Mark 22nd June in your diary if you’d like to explore a wide range of opportunities to get active in Brighton and Hove. People of all ages will be able to try out over 70 different activities, including yoga, skateboarding, martial arts, funk exercise sessions and many more. We spoke to Ryan Edwards, Healthy Lifestyles Manager at Brighton & Hove City Council, ahead of Takepart 2019 at The Level.
There are so many different clubs and groups out there, often run by volunteers. They don’t have big marketing budgets, but provide a fantastic role in the community. We want to help promote those opportunities and help people become more aware of what goes on in Brighton and Hove. For example, there are 26 dance organisations at Takepart that provide a whole host of different dance opportunities in the city, ranging from capoeira to street dance, such as Outta Puff Daddys, which is an older male street dance crew.
The Circus Project, who are based in Hangleton, are running circus workshops and performances throughout the day. There will be free yoga sessions with Brighton Yoga Foundation, and activities from Albion in the Community. We’re also working with ESAB VIABLE, who provide opportunities for people who are visually impaired, including sound tennis, where the ball has a bell in it. Brighton Handball Club will be there too: handball is a sport that is massive in Europe but developing in England. The club was started by Europeans living in Brighton and are now working with local schools and teachers and the community to help people give it a go.
Takepart is one of a range of ‘Active for Life’ initiatives that the council runs, which are low-cost and local, to provide opportunities for people to lead active lifestyles. These also include group exercise sessions and volunteer-led health walks taking place across the city, which can help people to build up fitness levels, bring people together and reduce isolation.
Our Healthy Lifestyle Zone is a go-to point on the day, if anyone has any interest in becoming more active, or if they need any particular support and want to find out what’s available in the city. Takepart showcases a significant amount of that but there's still lots more: we have around 200 organisations that are registered with our team, plus there’s lots of other support services.
The emphasis of the day is on participation: it’s not about being good at something, it’s about giving it a go, joining in, trying something different. The best outcome would be for someone to find something they love doing at Takepart, get really involved in it throughout the year, make friends, and find a new passion for leading an active lifestyle in the city.
The Level, June 22, 12-5pm. To enquire about opportunities to get active in the city, contact 01273 294589 or firstname.lastname@example.org, brighton-hove.gov.uk/takepart