Community sports initiatives in Hastings and Rother up for awards

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Martin and Participant SUS-160811-125216001

Two schemes which promote sport and physical activity in Hastings and Rother are in the running for accolades in a Sussex-wide awards scheme.

Inclusive sport programme Sports For All and the Getting Rother Active project have made the final shortlist of three in the community impact award category in this year’s Sussex Sports Awards.

The Sport For All programme is delivered by the Active Hastings Team with support from Active Rother; a partnership set up by Hastings Borough Council and Rother District Council to encourage people to take part in physical activity.

The scheme is part of a wider county initiative hosted by the charity Grace Eyre to encourage people to take part in physical activity.

“It’s great news that these projects have been shortlisted for awards,” said Cllr Dawn Poole, Hastings Borough Council’s lead member for leisure.

“Sports For All works hard to provide a wide and varied range of activities to enable people with learning disabilities to get active including badminton, boccia, kickboxing, gymnastics and zumba.

“We wish the schemes every success at the Sussex Sports Awards later this month, ” added Cllr Poole.

Getting Rother Active, run by Rother District Council, provides walking into running, combat fitness and older people’s table tennis classes in Bexhill, Sidley and Rye.

Cllr Jonathan Johnson, Rother District Council cabinet member for young people, sport and leisure, said: “These nominations are recognition of the fantastic work both these schemes do in the community.

“The benefits to health and well-being of regular physical exercise are well known and it’s important we do everything possible to create opportunities for all – including people who might not otherwise take part in sport.”

The Sussex Sports Awards are held every year and organised by Active Sussex, one of 45 County Sports Partnerships across England.

The Community Impact Award recognises exemplary projects in the county that have made a significant positive impact through sport to targeting social, cultural or health inequalities.

Award winners will be announced in a ceremony at The Grand Hotel, in Brighton, on Friday, November 25.

A spokesperson for Active Hastings said: “Active Hastings is the easy, fun way to get your everyday dose of physical activity. It only takes 30 minutes a day for adults and 60 a day for children to get fitter, healthier and happier. You can even break it down into 10 minute slots.

“We have activities for all ages and abilities.”

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