Summerfields have teamed up with Active Hastings to bring ‘The Friday Night Project’ to Hastings.
The fun and exciting new programme, made possible by funding from Street Games UK, is designed to appeal to young people in the area, giving them something engaging to do on a Friday night. It dedicates a weekly slot just to them so they can be with people of the same age in a relaxed and enjoyable environment.
By offering affordable activities on a Friday night that youths really want to do there are many benefits aside from simply providing good entertainment. It is a great way to increase activity levels in individuals who can be more sedentary, also providing a positive way for them to enjoy their leisure time, while giving them somewhere desirable to go on a Friday night.
We have worked with Active Hastings to make these sessions really appealing to young people, including activities such as; Drum Alive (drumming fitness classes), Combat Fitness, football and spinning to name just a few, and we even have sumo suits for sumo wrestling – which we think will be a good laugh! The Haven Studio at the leisure centre will also be available as a chill out zone, so that attendees can simply spend time catching up with friends, away from their house in a safe environment.Matt James - Centre manager
Activities on offer will vary each week to keep it fresh, however the leaders are also happy to keep it fluid and take feedback from participants about what they want to do.
Sessions are open to those in year 8 and above and will run each Friday night from 6.00-9.00pm (with registration open from 6.00 - 6.30pm only, with spaces limited and available on a first come first served basis). Sessions cost £2 per person per night with unlimited activities included. For further details contact the Friday Night Project Team above.
I see this as a start of a really positive use of the leisure centres in our town offering young people a safe space with sport and fitness at the heart of it. Keeping fit and being sociable are such important factors not only for our young people's physical but mental health tooHastings Borough Councillor Andy Batsford