Thou­sands ben­e­fit from project to get young­sters ac­tive

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

THOU­SANDS of in­ac­tive peo­ple in Bucks have ben­e­fited from a £100,000 pro­gramme to en­cour­age young­sters to be­come in­volved in sport.

The Sporti­vate ini­tia­tive, which was run across the area ear­lier this year, funded 221 projects.

About 3,000 young peo­ple, aged 11 to 25, were in­volved over a pe­riod of six to eight weeks, with the aim of en­gag­ing those who do not reg­u­larly par­tic­i­pate in sport or ac­tiv­ity.

The pro­gramme is funded by Sport Eng­land and run lo­cally by Leap, the Sport and Ac­tiv­ity Part­ner­ship for Bucks and MK.

One of the most no­table projects is be­ing run in Che­sham by At the Edge, a com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tion ded­i­cated to pro­mot­ing and sup­port­ing per­sonal devel­op­ment for young peo­ple from a va­ri­ety of racial and so­cial back­grounds.

At the Edge, which is run by vol­un­teers, works closely with Chiltern District Coun­cil and Hiv­ings Free Church.

The group ap­plied to Leap for Sporti­vate fund­ing to run a se­ries of ‘Fut­net’ ses­sions at the play­ing fields in the cen­tre of the Hiv­ings Park es­tate.

Fut­net, a cross be­tween foot­ball and tennis, can be played flex­i­bly with dif­fer­ent num­bers and a few lo­cal boys had ex­pressed in­ter­est so the in­sight in­di­cated that the ses­sions would be pop­u­lar.

The fund­ing from Sporti­vate paid for the coach from lo­cal club Pond Park Rangers FC to de­liver the ses­sions, which were im­me­di­ately a hit.

To date, 52 young peo­ple have ben­e­fited from tak­ing part in the Fut­net ses­sions.

Coach Jean Black Ngody said: “Foot­ball has gone a long way to bring­ing these young peo­ple to­gether.”

David Nash, pas­tor rev­erend at Hiv­ings Free Church, said: “Our or­gan­i­sa­tion (At the Edge) has been able to de­liver a fan­tas­tic project by part­ner­ing with Leap to run these Sporti­vate ses­sions. The project has made a real and pos­i­tive dif­fer­ence to the qual­ity of life for in­di­vid­ual young peo­ple and within the lo­cal com­mu­nity as a whole.”

At the Edge chair­man Jon Reynolds said the project has helped with lo­cal co­he­sion.

He added: “It helps to cre­ate a more in­te­grated and peace­ful com­mu­nity.”

Leap’s di­rec­tor Mark Ormerod said: “We are thrilled by the suc­cess of this year’s schemes. Sporti­vate projects of­fer free and sub­sidised coach­ing in a va­ri­ety of ac­tiv­i­ties to of­fer young peo­ple a taster of just how fun, en­joy­able and so­cial be­ing ac­tive can be.

“Im­por­tantly, it also cre­ates aware­ness of how im­per­a­tive reg­u­lar phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity is to their fu­ture health and well­be­ing.”

Sporti­vate Lead at Leap Jac­que­line Galvin said: “Sporti­vate has proven to have a very pos­i­tive im­pact on chang­ing be­hav­iours – 83 per cent of those sur­veyed at three months were still sus­tain­ing their ac­tiv­ity and this demon­strates these projects sup­port young peo­ple to tran­si­tion into reg­u­lar com­mu­nity ac­tiv­ity. Help­ing these young peo­ple main­tain healthy life­styles will in time re­duce their health­care costs to the NHS. In­creas­ing phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity lev­els have shown to re­duce the risk of early death by 20-35 per cent from chronic dis­eases.”

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.leap­ uk/sporti­vate.

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