In a bid to get people fit in 2016, an eight week programme offering free sport has been set up for Nottingham city residents.

FREEsport allows participants aged 16 and over to attend sport sessions run by fully qualified coaches in a variety of sports.

Whether it’s learning a new sport or returning to one they once played, city residents are able to get active in a social and fun environment.

The eight week programme has had support from Sport Nottinghamshire, Sport England, Nottingham City Council and leisure centres around the city including Southglade Centre in Bestwood.

FREESPORT has HELPED ME GET OUT THE HOUSE, MEET NEW PEOPLE AND GET BACK TO MY NORMAL SELF.
GRAHAM RICE, FREESPORT ARCHERY Attendee

Archery is just one of the opportunities available to take part in, alongside swimming, badminton and a multi-sport session specifically designed for those with disabilities.

Archery GB Activator, Amy Curnock, is the coach and session leader for FREEsport archery at Southglade Leisure Centre.

“Archery is such a good sport to get involved in. It has so many benefits, both physically and mentally. There aren’t many opportunities to take part in it – so having it in the FREEsport programme is a real treat.”

One of the attendees is Graham Rice who suffered a stroke last year, and is using the FREEsport sessions as a form of recovery.

“Archery is an ideal sport for me as it’s got me active again. I’m doing the walking, collecting the arrows, gaining back my upper body strength – not only physically but also mentally it’s helped me.”

“FREEsport has helped me get out the house, meet new people and get back to my normal self. I’ve got a long way to go, but playing archery has helped get my confidence back.”

Since it was launched in January, the programme has had a lot of interest with one of the most popular activities being Archery which has had maximum capacity each session.

Another eight week block of FREEsport is set to start in April.