FREEsport, introduced by Nottingham City Council, offers free sporting activities to over 16s in Nottingham to encourage them to start or to return to exercising.

The programme runs over eight weeks and doesn’t only target those who are looking to start up a new sport but also those who may want to return to a sport that they no longer take part in.

It’s hoped it will inspire people to get involved in something fun and get fit at the same time.

Activities will take place in various different locations around Nottingham and something will be on offer 7 days a week.

Nottingham Trent University Gym

Although there will be other activities to take part in throughout the year, in this 8 week block you have the chance to start: netball, football, running, archery, cycling, badminton, table tennis, squash, swimming and basketball.

There is also a multi-sport session which is specifically designed for those with disabilities, although all the other sports are completely accessible.

The sessions have been organised and split up into the following certain categories:

Learner/returner – People who want to take up a new sport or need something to help them exercise. This is a tolerant introduction back into sport.

Sport club led – Sessions in clubs for people with a range of abilities from beginner to experienced, providing an introduction into regular sporting activities.

Drop in and play – This is very flexible and offers people the opportunity to turn up to any activity at the city leisure centres and simply take part when they want to.

In a statement, Councillor Dave Trimble, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture, said: “We want our citizens to feel confident to take part in any type of sport at any level. This might be in one of our leisure centres, parks or club venues. Freesport sessions are an ideal way of introducing a range of activities with something to appeal to any level of player and we hope that local people take up the offer and use this opportunity as a way into playing and enjoying sport for many years to come.”

NTU sport also encourages people to get involved in exercise and sports activities. It offers a range of activities for not only students but everyone in Nottingham.

Football in NTU’s sports hall

One benefit of this gym membership is that once you sign up, you are then entitled to unlimited access to fitness classes and blast sessions.

Along with this, you are able to complete a free gym induction, have free beginner and social sport sessions and the ability to hire out the court for free.

With all these luxuries at hand you can learn a new sport, make friends along with keeping yourself healthy and active.

Richard Fletcher, Facilities Assistant at NTU Gym, spoke to us about sports activities.

To find out more and register to begin your new and active lifestyle, please visit Those living outside the city are not eligible for FREEsport but you are welcome to attend the sessions at a charge of £2 and coached sessions for £3.


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