A summer of sports in the parks

Get Set Leeds Local has loved bringing together partners this summer to deliver three fantastic community events at Cross Flatts Park and Holbeck Moor.

It was great seeing the parks buzzing with activities. At Holbeck Moor, over 20 local and city organisations came together to provide fun taster activities. Both days included a fun filled programme, with something for all ages to get involved with.

After what everyone has gone through over the last 18 months, it was great seeing the community out enjoying such a huge range of sports and activities.

Skateboard coaching on Holbeck Moor

This year Get Set Leeds Local has been able to help get more people cycling, providing bikes and helmets via the new hub at Cross Flatts Park for organised activities. This has enabled a wide range of new cycling activities to take place in the park including adult learn to ride activities with Cycle North (www.cyclenorth.co.uk/adults) women’s led rides with Your Space (contact arlie@womenshealthmatters.org.uk for info); development of a new Cycle Club for South Leeds Lakers (find them on Facebook); Tri for Healthy Minds sessions with British Cycling (contact fionahoare@britishtriathlon.org to find out more about the upcoming run sessions part of the programme); and this September there will be a 12 week course of Cycle for Health delivered by Cycling UK for adults living with long term health conditions or adults wishing to exercise to support their mental health.

On Tuesday 17 August we bought everyone together for the first exciting Cross Flatts Park Cycle Festival. LS11 residents attended in high numbers, digging out old bikes to be repaired by Big Bike Fix or stamped by the police and LCC Influencing Travel Behaviour Team for Bike Register, helping recover your bike if stolen. Alongside information stalls was a fun balance bike zone, a junior skills ride area, cycle games, and a traffic free route around Cross Flatts Park.

Over the summer we worked with British Cycling to deliver some Parent and Tot balance bike sessions. The sessions proved popular, and we’d love to work with residents to explore the possibility of developing a new volunteer and parent led regular balance bike session in Cross Flatts. Get in touch if you’d be interested in supporting.

Watch out for details coming up about the Let’s Ride Pop Up in Cross Flatts Park coming this September (date TBC). Let’s Ride Pop Ups are a traffic free event, proving a safe and friendly space to enjoy cycling, within Cross Flatts Park alongside others to create a fun cycling atmosphere.

We always love receiving your local ideas, on things that would help create a more active Beeston Hill and Holbeck, and seeing which ones we can work with you to make a reality. This may be through our Community Chest Pot, which can fund up to £300 for community good ideas.

The latest addition to the neighbourhood is a friendly weekly women’s only basketball session, taking place at Cross Flatts Park. Sessions are being supported by Get Set Leeds Local funding to provide a coach from Let’s Do More to help facilitate the session for a number of weeks, whilst this newest South Leeds team develops.

The team call themselves South Leeds Valkyries and stress they are open to women of all ages and abilities. The main purpose of the session is to meet new people, keep fit and boost confidence. If you would like to find out more, email southleeds valkyries@gmail.com or visit their Instagram page @SouthLeedsValkyries

Get Set Leeds Local is an LCC Active Leeds led project funded by Sport England, working with communities and partners to support residents of Beeston Hill, Holbeck, New Wortley and Seacroft to be able to move more.
For more information, or to share an idea of what would help you or your neighbours be more active contact karen.peck@leeds.gov.uk / 07891 274130. Follow us on Facebook: @GSLHolbeckandBeestonHill


This post was written by Karen Peck

Main photo: South Leeds Valkyries women’s basketball club

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