Active Communities Crawley works with a wide range of local groups and national partners to get people of all ages and abilities more active across a range of programmes delivered in local communities and leisure facilities
“Through our dedicated Active Communities services, Freedom Leisure aims to contribute to creating an active nation by working with our valued partners by developing bespoke local programmes to meet local need... where customers, clients and staff matter”Hannah Gilday, Group Active Communities Manager
In Crawley, we develop a wide range of sporting programmes, working with the Active Sussex, local clubs, National Governing Bodies of Sport and the English Federation of Disability Sport. In Crawley we sponsor the sports category of the Crawley Community Awards to recognise local talent. We also support local athletes with our Talented Athlete Scheme to help them with their training.
We work with children, young people and families across Crawley of all ages and abilities to encourage them into a more active habit for life. We have a range of holiday activities including the Junior Summer Fitness Challenge, school activity programmes, learn to swim opportunities, youth programmes and more.
Across Crawley we work with over 30 community groups and organisations to develop even more opportunities for local people to get involved in fun activities. We support events, deliver activities and set up specific community-led programmes to help in making the most of where people live.
We encourage all people in Crawley regardless of ability to age well. We host and support a range of programmes such as Walking Football, Dementia inclusive bowls, dementia inclusive activity afternoons, badminton and aerobics, gentle aqua to encourage those aged 60+ to have fun, socialise and focus on improving mental and physical wellbeing. We are committed to improving opportunities for those facing dementia to remain active.
Health and physical activity come hand in hand and we know the importance of preventing health issues later in life. We lead local health programmes such as GP Referral scheme (Active Live), and provide a range of physical activities available as part of the local social prescribing offer. Our staff across local facilities are trained to encourage everyone who wants to improve their health into an opportunity for them.
We want to get all people more active, including those who find their working life in Crawley a reason for not being as active as they may want. As ‘sitting is the new smoking’, we want to work with more local businesses to find out what their employees would love to do with us to get more active around their job. We work with local secondary schools and Chichester University to provide opportunities to volunteer with our teams.