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August 9, 20180

Get on your bike for the chance to win some great prizes and get fit by taking part in the Cycle to Work day with thousands of enthusiastic cyclists.

The UK’s biggest cycle commuting event will be held on Wednesday (15 August), but you don’t have to be a regular rider to get involved.

The day has encouraged complete beginners to take up cycling because all you need is a bike and the will to try.

So whether you own a bike already or have access to one from a friend, neighbour or colleague, why not give cycling to work a go.

The annual event, which started in 2012, brings together thousands of enthusiastic riders to hit the streets to celebrate everyday cycling.

If you cycle to work there’s also the opportunity to win some prizes, to find out more visit https://www.cycletoworkday.org/

Plan out your cycling route today by using: https://www.cyclestreets.net/



August 7, 20180

We Move She Moves is delighted to announce it has bagged £1,000 from Tesco’s Bags of Help community grant scheme.

Bags of Help is run in partnership with environmental charity Groundwork, and sees grants raised from the sale of carrier bags awarded to thousands of local community projects every year. Since launching in 2015, it’s provided more than £56 million to over 16,000 local community projects.

The grant will be used to subsidise Learn to Run courses in Potters Bar and Shenley. 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. The course is aimed at those who have always wanted to get running but have felt they were not fit enough, fast enough or strong enough. Participants are gently introduced to running before the intensity increases over the weeks.

The Learn to Run course will start on Tuesday 4 September at Oakmere Park. This course will run every Tuesday for eight weeks from 7pm to 8pm. Details of the Learn to Run course in Shenley will be available soon.

There will also be a Learn to Run course from Monday 3 September at Bushey Grove Leisure Centre, every Monday for eight weeks between 7pm and 8pm.

The Potters Bar course costs £15 and if you would like to find out more or book your place, email community.services@hertsmere.gov.uk or to find out more about We Move She Moves, visit www.wemoveshemoves.me.uk

Councillor Caroline Clapper, Portfolio Holder for Leisure, Culture and Health, said: “Learn to Run is a great course that enables people to get fit and enjoy the benefits of a healthy lifestyle at a pace that suits them. Thanks to the Bags of Help community grant scheme, we are able to open this up to residents in Potters Bar and Shenley at a reduced cost for the first time.

“If you’d like to get running, but anxious about starting, then I’d encourage you to book on to this course. It’s a friendly and inclusive running club, so you’ll get fit and have a great time too!”

Alec Brown, Tesco’s Head of Community, said: “Bags of Help has been a fantastic success and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response from customers. It’s such a special scheme because it’s local people who decide how the money will be spent in their community. We can’t wait to see the projects come to life.”

Voting ran in stores throughout May and June with customers choosing which local project they would like to get the top award using a token given to them at the checkout.

Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups each time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions are awarded funding.

Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said: “Bags of Help continues to enable local communities up and down Britain to improve the local spaces and places that matter to them. The diversity of projects that are being funded shows that local communities have a passion to create something great in their area. We are pleased to be able to be a part of the journey and provide support and encouragement to help local communities thrive.”

Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities. Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online. To find out more visit www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp.


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August 1, 20180

Soft Ball Cricket is about getting out and playing: maximum fun, minimum fuss. No pads, no hard ball, no heavy bat, no head-scratching rules. It’s a game for absolutely everybody, no matter your skill level, fitness, or age. Playing time at festivals is usually about two to four hours, so it never gets boring!
Turn up and we promise you a warm welcome, a free T-shirt, free coaching, music, and food; basically, all the good things about a festival with none of the grunge.
So why not bring friends, kids, and family, down to your local Festival and make a day of it? It’s no problem if you want to sign up on your own. We’ll find a team for you and introduce you to all your new team mates.
If you think you know other women or girls who might be interested, please just share the information.
Thousands of women and girls who tried Soft Ball in 2017 found the festivals to be a way to have a laugh, meet new people and try a version of cricket for the very first time or return to the game.

For more information about festivals in Hertfordshire and to book a place, please visit the Cricket East website


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July 17, 20180

 

 
Tennis season is upon us with Wimbledon, so people often want to pick up a racquet and play – but what do you think of Hertsmere’s public tennis courts? Hertsmere residents are being encouraged to voice their opinions about the borough’s council-owned tennis courts. Answers will help us to better understand current and potential tennis users, as well as help us to identify how we can encourage more people to play.

Councillor Caroline Clapper, Portfolio Holder for Leisure, Culture and Health, said: “Hertsmere Borough Council and the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) are working in partnership to encourage more residents to play tennis and to ensure local tennis courts are sustainable for future use. “Being active and outside has so many benefits. Exercise improves our physical fitness and we reap enormous benefits the minute we step in to a park. Natural surroundings help reduce stress and tension and in just three minutes our heart rate, blood pressure and muscle tension reduces. It also makes us feel happier, amps up our vitamin D intake, which is needed for healthy bodies, and can even help us age gracefully.” Cllr Quilty, Portfolio Holder for Environment, added: “Our parks and open spaces are a vital resource for local people and we want to ensure they continue to meet the needs of park users in the future. “New options are being considered for managing the courts, including the introduction of affordable fees for public tennis courts, an online booking system, which would enable fairer access for everyone, and the implementation of an on-going community tennis programme for players of all ages. “Your views are important for the development of tennis provision in the future, so I would encourage you to take part. The survey will only take about 10 minutes to complete, so please get involved.”

The deadline for responses is Friday 27 July. You can share your views by completing the survey on our website: www.hertsmere.gov.uk/tennissurvey. If you have any queries or require the survey in an alternative format or language please email: community.services@hertsmere.gov.uk or call 020 8207 7801.

 


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July 11, 20180

Walking Netball is a slower version of the game, it is netball, but at a walking pace. The game has been designed so that anyone can play it regardless of age or fitness level.  From those who have dropped out of the sport they love due to serious injury, to those who believed they had hung up their netball trainers many years ago, it really is for everyone.  Women the length of the country have begun playing the game of Walking Netball for the fun, laughter and camaraderie the social session brings, as much as the health benefits on offer. It can give those who feel isolated an outlet, provide an activity for those who don’t deem themselves fit enough to run anymore and offer a stepping stone for those looking for a pathway back into netball.

 Lynda (71) says, whilst listening to the radio, I heard an advert about walking netball sessions starting up to get adults back into fitness and they mentioned that it would also be a great option for older adults.  After a search on the internet, I discovered that there would be session at the Furzefield Leisure Centre which is local to me.  The session keeps me active and it’s lovely to meet and socialise with people of all ages.  I feel the walking netball session is a great activity to take part in because a lot of people are wary about joining a gym, especially if they go by themselves, whereas this session is in a group and has a structured warm up before the main activity, so we all go away feeling like we’ve had a good workout.

Melissa (39) says, I found out about the walking netball session through the potters bar mums page on Facebook and thought I’d give it a try.  Not only do I enjoy the session and get a good workout that isn’t too intense, there’s also a lovely group of women who attend so the socialising is great.  The session suits me very well as my son is at nursery, and it’s a great alternative to the gym.

If you are interested in joining the session, it is currently held at the Furzefield Leisure Centre on Mondays from 11:30-12:30. Each session is £3.75

 For more information please contact the Furzefield Leisure Centre on 01707 850500.  Alternatively please contact sports development at Emmanuel.boyd@hertsmereleisure.co.uk, or visit https://www.furzefieldleisurecentre.co.uk

 


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June 28, 20180

Soft Ball Cricket is about getting out and playing: maximum fun, minimum fuss. No pads, no hard ball, no heavy bat, no head-scratching rules. It’s a game for absolutely everybody, no matter your skill level, fitness, or age. Playing time at festivals is usually about two to four hours, so it never gets boring!
Turn up and we promise you a warm welcome, a free T-shirt, free coaching, music, and food; basically, all the good things about a festival with none of the grunge.
So why not bring friends, kids, and family, down to your local Festival and make a day of it? It’s no problem if you want to sign up on your own. We’ll find a team for you and introduce you to all your new team mates.
All you have to do is go to ecb.co.uk/womenssoftballcricket, find a festival and register. If you think you know other women or girls who might be interested, please just share the link.
Thousands of women and girls who tried Soft Ball in 2017 found the festivals to be a way to have a laugh, meet new people and try a version of cricket for the very first time or return to the game.

The planned festival at West Herts CC (WD18 7HP):
Sunday 22 July 3-5pm – book direct 


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June 27, 20180

Games fit is a fully fitness focused hours based on play and games. The best part about these sessions is we mix up adults and children meaning we can get the whole family fit in one energetic session. The class is one hour long and participants will get fit playing fitness based versions of their favourite games including: NOUGHTS & CROSSES, DUCK DUCK GOOSE, AGILITY COURSES, TAG and many more.

 

  • Each session is just one hour long making it achievable for adults and kids alike.
  • The ratio of adults to children is 1:2. A child may not be signed up for Games Fit unless there is at least one participating adult.
  • We have an age limit children must be aged 8 years old and above – from a motor skills developmental standpoint it is just too difficult.
  • Parents will need to sign a waiver for each child attending as children are not covered under our insurance policies. Once the waiver is signed it takes any exposure away.
  • Every adult and parent will need to fill in a health questionnaire before the start of each session.

 

£5 for adults, free for under 16’s, no need to book, just turn up. Sessions will take place on Tuesdays 6.30-7.30pm at Phillimore Recreation Ground, Gills Hill, Radlett, WD7 8AL

 

Any questions, please contact community.services@hertsmere.gov.uk