Community sport scheme to return

Tommy's Club for Young People in Fleetwood.  Fleetwood Gym U14s using the facilities to train.
Tommy's Club for Young People in Fleetwood. Fleetwood Gym U14s using the facilities to train.

A new and improved community sports scheme returns to Fleetwood in January.

TrySport offers young people aged seven to 20 the chance to try a variety of different sports, from football and street dance to dodgeball and free running.

A consultation with young people and parents has brought a refreshed programme with extra sessions at Tommy’s Gym in London Street.

Starting on January 5, it is hoped the popular scheme will attract more participants than ever in 2015.

Coun Lynne Bowen, cabinet member with responsibility for sport at Wyre Council, said: “This year we’ve run more than 600 TrySport sessions across the borough, which is fantastic, however we want to make it bigger and better than ever next year.

“We’ve taken people’s views into account to make sure that the programme offers activities that young people want to try, at convenient times and venues so that more people are able to join in.

“Apart from the obvious health benefits of taking part in sport, the scheme also helps to develop confidence and gives young people a chance to socialise in a safe and 
positive environment.”

A special reward scheme provides an additional incentive to join TrySport, thanks to the community trusts of both Fleetwood Town Football Club and Blackpool Football Club.

Participants are rewarded for regular attendance with match tickets to either Blackpool or Fleetwood games.

Included in the programme is Fleetwood Multi-Stars Sports Club, for young people aged eight to 20 with disabilities, at Fleetwood High School on Thursday evenings offering alternative sports such as trampolining, new-age curling, Boccia and table tennis.

The council is also continuing to work with Fleetwood Town Football Club Community Trust and Fleetwood High School to provide football sessions for boys and girls on Friday evenings.