Let’s Get Telford Active Event line up builds

Almost 1,000 people so far have joined a fitness campaign sweeping Telford and Wrekin and there are plenty more opportunities to get involved.

Let’s Get Telford Active Event line up builds

The ‘Let’s Get Telford Active’ campaign means things like tai chi sessions, croquet, rounders and many other options are getting a boost, made possible through £50,000 funding provided by Telford & Wrekin Council.

Over the next 12 months, volunteers and community groups will host sports, activities as well as road shows, workshops, taster sessions and open days around the borough in parks, village halls and community centres as well as sporting facilities.

The activities mean friends and families can enjoy activities together or as part of a group. They are also about helping people discover a love for being active in different ways and finding something that suits them.

So far, more than 100 people from aged five up to 80 years, took part in a mass walking event, Netball England’s workplace league has seen more than 120 people joined teams to compete over the summer and more than 450 children got their first taste of running in a big event as they took on the Telford Primary Schools half marathon.

Councillor Andy Burford, Cabinet Member for health & social care said: “Fun and also support are so important when it comes to being active and we’re lucky to have so many passionate people in our communities helping to create these events.

“Places all over Telford and Wrekin, from villages to bigger towns will have new events springing up where people can get together and hopefully find something they love. I’d urge people to go along to as many events as they can, I think they’ll be surprised by what they find.”

Next on the calendar is the Telford Hornet’s RFC touch rugby sessions running until August as well as a host of other activities and events.

Some dates are yet to be announced but there is plenty going on, the latest event details and ways to get involved are listed below.

Event Line-up

Wrekin Riders novice BMX sessions – Every Wednesday

People of all ages and abilities can experience the excitement of BMX riding with support from expert staff at the national standard track at Duce Drive in Dawley. Bikes and helmets are available for hire but you must bring your own gloves.

Find out more.

Telford Hornets Touch Rugby – various locations from June

Whether you want to hone your fitness or have a great time exercising with friends, this really is social fitness at its best. Touch rugby is a friendly environment for men and women of all abilities to get involved and everyone is welcome (other dates include 26 June and July 3,10,17).

Find out more.

Celebration of Woodside - Saturday, June 29

Families are invited to join in the fun at the Park Lane Community Centre's opening event on June 29 and learn about the host of activities planned for the summer. Outdoors there will be a chance to cycle, learn circus skills, try street sports like basketball and use free play equipment. There will also be a variety of indoor activities in the community centre and also hosted at leisure centres.

Find out more.

Telford Schools Half Marathon – Entries open for 2020

More than 400 pupils took part in the Telford & Wrekin Primary Schools Half Marathon, aimed at getting students aged four to 11 to run 12 miles. Primary school children from across Telford and Wrekin ran the final 1.1 miles of their Schools Half Marathon at Oakengates Athletics Track, having run the first 12 miles at school over the course of the spring and summer terms

Sign up for next year’s event.

Wellington Wellbeing Picnic – Sunday, June 30, 12noon-5pm

A community picnic that will have bags of health and wellbeing advice, activities for all including face painting, informal games and activities for all including rounders, tennis, yoga, zumba, tai chi and even a dog show. A great one if you are looking for activities that are more laid back.

Find out more.

Grange Park Primary School – Daily Mile Track opening July

More than 350 pupils will soon have access to an all-weather track allowing them to take part in the daily mile, an international scheme helping to improve their physical, social, emotional and mental health and wellbeing – regardless of age, ability or personal circumstances.

Allscott Heath Sports Club Family Fun Day – Sunday, 7 July

From bowls to archery, there is something for everyone at Allscott Heath family fun day including a special ‘Zumbathon’ at 3pm. The event is open to all ages and a variety of activities and challenges are being held throughout the day.

Find out more.

Kick-start Roadshow – First event is at High Ercall Village Hall Friday, August 2

Roadshows will visit villages including High Ercall, Ellerdine, Edgmond, Crudgington throughout the summer showcasing ideas for healthy lifestyles, fitness and well-being opportunities as well as taster sessions, a variety of sports, games and fitness activities for all ages and abilities.

Find out more.

The Carl Dowd McKenzie Recovery Football Festival – Saturday, 31 August

Organised by a Better Tomorrow, a residential recovery project, this six-a side football festival aims to raise awareness around recovery from substance misuse and mental health. It will also be a celebration of the life of Carl Dowd McKenzie, who passed away recently and was a well-respected member of the recovery fraternity.

If you would like to submit a team for the event, contact the organiser for more information scottmorgan@abettertomorrow.org.uk.

Arthog Outdoor Sports experience – September TBC

If you love the great outdoors, then come along and discover Telford’s best kept secret, Arthog Outreach at the Short Wood Centre in Wellington. Opening for one special day, visitors can have a go at some of the activities on offer right on their doorstep including the climbing, bush craft and orienteering all delivered by experienced instructors.

Find out more about Arthog Outreach.

Oakengates 10K race – TBC

Hartshill Runners will be organising a new and exciting 10K race around the outskirts of Oakengates in October 2019. Get ready for your 10k race with support and a training plan that lasts approximately 16 weeks.

Keep an eye on their Facebook page for upcoming news.

Donnington 5k Fun Run – TBC

Go from the couch to 5k (C25k) with the support of trained run leaders over 10 weeks. Join in with other people looking to run their first ever 5k at the Donnington C25K.

Cricket for all – TBC

The Shropshire Cricket Board will be in locations across Telford and Wrekin providing free taster sessions for boys and girls aged 5-8. Anyone taking part will be given a free bat and ball. Females aged 12 and up can also take part in soft ball cricket sessions taking place at the same time. Each promises a fun party atmosphere with music.

Ketley Parish Council – TBC

Information coming soon.

Sutton Hill Community Trust – TBC

Information coming soon.

Lightmoor Village Primary School Daily Mile track opening – TBC

Information coming soon.

Wrockwardine Wood C.E Junior School Daily Mile track opening – TBC

Information coming soon.

Shropshire & Telford Women's Association – TBC

Information coming soon.