Family Fun at ‘Have a Go’ in Shoreditch Park this Saturday

Boy jumps into the action at a Parks for Life event in Hackney

Healthy and adventurous family activities are on offer outdoors in the park and indoors at Brittania Leisure Centre. It’s all for fun and it’s all for free…and you don’t need to be super fit to join us!

Try out tai chi and trampoline or give beach / seated volley ball a go; enjoy spinning classes in the fresh air or join the crowd for our mass outdoor aerobics session. Get to grips with table tennis or turn your hand at basket ball and squash.

There will be seven sports points set up in the park, where children and families can enjoy mini team games, track running, football, rugby and ‘sports day’ style races. Local coaches will be on hand all day to encourage absolute beginners and add grease to the elbows of those who may have gone a bit rusty.

Cllr Jonathan Mcshane, Member of cabinet for Community Services said: “Have a go” adds up to a great Saturday out for kids wanting to try out healthy, activities or just enjoy a free day out in the fresh air. It’s all about enjoying yourself outdoors in a safe and family-friendly environment.”

The park will be home to healthy food stalls where you can get your ‘Five a Day’ in the most interesting of ways – try out fresh fruit snow cones; fruit cup smoothies; Mediterranean Mama’s or the alfresco chicken BBQ.

Stalls will include the Health Zone, run by NHS City and Hackney – for information or to get a free health MOT; Ramblers Association – who will hand out Hackney walking maps; TFL – on hand to advise and explain Hackney’s new bike hire scheme; and the Purple Bus run by Hackney Council’s Youth Services.  There will also be a chance to sign up to wide range of local sports clubs, groups and classes.

Hula girls: two friends are in it together at a Parks for Life event in Hackney

Pocus media, will also be on hand to snap fun pictures of the action. People with 19″ screens on their backs will be snapping up pictures of posers or anyone who wants to prove that they got on that trampoline! The pictures will then be available to download in a cool frame, from the Parks for Life website.

Part of Hackney Council’s ‘Parks for Life’ scheme, ‘Have a Go’, is just one of a packed programme of healthy events taking place in Hackney’s parks this summer. The activities, run in association with NHS City and Hackney, have a strong emphasis on “healthy green living”, and aim to encourage people to use the parks as a route to well-being through fresh air, outdoor exercise and healthy eating.

Parks for Life – “Have a go” sports activity day
Where: Shoreditch Park (New North Road, N1 6TA) and Brittania Leisure Centre (adjoining); 40 Hyde Road, Hackney, N1 5JU, tel: 020 7729 4485

When: Saturday 10 July from 11am until 5pm.
Why: Because it’s fun, because it’s healthy, because it’s outdoors and indoors.

Entry: FREE!

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