Sport ses­sions to beat win­ter blues

Herald Express - - Down Your Way -

TOR­BAY res­i­dents are be­ing in­vited to beat the win­ter blues through a pro­gramme of sport­ing fun.

Sanc­tu­ary Hous­ing has teamed up with a range of com­mu­nity part­ners to run the free ac­tiv­i­ties which are aimed at all ages and abil­i­ties

A se­ries of ses­sions fo­cused on rac­quet sports – in­clud­ing bad­minton, ta­ble ten­nis and short ten­nis – is be­ing de­liv­ered by Imag­ine CIC at the Acorn Cen­tre in Torquay ev­ery Mon­day.

It is hoped the weekly classes will at­tract res­i­dents who have pre­vi­ously been in­ac­tive, with a free healthy snack and soft drink also avail­able to all who at­tend.

Sanc­tu­ary has also joined forces with Torquay United Com­mu­nity Sports Trust to or­gan­ise ses­sions en­cour­ag­ing lo­cal women to get ac­tive.

Walk­ing net­ball train­ing will take place at Paign­ton Com­mu­nity Col­lege ev­ery Mon­day, de­signed for women and girls who are re­turn­ing to net­ball af­ter a break or an ill­ness, or who are try­ing the sport for the first time.

In ad­di­tion, Soc­cer­cise – a va­ri­ety of fit­ness ex­er­cises us­ing a foot­ball – will be run at the Acorn Cen­tre each Tues­day, also aimed at lo­cal fe­males.

The ses­sions all form part of Sanc­tu­ary’s Love Sport ini­tia­tive, which is tak­ing place in neigh­bour­hoods around the coun­try and aims to en­gage more than 2,250 res­i­dents in sport and fit­ness ac­tiv­i­ties.

Lynne Roberts, Sanc­tu­ary’s neigh­bour­hood part­ner­ships man­ager for Tor­bay, said: “As we get fur­ther into the colder months, we wanted to make sure there were still op­por­tu­ni­ties for our res­i­dents to take part in phys­i­cal ac­tiv­i­ties, as well as hav­ing the chance to so­cialise with dif­fer­ent peo­ple.

“All of the ses­sions are free and I would en­cour­age all lo­cal peo­ple to come along and join in the sport­ing fun.”

All ses­sions are tar­geted at those aged 14 and over, any res­i­dents an at­tend.

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