Active Communities Worcester 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.
Working on behalf of Worcester City Council, and with local organisations including Herefordshire & Worcestershire Sports Partnership, Worcester Community Trust, Disability Sport Worcester, Worcester Play Council, HE & FE institutes, HOW College, Worcester Sixth Form College, University of Worcester, Badminton England, Swim England and Street Games, we have developed our 2019-20 Active Communities Development Plan which focusses on developing fun programmes across our 6 themes.
As the Active Communities Manager for Worcester my priority is to engage local communities through a wide range of activity programmes. The aim is to provide opportunities for all, reducing barriers and encouraging communities to become more active.Matt Rogers, Active Communities Worcester Manager
In Worcester, we develop a wide range of sporting programmes, working with the Herefordshire & Worcestershire Sports Partnership, local clubs, National Governing Bodies of Sport and the English Federation of Disability Sport. In Worcester we lead the City of Worcester Sport Awards to recognise local talent. We also support local athletes & clubs thought our Worcester Sporting Grants Scheme to help them with their training and club development.
Active Young People
We work with children, young people and families across Worcester of all ages and abilities to encourage them into a more active habit for life. We have a range of activities for children and young people including the Junior Summer Fitness Challenge, school sport activity programmes, learn to swim opportunities, youth sports activity programmes and more.
We encourage all people in Worcester, regardless of ability to age well. We lead a range of programmes such as walking netball, walking football and maintaining movement to encourage older aged people 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.
Across Worcester we work with over many community groups and organisations to develop even more opportunities for local people to get involved in fun activities. We support community events, deliver Free holiday multi-sports activities and set up specific community-led programmes to help in making the most of where people live. Our @ActiveCommWorcs Facebook & Twitter page is where you will find us next!
We want to get all people more active, including those who find their working life in Worcester 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 the Heart of Worcestershire College and the University of Worcester to provide opportunities to volunteer with our teams.
Health and physical activity come hand in hand and we know the importance of preventing health issues later in life. We support local health programmes including; dementia friendly activities, diabetes prevention exercise, MacMillan move more physical activity during and after cancer treatment and active ageing initiatives. Our staff across local facilities are trained to encourage everyone who wants to improve their health into an opportunity for them.