Ceredigion Actif has come up with a novel way of getting members ready to return to sport when the time comes. The Active Young People team has partnered up with over 20 community sports clubs in Ceredigion in a campaign to produce videos of activities that residents can do at home.
The clubs simply record an introduction and activities specific to their club sport. The Ceredigion Actif team has been editing and adding subtitles to the videos to make them bilingual. These have been shared on social media sites Facebook, Twitter, Instagram where users have been directed to the Ceredigion Actif YouTube Channel. Here, they can access the club videos and many more from the extensive playlist which includes lessons for school aged pupils, online sports days, fitness videos and national exercise referral classes. The videos have proved popular and have reached far and wide through social media.
The Active Young People team hope that club members will be able to keep engaging with their clubs online while they wait to resume taking part in sport. They also hope to attract new club members that may see the activities and may want to try something new.
Elen James, Corporate Lead Officer - Porth Cymorth Cynnar, Community Wellbeing and Learning said: “We want to encourage all Ceredigion residents to be active during this difficult period, especially as we await guidance on returning to train and take part in community sport. Being active not only improves physical health and fitness but also has a really positive effect on mental wellbeing. Many of these activities can be done inside or outside with limited equipment. We are really pleased with the response we’ve had from the clubs and would encourage others to get involved.”
A range of activities are available to try out including, team games rugby, football and hockey; individual sports such as dance, rowing, archery and inclusive activities from Aberystwyth Basketball Club and Y Llewod Club in Cardigan.
There will be two clubs’ releases a week to allow everyone the opportunity to try the different sports with the hope residents will enjoy these activities and take part with their families. If any clubs want to be a part of this programme, email Ceredigionactif@ceredigion.gov.uk.
This club campaign coincides with the launch of a new Sport Wales grant named the ‘Be Active Wales Fund’. Sport Wales, in partnership with Ceredigion County Council, is now accepting funding applications to help community sports clubs. The grant aims to protect community sports clubs during this difficult time and also to enable them to prepare for re-opening when lockdown is eased.
Steven Jones, Active Communities Manager said: ‘’This grant is a lifeline to many sports clubs which have been unable to operate over the last 3 months. I strongly recommend all clubs look at the website to see the criteria at www.sport.wales/beactivewalesfund or email us at Ceredigionactif@ceredigion.gov.uk for any queries or assistance. We at Ceredigion Actif are available to advise and help clubs through the application process.’’