CHILDREN in Tameside are being offered the chance to learn First Aid skills during the Easter holidays.
The training sessions are part of the Easter Fun Active Club Camps that are being put on by Tameside Sports Trust at venues across Tameside over the two-week school holiday break.
Youngsters from the age of five upwards can also try their hand at fencing, trampolining, swimming and a range of other sports and activities during the week-day sessions.
The Easter camps have around 120 places for 5 to 16-year-olds every day at Medlock Leisure Centre in Droylsden, Denton Community College and The Copley Centre in Stalybridge starting April 7.
The club-goers will start the day with a swimming session and will then be able to try out the sports activities on offer. Manchester City’s Football in the Community coaches will be delivering football coaching sessions, there’ll be cycling classes delivered by members of British Cycling, as well as other organised sports sessions.
Qualified drama and arts and crafts coaches will also be running afternoon sessions as part of the programme of activities.
This year, the sports trust also has 24 places at each of the holiday camps reserved for children and young people with learning disabilities.
Said Shaun Higgins, service manager at Tameside Sports Trust: “The holiday camps have grown in popularity every year since we started them three years ago. This year’s programme has been expanded to include the First Aid training and the arts and crafts and drama sessions and we’re sure they’ll be really popular.”
Places on the holidays camps which run for nine days from April 7 to 17 need to be booked. They cost £12 per day from 8.30am to 5.30pm. To book, go to the sports trust website wwww.tamesidsportstrust.com
STALYBRIDGE is the fitness capital of Tameside.
The number of people signing up to fitness programmes at the town’s sports centre has jumped by 19% compared with the same time last year.
And, since Christmas alone, almost 200 new members have signed up to The Copley Centre.
The increase has bucked the trend locally, with Tameside Sports Trust’s other three large health and fitness sites – at Ashton, Hyde and Droylsden – all maintaining the levels of new membership sign-ups it experienced in 2013.
And the figures compare favourably with recent figures released by Sport England which revealed that more people have taken up exercise in Tameside since the 2012 Olympic.
According Sport England’s national Active People Survey, the borough has seen a two per cent increase in the number of people participating in exercise activities since the 2012 Olympic Games.
Julian Monk, the manager at The Copley Centre, says a new American fitness craze to help Tamesiders beat the battle of the bulge has been one of the reasons for the surge in new members.
The new Synrgy360 training circuit has been shipped into the gym at The Copley Centre and allows groups of around 16 people to train as they would in traditional circuit sessions but in less than half the space.
Local schools are already considering using it as part of their pupils’ PE lessons and adult taster sessions are also being offered at the centre.
A new cycle hub has also been launched at the Centre with new exercise bicycles about to be introduced which will provide detailed assessments of users’ fitness levels.
Local sports clubs are already keen to try out the new cycles as a way of improving players’ performance levels.
Said Julian: “Fitness and health participation in Stalybridge is booming. There’s been a real swell of enthusiasm for it across all age groups. Cycling classes, Yoga and Kettle Blast are the most popular but the numbers taking part in all our classes and sessions are rising across the board.”
TAMESIDE’S first ‘class of 2014’ cycling students passed their proficiency awards this week with flying colours.
Pupils in Year 6 at Broadoak Primary School in Ashton and Hollingworth Primary School were the first of more than 40 schools who have signed up to take the Bikeability training scheme which started this week and runs through to June.
A total of 54 junior cyclists aged 10 and 11 from the two primary schools passed their level 1 in basic cycling and level 2 advanced cycling awards in an intensive eight hours of training with instructors from Tameside Sports Trust.
The Bikeability instructors who deliver the training on behalf of Tameside Council train the junior cyclists in a range of safe cycling skills including how to mount and dismount safely, how to set off safely and the correct procedure for left and right turns.
It’s part of a major drive to ensure that 1,800 of Tameside’s 10 and 11 year olds undertake the Bikeability training this year.
Latest figures from RoSPA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) show that more than 2,000 children, aged 0 to 15 years were killed or injured on bicycles in England in 2012.
And Department of Transport figures show that 11 and 12 year old are more likely to have cycle accidents than any other age group.
In Tameside last year, 1,700 primary school pupils passed their Bikeability training and this year’s campaign will include a second series of training sessions from September to November.
Andy Dwyer, from Tameside Sports Trust, who manages the Bikeability scheme, said: “Department of Transport figures show that 90% of accidents involving child cyclists occur in daylight hours, with the most dangerous hours for cyclists being between 8am to 9am and 3pm to 6pm - the times that children are often out riding their bikes.
“It’s important that children understand how to ride their bike safely – for their benefit and also that of other road users and pedestrians, and the Bikeability scheme aims to do this.”
The Bikeability scheme is free to all primary schools in Tameside. Children are encouraged to bring their own bikes which are given a complete safety check by the Bikeability instructors, and helmets and high-visibility vests are also provided free under the scheme. There’s also a stock of cycles available for those children who don’t have their own bikes to use.
There are training sessions available to schools who have not yet taken up the offer of the free scheme. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0161 366 4810.
Children and young people that live in Tameside can apply for a Tameside 4 Good individual grant up to £500 to fund an activity to help them achieve their potential. Agencies and practitioners working with individuals aged between 5 – 25 e.g. teachers, youth workers, social workers or parents can apply on the individuals’ behalf.
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Smokers in Tameside and Glossop are being encouraged to take the first steps to victory and improve their health by kicking the habit.
Residents who are thinking about quitting can seek support from their local NHS Stop Smoking Service at a series of events to mark national No Smoking Day, which falls on Wednesday March 12th.
The team will be offering advice at:
- Tameside Hospital on Wed 12 March, all day
- Stalybridge Clinic on Wed 12 March, all day
- Glossop Primary Care Centre on Thurs 13 March, all day
- Hyde Clarendon 6th Form College on Thurs 13 March, 12-2pm
- One Stop Health Bus at Tesco, Hattersley on Fri 14 March, all day
Karen Simpson, Tameside and Glossop Stop Smoking Service manager from Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Currently in Tameside, 26 per cent of residents are smokers. Research shows that you’re up to four times more likely to succeed in quitting with NHS support and last year, we helped 2,110 people kick the habit. Therefore, we’d encourage anyone who is thinking of quitting to come and see us, either at one of the events or at any of our drop-in clinics.
“Whether it’s No Smoking Day or any other day of the year, your local Stop Smoking Service can provide all the tools and support you need.”
Stop Smoking Drop-in sessions and one-to-one appointments are available at various venues across the borough Monday-Saturday. For more information, or to book an individual consultation, please call 0161 366 2000.
No Smoking Day is an annual national campaign and this year, the British Heart Foundation is following a theme of ‘V for Victory’.