Get inspired with Sports Pound
Published on: 26 Aug 2016
GET Inspired! If the Olympics has got you thinking you should be getting off the couch and being active, help could be at hand.
The Sports Pound initiative got under way in South Gloucestershire earlier this year to encourage people back to exercise.
It works by giving people free vouchers to try sport and fitness activities. These can range from very gentle exercise to full-on bootcamp workouts – the choice is yours.
Janice Suffolk, who is running the scheme in the Staple Hill area, said some people chose to use all their vouchers for regular attendance at one particular class while others tried out various activities.
Sports Pound is open to anyone from the age of 14 who does less than 30 minutes' exercise a week.
Parkour, badminton and cricket often appeal to youngsters while buggyfit is popular with mums of babies and toddlers. Many people relish the chance to get involved with a game of rounders in the park.
Organisers are keen to hear what activities people would like provided and when and where would be most convenient.
They also want to hear from more people who run fitness activities and are willing to become providers for Sports Pound.
Karen Davis and Sam King, who run Zumba classes in Downend and Winterbourne, are enthusiastic participants in the scheme.
They said: "We fully support the Bristol SportsPound initiative and are pleased to be a provider. Not only can attending classes improve your fitness and lifestyle, it also gives you the opportunity to meet new people and have lots of fun. Our doors are always open and we extend a warm welcome to everybody.”
Short mat bowls in Staple Hill Royal British Legion is also a provider, though demand for places is very high. The vouchers can also be used for some sessions at all the council Active Leisure centres and at SBL sports centre.
Other sessions on offer include aerobics in Emersons Green, martial arts in Staple Hill and wheelchair dancing in Downend. Full details can be found on Facebook, Twitter and the council website, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01454 865821 or visiting your local library.
Sports Pound has received £171,324 of National Lottery funding from Sport England for a three-year scheme aimed at encouraging 5,000 people back to exercise.