Active Essex grants out there for Harlow women
Communities / Tue 15th Apr 2014 am30 08:01am
The project has changed the lives of over 1500 women in some of Essex’ most deprived communities by enabling access to free or low cost fun, friendly physical activity sessions close to their homes.
The SHE project has been running since 2011 after receiving Sport England National Lottery funding. The project has been managed by Active Essex- the sport and physical activity partnership for greater Essex.
Women have not only improved their fitness and health but also their sense of well-being and motivation. They have made friends, lost weight, gained confidence, been inspired to try new things and many of these women who would never have had an opportunity like this before, are now trained to run their own women only sport and physical activity sessions in their communities.
Chairman of Active Essex, Gary Sullivan OBE said: “This success is all down to the invaluable partnerships made along the way which have been built to encourage the women of Essex to get active in sport and physical activity. This commitment is valued by all the women that have been, and continue to be a part of the programme with the majority of the groups being self-sustained.”
Cabinet Member for Public Health & Wellbeing, Cllr Ann Naylor said: “It is great news to see that so many women have benefitted from this project. It is also promising to see a further commitment by Active Essex to continue to support women and girls in living a healthy and active lifestyle.”
Some of the groups which have used this share of national lottery funding available to boost women’s sport and physical activity in Essex include:
West Essex Bowmen in South Ockendon, Tai Chi for Health in Grays, Supreme Being Fitness also in Grays, Harwich & Dovercourt ladies Hockey Club, One Community Development Trust in Tilbury, Everyone Active in Basildon and Active Life for a Healthier You also in Basildon.
Now that the funding has finished, Active Essex is keen to keep Active Women opportunities in Essex firmly in the spotlight. They will be re-branding the SHE project to cover opportunities for all women and girls to get active.
The team at Active Essex is looking for advocates for sport and fitness for women and girls to be involved. If you are interested please get in touch via: http://www.activeessex.org/home/ or email: [email protected]