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New fitness project is all O-go-go in Lowestoft

PUBLISHED: 17:00 19 March 2016

The Lowestoft O-go-go project has been launched. Picture: Mick Howes

The Lowestoft O-go-go project has been launched. Picture: Mick Howes

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A new sports project is encouraging young mothers and older people in the town to get more active.

Nordic walkers at Waterlane Leisure Centre. Picture: Ian Wakefield.Nordic walkers at Waterlane Leisure Centre. Picture: Ian Wakefield.

The ‘Lowestoft O-go-go’ scheme began on Wednesday (March 16) and is enlisting the help of its namesake, boxer Anthony Ogogo, to get young mothers and over 55’s involved in sport and physical activity.

Developed by Sentinel Leisure Trust, Waveney District Council, Suffolk County Council and Lowestoft Rising, the project – which received over £220,000 in funding from Sport England – will promote physical activity to parts of the community who do not usually participate in sport.

At the launch event, there was the chance for people to join in with some free taster sessions including Nordic Walking at Waterlane Leisure Centre, rebound fitness with KTroo at Red Oak Primary School as well as seated exercise, new age kurling and boccia at Britten Court. And every Monday, a rebound fitness class will be held at Red Oak Primary School from 10- 11am and also at the Stella Maris Hall from 12-1pm.

Other activities that are expected to be included in the project include walking football, cycling, buggy fitness, boxercise, swimming and racket sports.

Mr Ogogo said: “Being active brings so many benefits such as improved physical and mental health, higher self-esteem, new friendships and a massive sense of achievement when you reach your goals.

“I’m proud to be associated with this project and I hope it encourages more people to make sport part of their everyday lives.”

Stephen Ardley, Waveney’s cabinet member for operational partnerships, added: “Lowestoft O-go-go aims to remove barriers and show that sport can be social, fun and easy to get involved in.

“The project will bring sporting opportunities to easily-accessible venues within the community so that trying a new sport feels familiar and comfortable.

“I hope the project helps even more people to realise the health and wellbeing benefits of regular physical activities and shows that sport is open to everyone.”

For further information or to sign up for a class, call Alex Bond on 07904 538939 or email: alex.bond@sentinellt.co.uk

Are you starting a new community scheme in Lowestoft? Email: joe.randlesome@archant.co.uk


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