Caption: Members of the Active Women group at Scott Hall Leisure Centre get a kick out of football.
A popular council programme that has helped thousands of people across Leeds enjoy free physical activity sessions is being extended for another year.
Launched in 2013, Leeds Let’s Get Active is aimed at encouraging people who are new or getting back into physical activity to try something different and get involved.
The project now has more than 40,000 people registered and has seen more than 125,000 free visits to gyms, swimming, classes and community activities across 17 of the city’s leisure centres.
And after a hugely successful first year, the programme will now run for an extra 12 months, with an additional £145,000 of Public Health funding going into the scheme.
Among those who will benefit are members of the new Active Women group at Scott Hall Leisure Centre.
The new weekly session is aimed at women who want to try their hand at a range of games and sports.
Focussing on a different activity each week, the sessions take in sports including netball, football, badminton and rounders.
Centre manger Sharon Gard said:
“The Active Women sessions are ideal for women who want to get involved, but are not sure exactly what they want to do.
“It gives them a chance to try a few different things and find something they like, which they can maybe take up on a more regular basis.
“Leeds Let’s Get Active is perfect for these kind of sessions, as people have that little bit more incentive to push themselves when they know the sessions are free and they have nothing to lose.”
Figures from the first year of Leeds Let’s Get Active show that 80 per cent of people taking part who registered themselves as inactive have since become active.
Councillor Lisa Mulherin, Leeds City Council’s executive member for health and wellbeing, said:
“Leeds Let’s get Active has already made a huge difference in giving thousands of individuals and families affordable ways to live healthy, active lives.
“By extending the programme for another year, we can now give those people the opportunity to build on that and take part even more regularly, pursuing their new hobbies and activities whilst boosting their long-term wellbeing.
“It will also allow us to better monitor, understand and tackle any barriers which may make it difficult for people in the city to take up physical activity.”
Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, the council’s executive member for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills, added:
“It’s fantastic news that Leeds Let’s Get Active will continue for another year, and a huge endorsement for a project that's made a massive difference helping people in Leeds to get involved with sport and physical activity.
“Leeds Let’s Get Active is all about giving people who might not usually attend a sport or fitness session that extra incentive to come along and give it a try for free.
“The results speak for themselves, with the majority of those who have attended sessions discovering that not only can they be active, but they can enjoy it too and then go on to other things.”
To find out more about Leeds Let’s Get Active, visit www.leedsletsgetactive.co.uk visit the Facebook site at www.facebook.com/LeedsLetsGetActive or follow @LeedsGetActive on Twitter.
To find out more about Active Women sessions at Scott Hall, contact the centre on 0113 378 1285 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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