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April 27, 20180

Age is only a number and older Hertsmere residents have the opportunity to prove the saying correct by participating in a range of physical activities from this month.

Hertsmere Borough Council is supporting Hertfordshire County Council’s ‘It’s Never Too Late To Be Active’ campaign, which runs between 23 April and 15 July to encourage the older generation to take up physical activity and is part of the Hertfordshire Year of Physical Activity.

The campaign aims to boost the number of people in the over 55 age range participating in exercise after figures revealed that 41.7 per cent of the 55-64 age group do less than the recommended 150 minutes exercise a week.

The council would like to offer anyone the opportunity to trial yoga for free on Thursday 3 May, 6.30-7.30pm at Allum Hall, Allum Lane, Elstree, WD6 3PJ.  There is also the opportunity to try any We Move, She Moves session (that you have not previously attended) for free.  Visit the website, http://wemoveshemoves.me.uk/events/list/, have a look what is on in May and pick a session you would like to try then email community.services@hertsmere.gov.uk letting us know which session and what date (in May 2018) and we will email you the voucher. Unfortunately Learn to Run is excluded from this as it is a course. Councillor Caroline Clapper, Portfolio Holder for Leisure, Culture and Health, said: “Participating in regular exercise is so important for all age groups, because it helps to reduce the risk of chronic disease and injury and can even improve your mood.

“As the campaign’s title states, it’s never too late to be active, so why not take advantage of this opportunity to take up a new sporting challenge, which will improve your health, by taking part in some of the activities.”

The Hertfordshire Year of Physical Activity 2018 is aimed at encouraging residents to adopt a more active lifestyle.

To find out more about the Year of Physical Activity, visit https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/services/health-in-herts/hertfordshire-lifestyle-and-legacy-partnership/hertfordshire-year-of-physical-activity-2018.aspx.

For more details about ‘It’s Never Too late To Be Active,’ visit https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/services/health-in-herts/keep-active/never-too-late/never-too-late.aspx.

For more information about We Move, She Moves, visit http://wemoveshemoves.me.uk/

For more information about events for the 50+ age group, visit http://www.hertsmereleisure.co.uk/wyllyotts-theatre/fifty-plus-programme/50–weekly-activities

The events are being held as part of the Year of Physical Activity 2018, which is encouraging Hertfordshire residents to adopt a more active lifestyle.

 


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April 26, 20180

The ParksHerts website provides a single point of access for information about Hertfordshire’s parks and open spaces.The project aims to encourage residents to make more of their valuable local space and visit parks they may not have previously explored, whilst also supporting people to make getting outdoors part of their daily lives by finding places to enjoy and share with others.

ParksHerts users are able to filter parks by a number of categories – including who is going to the park, what activities you’d like to do and the facilities offered. You will be encouraged to get active by using the wide range of walking, cycling, running and activity trails that exist across the county.

To find out more visit the ParksHerts website. You can also like us on Facebook: facebook/ParksHerts, or follow us on twitter: @ParksHerts and Instagram: ParksHerts


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April 25, 20180

KickOff@3, an initiative that aim to engage young people using sport, music and other imaginative ideas to spread awareness, are working in partnership with the Hertfordshire Constabulary (Police Force) to stage this small sided football tournament at the Cotlandswick Leisure Centre. The event will raise funds and awareness for the OLLIE Foundation who are a local charity that fund suicide intervention skills training for adults working with young people. This training enables professionals to identify warning signs and provide a pathway to help combat suicidal thoughts.

The initiative was created in 2017 by serving police officer Michael Wallace, who works in youth engagement and aims to use sport to provide vulnerable young people with stability they might not get elsewhere, and Ashley Levien, who runs social inclusion initiatives and a ‘soccer school’ in the London borough of Barnet.

Together they aim to engage with young people through the medium of sports and music while raising awareness and funds for charities which promote young people’s wellbeing.

Funds from the London Colney event will go towards youth suicide prevention charity The OLLIE Foundation. OLLIE (One Life Lost Is Enough) delivers suicide prevention and intervention training in the St Albans district.

 

There will also be live music at the event, and Herts police officers will be on hand to talk to young people and offer advice.

The competition is open to anyone age 15 to 17, and admission is £25 per team (10 players) or £4 per person. To enter email rory.arnott2@herts.pnn.police.uk


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April 24, 20180

Cure Cancer are delighted to present the Annual Charity Zumbathon supporting the world renowned UCL Cancer Institute on Sunday 13 May at Shenley Chapel, WD7 9DW.

Leading this event are two well-known Zumba Instructors.  Laurel Ingram has been teaching ZUMBA for nearly nine years in the Shenley and surrounding areas. Laurel will make you feel like you have just stepped off of a Strictly set or a Night club in Rio.   Gul Kizrak has been teaching Zumba for almost 7 years and her passion shows. With over 10 classes a week in the North London and Hertfordshire area, every class still feels like a Latin party incorporating samba, salsa, reggae, meringue, belly dancing and much more.

The music will be authentic Zumba with a traditional Zumba Latin feel running through it from Merengue, Salsa, Cha Cha ,Reggaton, Cumbia and many many more.   Doors will open to the public at 9.30am.    Registration to begin at 9.45am sharp.  Session to begin at 10.30 – warm up jointly with Gul Laurel and Sara. Session ends approx 12.30

There will be two 45 minute sessions with two 15 minute breaks,  water will be supplied – kindly donated by Sainsbury in Stanmore.  Also a raffle.

For more information and to book, take a look at Facebook page

 



April 20, 20180

Tennis for Kids is a starter course for kids, comprising of 6 high quality sessions, that introduce tennis to children in a fun and relaxed environment at King George Recreation Ground, Bushey, WD23 4NT.  This course is for kids aged 8 to 11.

What you can expect?

  • An enthusiastic coach who has attended a specific Tennis for Kids training course
  • A Tennis for Kids Babolat racket, ball-set, and personalised T-Shirt delivered right to your door
  • An opportunity for parents to get involved
  • A follow-on offer to encourage you to keep playing at the venue after the course is complete.

Coach Michael Aderogba
Tel 07740287430
Email maderogba@hotmail.co.uk

Visit the website for information and to book


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April 19, 20180

Age is only a number and older Hertsmere residents have the opportunity to prove the saying correct by participating in a range of physical activities from this month.

Hertsmere Borough Council is supporting Hertfordshire County Council’s ‘It’s Never Too Late To Be Active’ campaign, which runs between 23 April and 15 July to encourage the older generation to take up physical activity and is part of the Hertfordshire Year of Physical Activity.

The campaign aims to boost the number of people in the over 55 age range participating in physical exercise after figures revealed that 41.7 per cent of the 55-64 age group do less than the recommended 150 minutes exercise a week.

Among activities taking place will be a Pickleball taster session at the Furzefield Leisure Centre in Potters Bar on 23 April. The little known sport is similar to tennis, but is played with paddles on a badminton court with a lowered net and can be played in singles or doubles format.

The taster session will be taking place between 9.30am and 11.30am and participants will be able to have a free drink in the café.

Football fans will be able to enjoy Walking Football sessions every Tuesday on the Astroturf Court at Bushey Grove Leisure Centre between 11am and noon, while on Thursdays there are Walking Football sessions at Furzefield Centre between 2pm and 3pm.

Other sessions include Walking Netball every Monday at Furzefield between 11.30am and 12.30pm, while a Daily Mile event encourages a grandparent or neighbour to run, jog or walk the daily mile to school on a day of their choosing between 23 April and 4 May.

Councillor Caroline Clapper, Portfolio Holder for Leisure, Culture and Health, said: “Participating in regular exercise is so important for all age groups, because it helps to reduce the risk of chronic disease and injury and can even improve your mood.

“As the campaign’s title states, it’s never too late to be active, so why not take advantage of this opportunity to take up a new sporting challenge, which will improve your health, by taking part in some of the activities.”

The Hertfordshire Year of Physical Activity 2018 is aimed at encouraging residents to adopt a more active lifestyle.

To find out more about the Year of Physical Activity, visit www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/hertsyopa18.

For more details about ‘It’s Never Too late To Be Active,’ visit www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/nevertoolate

For more information about events for the 50+ age group, visit
http://www.hertsmereleisure.co.uk/wyllyotts-theatre/fifty-plus-programme/50–weekly-activities

 

 


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April 18, 20180

Volunteers in Hertsmere have the chance to make a real difference to their community by becoming a Hertfordshire Year of Physical Activity (YOPA) Champion.

The Herts Sports Partnership needs to find 200 volunteers to help support sport and physical activity across the county, with training taking place at workshops in Borehamwood in May and June so that Hertsmere residents can play their part.

Without support, some community clubs and voluntary groups could be forced to close, so volunteers play a vital role in enabling these organisations to continue helping others to participate in sport or other forms of exercise.

The free, three hour accredited workshops will help train the Champions and equip them with the skills necessary to volunteer in sport and physical activity.

Following the sessions, the Champions will be connected to volunteering opportunities at community clubs, events and within projects across the county.

The YOPA Champions scheme aims to be straightforward, positive and convenient, with a team of skilled and inspiring people from all backgrounds providing training on key skills such as behaviour management, organisation, communication skills, leadership, safeguarding and first aid.

Volunteers will also have opportunities to gain further accreditation, training and qualifications with improved career opportunities and confidence.

Councillor Caroline Clapper, Portfolio Holder for Leisure, Culture and Health, said: “By volunteering to become a YOPA Champion, you will be helping to change lives for the better and helping to sustain a range of activities in Hertsmere or perhaps further afield across the county.

“Full training will be given and the workshops are free, so why not volunteer to become a Champion? You will really be helping to make a difference and gaining new life skills and experiences along the way.”

The workshops will be held at the Civic Offices in Elstree Way, Borehamwood on 3 May between 9am and 12pm, 16 May between 6pm and 9pm and 5 June between 9am and 12pm.

If you are aged 16 and over and want more information on how to get involved, contact Matt Hughes-Short on 01707 281204 or email m.hughes-short@herts.ac.uk.

Alternatively you can book directly on to one of the courses https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/hyopa-champions-hertsmere-tickets-45025336995.

For more about Herts YOPA, visit https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/services/health-in-herts/hertfordshire-lifestyle-and-legacy-partnership/hertfordshire-year-of-physical-activity-2018.aspx

 



April 17, 20180

Hertsmere residents who are looking to get active have a unique opportunity to try a new, fast growing sport at a taster session.

The Pickleball session will be taking place at Furzefield Centre in Potters Bar between 10-11am on Monday 23 April and are aimed at older adults.

Following the sessions, participants will be invited to have a free drink in the café.

The game of Pickleball was invented in 1965 on Bainbridge Island in Washington and is similar to tennis and badminton, but instead of traditional racquets, players hit a ball over a net using paddles made from plywood.
The game is named after the Pickle boats familiar to English yachting.

The court on which the game is played is similar to a badminton court and measures 20ftx44ft, while the ball is served under arm from behind the baseline.

Point scoring is similar to tennis and play ends when one side commits a fault, such as hitting the ball into the net.

Councillor Caroline Clapper, Portfolio Holder for Leisure, Culture and Health, said: “This is a unique opportunity for Hertsmere residents to have a go at a new sport or for those who would like to lead a more active lifestyle to try a game that is good, healthy fun and easy to understand.

“If you are looking for an activity that gets you moving, but isn’t too physically tiring, then Pickleball may be the perfect sport for you and participants have the chance to take part for free.”

Taster sessions cost £5 and can be booked on the apex multisports website apex360.co.uk/bookings.

The session is being launched as part of the Older Adults month in the Year of Physical Activity, anyone who uses code HYOPA2018 will receive their taster session for FREE.
To view a video on Pickleball, visit https://binged.it/2IattSm.



March 28, 20180

We have four Learn to run courses starting in April.

Learn to Run is an eight week course aimed at total beginners who want to build their running confidence in a safe and friendly environment. You’ll learn all the key skills and correct running techniques.

This course is perfect for those who have always wanted to get running but have felt they were not fit enough, fast enough or strong enough. You will gently be introduced to running and the intensity will increase over the weeks. During the first week you will only need to jog a total of 60 seconds at one time. By the end of the course, you could be running up to 5km.

Each week you will be set homework to complete via the Learn to Run Facebook page.   http://on.fb.me/1EDbGJr

In order to move around easily, it’s best to wear warm, comfortable and supportive clothing. Remember you will be outside.

The next available courses are:

  • Shenley, Tuesdays at 10am, starts Tuesday 17 April (Costs £25)
  • Potters Bar, Fridays at 11.15am, starts Friday 20 April (Costs £25)
  • Borehamwood evenings, Tuesdays at 7.30pm starts Tuesday 17 April (Costs £15)
  • Borehamwood daytime, Wednesdays at 11.30am starts Wednesday 18 April (Costs £15)

If you are unable to make April, you can register your interest for a future course by emailing community.services@hertsmere.gov.uk

To book your place please email community.services@hertsmere.gov.uk  Please note, payment has to be made prior to the first session to confirm your space.