Lft to Rt: Cllr Chris Ready, Julie-Anne Prescott (carer), Neil Hughes (participant), Robert Street (Active Living Officer) and Steven Swift (participant)
Organisers of the borough’s Active Choices activity sessions are hoping Team GB’s Paralympic success will prove an inspiration over the next few years.
Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust’s (WLCT) Active Living Team has been organising activity sessions for adults with learning disabilities, physical disabilities or severe and enduring mental illness for over five years.
Last year more than 600 people attended events which included Boccia, tennis table, badminton, dance, drama, adapted cycle sessions and a variety of sports and gym sessions. Now they’re hoping Team GB’s magnificent record breaking tally of 120 medals will serve as a launch pad for greater involvement here in Wigan and Leigh.
Elanor Reynolds, Active Living Officer for WLCT, said: “The aim of Active Choices is to improve access and choice, to get more people physically active in the borough, but we also want to keep the legacy of London 2012 alive and kicking in the borough.
“Whether people want to aspire to become the next Ellie Simmonds or David Weir, or maybe just want to have fun and try something new, we are here to support that.”
As well as providing activity and sports sessions every week, Active Choices can also help those attending to find out about different places where they can go to be active and play sport and which sports clubs would suit them best.
Wigan Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure, Cllr Chris Ready added: “These sessions not only improve health and wellbeing but can also improve confidence.
“We’ve had a fantastic summer of sport now we have to build on that here in Wigan and Leigh and inspire the next generation of Olympians and Paralympians.”
Call 01942 488 481 or visit www.getactivewiganandleigh.co.uk for more information.