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- Junior Parkrun
- Couch to 5k – A Running Fitness Group for Beginners
- Kicks - free youth football sessions
- Basingstoke Strikers
- Walking football
- Local tennis league
- Free tennis at Stratton Park
- Women's rugby sessions
- Free swimming lessons for the over 55s
- Bike rides for women
- Futsal sessions at Aldworth School
- Autism activity club
- Way-Marked routes
- Back to Netball
Come and join the Basingstoke Junior Parkrun! The weekly 2km run is open to 4-14 year olds and takes place every Sunday, 9am at Stratton Park (RG22 5HL). It is open to children of any ability with a focus on having fun, rather than running fast. It is completely free to take part but if you’re child does want to enter then please make sure that you register them on the website prior to the event or they won’t be able to take part - http://www.parkrun.org.uk/basingstoke-juniors/
If you’re over the age of 14 then why not go along to Basingstoke’s 5km Parkrun which takes place every Saturday at the War Memorial Park - www.parkrun.org.uk/basingstoke
Couch to 5k – A Running Fitness Group for Beginners
A new early evening Couch to 5K group will be starting on 15 January 2018. Couch to 5K’ is a 10 week running plan for absolute beginners designed to help you lead a more active lifestyle. The plan will involve one hour weekly group sessions led by experienced running coaches from Live2Run4Fun.
Probably the biggest challenge a new runner faces is not knowing how or where to start. Couch to 5K starts with a mix of running and walking to gradually build up your fitness and stamina to running continuously for 5K (3 miles). The coaches will provide training plans to support and motivate you. The weekly sessions will also include simple exercises to help develop core muscles and movement skills of agility, balance and co-ordination. The course is an easy way of improving your physical health and mental health. It can help you lose weight and can help boost your confidence and self-belief. Running regularly can also be a great stress reliever and has even been shown to combat depression.
If you would like to participate in the programme, please see the attached flyer for details and contact Amy Sambell 01256 845752 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Kicks - free youth football sessions
The council is working in partnership with Reading Football Club to deliver free weekly football sessions at Everest Community College (RG24 9UP). The sessions take place on the artificial pitch, 4.30pm to 6pm every Tuesday and anyone aged 11 to 19 years old is welcome to come along. Just turn up and play!
Basingstoke Strikers is an inclusive football club for adults with disabilities who play in regular friendlies and competitive tournaments. The club aims to bring an inclusive football experience to players whatever their impairment. Currently the majority of players have learning disabilities and/or autism. The club is membership and democratically based and players are represented on the committee. The club strives for equality and would like to actively encourage both male and female players to join. The club’s home ground is at the Camrose, home to Basingstoke Town Football Club to which the club is affiliated.
To find out more information about this club, please contact Mike Stockwell (Chair) on 07425 141739 or email@example.com
A new Walking Football session has started at Basingstoke Sports Centre. The sessions, which are open to all participants aged over 50, take place every Tuesday 10am to 11am. Participants can enjoy a free taster session with the normal cost of sessions being £3 a week thereafter. For more information, please see the attached flyer and contact either Sally Lewis - firstname.lastname@example.org or 01256 302219 or Flo Lunn – flo.lunn@HampshireFA.com
Local tennis league
The Basingstoke local tennis league is a great opportunity for adults to play regular matches against others of a similar standard. Matches can be played at a suitable time for you and your partners with courts free to use at Stratton Park. Alternatively, you could pay for use of the courts at Totally Tennis in the War Memorial Park. You can work your way up the league, have fun and meet new people. A round of matches is currently underway but you can join the next round which starts at the beginning of March 2018. For more information and to book onto the third round, visit www.localtennisleagues.com.
Free tennis at Stratton Park
Stratton Park has six tennis courts available to use for free. No booking required, no fee charged, just turn up and play and enjoy a great game of tennis. For further information contact Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council on 01256 845284.
Women's rugby sessions
Basingstoke Rugby Club have recently set up a Senior women’s rugby team and are on the lookout for new players, all levels are welcome.
Sessions will be running on Wednesday evenings, from 7pm-8.30pm at Basingstoke Rugby Club.
Please contact email@example.com for more details.
Free swimming lessons for the over 55s
We are now looking for participants for free swimming lessons for the over 55s. These will be run at Basingstoke Sports Centre on Thursday afternoons. If you would like to learn to swim or improve your confidence in the water then this could be the ideal opportunity to do so… for free!
Each course lasts for 10 weeks, with 30 minute lessons taking place each Thursday at either 2.45pm or 3.15pm.
For more information or to book a place please contact Amy Sambell on 01256 845752 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Bike rides for women
FREE bike rides led by women for women in Basingstoke
If you are female aged 16+ and haven’t been on a bike in a while but:
- would like someone to go with you in case of emergencies
- are looking to meet new people to cycle with
- would like to find new routes
- are considering some other sort of exercise or
- are just seeking some motivation
...then maybe the Breeze Network is for you. Cycle rides are arranged and led by local Basingstoke trained female ride leaders as part of British Cycling’s national campaign to get 1 million more women on their bikes by 2020. Rides cater for beginners or those who wish to challenge themselves further. These are led on cycle-ways, trails or on-road.
Rides start from a variety of locations across the borough and range in distance from a few miles to 100km. They give ladies an opportunity to explore town centre cycle routes, parks, and quiet roads, as well as passing through many of the local Hampshire villages and giving local pubs and cafes custom!
The variety of rides on offer means that there should be one suited to you so please check out the Breeze website to ‘find a ride’ and sign up directly. For further information, or to find out more, please drop the Breeze team an email at: email@example.com or check out the information that is shared on the Breeze Network Basingstoke Facebook page and on twitter @breezingstoke.
Futsal sessions at Aldworth School
Futsal sessions run every Wednesday from 9pm to 10pm at Aldworth School at a cost of £3 per person. Every session is an hour of free play futsal. Rules can be explained to new participants on the night. If you are interested in attending the sessions then please email firstname.lastname@example.org to let them know that you are attending and to find out more information.
Autism activity club
An activity club operates from Everest Community Academy for children and young people aged 5-19 with Autism. The sessions take place every Saturday in the Sports Hall from 11.30am to 1.30pm. The cost of each session is just £2 for two hours of fun, exercise and activity, and all parents and siblings are also welcome to come along and join in. For more information please ring John Perrin on 01256 337573.
The council is home to three Run Together Way-marked Routes
- A 1.8km route and trim trail has been installed in Little Penwood (RG20 9HA). The council-owned woodland, near Highclere, has been tidied up and the route has been created so that people of all ages and abilities can enjoy a training run or a walk with the family. Specially designed wooden exercise equipment is also due to be installed to allow users to enjoy a fun workout whilst following the route.
Routes are also open to the public at Down Grange Sports Complex (2km) and Crabtree Plantation (1 mile). Please visit www.runtogether.co.uk/routes for more information on run routes in your local area.
Back to Netball
A new Back to Netball session has been organised in Basingstoke to help get ladies back into the sport, get fit and meet new people. Back to Netball is a gentle and fun reintroduction to the sport that is delivered by a qualified coach, so perfect for those who want to lose weight, tone up and get fit all with a smile on their face.
There’s a mix of fun skills followed by some small sided match play, and all delivered with beginners in mind so nothing is too serious. Sessions are done on a pay as you go basis so it’s never been easier to play.
The sessions will take place on Thursdays 8-9pm at Everest Community College (RG24 9UP) with the first session being on 11 January 2018. The cost of each session is £4 and this is payable on the day.
If you are interested in taking part then please see the attached flyer and contact Debbie Spindlow from England Netball on Debbie.email@example.com or 07595 086751