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Cash helps tackle inactivity

Published on Tuesday, 10th October 2017

Cash helps tackle inactivity

Hambleton District Council has awarded its first grant for 2017/18 under its ‘Small Grant Scheme’.

A weekly game of football with a difference was awarded £1,500 to help with equipment, room hire, volunteer costs and pedometers.

‘Walking football’ (pictured) was set up in Northallerton in partnership by the district council and Age UK to help tackle inactivity in people aged 50 plus.

“Walking Football is not a new concept,” said Paul Fisher, Project Worker for Age UK.

“It is growing in popularity especially among older or less physically active people because it involves walking rather than running and engages both males and females as it is less aggressive, more social and great for all abilities.  It also helps improve physical health and participants are likely to cover a walking distance of about two miles with realising it!”

Walking Football takes place every Monday at Hambleton Leisure Centre from 4 – 5pm.

The council has made available grants of between £500 and £2,500 to community-led projects that meet at least one of the council’s key priorities:-

  • projects that will help inactive people get more active
  • projects that will help reduce loneliness and isolation in Hambleton
  • projects that will help people improve their affordable warmth status
  • projects that will help tackle anti-social behaviour in a specific geographical area; or with or for a particular target group.

A total of 21 applications were received including other successful requests for the purchase of four kayaks for Hambleton Paddlers, anti-turbulence lane ropes for the Hambleton Swimming League, a play tower at East Harlsey Village Hall and the resurfacing of the tennis courts at Coxwold.