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Grant provides funds for fitness equipment at “paradise” Willow Tree Works

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Great Yarmouth Sport and Leisure Trust are pleased to announce a grant has been made to Willow Tree Works in Belton to provide specific fitness equipment for brand new fitness sessions for people with additional needs.

In 2009 a forgotten, neglected piece of land was purchased and the volunteers at Willow Tree Works made what was a neglected area into a garden for people with additional needs. The area was dense with gorse, and all sorts of rubbish, but slowly they cleared it to produce a blank canvas.

The BBC called it ‘a little piece of paradise’ and urged the volunteers to look after this special place. And that is exactly what they have been doing ever since. Over the years it has been built from the ground up and now has classrooms, toilets, chickens and an outside area that is utilised as much as possible, from planting to dog agility workshops!

Willow Tree Works is a unique project, driven solely by the needs of those with disabilities and their carers in the Norfolk and Suffolk area. The project aims to deliver individually targeted skills-based learning that will promote employment potential, along with personal achievements and well-being. The ethos of the garden is summed up in their motto, 'growing stronger together'.

The learners have access to a developing selection of activities which gives them a sense of purpose, increasing their skills base, improving their day to day lives and allowing them to integrate not only with their peers but also working towards a healthier lifestyle. Fitness plays a large part in their ethos and activities and Willow Tree Works is setting up a new fitness class which is open to learners and the wider community. The funds from GYSLT will provide specific fitness equipment for these brand new fitness sessions.

With a high percentage of learners being considered overweight this is a fantastic opportunity for them to work on their fitness, skills and confidence especially with the equipment being provided: Reebok steps, weights and yoga mats.

There are a considerable number of children and adults in the Great Yarmouth area who have learning difficulties. Many have no access to a useful base to spend their days. The activities at Willow Tree Works deliver skills-based learning, and fitness is needed to tackle the projects. Getting fitter with the new equipment which the Trust are helping to fund will help the learners develop their skills and confidence in other projects tackled at the Garden.

If you are part of an amazing project helping your community and would like to apply for up to £500 of funding, then we are taking applications for awarding in November 2019.

Check out the latest fundraising project! The Gofundme page is here

More than 40% of children and young people lead active lives


Sport England have published the results of a survey which shows that around 3 million children (43.3%) lead active lives, however of that group, only 1.2 million (17.5%) are meeting the Chief Medical Officer’s guidelines of more than 60 minutes of activity a day, every day of the week.

Sports Minister Mims Davies said: "While it is encouraging that 3 million children do at least an average of 60 minutes of sport or physical activity every day, the number of young people who are not doing enough is simply unacceptable.

"We know that an active child is a happier child and efforts must be stepped up to encourage young people to live healthy, active lives and I know that Sport England are committed to making progress in this area.  

"Our School Sport and Activity Action Plan will also ensure that all children have access to quality PE, sport sessions and clubs. Together with the sport sector, parents and our local communities, we must build a comprehensive and cross Government offer to create a truly active nation."

Public Health England's head of diet, obesity and physical activity, Dr Alison Tedstone, added: “Physical activity is crucial for good physical and mental health of children and young people - this work is a timely reminder for everyone to do more to help them be more active.”  

We’re seeking teams, clubs and individuals in the borough of Great Yarmouth who need funding to help get or keep us active. Please spread the word.

Six Reasons Why Team Sports Are Good For Your Health

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  1. Team sports reduce obesity and increase overall health.

  2. Athletes who train with a team are healthier.

  3. Being part of a team enhances self-image.

  4. Competition improves endurance.

  5. Team sports increase long-term happiness.

  6. Team sports make you smarter.

Convinced?! If your team needs funding for equipment, kit or fundraising materials - check out our criteria, you could be eligible for funding for up to £500.

#runandtalk in more areas in the Great Yarmouth Borough

NORSUF RG at Gorleston Cliffs parkrun

NORSUF RG at Gorleston Cliffs parkrun

Thai Chi provides a no cost activity called Run Together NORSUF Running Group, which was established in May 2017. During that time, 154 people have registered and walked/run with the group for free.

Trevor Rawson is the only volunteer Group and Run Leader. He facilitates two free sessions per week limited to a max 16 people per session. The group could expand if there are more volunteer leaders but they have to be trained and licenced. With two additional leaders the group size could increase and additional weekly sessions could be offered, helping more people to get out and run.

We have awarded funding so they can train two volunteer Run Leaders.  This will help open up more opportunities to join the group over a wider area around the borough.

Trevor says, “Established in 2016 NORSUF Running Group is a free and friendly welcoming environment for new runners. You do not have to be a runner or achieve any standard to join; everyone takes part their way. Receiving funding from Great Yarmouth Sport and Leisure Trust will allow us to train two additional volunteer Run Leaders for our Group. They will go on to conduct their own sessions welcoming more people to an activity that can, with regular practice be life changing. As an England Athletics Coach and Mental Health Champion I have seen some fantastic personal and physical achievements by our members. #Runandtalk”.

Can you boost sporting chances in Great Yarmouth?

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A recent Sport England survey, the largest ever of its kind, gives comprehensive insight into how children in England are taking part in sport and physical activity, both in and out of school.

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3 million children (43.3%) lead active lives, however of that group, only 1.2 million (17.5%) are meeting the Chief Medical Officer’s guidelines of more than 60 minutes of activity a day, every day of the week.

Sport England Tim Hollingsworth said, “I am calling for a national focus on the health and wellbeing of our nation’s children and for the whole system to be united in delivering change. Our children deserve better and Sport England is determined to play its part,” he said.

“Parents, schools, the sport and leisure industry and government all have a role to play in addressing and increasing childhood activity.”

Are you trying to set up a sports club for children? Please see if you’re eligible for up to £500 funding from us here

Have you signed up for the Great Yarmouth East Coast 10k?

Great Yarmouth Road Runners 2017

Great Yarmouth Road Runners 2017

Great Yarmouth Road Runners are pleased to announce that the Great Yarmouth East Coast 10k returns again in 2018.

The popular accurately measured route takes you along the fast and flat pavements and promenade of Great Yarmouth with fast times a guarantee on Sunday 14th October at 10:30am, St Georges Theatre, Trafalgar Road, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.

There is a race memento for all participants - plus age category prizes and prizes for leading runners available.

There are refreshments, changing and plenty of onsite parking available.

With recent research revealing that 89% of runners said that running regularly made them happier, as well as having a positive impact on their mental health and body image, why not get training and sign up here!


Apply to us for up to £500 to support your sport or leisure project!

Can you help people become more active in the Borough of Great Yarmouth? A recent survey conducted by Sport England reported that 11.5m people in the UK (25.7%) are inactive, meaning they do less than 30 minutes of physical activity a week. 

Do you need funding for your walking club, running / cycling / swimming / racket group?

We're reviewing applications now, ready to award in September. Please apply here!


Run with your community

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parkrun is an inclusive event run entirely by volunteers who are all parkrunners themselves. It is not a race and anyone is welcome to come to walk, run, volunteer or spectate. With over 1.7 MILLION runners in the UK, it is a great way to start the weekend.

It is simple to register and all parkruns are free. The organisers are keen to make it accessible to all members of the community including those with disabilities and long term health conditions.

If you live in the borough of Great Yarmouth, your local parkruns are every Saturday at 9am at Gorleston Cliffs and also at Fritton Lake. 

Get active! If you haven't registered before, you can register here - see you there!





FA says only one in three pitches at grassroots level adequate

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The FA is considering selling Wembley Stadium to release funds to support community football, which we think is a great idea. But how is your pitch looking? Did you know we can help football teams in the borough of Great Yarmouth with seed funding of up to £500?

There are 21,000 grassroots clubs, 50 county FAs, 25,000 schools and 330 local authorities which are catered for by the FA and, along with the finding that only one in three grassroots pitches are of adequate quality, the FA's written evidence also highlights:

  • 150,000 matches were called off last season due to poor facilities
  • One in six matches are called off due to poor pitch quality
  • 33 of 50 county FAs are without their own 3G pitch
  • Cancelled matches account for the equivalent of 5,000,000 playing opportunities lost this year because of poor facilities
  • There are half the number of 3G pitches in England than there are in Germany

"The word for grassroots football is 'crisis,'" said Kenny Saunders, who runs pressure group Save Grassroots Football. Read more about how the FA support grass roots football here


Are you coming to the Great Yarmouth Wheels Festival!?!

Pushing Ahead helps hundreds of people build activity through walking and cycling and THEY ARE COMING to the Great Yarmouth Wheels festival on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th of July!

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15,000 motorbikes, vintage vehicles and modern motors come to the seafront and this year 'Pushing Ahead' are also bringing three exhibits:

FUN ZONE CHALLENGE - test your biking skills over ramps and under the cycle limbo, there is also a Learn to Ride zone

DOC SPINOFF'S TRICKY TRIKES - Test your balance and riding skills on some unusual bikes - try reverse steering, hand pedal and other wacky bikes!

FREE BIKE REPAIR SESSION - We will fix your bike and then we'll help you become more confident riding it!

Admission is free, near Britannia Pier, Anchor Gardens and the Sea Life Gardens. 

Click here for more info

If you are looking for funds to support a community sport or leisure project, apply to us today!

Can you help disabled people get active in Great Yarmouth and the Surrounds?


Research by Activity Alliance has shown that disabled people are twice as likely to be inactive as non-disabled people, but 70 per cent of disabled people want to be more active.

Psychological barriers play the biggest role in preventing disabled people from taking part in sports, however seven out of ten disabled people WANT to be more active. One in five people in Britain have an impairment - that's 11.5m disabled people.

Having an active lifestyle can have many advantages. Regular physical exercise provides social benefits and mental health improvements, including:

  • Increased independence
  • A reduction in stress
  • A boost in self esteem
  • Enhanced co-ordination
  • Better strengthened balance

We can't find many opportunities in our area on the Active Alliance website - can you set up a club or a group in the borough of Great Yarmouth?

With Disability Awareness Day around the corner (July 15), now is the time to apply for your funding - the application form is here. Please get involved!

Information sourced from Active Alliance website.


11.5m people (25.7%) are inactive across the UK 

A recent survey conducted by Sport England reports that 11.5m people in the UK (25.7%) are inactive, meaning they do less than 30 minutes of physical activity a week. 

Are you looking to help people become more active in the Borough of Great Yarmouth? Adults can achieve 150+ minutes of sports activity a week through a combination of walking, running, cycling, swimming, team sports, adventure and racket sports. 

Sports promote teamwork, unity and confidence as well as boosting health and wellbeing too.

We make awards of up to £500 to support sport and leisure community projects to get more people active in the Borough of Great Yarmouth. Can you help? The application form is here!

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