Free sports activities to be offered in city communities

Running is among the activities offered as part of a new scheme to get people in two Norwich communi

Running is among the activities offered as part of a new scheme to get people in two Norwich communities more active. Picture posed by model. Picture: Thinkstock. - Credit: Archant

Residents are being encouraged to improve their physical health by taking part in activities offered in the community.

The call comes ahead of the launch of 'Energise Lakenham and Tuckswood' - a new scheme which will make activities available locally for residents.

It will be launched on Friday at Lakenham Jubilee Community Centre (12.30pm-3pm), where people can try free activities such as football, tennis, cycling, and running - and other forms of physical exercise like zumba, street dance, and walking.

Free refreshments and face-painting will also be available as part of the event.

The scheme is organised by Community Action Norfolk, Active Norfolk, and Norwich City Council - and supported by Sport England and Comic Relief.

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Next week the project will be launched at Harford Community Centre, Tuckswood.

That event will take place on February 25 from 12.30pm-3pm.

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In addition local residents and community groups can apply for funding to help

Lucinda Leonard, one of the organisers, said: 'We'd love to hear residents' ideas - whether it's a street games competition, a seated zumba class, or a buggy fit group for parents, let us know.

'We can also help with bursaries for coaches to develop their skills by undertaking an agreed coaching qualification course.

'It would be great to hear from you if you'd like to volunteer to be involved - perhaps by being on the project steering committee, or helping others to get active.

Vaughan Thomas, Norwich City Council's cabinet member for fairness and equality, said: 'This project is part of a wider programme of activities being developed by local organisations who are working together to develop and promote the range of activities, help, and advice available locally for residents.

'Sport and physical activity are wonderful ways to improve your health and wellbeing, as well as meet new people, so I am delighted to see these fantastic opportunities being delivered in this area.'

For more information about the events or how to apply for funding email or visit

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