R & Be Active – a week long energetic extravaganza for young people across the Borough – launches on 14 September 2015. The programme, organised by Reigate & Banstead Borough Council in partnership with several other local organisations, challenges 5-19 year olds to get active and try something new by offering a variety of free and discounted activities from a host of local groups and clubs across the borough. The week culminates in the popular ‘Run Reigate’ event in Priory Park, Reigate on 20 September, where a new 10k run for those aged 15+ has been added to the programme. At the same time children of all ages can come along and enjoy activities including archery, a bouncy castle, climbing wall, obstacle course and more at the Move Revolution Activity Village in the park.
During the week, activities on offer range from ‘Smash Up Badminton’ and basketball, to junior gym sessions, geocaching, spinning, dance classes and aerobics. Ballet, scouting and girl guiding are also on the cards as is an event specifically for children and young people aged 10+ with disabilities who will have the chance to try boccia, trampolining and more. There is something for everyone.
The Council’s partners in this initiative, designed to get young people more active, include Run Reigate, Greenwich Leisure Ltd., YMCA East Surrey, Raven Housing Trust, Sustrans, Sutton and East Surrey Water, and Active Surrey; all local organisations committed to making a positive impact on the lives of young people. Announcing R & Be Active Week Cllr Dr Lynne Hack, Executive Member for Healthy Living & Ageing Well said:
“Our lifestyles affect our health. How active we are as children affects our physical and mental wellbeing throughout our lives. Through R & Be Active we want our young people to get active and have fun. It doesn’t matter if you’re sporty or not – grab a friend, get your trainers on, and let’s get R&Be Active!
“Our thanks go to all our partners for their enthusiasm, support and hard work in making this Week happen. Thanks also to all the volunteers at clubs across the borough, helping to ensure our young people can live active, healthy lifestyles.”