Park Sport provides summer of sport for young people

As we emerge from long periods of lockdown with few structured fitness activities, Park Sport programme is helping children and young people reconnect with sports – and with each other – this summer.

Park Sport is funded by Eastleigh Borough Council’s SportWorks, as well as the Local Area Committees, Parish and Town Councils, and supported by a broad range of partners including sports clubs, activity providers and facilities. This has enabled activities to be highly subsidised at either £1 or completely free for families based in Eastleigh Borough as well as a widened age group of five-16-year-olds.

The programme will run from 26 July to 28 August during the school summer holidays and will see the return of popular activities, such as the free Skate Jams and Free Swimming at multiple locations across the Borough.

Introductory sessions, from golf to archery, will enable young people to try something different, with options to continue should they want to will be provided by a range of local sports clubs.

New for the 2021 programme will be Nerf Events in parks across the Borough and the self-led Mystery Solvers, which use a self-led app so you can be shown through a set GPS route with multi-media clues to solve a mystery.

Sessions and the Nerf Events require pre-bookings with staggered release dates, and the swimming requires pre-registration – these will open from Wednesday 30 June.

Full details of the #ParkSport2021 programme, including locations, dates, age ranges and how to book: www.eastleigh.gov.uk/parksport

The Council’s Cabinet Member for Health, Councillor Tonia Craig, said:

‘We’re committed to the support of health and wellbeing across all our communities as we begin to emerge from the pandemic. We’re proud to facilitate these highly subsidised activities to help children and young people to improve their fitness try new ways to keep moving and exploring across the Borough this summer – supporting even younger children with the widened age range for 2021.’