Friday, 4 July 2014
Thanet Council - FREE Doorstep Sports sessions launch in Thanet!
Thanet District Council’s award winning Sport 4 NRG programme is offering free sports activities in partnership with national sports charity Street Games to encourage young people in Thanet the chance to access sport right on their doorsteps.
The programme will launch new activities this summer and will provide young people aged 12 and over with free diversionary opportunities in the local community. The sessions are part of a combined partnership working alongside national charity Street Games and local leisure partners Your Leisure, who will be offering other sessions based at Hartsdown and Ramsgate Leisure centres.
The partnership will see Sport 4 NRG and Your Leisure delivering sessions that tackle many of the barriers preventing sports participation, and use fun, informal, sports activities to develop and improve young people’s health and well-being. There will be lots on offer with activities taking place across Thanet using local multi-use games areas, open spaces and leisure centres. So no need to book, no membership fees, simply turn up and get involved!
Leader of Thanet District Council and Cabinet Member for Tourism Cllr Iris Johnston said, ‘I’m delighted Street Games have already helped over 200,000 young people from disadvantaged areas to access sport for free, at the right time and at the right place. There are many barriers which can affect young people from engaging in sport; however the programme aims to reduce and tackle these issues by bringing sport into the heart of the communities. I’d urge young people to give it a go.”
Colin Rouse, Sports Development Officer at Thanet District Council said, “Sport 4 NRG and Your Leisure will be working together to provide a whole range of free sports activities in Thanet. Sport can have so many positive outcomes such as improving general health and well-being, reducing anti-social behaviour and providing something positive that everyone can enjoy!”
Kevin Fordham Deputy Managing Director of Your Leisure said “We are delighted to be providing these Doorstep Sports Sessions and welcome the opportunity to work in partnership to bring them about. We are optimistic that further funding can be secured to harness the value of sport within local communities.”
Sport 4 NRG has been running since 2005 and has continued to provide free or low cost sports opportunities as part of the council’s commitment to reduce anti-social behaviour and improve the health and well-being of young people in Thanet.