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Six ‘Active8’ grants awarded to groups

GRANTS have been awarded to six local groups to encourage islanders to be more active.

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Health Improvement Commission’s Physical Activity Legacy Grants have been announced to local organisations or clubs to develop physical activities. Left to right, HIC adult physical activity officer Sam Green, HIC active travel officer Alex Costen, Caroline Barby from States of Guernsey, Active 8, Rachael Green from Ocean Therapy Guernsey, Ian Brown from Wheels for You, Jo Le Noury from Bright Tights and Nikki Ioannou-Droushiotis from Guernsey Employment Trust. (Picture by Luke Le Prevost, 32606557)

The funding is part of the Health Improvement Commission’s work under the States’ ‘Active8’ plan for sport.

‘The Island Games was a fantastic week and highlighted how sport and physical activity can boost not only people’s physical health but also their wellbeing and can provide a great opportunity for social interaction,’ said Sam Green, adult physical activity officer at the commission.

‘Our aim was to enable a physical activity legacy from the Games by supporting groups offering new or expanding opportunities for the island to be active.’

The initiative helps local groups develop or expand physical activities which support adults to be more active, more often.

‘We are particularly keen to support groups which research shows are typically less active, such as older adults, women, people with long-term health conditions, and people from underprivileged backgrounds,’ said Mr Green.

‘We received some really good applications and the judging panel which consisted of representatives from the Health Improvement Commission, Guernsey Sports Commission and Active8 plan are happy to be able to support these projects.’

The projects the grants are supporting are:

  • Ocean Therapy Guernsey – encouraging people with mental health conditions or physical disabilities to experience activities such as surfing, swimming, paddle-boarding and yoga.

  • Guernsey Netball Association – sessions for those who have not played netball for a long time or who are complete beginners.

  • Guernsey Basketball Association – eight-week training course and tournament for women taking up the sport.

  • Guernsey Employment Trust – membership of Beau Sejour to allow clients to use facilities such as the gym and swimming pool.

  • Bright Tights – a gentle exercise class focusing on strength and balance for women with gynaecological cancers.

  • Wheels For You – a community cycling hub which offers users a variety of adapted tricycles to experience the benefits of being active outside.