New sessions to help families get active together in Fenland
A series of free term-time sports and activity sessions aimed at getting Fenland’s families more active together have been launched.
Families can now enjoy a new weekly family sports club in March and Wisbech, a weekly family bootcamp session in Chatteris, and a parent and teen Clubbercise class in Wisbech as part of the county’s Active Families initiative.
An exciting new virtual treasure hunt game has also been launched to get families enjoying the outdoors together and help develop children’s literacy skills through fun challenges, questions and photo and video rounds.
Using the same GPS-tracking as Pokémon Go, the free Mobile Adventures app by Wild Goose can be downloaded from the Google Play Store for Android and Apple’s App Store for the iPhone – with the first treasure hunt available to complete now in Wisbech Park, the activation code can be found on the Active Fenland website.
The sessions are part of Active Families, a Sport England funded project between Fenland, Cambridgeshire County, Peterborough City and Cambridge City Councils, Living Sport, Vivacity Leisure Trust and Clarion Futures, the charitable foundation of Clarion Housing Group, to help low income families get active with their children.
It is delivered locally by Fenland Council’s Active Fenland team and partners, with additional funding from Clarion Futures.
Councillor Mark Buckton, Fenland’s portfolio holder for leisure and young people, said: “Less than 1 in 5 children across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough are meeting the guidelines of more than 60 minutes of physical activity every day which could lead to long-term health issues.
“Active Families is a great way to help address this, and get parents more active too. Not only can families reap the health benefits of being more active regularly, but it also provides an opportunity for quality family time, away from screens, and helps with concentration and learning. The sessions are also a great way to de-stress, improving positive mental wellbeing, and allow families to motivate one another towards a healthier lifestyle.”
The new term-time Active Families sessions are:
Family Sports Club. A weekly turn up and play after school session for families. For children aged 5+, one participating adult per family minimum. Free.