Active communities

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We want everyone in North Lincolnshire to have the ability, opportunity and motivation to lead a physically active lifestyle.

Our Active Communities team supports this aim in two ways:

  1. Our Health and Wellbeing Activators deliver physical activity sessions for people of all ages and abilities, including those with a disability.
  2. Our Active Community Development Officers support individuals, groups and organisations to develop physical activity opportunities for the people of North Lincolnshire. This could be anything from providing advice and guidance, developing or improving facilities, to setting up a project that provides people with a new way of getting active.

The Active Communities team leads the North Lincolnshire Physical Activity Partnership which is a principle source of advice, support and expertise in relation to physical activity in North Lincolnshire. If you have a query or opportunity you would like to discuss please email community.recreation@northlincs.gov.uk.

Have a look at our community group fitness pages for adults and young people.

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Help me set up sport or physical activity sessions

The Activities Communities team has helped establish dozens of community led sport and physical activities in North Lincolnshire. If you are thinking of setting a group up yourself, we can provide advice and guidance on the range of things you will need to consider and have in place.

Just a few examples of formal and informal groups we can support include:

  • sports clubs
  • park runs
  • seated exercise classes
  • walking or jogging groups

Contact us on community.recreation@northlincs.gov.uk to discuss your ideas in more detail. We’re always happy to help.

If you require funding to start your group, you will need to consider what the best options are for you. The options available to you will depend on how you are set up (your governance structure), what it is you are delivering, where you are delivering it and who to.

There are a range of local, national and regional funding opportunities available, however the criteria and availability can change regularly. It is best to discuss your project idea with one of our Active Communities Development Officers who will be able to provide you with the most relevant and up-to-date information.

Whether you are delivering the activity yourself or contracting a physical activity provider to deliver a session, it is very important a level of public liability insurance is in place. Sometimes this is provided through the governing body of the relevant sport as part of their qualification and membership, but other times you will need to put this in place.

Consideration should be given to whether the person leading the physical activity session needs any training or specific qualifications.

Most physical activity opportunities require a qualified fitness instructor or sports coach to deliver the session. The national governing body for the activity you are trying to set up is always a good starting point for advice.

As a minimum, if working with children or vulnerable adults they should attend a safeguarding children and vulnerable adults course, and an emergency first aid course.

Volunteering is vital for sport and physical activity. Many clubs rely on volunteers so it is important to acknowledge the benefits gained. However, it is a two way process where both the club and the volunteer should benefit.

Why choose to be a volunteer?

There are many reasons why you may want to become a volunteer. Some of which will provide you with vital experience when entering the job market. Volunteering will also help you to develop interpersonal and technical skills, as well as the possibility of gaining new qualifications.

Other reasons for volunteering may be to enhance your CV or give you the opportunity to meet new people in an environment with like-minded individuals who share your interests. Others feel that they would like to give something back to their local community for a sense of personal achievement, or it may be as simple as enjoying your sport or activity and wanting to share your knowledge and talent with others.

Whatever your reasons there are plenty of opportunities within North Lincolnshire to volunteer your time and passion for sport.