Monday, 17 February 2014

Sport 4 life is a runaway success

Since its January launch nearly 100 Thanet residents have tried out sport every week with Thanet District Council’s Sport 4 Life programme.
Sport 4 life is a free activity programme for anyone 16 or over in Thanet. It aims to get locals moving who, previously, may not have felt that they have had the time or money to get involved with sport.
As part of the scheme residents get to try fun, relaxed sports activities which will have a positive knock-on effect on their overall fitness and well-being. This varied programme includes: beginners running groups, FA Just Play Football, Netball, New Age Kurling, Handball, Rugby, Dodgeball and even fitness workouts.
The take up of activities has been fantastically successful with over 40 new runners every week as well as 20 new netball players and 25 new handball players! Those who get the sports bug will then be helped to find a suitable activity after the 8 weeks of free activities ends.
Thanet District Council’s Member for Community Services Cllr Iris Johnston said, “Sport 4 Life has been a massive success yet again and has contributed to huge numbers of residents engaging in positive structured sports sessions.  We all know how everyday life can create barriers to exercise, from work commitments to lack of time, but this programme allows residents to have a go for FREE. Sport and physical activity is essential in reducing many illnesses and reducing the risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease. I’d urge residents to give it a go and they can then benefit from the support of the Sport Matters team who’ll continue to help them to adopt a healthier lifestyle" 
Thanet District Council’s Sports Development Officer Colin Rouse says, ‘There are still plenty of opportunities to get involved! If you’re 16 or over and fancy getting back into sport for free with like-minded people then simply get in touch.’
For more information please contact the Sport Matters team on 01843 577032, e-mail To find out more about the Sport 4 Life programme and sport in Thanet visit

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