Getting Rother Active's sporting legacy

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Getting Rother Active's sporting legacy

A scheme which encouraged people in Rother to get active will leave a sporting legacy, organisers say.

More than 3,000 people were encouraged to boost their health by taking part in sporting activities as part of Getting Rother Active, which has drawn to a close after three years.

The scheme, delivered by Rother District Council with funding from Sport England, included activities such as walking to running, combat fitness and multi-activity table tennis.

Walking to running sessions will continue, run by local running organisations aided by running leaders trained under the scheme, while table tennis tables have been installed at venues in Bexhill and Sidley.

Residents have also been encouraged to take up a new sport through Be Active, an annual event on Bexhill seafront which allowed local sporting groups and organisations to showcase their activities.

Cllr Ian Jenkins, district council cabinet member for young people, sport and leisure, said: "Getting Rother Active has done exactly what its name suggests and has got more people involved in sport, with all the physical and mental health benefits it brings.

"Almost 500 people took part in Walking to Running sessions, many of whom thought they were unable to run due to their age, weight or level of fitness, with some going on to complete 5k or even 10k runs.

"Some of the sessions and activities set up under the scheme will continue, while hopefully on a broader basis people who've been encouraged to try a new sport will continue to take part regularly.

"We hope that the legacy of training coaches to run sessions, helping organisations attract new members and showcasing what activities are available will continue to get Rother active for many years to come."

The scheme also saw sessions run in walking football, netball and cricket, Boxercise, Piloxing and Zumba, while table tennis tables were installed at Bexhill Seniors Club and The Pelham, in Sidley.

Meanwhile, table tennis sets have been distributed allowing games to be played on any kind of table, some of which are still available, with organisations asked to email gettingrotheractive@rother.gov.uk for more information.

Following this year's Be Active event, participants were asked to provide feedback and enter a prize draw to win a Fitbit Charge 2 - a wristband which monitors heart rate and daily physical activity.

The winner was Angela Gajewski, from Bexhill, who said the event had inspired her to get more active and consider volunteering her time to take part in an activity.

Published on Friday, August 25 2017

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