More than 150 sport, active recreation and physical activity opportunities have already been unveiled as part of Get Active San Remo and Blue Haven this October.
The initiative, returning for its second year, aims to encourage people in San Remo and Blue Haven to get active and discover the unique range of activities offered by sport and recreation providers in the region throughout the month.
Activities already announced include basketball, rugby league, tennis, fishing, swimming, karate, walking groups and social sports – with more expected to be added over the coming weeks.
It has been developed in partnership by the NSW Office of Sport, Central Coast Council and Central Coast Local Health District’s Health Promotion Service to break down the barriers people face to being physically active.
To help achieve this, many of the activities will be offered for free or at low or reduced cost, with the aim to encourage people to try a new activity or sport and foster social connection – helping build a stronger and healthier community.
It follows the success of last year’s inaugural Get Active initiative, which saw 155 participation opportunities offered to the community from 35 different local providers.
This year sees a fresh calendar of opportunities on offer that have again been shaped by feedback from the local community.
Central Coast Council’s Administrator, Rik Hart, said Get Active is already leaving a lasting legacy.
“It has been great to see so many of the activity providers who were part of last year’s calendar return again this year, as well as some new ones coming on board too,” Mr Hart said.
“Whether new activities or existing ones, the support from local sport and recreation providers to offer opportunities to be active either for free or at discounted rates, provides a great incentive for people to try new activities.
“What was really pleasing in the feedback from last year was that 95 per cent of those who were active during last year’s initiative said they were likely to continue to be active, while 80 per cent of providers who offered an activity continued to do so following the end of the official program.
“That continuing of being active is what Get Active aims to achieve and so provides a lasting legacy in the community.”
Nigel Tebb, Health Promotion Officer at Central Coast Local Health District, underlined the importance of physical activity.
“Regular physical activity and exercise is so important for our physical and mental health and wellbeing,” Mr Tebb said.
“That’s why we’re working in partnership with the community, listening to feedback on the type of activities they want to see and what we can do to help remove some of the barriers people face to being physically active.”
If you are a local organisation or group wishing to get involved and offer an activity, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0427 175 234.