With the summer fast approaching and the school holidays on the horizon the Sport and Active lifestyles team are gearing up for a summer full of Pop Up Sports.
Following a successful pilot scheme in the south of the city, which engaged over 300 young people in a range of sports the programme is set to be delivered for the first time across Leeds. Locations and venues range from shopping centres and parks to community centres and green spaces.
The Pop Up Sports scheme is run by the Active Sport Officers with funding support from the Community Committees (Youth Activities Fund). The project ensures that young people regardless of their background can gain access to high quality sports coaching, mentoring and leadership training.
Our ambitions and focus is to –
- Reduce the health inequalities that exsist in terms of access to sports coaching provision
- Raise participation and engagement levels in sport for children and young people aged 8 – 18 years
- Raise aspirations of young people
- Provide opportunities for transition to formal sports clubs
- Provide weekly sessions and support
- Provide coach education programmes for young people
- Encourage healthy lifestyles (Improve social, emotional and mental well being)
- Reduce crime and anti-social behaviour.
- Increase participation, voice and influence.
Consultations have taken place with young people on various aspects of the programme such as the branding, session delivery times and the sports that have been included to ensure they’re as relevant to them as possible.
One of the highlights will be the Pop Up Triathlon event at Rothwell Leisure Centre on Friday 7 August at 10am. The event will run in partnership with England Triathlon and provide the opportunity for young people to Swim-Bike-Run a choice of three distances.
For more information and a full schedule of weekly sessions see www.leeds.gov.uk/popupsports