SUMMER ACTIVITY DAYS

Get active this August is the message in Wealden as a summer of fun begins again this year when the first of five of a series of free Wealden Activity Days gets under way in Polegate on Friday 2 August.

Activity Days are also taking place at Crowborough, Uckfield, Heathfield and Hailsham with a range of sports and activities to try for all ages, health tips, healthy eating advice and access to community services.   

The Uckfield Activity Day on Saturday 10 August is expected to be Wealden’s biggest ever. We are working with Active Uckfield to attract a large number of local sports clubs, health and community organisations. An events arena will be used to demonstrate different sports and encourage youngsters to have a go themselves. Highlights will include a demonstration of footballing skills by Charlotte Lade, one of the world’s finest female football freestylers. She is a skills ambassador for Tottenham Hotspur and one of only eight females in the national team of Streetfootball Norway. Her attitude is: “Anything the guys can do, so can the girls.” As well as a wide range of sports and activities, there will be craft making, children’s entertainers, a play zone and much more.

“Wealden Activity Days are looked-forward to every year as an opportunity for children in our five main towns and the surrounding villages to come together. They can enjoy a wide range of organised games and activities, and pick up some health and wellbeing advice,” said Councillor Philip Lunn, Cabinet member for Public Health and Community Safety. “People of all ages can learn about the benefits of a healthier lifestyle, take part in activities to burn off the calories.  Arts and crafts are great for general wellbeing. There’s healthy eating advice and an opportunity to see some of our wonderful local community services in action.

“Soft play and activity sessions give children access to different games which they may not have tried before. We are all aware of national and local concerns about the effects of obesity on the rising generations. These opportunities should not be missed.”

Tony Rossi of Active Uckfield added: “This is a great opportunity to work in partnership with Wealden District Council and a good way to encourage local residents to become healthier and more active. The Uckfield Activity Day promises to be fantastic, with skills from Charlotte Lade, skills ambassador for Tottenham Hotspur FC, on display.”

All of Wealden Activity Days run from 10 am until 2pm except for Uckfield which closes at 3pm. Here’s where you can find them:

Friday 2 August                    Wannock Road Recreation Ground,  POLEGATE  BN26 5JG.

Wednesday 7 August         Goldsmith Recreation Ground, Eridge Road,   CROWBOROUGH  TN6 2TN.

Saturday 10 August             West Park Recreation Ground, Markland Way,  UCKFIELD TN22 2DE.

Friday 16 August                  Sheepsetting Lane Recreation Ground,   HEATHFIELD  TN21 0XG.

Wednesday 21 August       Western Road Recreation Ground,      HAILSHAM  BN27 3DY.

Limited refreshments will be available, so please bring a picnic lunch. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Guide dogs only, please.

For further information, please contact Wealden’s Community & Regeneration Team at communitydevelopment@wealden.gov.uk

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