Mini “Olympics” event in Wellington encourages community to get active
Around 90 local people and the Mayor of Taunton attended a summer “Olympics” event in Dobree Park, Wellington, last Thursday.
The event, which we took the lead on, is part of a three year partnership programme, called “Creating Active Communities”.
The programme aims to help people of all ages take part in fun and healthy sports and activities across Somerset. The initiative has received National Lottery funding from Sport England’s Community Sport Activation Fund.
The event on Thursday, specifically aimed at children, included obstacle races, a water relay and sprint races. Activities were run by our partners including Tone Leisure and Wellington Children’s Centre.
The importance of regular activity has been highlighted by the Government in a recent report, prompting a public consultation on the issue.
The report shows that the number of people doing regular exercise has fallen since the increase following the 2012 Olympics.
Latest figures, reported by the BBC, show that almost 250,000 people stopping taking part in regular exercise during the past six months in England.
Jane Edmonds, our Assistant Director, said: “Along with our partners, we’re striving to make a real difference to participation in sports and activities in Somerset, and we’re committed to making sure communities have access to sport in their area.
It was fantastic to see so many members of the local community getting involved in the event on Thursday.”