‘Let Olympics change your life’

Liam Lewis
Liam Lewis

LEISURE chiefs are hoping the London Olympics 2012 will spur local people on to take part in sport and physical activity on a regular basis.

Hartlepool Borough Council’s sport and physical activity team have put together an extensive programme of weekly sessions at venues around the town to encourage local residents to adopt a more healthier lifestyle.

The scheme, known as the Begin 2 programme, will see activities range from running and volleyball to aqua jogging and badminton.

Liam Lewis, the council’s assistant sport and physical activity officer, said the aims of the Begin 2 programme is to urge people to change their lifestyle.

He said: “The main aim is to introduce people to their chosen sport or activity to try and encourage them to exercise regularly.

“We have a wide range of sessions on offer at venues throughout the town and there is sure to be something to suit everyone.

“We are also hopeful that the build up to the London Olympics 2012 will inspire people to participate in sport and physical activities.

“Help and guidance is on offer from our experienced team of qualified coaches and the costs are very reasonable. Attending the sessions is also a great way for people to meet new friends.”

Women’s Begin 2 Run gets under way on Wednesday, April 18, at Summerhill and takes place between 6pm and 7pm.

The weekly sessions are ideal for anyone preparing to run in the popular cancer Race 4 Life fundraiser later this year.

Badminton sessions swing into action on Monday, April 16, at Mill House Leisure Centre and Brierton Sports Centre while volleyball starts on Thursday, April 26, at Brinkburn Sports Hall.

Aqua jogging, which is running in water, launches at Mill House Leisure Centre on Wednesday, April 25, as does Swim Fit.

A whole host of other Begin 2 sessions are planned including spinning, box fit, handball, netball, Nordic walking and tennis.

For full details and to book, telephone (01429) 284050 or email sport.recreation@hartlepool.gov.uk

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