Women and girls in the Langport area are set to benefit from a new three year physical activity project when Back to Netball launches at Huish Leisure on Wednesday 15th June.
Back to Netball is being offered as part of the ‘In It Together’ project which has been set up to offer a wide range of sporting activities for women and girls in the right place and time.
The project was made possible following a successful Sport England National Lottery Funding bid of £163,294 which was led by South Somerset District Council in partnership with Somerset Activity & Sports Partnership and Yarlington Housing Group. Additional support has also been given by specific national governing bodies of sport.
Jake Hannis, Senior Sport and Healthy Lifestyles Officer at South Somerset District Council, explains more about the project: “In It Together will provide local sessions of sport and activity specifically for females with the aim of increasing the number playing sport once a week.
“The project has started well and we have already successfully launched courses in Crewkerne, Yeovil and Wincanton. Feedback on the courses so far has been overwhelmingly positive and one participant said: “Thank you In It Together for a fantastic initiative. It’s great to meet new people and play sport and have fun all at the same time.”
Councillor Sylvia Seal, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture at South Somerset District Council, said: “In It Together has struck a chord with women locally already. There is a definite movement around female participation in sport and physical activity at the moment and this project will build on the awareness and momentum created by Sport England’s national campaign This Girl Can.
“In It Together is a completely inclusive project for women and girls aged 16 and above.
As part of the project we are looking to recruit ‘activators’ and we will offer these women training opportunities so that they are capable of leading coaching sessions themselves. We would also like women to get in touch to let us know what kind of activities they would like to see in their community. This approach will help to ensure that activities can become sustainable over time.”