Opportunities for People to Love Being Active in Eastfield Park During Love Parks Week!
Posted: Fri, 12 Jul 2019 18:30
Today marks the start of Love Parks Week which is a national campaign organised by 'Keep Britain Tidy' to encourage people to get out and enjoy their favourite park. By using and celebrating your local park, you are helping to protect them for future generations.
Parks are also great places for people of all ages and abilities to get active whether it be walking, jogging, fishing, taking part in a team sport, or any of the other many ways you can keep fit in a beautiful green open space environment.
Northamptonshire Sport have worked in partnership with the Friends of Eastfield Park group, Northampton Leisure Trust, Northampton Town FC Community Trust and the Parklands Jog and Run group to arrange a number of activities for people of all ages to keep active in the park over the next week.
These start tomorrow with an opportunity to help clean up the park from 10am – 12pm. Then on Monday evening 15th July the Parklands Jog and Run group will be running a fun fitness session in the park 6:30 – 7:30pm which is open to runners of all abilities.
For those people wanting to get active at a slightly slower pace on Tuesday 16th the free weekly health walk organised by Northampton Leisure Trust will be going through the park on route from its departure point of Morrison's on the Kettering Road at 10:30am. The walk will last an hour in total and is again open to all abilities.
On the evening of the 16th a coach from Northampton Town FC Community Trust will be delivering free fun football sessions for young people from 5:30 – 7:30pm. At the same time on Wednesday 17th Northampton Leisure Trust will be running their regular Street Sport activities on the Multi – Use Games Area (MUGA).
The Friends of Eastfield Park group will be providing a kite flying activity for all on the afternoon of Thursday 18th before the activities conclude with a heritage walk through the park on Saturday 20th.
All of the partners involved would also like to hear the views of local people on whether they currently use the park to keep active, what other activities they may like to see offered in it and whether they may like to be trained to deliver opportunities to others in the future. This for example could be as a walking, or jogging leader to then start other groups in the park. For more information on this, or to provide your thoughts please contact Northamptonshire Sport's Development Officer for the area Graeme Wilson on Graeme.Wilson@firstforwellbeing.co.uk.
Graeme said "Eastfield is one of our hotspot areas that we've identified in the county where we know through research there's a higher proportion of inactive people living. We want to use the beautiful surroundings of Eastfield Park to encourage more people from the local area to get active more often whether it's them doing things independently, taking part in some of the many existing activities organised for them, or being trained up to provide things themselves for everyone as a community."