Being active is more fun when it is easy and accessible. We are working with partners to put the infrastructure in place to encourage increased levels of activity within the town, making it more easily accessible and more enjoyable to participate.
Following the Spring into Health festival in March 2017, a Whitehill & Bordon Couch to 5k was born; 33 people have already completed the course and new courses are set to run this autumn and in the new year. Improved paths within the town and both the Bordon & Hogmoor Inclosure’s have increased the options for places to run, walk and enjoy recreational activities.
The natural play area in Hogmoor Inclosure has recently opened. It boasts an abundance of play areas for everyone to explore new learning opportunities and interact with nature. The play types include woodland play, informal play, sensory play, passive play and active play.
There are plans for both a junior and adult Parkrun to be launched in the new year and we are working with local running clubs to ensure these events will be sustainable.
We are also working with local schools and residents to understand how we can make it easier for people to be more active.
A Making Every Contact Count (MECC) working group has been set up to cover the East Hampshire area. MECC is about supporting people to make the most of every opportunity they have with every person they come into contact with every day. Organisations in East Hampshire are embedding MECC into their services to help make a difference to the health and wellbeing of local people by encouraging and supporting them to change behaviours that may be damaging to their health.
The new leisure centre will be in the heart of the town – making it easy for everyone to access. Being linked to the Green Grid and Green Loop will ensure it will be accessible by foot and public transport. We hope this will reduce car journeys and pollution within the town.