Not only are Christchurch and East Dorset councils keen to improve the health of residents, they are also hoping to tempt people to try new activities.
The Activate Coast & Countryside project was set up as the result of a £221,000 grant from Sport England. And now the partnership has published a 24-page guide which is packed full of sporting activities – everything from canoeing to cycling, orienteering to golf and fishing to Nordic walking. The sports are offered at a range of venues including Two Riversmeet Leisure Centre, Highcliffe Castle, Highcliffe beach and Mudeford Quay in Christchurch and Moors Valley Country Park, Kingston Lacy and various other locations in East Dorset.
The project aims to deliver more than 1,000 sessions in the first year of this three-year project. Some of these are taster sessions which allow people to try out new activities to see if they are suitable for them while others are beginners’ courses to show people the basics of the sport to help build their confidence. In most cases all of the equipment is provided so people don’t have to pay for expensive equipment and then find out that the sport is not for them.
The free guide is available from Moors Valley Country Park, Highcliffe Castle, Kingston Lacy and leisure centres, libraries and information centres in Christchurch and East Dorset.