Everton Ambassadors Ian Snodin and Graham Stuart recently laced up their boots to join Everton in the Community’s Active Blues participants in blowing off the Christmas cobwebs with a game of footgolf.
Funded by Sport England, Active Blues is delivered by EitC and Edge Hill University with the aim of encouraging inactive people to get moving. Targeting males aged 35-50 in North Liverpool, the programme looks to engage inactive men to become physically active through sport.
Active Blues staff have recently re-developed the programme and have extended the variety and diversity of sport sessions available to appeal to a wider audience and help men across Liverpool achieve those New Year’s resolutions.
A monthly footgolf session at Aintree Golf Course is just one of the new sports sessions on offer and Snods and Diamond went down to join the participants in a game and find out more. The group was separated into two teams with the two former Blues each taking on the role of captain as the teams worked their way around the nine-hole course. Using a combination of power and precision for each hole, Diamond’s team were crowned eventual winners after a tie-break on the ninth hole.
Speaking after the session, Diamond said: “Footgolf is a great way to get active and get some air into your lungs whilst still having a good laugh with a fantastic group of lads.
“Active Blues is a great opportunity for men across Liverpool aged 35 to 50 to come together and work on their fitness in a variety of ways.”
In addition to footgolf, Active Blues also offers twice-weekly gym sessions, weekly ‘dad and lad’ fitness sessions and monthly hill walks as well as a six-week ‘Health Matters’ course, the ideal introductory project for individuals wishing to make healthier lifestyle choices.
All Active Blues sessions are ran by qualified coaches and instructors from Everton in the Community and those that join the project will also have the opportunity to meet current and former Everton players, be entered into draws to win matchday tickets and stadium tours, as well as receiving other prizes along the way. You will also get the chance to socialise with other males on the programme during the other planned events as part of the programme.
For further details, contact Everton in the Community’s Health and Wellbeing Practitioner Dean Jones by calling 0151 530 5265
or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
More information on the dates and times of the various sports sessions available can be found below:
Starts Wednesday 31 January at 1pm, runs monthly.
Location - Aintree Golf Course.
Using the great facilities at Aintree Golf Centre, Footgolf is perfect for men of all abilities with the beauty of the game lying in you being able to strategically combine power and precision every time you play. Groups of around 10 men will play each time with the option to play either nine or 18 holes.
Dad and Lad Fitness Sessions
Starts Tuesday 16 January, 6.30pm-7.30pm, runs weekly on the same day, same time.
Location – Everton Active Centre Gym, Goodison Park.
The ideal session for you to pit your fitness and strength against your children as you improve your fitness together with classes focused on boxing, circuit training and personal training.
Starts Saturday 27 January, 9am. Full day walk. Runs bi-monthly on the final weekend of the month.
Location – Snowdon, Moel Famau and more.
A full day’s group outing walking up some of the most beautiful mountain ranges in North Wales, an excellent way to brush away those new year cobwebs. Free return transport is provided from Goodison Park.
Starts Wednesday 17 January, 6.30pm-8.00pm and runs weekly at the same day and time for six weeks.
Location – Goodison Park.
Health Matters is the ideal introductory project for individuals wishing to make healthier lifestyle choices. The weekly sessions will offer health advice, tips on diet and nutrition as well as weekly sports sessions ran by qualified coaches and instructors from EitC.
Active Centre Gym Sessions
Starts Monday 8 January, 6pm-8pm and Thursday 11 January, 1pm-3pm. Runs weekly on the same day/s and time/s.
Location - Everton Active Centre Gym, Goodison Park.
The private Everton Active Centre Gym at Goodison Park will be open for men to drop in and take part in a relaxed gym workout where they can do whatever exercise they want at their own pace in a fun environment. A Personal Trainer will also be on hand if needed for workout advice and tips. Group circuit training sessions will also be available as well as Insanity workouts and Personal Training sessions.