When leisure centres, sports facilities and pools had to close in late March due to the pandemic it was a sad moment for many people, but nonetheless an essential part of the national effort to control the spread of COVID-19.
Whilst some of our LA physical activity and sport partners were re-deployed to resource other vital work in their boroughs, others were able to keep working with their communities to find new ways of keeping them active.
With the whole country looking forward to the re-opening of facilities on the 25th of July it seemed a great time to reflect on just some ‘life in lockdown’ activity that’s been happening right here in Merseyside.
St Helens Council staff have been working with Torus housing association to deliver sessions in courtyards of flats that have been followed by small groups around the instructor in a socially distanced way, with many more taking part safely from their balconies or windows.
You can see some footage in this fantastic video showcasing how the St Helens team has supported its community through the pandemic. Click the image to view:
They have also been providing online classes, with something for all ages and abilities.
The Active Sefton team ran its Virtual Event Series to replace the many face-to-face events it had planned, as well as offering online video workouts.
Their virtual offering aimed to improve lockdown health, life, spirits and ease coronavirus anxiety! Events include Virtual 5k, Virtual Duathlon that could be done by anyone, anywhere.
You can see more about what they’ve had on offer in the video above, including some fantastically idyllic online yoga classes filmed at their wonderful Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre facility.
Over in Wirral the Invigor8 team have been putting out constant and varied selection of live and on-demand video workout classes, with something for everyone.
You can see the full range of videos on their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/watch/Wirralinvigor8/
Here’s one of our favourites – click the image to watch the video…
Paula Parle from Halton’s team told us about one of their elderly Vision Support clients who had been walking lengths of his garden using ropes ingeniously tied by his wife to assist him.
His story was chosen to feature in the Liverpool Echo by Sport England’s Join the Movement campaign team through a collaboration involving MSP and the Halton sports development team.
Click on the thumbnail below to read the full article:
The Active Halton fitness team were also busy offering live workouts and on-demand videos online
Liverpool’s PAS team have been keeping in touch with their Fit For Me ambassadors to hear how they’ve been adapting to lockdown, sharing their stories to inspire others.
Their work was also chosen to feature in the Liverpool Echo and again, you can read the full article that featured just one of their ambassadors by clicking the thumbnail image below.
In readiness for the re-opening of facilities from the 25th July MSP has included links to local authority websites on its page dedicated to supporting the public to active through the pandemic.