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South Northamptonshire Council Press release

Draft leisure strategy shifts focus from numbers to wellbeing outcomes

With data showing 20 per cent of children in the district start primary school overweight or obese, South Northamptonshire Council (SNC) is seeking residents' views on its draft Sport and Leisure Strategy.The update to the current strategy follows a shift in the national focus away from growing the number of people exercising, and towards the social good that sport and physical activity can deliver.A public consultation on SNC's draft strategy will take place between Thursday, 18 July and Wednesday, 18 September and responses will be collated from a variety of sources, including: an online survey, social media and via drop-in events.Cllr Karen Cooper, SNC's portfolio holder for wellbeing, said: "Research for our draft strategy reveals some stark realities about the health impacts of inactivity."Our draft strategy is designed to support our least active residents and to give them the tools to build activity into their everyday lives, while at the same time supporting local people of all ages and backgrounds to fulfill their potential through sport, leisure and physical activity."If adopted SNC's Sport and Leisure Strategy will guide planning decisions, developers, community groups, sports clubs, parish councils and national sporting bodies on what the district needs between 2019 and 2024.The SNC strategy is informed by the Northamptonshire Physical Activity and Sport Framework (2018-2021), which in-turn aligns with the national 'Sporting Future, a new Strategy for an Active Nation' (2015).The national strategy redefines what success looks like in sport by concentrating on five key outcomes: physical wellbeing, mental wellbeing, individual development, social and community development and economic development.To read SNC's draft strategy, facts sheets on health and leisure facilities in the district, and to take part in the online questionnaire, visit -

Posted: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 17:48 by James Laband

Road closure West End

West End will be closed on 27th August – 9th September to allow for investigation into the drainage and subsequent repairs.

Please see below a plan that shows the extent and diversion route.

Posted: Mon, 15 Jul 2019 11:15 by James Laband

Forestry England volunteering

Forestry England volunteering

Salcey Forest and Silverstone Woodlands

Why we want you

Salcey Forest and the surrounding South Northants woodlands are huge and everything keeps growing! This is good but sometimes nature can over-run an area, so that the big plants thrive at the expense of the small ones. Or the butterflies' favourite sunny glade becomes shaded out. Or the path becomes too muddy for use.

You can help by enabling us to keep on top of the undergrowth and keep the trails clean and tidy and up to scratch. You might even try your hand at a bit of coppicing, tidying up after timber harvesting or other forest operations. Or any of the other numerous tasks involved in woodland management. More »

What's in it for you?

·Being outdoors, getting fresh air and exercise and improving wildlife habitats.

·Seeing the result of what happens when more light hits the forest floor.

·Seeing overgrown trails being opened up.

·A sense of satisfaction of giving something back to the woodland.

·Being with likeminded people and working as part of a team to improve the environment.

·And it's fun too!

How much time would you need to give?

We meet once a month at Salcey Forest (generally the third Wednesday) and once a month at a woodland around Silverstone (generally the first Tuesday).

Sessions run from 10am-3pm but you can stay for as long or as little as you like.

What skills would I need?

All you need is enthusiasm and a willingness to get stuck in. You do not need to be physically fit and we provide all the tools, training and equipment required for each task.

How can I apply?

If you are aged 18 or above and would like to volunteer please complete an application form (under 18's require parental consent).

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Posted: Tue, 25 Jun 2019 10:32 by James Laband