Local Activities in a New Pavillion
The Radwinter Recreation Ground wanted to use their new pavilion and provide the community with opportunities to engage in accessible, local activities that would encourage new healthy habits and improve social, mental and physical wellbeing.
The Radwinter Recreation Ground is situated in Radwinter, a village in a rural area of north Uttlesford. Due to the village demographics and strong village identity it was, and continues to be important that local residents are included in local decision making. A survey was designed for residents within the community to decide what activities they wished to take part in and what days and times suited them. The activities decided were; Strength & Balance class, Tai Chi Movement for Wellbeing, Line Dancing and Bootcamp fitness.
Active Essex and Active Uttlesford provided start-up funding for the 5 taster and subsidised activities. Radwinter Recreation Ground consulted with over 50 residents before setting up the activities, ensuring that the activities provided would receive attendance from many within the local community. Due to the number of women that took part in the survey, the majority of participants were women, but Radwinter Recreation Ground have been able to sustain all the activities they started since 2018. They are currently in the process of designing more physical activity sessions including ‘pump bike track’ taster sessions for young girls, Nordic walking and the inclusive activity of Boccia Ball. All hope to kick off once Covid-19 lockdown restrictions ease later this year.
Active Essex have recognised throughout their strategy, that understanding the needs of the local communities, is what drives successful programmes and projects, like this one.