HIghtown Club 50k Award
NEW BEGINNING FOR HIGHTOWN CLUB AFTER £50K AWARD
A local sports club, whose pavilion was destroyed by fire, is celebrating this week after a £50,000 grant application was approved by Sport England. Last year, members of the Hightown Club were left devastated when fire swept through their historic clubhouse. But now, with funding in place and planning permission approved back in May, they can look forward to brand new facilities. The club, which features cricket, tennis, squash and bowls, has had to make do with temporary accommodation since the fire, although it is hoped that building will begin in September this year, with the new premises completed by spring 2013.
The news has been welcomed by Sefton Central MP, Bill Esterson, who said: "This is great news for the Hightown Club. The club has been through a lot, but hopefully this grant should see them benefit from brand new facilities so they can continue their long history within this community.
"I know only too well the important work the club does in Hightown and Sefton as a whole in getting people involved in sport."I congratulate every single one of them in securing this funding and I look forward to coming along to watch some matches and perhaps even taking part once my leg is healed."
Chris Scrine, president of the Hightown Club, said: "Our very special club has probably been through more in the last 18 months than it has in its 105 year history! This award is the culmination of many hours of hard work, particularly from our rebuild committee led by Alan Verinder and Roger Matthews, as well as the support from Sefton Council's Simon Burnett, Tina Pillkington and Nicola Hedgecock.
"This is the final piece in the jigsaw and naturally we are all overjoyed with the decision. We are all looking forward to our new facilities, which we envisage will act as a springboard to increase both our membership and wider sports participation in the area," he added.
The funding opportunity came via the Sport England 'Inspired Facilities' scheme, which is part of the £135 million 'Places People Play' legacy programme that is bringing the magic of a home Olympic and Paralympic Games into communities across the country. Every sports facility that receives funding will carry the London 2012 Inspire mark – celebrating the link to the Games.
Who are we?
Active Aquatics is a service offering swimming lessons at three of our leisure centres (Bootle Leisure Centre, Meadows Leisure Centre and Dunes Splash World). We deliver a range of swimming lessons which are suitable for all ages and abilities at times that suit you.
Our swimming lessons run all year round and payments are made by monthly direct debit.
We are currently in the process of re-enrolment. Please note, we cannot advise you where you are on the waiting list at this time.
What is available?
- Adult and Child lessons (age 9 weeks +).
- Children’s swimming lessons (age 3 years +). As swimmers progress there are options for activities such as Rookie Lifeguard, Flip n’ Fun and competitive swimming.
- Adults (all ages and abilities).
- New Swimfit (Adults only). Please click here
Our lessons are fully accessible for disabled children and adults.
What we promise.
The Active Aquatics swimming lesson programme is based upon a framework called the British Gas Learn to Swim Pathway, produced by the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA), the National Governing Body for Swimming. All our swimming teachers are ASA qualified committed to continuous improvement and ensure FUN is part of every lesson.
For more information on the British Gas Learn to Swim Pathway, please click here
- Girls must wear a full costume, no bikinis or tankinis.
- Boys must wear lycra shorts or trunks, no board/holiday shorts.
- Swimming caps are compulsory.
- Jewellery must be removed for the lesson.
- We will provide all flotation aids such as armbands, discs and floats.
If you forget anything, there are a selection of swimming products available for purchase at reception.
Terms and conditions apply. For a full list of terms and conditions, please click here
Let the Games begin!
With all the exciting sports taking place at the Olympics and Paralympics , why not get involved in sport now? Join in the fun by yourself, or with friends and family, and try some new activities.
Olympic Sport: Football
Venue: King's Gardens, Southport. When: Saturdays 4pm-6pm. Suitable for all.
Olympic Sport: Come along to find out!
Venue: King's Gardens, Southport. When: Wednesdays 1pm-3pm. Suitable for all.
Olympic Sport: Badminton
Olympic Sport: Football
Venue: Netherton Activity Centre. When: Sundays 10am – 11am. Suitable for ages 2 - 5 years.
Venue: Dunes Splash World. When: Saturday 12pm – 1pm. Suitable for girls age 8 -11.
Olympic Sport: Rowing
Fridays 5.30-7.30pm. Aimed at beginners.
Fridays 7-8.30pm. Aimed at adult intermediate.
Saturdays 9.30–11am. Aimed at Juniors.
Other Olympic Sports
Want to ge involved in another Olympic Sport? Try a taster session at Be Active or email what sport you would like to take part in to
Geocaching is an outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices, smart phones, or even standard maps. Participants navigate to a specific location and then attempt to find the hidden geocache. This fun activity is free and gets you out and about; visit the geocaching website for more details.
Check out the fun generator, for activities and suggestions of fun things to do. Visit Change4life website for more details.
Keep visiting this page to find out more about summer activities!
Games4Life has been created in partnership with Sefton Council and NHS Sefton
Bootle Games at Litherland Sports Park
On 13th June 2012, from 9am - 3pm, Litherland Sports Park will proudly host the Bootle Games; bringing the magic of the 2012 Games to our community. Bootle-based children's charity Ykids! is running the Bootle Games - a mini London 2012 for 12 local primary schools years 4, 5 and 6. Each team of children will compete in 10 different sports on this fun-filled, action-packed day!
Families will enjoy opening and closing ceremonies, a market place, local sports clubs and demonstrations, plus you'll even have the pleasure of meeting Cricket legend and very special guest, Dickie Bird!
Come out and watch Bootle primary schools compete for gold!
Active Sefton working with Change 4 Life
You may have seen the Change 4 Life national campaign on the television, in the newspapers and perhaps through mail through your door. It's a national campaign that is running right across the country to help us all learn about fun and interesting ways we can all lead a healthy, fun and active lifestyle and make a Change 4 Life.
Here at Active Sefton we want to help you make a Change 4 Life and have joined up to be a local supporter to help you with lots of different exciting and most of all, easy ways in which you can make your Change 4 Life.
Sport Relief 2012 Comes to Sefton!
As part of Sport Relief 2012, The Active Sefton Litherland Mile was held on Sunday, 25th March at Litherland Sports Park. Where you there? Feel free to view our photo gallery from the day's events and tag yourself.
We had a fantastic day and raised much-needed funds for Sport Relief. Why not read about the event in The Crosby Herald.
Log It or Lose It
Active Sefton has teamed up with Merseyside Police this year to make sure you don't lose out to thieves - so make sure you log it or lose it! Don’t lose out to thieves this year, register your bike, mobile, iPod, TV or any other gadgets on www.immobilise.com. Immobilise is the world’s largest FREE register of possession ownership details and helps to reduce crime and returning recovered personal property to its rightful owners. This online checking service is used by all UK Police forces to trace owners of lost and stolen property.
London 2012 Olympic Torch RelayThe 2012 Olympic Torch Relay is coming to Sefton! Check out the official route here, in this great animation.
ACTIVE WORKFORCE MEMBERS CLIMBING EXPEDITION
Two keen Active Workforce Members recently summited Island Peak in the Himalayas for charity.
Cricketing Fun in Sefton
Getting cricket crazy, kids in Sefton are keeping Active with a number of specialist junior cricket sessions running the popular Active Kidz programme.
Taking place at Bootle Cricket Club and
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