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Winter 2012 Issue 6

Welcome Welcome to the Winter Make-a-Move Leisure Inclusion Team Newsletter. If you have a story that you would like in the Make-a-Move Newsletter then contact the team at or call 07540 412090. The next issue of the BVAL Make-a-Move Newsletter will be distributed in Spring 2012!

Latest News New £300k project set to hit South East Northumberland A new project to help young people live more fulfilled lives by steering them away from trouble, isolation and unhealthy lifestyles has been awarded £300,000 from the Big Lottery Fund. The grant to Blyth Valley Arts and Leisure aims to lead young people towards employment, educational achievement, a sense of pride and responsibility. The money comes from BIG’s flagship Reaching Communities programme, which aims to help those most in need and build stronger communities. The project aims to help 24,000 people across South East Northumberland, in particular the most deprived pockets of Blyth, Cramlington, Ashington, Newbiggin, Bedlington, Lynemouth, Chevington and Stobhill. The grant was handed over to the group by Clare Cruddas, BIG Regional Officer for the North East at a presentation event attended by Blyth Valley MP Ronnie Campbell. James Turner, BIG Head of Region for the North East, said: “This money from the Big Lottery Fund will go to help around 24,000 young and vulnerable people in and around Blyth. This vitally important project will help these people get on the right track towards academic achievement and a decent career. Those who are held back by issues like cost, child care or poor social skills will be supported so they have the skills and confidence to live more fulfilled lives. We would love to receive more applications from this part of Northumberland so we can really make a difference to local people who are most in need of good cause funding.” A programme of community based education and leadership qualifications and once qualified, placements will be available in sports development, health & fitness and catering to help local people into employment. Support will also be offered to disabled people and women and girls will be helped by programmes to educate about body image and lifestyle issues to improve self esteem. Community activities will also be developed to encourage young and old to mix together including Olympic themed events, festivals, family and outdoor days. Ronnie Campbell MP said: “I’m absolutely delighted for Blyth Valley Arts and Leisure and for the young people of South East Northumberland. This funding will go a long way to help give these young people a good start in life. I’m particularly interested in the fact the group will be tackling teenage pregnancy.”

Move It Christmas Dance Show a success! Make-a-Move’s Move It Christmas Dance Show was held at Cramlington Learning Village on 1st December. 200 people attended to watch their brothers, sisters, sons and daughters show off their funky dance moves! Those involved had all been working extremely hard on their routines which paid off on the night. For more information on Move It sessions please contact Sophie Johnson on 01670 542589.

Club News King Edward VI High School, Morpeth to benefit from Sport England Inspired Facilities Fund BLYTH Valley Arts and Leisure has secured Olympic legacy funding from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities Fund. The Inspired Facilities fund is part of the £135m Places People Play legacy programme that is bringing the magic of a home Olympic and Paralympic Games into communities across the country. Every sports facility that receives funding will carry the London 2012 Inspire mark – celebrating the link to the Games. Blyth Valley Arts and Leisure has secured funding to provide new changing accommodation, suitable for disabled athletes, and equipment and storage facilities at King Edward VI School in Morpeth. The award will provide new changing accommodation to support the newly constructed six lane synthetic running track, synthetic turf pitch and provide safe storage space for equipment. Sport England’s Chair, Richard Lewis, said, “This investment will create will be a fantastic sporting legacy for Morpeth.” Councillor Neil Bradbury, executive member for leisure at Northumberland County Council said, “The development of the changing rooms is the final piece in the jigsaw of this exciting and ambitious multi-sport scheme for Morpeth and its surrounding communities.” Try Triathlon 2012 Tri Northumberland in partnership with BVAL and England Triathlon are running Try Triathlon sessions in Northumberland. Try Triathlon is aimed at first time athletes, for those who want a new challenge and those who want to get fit and healthy outside of the gym environment. Bookings are required for all four sessions and it is recommended to attend all sessions to get the full benefit of the programme. The cost of the programme is £20 for all four sessions. Sessions take place at Ashington Leisure Centre (11am-2pm) on 25th February, 31st March and 28th April. The final session will take place at QE2 Country Park, Ashington on Thursday 10th May (6-7.30pm). Tri Northumberland have also finalised a programme of events for 2012. More information is available on the Tri Northumberland website. For more information or to book a space on the Try Triathlon programme please contact Tom Lavender on 07540 412086.

What’s On Activities for people aged 14-25 years The Make-a-Move team have organised a range of activities aimed at 1425 year olds for early 2012. Activities include: -Archery (Concordia) -Teen Gym (Ashington Leisure Centre) -Golf (Longhirst Golf Club) -Basketball (various sites in Cramlington) -Try Triathlon (Ashington Leisure Centre) -Rock Climbing (Concordia) -Paddle Sport (Morpeth) For more information please contact Lee Paris on 07540 412090. Communities for Health—Valley Moves The Valley Moves programme of activities for adults, families and young people is available to view online on our website. Activities take place throughout Seaton Valley and are low cost or free of charge. For more information or to receive a Valley Moves Activity Brochure please contact Michael Firek on 07540 412080.

Sport Relief Mile The Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile is heading your way on Sunday 25th March. The event provides a great opportunity to get involved in the UK’s biggest year of sport. To enter simply go to the Sport Relief website and select the Mile event you wish to enter. Venues in Northumberland include Newbiggin Promenade and Druridge Bay. BVAL February Half Term Holiday Programme We are currently finalising plans for activities throughout February Half Term. Copies of the Holiday Programme will be distributed throughout local Leisure Centre’s and via our e-database soon! The Programme will also be available to view electronically on our website. For more information or to be added to our e-database please contact Tom Lavender on 07540 412086.

Funding Opportunities All of the links below provide information on funding opportunities for sports clubs and organisations in Northumberland. Make-a-Move Volunteer Package Northumberland Sport The People’s Health Trust Wansbeck Vantage Fund Princes Trust Other funding opportunities can be found at or by contacting the Make-a-Move team on 07540 412090.

Leisure Inclusion Team Blyth Valley Arts and Leisure Make-A-Move Leisure Inclusion Team offer a wide range of sport and play activities. For more information on these exciting activities please contact the Make-A-Move team on 07540 412090 or you can email us at Find us, Follow us, See us!

Make-a-Move Winter 2012 Newsletter  

The latest from the Blyth Valley Arts and Leisure Make-a-Move Leisure Development Team