If you live in Trowbridge, you’re sure to know about Active Trowbridge, the town council’s leisure services team. Providing sports activities for children aged between 4 and 18 whether during term time, after school or throughout the school holidays, Active also love to encourage adults to get fit through a range of group sports but at a gentler pace, such as walking football and netball sessions.
An important part of the community, during the Covid-19 pandemic, Active’s vehicles delivered essential medication to those who were self-isolating or extremely vulnerable, in addition to educational packs to children without access to a computer.
But what’s a typical day like for Active? What goes on, once they put on the distinctive red and black uniform? Jasmine, from the Active team, tells us more . . .
“The day starts with a ‘Breakfast Club’, before the start of the school day. This can include a healthy breakfast, playing games indoors or outdoors or catching up on homework. Come the middle of the morning, you’ll find the team providing early years sports activities in nursery settings as part of our Active Extras toddler sessions, providing adult fitness sessions as part of Wiltshire Council’s ‘Healthier Communities’ project or allowing our coaches the time to plan their workload for coaching in schools, or for our Kids Camp and Soccer Schools.
“Lunchtime can involve one of our ‘Lunch Clubs’ where coaches might lend support to a school’s Midday Supervisory Assistants, encouraging children to take part in sport and games during their lunchtime play.
“As we go into the afternoon, the team can be involved in PE coaching sessions for schools (following the school’s curriculum and the coach’s work plan), or adult fitness sessions as part of the ‘Healthier Communities’ project, a joint venture between Wiltshire Council and ourselves.
“As Active’s day comes to an end, there are after-school sports clubs, or perhaps one of our ‘Wrap Around’ clubs. The first enables children to take part in a particular sport, helping them to develop their skills. Our ‘Wrap Around’ club is an after-school childcare service where children can catch up on homework, or maybe take part in sports, or arts and crafts activities. Our coaches may well also be involved in a variety of sports as part of our Active Extras clubs, providing adult fitness sessions as part of the Healthier Communities project, or delivering the street games youth club ‘Doorstep’, giving youngsters the opportunity to take part in various sports and games.”
Active Trowbridge is also the driving force behind the town’s Active Festival, along with sports roadshows, charity events and in 2020 hosted the ‘Beat The Street’ project. Leisure Services Manager Hayley Bell says “Active Trowbridge thrives on providing opportunities for healthier lifestyles in our community, through inclusive and affordable activities in which those of all ages can participate. Looking ahead, four new multi-sports facilities are planned in our community and we will continue to work with key partners to provide even more weekly clubs.”