Active Communities North Northamptonshire - July to September 2021

Active Communities North Northamptonshire - July to September 2021

Hello and Welcome to the Active Communities North Northamptonshire e-newsletter for Q2 (July - September). Since mid-April, the Active Communities team have been busy reintroducing many of our successful community focused programmes, such as the Outdoor gym programme pictured above in Glapthorn. I'm happy to report that significant progress has been made and the team are focused on growing these programmes in the coming months whilst also developing new opportunities for the residents of North Northamptonshire. If you would like any further information and update on our plans, please feel free to drop me an e-mail or give me a call. I look forward to updating you on our progress as we continue to work to restore our programmes and projects.
Christopher Bryden (Active Communities Manager - North Northamptonshire) - Freedom Leisure / (07500) 861729

<span style="text-align: center; display: block; width: 100%;">Summer Holiday Provision</span>

The Active Communities team delivered a wide range of opportunities for young people in the rural areas of North Northamptonshire to become active over the summer holidays. After a 2 year break, our successful Turn Up and Play programme returned, supporting activity in 9 rural locations across North Northamptonshire. The 2 hour sessions featured a mixture of sport and art based activities and received excellent support across the delivery period. In addition to our TUPs programmes,the team delivered 4 Xplorer events in Thrapston, Irthlingborough, Rushden and Oundle, with over 100 adults and young people taking part in total. The summer holiday period also saw the return of the Outdoor Gym programme, which ran for a period of 8 weeks from the start of August until the end of September. This year's programme included a couple of new locations, in Glapthorn and Nassington, with the programme also returning to Thrapston and Irthlingborough. 

<span style="text-align: center; display: block; width: 100%;">Walking Sports</span>

Since the re-opening of the leisure centre's in April, the Active Communities team have successfully reintroduced both our Walking Football and Walking Netball programmes back into the weekly 'offering' at The Pemberton Centre in Rushden. The Walking Football programme restarted on Tuesday 1st June, with the Walking Netball programme following suit on Tuesday 7th September. Both programmes cost £3 to attend for non-members and are FREE for Freedom Leisure members. Both programmes have been well received since their reintroduction and the team remain committed to developing and growing participation numbers moving forwards across the coming months.

<span style="text-align: center; display: block; width: 100%;">Get Set To Go</span>

Freedom Leisure, in partnership with Northamptonshire Sport, Northampton Town In The Community and North Northamptonshire Council, have delivered a series of 12 week programmes in conjunction with Northamptonshire MIND. The programmes, including activities such as Clubbercise, Angling and Nordic Walking, have worked alongside residents who are currently suffering from a mental health condition. The programme, which has engaged with a significant number of individuals since it began, is due to hold a celebration event at the Pemberton Centre in Rushden on Sunday 7th November.

<span style="text-align: center; display: block; width: 100%; font-size: 14px;">Leisure Centre Focus</span>

The past 18 months have been an extremely challenging year for the sport and leisure sector as a whole. During July and August, leisure centres across the country had restrictions lifted which allowed our centre's to offer much loved favourites such as floats, flume and familiar studios. In North Northamptonshire, this has translated into swim school attendances of over 18,577. A total of 30,349 visits have been made at The Nene Centre, 17,286 at The Pemberton Centre and 40,913 visits at Splash Leisure Pool.