Grants to get everyone get active together

Daily mile running routes, BMX biking, climbing and walking as well as a host of other sports and activities are about to get a boost with the announcement of more than 20 successful ‘Get Telford Active’ projects.

More than £50,000 has been made available by Telford & Wrekin Council with up to a maximum of £5,000 per applicant. 

Almost 50 applications flooded in from around the borough for the one-off award that aims to create new community-led activities, helping more people, typically those who aren’t involved in a particular sport or regular activity, to have a go in ‘mass participation’ events.

The first event, ‘Get Telford Walking’, will be on Sunday, May 19 with starting points around the borough. Full details of the start venues will be announced on the council’s newsroom

Other examples include four health and fitness roadshows making their way through Waters Upton and some of the surrounding villages offering taster sessions in a variety of sport and games-based activities. 

Wellington’s Bowring Park Friends group have applied to host activities in the park for all ages, led by qualified coaches with activities as far ranging as Tai Chi, croquet to women and girls softball and informal games of rounders.   

While England Netball aim to operate a workplace netball league with taster sessions aimed at novice players and those returning to netball. 

Several schools have also applied to introduce the daily mile. It’s a simple way of getting children out of the classroom for fifteen minutes every day to run or jog, at their own pace, with their classmates, making them fitter, healthier, and more able to concentrate in the classroom. 

Schools in Telford & Wrekin Council will join almost 4,000 others in the UK taking part.

Ruth Hughes, Shropshire netball development officer, said: “We are really pleased to have received the ‘Get Active’ grant from Telford & Wrekin Council as this wouldn’t be happening without it, projects like this are difficult to get off the ground with all the initial costs involved.

“Netball is a great sport for beginners, no matter what your fitness level is, there is a position on court for everyone. There's also a strong sense of friendship and team-bonding within netball teams that means it is easy to keep going!”

Louise Mills, service delivery manager for health improvement at Telford & Wrekin Council said: “Regardless of age, background or ability, everyone should be able to take part in sport or activity. Some might be fit and talented, but others won’t be so confident and these grants set out to provide an opportunity for those who are currently not participating. 

“By providing grants for the community, the activities are led by what is needed and wanted instead of imposing options on people. It’s another example of how Telford & Wrekin Council continues to work in partnership with communities and ensuring we put residents at the heart of everything we do.

“I’m looking forward to a year of events with people from all over Telford and Wrekin joining in.” 

Full details of the applications will soon be available here.