We’re Active Shildon, and we want to get SHILDON moving! Whether it’s swapping the car for your trainers and walking the school run, digging your old bike out for a weekend ride, or taking up a new sport at the local leisure centre – small changes can often make the biggest difference to your health and wellbeing. We understand there are barriers, be it lack of free time or expense, but we want to show you all the fun, family-friendly opportunities available in our town to help you get active.
So, grab your friends, your family, even your next-door neighbour, and let’s get active together. Shildon CAN move!
ABOUT ACTIVE SHILDON
Active Shildon is a Sport England funded initiative to build healthier, more active communities in Shildon. It brings together a group of organisations who are working together to achieve one goal, to improve physical activity in the area. We aim to help those who struggle to be physically active in their everyday lives by making it easier for people to access sport and physical activity.
Being active is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. It benefits social, emotional and mental, and physical wellbeing, along with creating a better connected, more resilient community. Moving more not only helps you make friends, but it can boost your mood, improve your sleep, and build your confidence! Plus it reduces the risk of developing many long-term illnesses and helps to maintain a healthy weight.
Active Shildon wants to show you all the family-friendly opportunities available in Shildon so you can keep moving! (#ShildonCanMove)
WHAT CAN YOU DO IN SHILDON?
Shildon was part of the world’s first passenger railway and is host to Locomotion, previously The National Railway Museum at Shildon. As a result of its railway heritage, Shildon has many off-road walk and cycleways to be enjoyed. There are lots of opportunities to be active within Shildon, through community halls, the leisure centre, and the athletics track and stadium. Shildon also has a wide range of sports clubs, both for adults and children, such as football, athletics, cricket, boxing, and roller skating.
Did You Know?
Hackworth Park was voted one of the best parks in the North East. It hosts a Parkrun every Saturday morning, as well as free family fun and games at ParkPlay each week. It also features Parkletics equipment to help you get moving in the fresh air!
Check out the wonderful Tracey talking about the new Parketics equipment in Hackworth Park.
Active Friends is an exciting online training toolkit from County Durham Sport. It aims to teach people how to support and inspire their local communities and workplaces to move more, improving their health and wellbeing.
We know that getting active is easier (and often more enjoyable) with the support of a friend. The free Active Friends toolkit is full of videos, activities, and resources to help. It can provide people in Shildon with the knowledge and skills needed to promote the benefits of physical activity, encourage others to move more, and get moving themselves!
Visit the Active Friends toolkit here.
Find out where you can get moving in Shildon with our map! Check out the numbered markers at each location for information on facilities, clubs, groups, and activities to take part in. You can also download a PDF version of the Active Shildon map here.
DISCOVER WAYS TO GET MOVING
ParkPlay offers free fun and games every Saturday in Hackworth Park.
It’s suitable for all ages and abilities, so the whole family can get involved!
Find out more.
Would you like to meet new people and boost your wellbeing?
You could join a Walk Durham Wellbeing Walk!
Walks last up to 90 minutes and are led by Walk Durham’s friendly, trained instructors.
Find out more and book your place.
WAYS TO WELLBEING
If you’re looking to start moving more, you could join a Ways to Wellbeing group exercise class.
These beginner-level classes are delivered by friendly, experienced staff and volunteers.
Find out more.
THERE ARE PLENTY MORE FUN AND AFFORDABLE WAYS TO GET MOVING IN SHILDON AND ACROSS COUNTY DURHAM
Whether you’re an organisation who can signpost community members to activities, or an individual looking to move more, download our resource and discover them here!
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