project will help raise the profile of local sport and ensure residents are involved in developing activities which work for them. The project will last for three years, and over that time we hope to inspire more than 5,000 South Gloucestershire residents to give sport a go.”
The South Gloucestershire SportsPound is one of over 40 projects to secure a share in £8.2 million of National Lottery funding from Sport England. Encouraging people to give sport a go, the fund empowers local communities to reach out to people who for one reason or another don’t exercise.
Announcing the funding, Sport England Director of Community Sport, Mike Diaper, said:
“It’s great to be working with innovative projects like SportsPound which offer more people the chance to get active in a way that suits them best. Given the overwhelming benefits of being active, it’s important that age, gender, or income never prevent anyone from taking part.”
This article originally appeared in the September 2016 edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine, delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,500 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.
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