Another Active Year For Islanders With Guernsey Sports Commission

Tuesday, 3 January, 2017

The second year of the Generali Worldwide Get Active, Stay Active programme gave thousands of locals the opportunity to try a variety of sports and fun activities specifically tailored to all ages and abilities.

Over the last 12 months, several special events and focused sessions took place to encourage more people to get active on a regular basis.

In April, Generali Worldwide’s donation to the Sports Commission helped them to launch Guernsey parkrun, a free, weekly and timed 5km run, jog or walk. Hundreds of islanders have and are still enjoying this event, which has been running for around nine months now.

‘I took part in the first run and enjoyed it so much that I’ve continued taking part. You can go at your own pace and my ten-year-old son Harry loves it too.  He’s actually a record holder for his age group! It’s a very motivating and community driven event,’ says Matt Bisson.

In June, around 700 islanders enjoyed trying out over 15 different sports at a special Family Fun Day at the KGV playing fields.

‘Parents didn’t realise just how many different sports are available for their children here in Guernsey,’ says Jenny Murphy, Sports Development Officer at the Sports Commission. ‘It’s great that so many youngsters were keen to continue with some of the activities they tried.’

In the same month, an eight-week Go Ride scheme was launched to help over 70 children improve their bike skills, safety awareness and confidence. A free kayaking taster session also took place at Cobo for both adults and children.

‘Fun is key and over the past year we’ve made the most of incorporating our beautiful surroundings with improving physical wellbeing,’ adds Mrs Murphy.

During the lead up to International Day of Older Persons in October, Generali Worldwide’s Get Active Stay Active programme introduced an OAP Fortnight for the first time.

This initiative was open to anyone over the age of 65 and encompassed tailor-made activities including swimming lessons, Pilates, wheelchair dancing, gentle aerobics, outdoor walks and much more.

A number of fitness instructors got involved including Pam Marsh: ‘I was delighted to welcome a number of new faces to some of my regular classes. Getting involved in the programme helped a lot of people discover a new activity that they now love.’

Adults and children were also offered badminton sessions and primary school girls over the age of six took part in free after school table tennis sessions.

From September until earlier this month, table tennis taster sessions have been running with around a dozen girls attending.

‘It’s been an absolutely fantastic year,’ concludes David Harry, Chief Executive Office at the Guernsey Sports Commission. ‘We’ve seen so many people get active and, more importantly, stay active. What we want is a happy and healthy island, and 2016 has been a great year to get more people moving and feeling good.

‘There will be more Get Active, Stay Active initiatives in 2017 and it’s a good time to think about your fitness resolutions for next year.’