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Waveney to get active in 2010

PUBLISHED: 10:36 08 January 2010 | UPDATED: 15:50 06 July 2010

IT'S the start of the New Year, and the call to residents in Waveney is to get active by getting back into sport!

This week, a Waveney Active Adult Programme has been unveiled by the Active Waveney Sports Partnership, with support from Suffolk Sport, as varied sessions take place in forthcoming weeks.

IT'S the start of the New Year, and the call to residents in Waveney is to get active by getting back into sport!

This week, a Waveney Active Adult Programme has been unveiled by the Active Waveney Sports Partnership, with support from Suffolk Sport, as varied sessions take place in forthcoming weeks.

The programme, which runs for January to March 2010, includes badminton, judo, pilates, running and yoga courses for anyone aged 16 or over.

Fresh from the success of last year's pilot programme to get locals back into active sport in Lowestoft and Waveney, more funding has been given to Waveney from Suffolk Sport.

And starting the ball rolling next Wednesday, the AWSP have teamed up with Phil Church from the Goshindo Judo Club to hold the first Get Back Into courses of the year - with GBI Judo sessions to be held.

With expert tutelage from experienced judo exponents from the Goshindo Judo Club, who gained their Clubmark last September 2009, sessions will run for six weeks every Wednesday starting next week.

They will be held between 7pm to 8pm at the East Anglian Martial Arts Centre in Oulton broad, running between Wednesday, January 13 and Wednesday, February 17.

Three other sports are also being targeted with Get Back Into courses starting in forthcoming weeks. GBI Pilates sessions will be held at Beccles Sports Centre between Thursday, January 21 to Thursday, February 25. These last an hour each week, running for six weeks between 6.30pm and 7.30pm.

New GBI Badminton sessions have also been organised for Beccles Sports Centre. These will take place every Friday, running from February 12 to Friday, March 19, between 7pm and 8pm.

And finally GBI Running sessions will take place at Normanston Park in Lowestoft every Thursday evening. Sessions will start on Thursday, February 25 and will go on to Thursday, April 1, taking place between 6.30pm and 7.15pm.

“All Get Back Into courses will run for six weeks, and cost just £5 per course, with the first session free,” Jane Lewis, the assistant Sports & Leisure Development Officer at Waveney District Council said.

“The GBI programme was such as success in Waveney last year that Suffolk Sport gave us additional funding for more courses, meaning we have four new GBI courses this year, as well as two Active Wellbeing courses run by Suffolk Sport.”

The two new Suffolk Sport run courses centre on Pilates and Yoga.

Pilates will be held at The Venue of Performing Arts on Lowestoft Enterprise Park, Oulton Broad, with sessions beginning January 19 and running for six weeks between 12.15pm and 1.15pm.

Yoga sessions will also take place at Oulton Community Centre, beginning on February 17 and running for six weeks between 1pm and 2pm.

Both these courses cost £15 per person for six weeks.

Last year the Active Waveney Sports Partnership launched GBI sessions in badminton, Mind & Body and Kick & Tone in the district.

“The badminton group is still going strong at Beccles Sports Centre with about eight to 12 regulars and space for more on this year's course,” Ms Lewis said.

“Both Mind & Body and Kick & Tone sessions run by Emily Day, have since been added to the timetable at Water Lane Leisure Centre and they are still going strong!”

For more information on any of the four Active Waveney courses contact Jane Lewis on 01502 523635 or e-mail jane.lewis@waveney.gov.uk

To book a place for the two new Suffolk Sport run courses in Pilates or Yoga, contact Suffolk Sport on 01394 444605 or visit www.suffolksport.com

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