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Shake it Up with Enfield Council

Published Wednesday, 04 February 2015

Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Sport, Youth and Public Health, Cllr Rohini Simbodyal visited Southbury Leisure Centre on 29 January, to launch a new wide ranging plan to get people off the sofa to take in a show, be more active and meet new people. Cllr Simbodyal saw for herself the newest craze of ‘zorb football’ as she launched the ‘Active and Creative’ draft leisure strategy, which will make the borough’s residents safer, healthier, happier and better off.

Zorb football

‘Active and Creative’ is Enfield Council’s draft strategy for leisure, sports, arts, heritage and culture which aims to improve the health of residents, promote economic growth, reduce youth crime and build stronger links between the borough’s diverse communities. The Council is now asking residents to comment on it by 18 February ahead of its formal adoption later this year.

Cllr Rohini Simbodyal, said: “We want to get Enfield’s residents moving physically, socially and culturally so they can enrich their lives and be more active, happier, healthier and better off financially.

“We know it’s becoming increasingly difficult for people to find time to take part in activities, so we’re working really hard to make them available at times which suit residents and making them as accessible as possible so there really is no excuse not to get up and get involved.

“The services our culture and sport services provide can play an absolutely vital role in enriching the lives of residents and our aim is to make those activities an integral part of everyday life for everyone in the borough so that residents can reap the benefits and enjoy a better quality of life.”

The strategy is split into four strategic priorities:

1. Improve Health
a. Ensure more people are active so their health improves
b. Provide more leisure, sport, arts and cultural activities by working in partnership and building capacity in those sectors.

2. Improve Community Cohesion
a. Increase the leisure and culture offer to Enfield’s diverse communities to break down barriers between people of different backgrounds.

3. Promote Economic Development
a. Develop Enfield as an economic and social hub of activities for arts, cultural, heritage and sporting events.

4. Reduce Youth Crime
a. Use leisure and culture activities to create positive activities to deter young people from committing crime and anti-social behaviour.
b. Inspire young people to take part in and succeed in leisure, sport arts and culture.

The draft strategy can be viewed at Link  the closing date of the consultation is 18 February.

To book the Zorb footballing go to Link

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