Encouraging Families To Get Moving This Summer

Sports and leisure centres across Tendring are encouraging families to get moving this summer as part of a Government campaign to reduce obesity.

Free Sessions are being staged at sites in Clacton, Brightlingsea, Walton, Manningtree and Dovercourt over the coming weeks before children return to school.

They are all part of the nationwide Change4Life initiative which aims to prevent people becoming overweight by encouraging them to eat better and move more.

Within each session children do a ten-minute shake up activity and there is a different one each week.

Once they have been completed the children get a stamp in a special passport to show they have taken part.

It is all being linked to Disney films such as Frozen, Beauty and the Beast and Cars to make it more fun.

All people have to do is go to the Change4Life website, put in their postcode and their nearest activity will come up.

Mick Skeels, TDC’s Cabinet Member for Leisure and Tourism, urges families to go along.

“These activity sessions are running until the end of August before the children go back to school,” he said. “It is a great way to promote healthier lifestyles and wellbeing.”


Clacton Leisure Centre there are family circuits from 11am to 11.45am each Saturday

Brightlingsea Sports Centre get Fit Have Fun Sessions are being staged on Wednesdays from 5.45pm to 6.30pm

Walton on the Naze Lifestyles it’s parent and teen gym sessions on Mondays from 4.30pm 5pm

Manningtree Sports Centre is putting on a sporting challenge circuit training session from 4.30pm to 5pm on Wednesdays

Dovercourt Bay Lifestyles is running a family outdoor boot camp on Mondays from 10.30am to 11am.


Get Moving walking Group Sunday 13 August

meeting at Martello RNLI  CO15 1BW


Walk your way to good health this summer!  A fun gentle walking group for all ages and abilities. Come along and make new friends from your local community, have fun and get active!  Sundays, 12.30pm—2.00 pm.



Available on the day mobile 07555143097


If you can't join us this time, why not come along to our next walk on 20th August meeting at Clacton Pier  CO15 1QX


We also run walking groups on Wednesdays and Fridays - visit the walks page for more details.



Meeting points will vary, visit our website or facebook page for details of future walks. or


Groundwork Community Awards are open for applications so nominate your local heroes

Do you know a community group that deserves special recognition for making your local area a better place to live?

If so, then nominate them to receive a Groundwork Community Award.

There are fantastic examples of community groups who work selflessly and tirelessly to improve their neighbourhoods.  Thanks to their efforts our parks and open spaces are better looked after, libraries and heritage centres are being kept open, food banks and furniture projects continue to help people meet their basic needs and communities are blazing a trail in recycling and renewable energy.

It’s time that their commitment was recognised.

The Groundwork Community Awards will honour those small groups making a big difference to the quality of life in their local area.  They want to celebrate and reward groups who often get little recognition and support.  They also want to spotlight the power of doing good together so that we can inspire others to organise and get active in their own communities.

The awards are simple to enter – you can highlight your own achievements or nominate a group you know to receive an award in one of 10 categories reflecting the huge diversity of projects and services being delivered by community volunteers.

The deadline for nominations is 25 August. Shortlisted community groups will be honoured at the prestigious national awards ceremony in central London on the evening of 2 November and their stories will be widely promoted so that others can learn from their success.

Nominate your heroes now.


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