Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Thanet Council - International move to get fitter

From today (Monday 7th October) Thanet District Council, in partnership with Your Leisure is providing a host of free sporting activities as part of MOVE Week.
54% of people in the UK are seldom or never physically active, despite the fact that lack of physical activity is the biggest threat to public health. MOVE Week is a new European campaign that focuses on the benefits of being physically active. 

Sporting activities include swimming, golf and cycling. Sunday includes a charity bike ride for the British Heart Foundation. More information can be found on 
www.bhf.org.uk. If you are interested in continuing with these activities on a regular basis, Thanet Park runs always start at 9am on Saturdays from the Brown Shelter, 5th Avenue, Cliftonville or at Pegwell Bay’s Country Park.
Cllr Iris Johnston, Cabinet Member for Community Services said: “MOVE Week is a celebration of active lifestyle, sport and physical activities. 

The Sports Development team are working very hard at get residents of Thanet interested in sport and physical exercise and doing their bit to keep active.”

This is the second year that Move Week has taken place. In 2012 more than 100 events were held in 23 countries with approximately 140,000 participants. 
The vision is to have 100 million more people in the UK active in sport and physical activity by 2020. 
Find out more about Move week 
http://nowwemove.com/  or contact James Gregory on 01843 577728 or james.gregory@thanet.gov.uk to find out more about the free activities available.

This is the list of events throughout the week:
MONDAY - Just Play Football @ Jacky Bakers Astro Turf 6-7pm
TUESDAY - Gold Driving Range @ Stonelees Golf Centre 6-7.30pm
WEDNESDAY - Beach Volleyball @ Margate Main Sands 5.30-7.30pm
THURSDAY - Bike ride, meet at council office, Cecil Street to Reculver and back 5.30pm - 7.30pm
FRIDAY - Gym session @ Hartsdown Leisure Centre 5 - 6.30pm
SATURDAY - Park Run, meet at Either brown shelter, 5th Avenue Cliftonville or Pegwell Bay Country Park 9-10am
SUNDAY - British Heart Foundation charity bike ride (either 30 or 56 mile ride). Start at Viking Ship, Sandwich Road 9am registration.

For anyone interested in joining a group or the gym please follow the links below:
http://www.thanetroadrunners.org.uk - Local running club
http://www.yourleisure.uk.com - For all classes, swimming pools, and gym memberships
http://www.thanetrc.org.uk - Thanet road club for cycling.
http://www.bhf.org.uk/default.aspx?page=14294 - To book your place on the British Heart Foundation Viking Bike Ride!
https://www.justplay.thefa.com - For more information on the Just Play sessions that run until Christmas!
http://www.stonelees.com - For the best golf facilities in Kent!


  1. I can think of a number of TDC councillors who could do with taking part in some of these activities, though having said that I hope it's not beach volleyball!

  2. Good to see the Council publicising the Parkrun events, eventually. To clarify, the Margate event isn't organised by the Council. It was set up by a member of the public in April, after being inspired by the Whitstable version and is in fact organised and run by volunteers. The Council would do well to add links for the two Parkrun sites direct rather than the homepage for the whole thing, as well as changing the bit on the TDC site referring to the Cliftonville Bandstand, that is not the start.

    I too hope to see a Councillor at Parkrun sometime. Dont hold your breath though...


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