The ’Fitter You’ project at the Ferryhill Ladder Centre has received funding from the Sport England Tackling Inequalities Fund and is now able to increase sport activity offering in the local community following the COVID19 lockdown.
The Ferryhill Ladder Centre is a registered charity supporting vulnerable members of the community within the Lakes Estate of Feryhill, County Durham. Working with a variety of local people, the Centre provides support and resources to help people adopt happier and healthier lifestyles, increase life skills and provide opportunities and to tackle social isolation.
Prior to the onset of COVID 19 and the subsequent lockdown, the Centre ran two successful projects aimed at increasing engagement in sporting activity for people living with long term health conditions. Running weekly, the sessions offered a number of activities that were unique to the area and encouraged involvement in sport and exercise including; walking football, seated exercise, weekly health walks and a running club. These were delivered by a member of staff who is a qualified Walk and UK Athletics Run Leaders, and were very well attended. In addition to this, the Centre was able to offer on ongoing support and links to partner agencies who could assist with weight loss, stopping smoking and healthy eating.
Following the lifting of lockdown restrictions, the Ferryhill Ladder Centre was able to restart delivering sport related activities with focus on members of the community living with long term health conditions keeping them physically active and socially connected. Making the most of their semi rural location the centre provided outdoor activities delivering socially distanced health walks and couch to 5k running sessions to small groups’.
Following application support from County Durham Sport, the centre has been able to recieve funding from the Sport England Tackling Inequalities fund. This has resulted in the Centre being able to deliver an increased number of sporting activities per week including guided health walks, running sessions, walking football training and fitness sessions, as well as weekly mentoring, advice and guidance.
Katy Thompson, Active Places Coordinator at County Durham Sport said “We are delighted to support the ‘Fitter You’ programme to continue delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding has provided the centre with the opportunity to deliver an increased programme of activity that the people of Ferryhill can enjoy, during a time that has been difficult for so many people.”