Tuesday, 3 January 2012


Adults in Thanet can now get involved in free sports activities to help kick start the New Year.

Sport 4 Life is a 10-week sports activity programme which is being run by Thanet District Council's Sport Matters team and local sports providers to offer the free activities, which start from Monday 16 January 2012.

Adults can sign up and try out one or more sports activities which include football, netball, circuit training, learning to swim, running, kickboxing and Pilates. At the end of the 10-week programme, the Sports Matters team will provide details of local clubs to help participants continue their activities. 

Cllr. Iris Johnston, Cabinet Member for Community Services, said: "This 10-week programme is a great way for adults to get back into sports activities or try out new activities for free to help lead a healthier lifestyle.

"We know there can be barriers that prevent people from participating in sports activities or exercise usually because of busy schedules, arranging childcare and also the cost.

"This programme has been devised to help people to get back into sport and become physically fitter with improved mental health and wellbeing."

Sport 4 Life was first launched in February 2011 when more than 50 people took part in a range of sports activities.

Claire Buckingham, from Ramsgate, said: I signed up for golf lessons as this was a sport I had wanted to try for a while. This programme gave me the ideal opportunity to put my thoughts into action. I went along with a friend to the first golf session at Manston - it only took one hour of bad shots, frustration, laughter and a great coach, and we were both hooked.

"It's a great way to introduce adults to a new sport without the pressure of having to sign up to a club, which can be expensive.
"I would highly recommend this programme to anyone thinking about returning to an activity or trying out something new for the first time - and its free!"

For the programme of activities and to book, visit www.thanet.gov.uk/sportor for more information email sport@thanet.gov.uk or call 01843 577032.

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