Notts Getting Active Together - Thank You

Thanking those who are helping to make physical activity the norm

We want to say 'thank you' to the amazing organisations, clubs, facilities, volunteers, people and places across Notts which are helping to make physical activity the norm.

We asked for your help to say 'thank you' to all the people, groups, clubs and organisations who have helped to make physical activity the norm over the past four years.

From 10-21 May we highlighted the people, groups, clubs and organisations, which you told us about, who are using physical activity and sport to make a real difference in their communities and to the lives of others. In the two-week campaign we highlighted their work and how important and powerful physical activity can be.

Stories from our community

Mandie Elson

"Mandie has worked so hard to get Archery on the map in Newark. She has supported my child who has a medical condition in making sure she can still take part and do it carefully and safely ensuring she will not hurt herself. The club has a lot of new juniors thanks to Mandie's hard work."

Notts Club for Young People

We want to thank Notts Clubs for Young People for helping to make activity happen for young people in our communities. They recognised that working with others and bringing together different ideas is hugely important in developing the right opportunities. This whirlwind look at some of their work was filmed prior to lockdown but they have continued to bring young people together in different ways in this difficult last year: View Notts CYP video

#ThankYou #UnitingTheMovement

Sarah McCracken

Our colleagues at Nordic Walking wanted to thank everyone who helps to bring Nordic Walking to our communities.

Here's what they had to say about Sarah McCracken:

"Sarah has been a Parkinson's nurse, based in Nottingham City, for 15 years. She became a Nordic Walking instructor in June 2019 so that she could teach her patients how to Nordic Walk. We know that people who have long term health conditions or disabilities are less likely to meet the recommended activity levels and are more likely to be inactive.

Research done in Europe showed that Nordic Walking benefits people with Parkinson's by improving their posture, increasing their stride length (one of the common symptoms is a shuffling gait) which means that they can walk faster and further.

Sarah has taught multiple groups of patients in Nottingham. The work went so well that Nottingham University and the NHS have jointly funded some research. The preliminary results look very encouraging, with participants really enjoying the sessions (100% completed the course). We would like to thank Sarah for her passion and determination to enable her patients to become more active. Also, for her ability to adapt to COVID restrictions and still be enthusiastic with her groups. She is developing a model that we hope will be rolled out to reach even more inactive people."

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