Returning to Sport is easy with three new projects

The people of Winchester are some of the most active in England - its official. And just as everyone's New Year's resolution to 'Get Fit' starts to run its course, the City Council is supporting new projects to encourage adults to return to sport.

In a recent report, Sport England found that out of 354 local authorities, people from the Winchester district came 29th for their level of sport participation. Compared with the national average - which showed 21 per cent of people do thirty minutes of moderate intensity activity, three days a week - Winchester's figure was 25.6 per cent!

"This is very good news", said Councillor Patricia Stallard, the Portfolio Holder for Culture, Heritage and Sport. "Everyone is becoming more aware of the need to take some exercise each week."

"But staff in the sports and recreation section at Winchester City Council are not resting on their laurels," she added. "They've got plans to make it fun and easy to return to sport in the Winchester District."

Winchester City Council, with funding from Sport Hampshire and Isle of Wight, is launching two 'Return to Sport' projects in February and March this year. Squash for adults will be on offer at River Park Leisure Centre over five weeks starting on February 26. Tennis at Meadowside Leisure Centre, Whiteley will be on offer for adults starting March 6.

Winchester City Council is also offering fun and fitness aerobics classes at Winnall Community Centre every Wednesday at 10.30 am if adults would like to pop along.

For more details about sport and recreation opportunities in your area contact Louise Rowland, Sports Development Officer on (01962) 848 532.