The Network has been fortunate to recruit the services of volunteers from the Stoke F.I.T. club and the City of Stoke Athletics Club ito deliver a new project in North Staffordshire, ‘Stoke Community Sports Fit’. Coordinated by athletics coach Chris Hollinshead and supported by Sport England’s Small Grants programme, the project is taking weekly beginner running into the heart of the community with sessions taking place in Tunstall, Hanley Forest and Longton Parks. The idea is to build on similar highly successful Network programmes across Staffordshire that have enticed hundreds of people to become more physically active through jogging and running.

At the conclusion of a number of these sessions, participants will be encouraged to test themselves in 2 kilometre fun runs at three of the Community Sports Festivals being organised by Stoke on Trent City Council as part of the European City of Sport, 2016 initiative. The same Festivals will also feature Multi Event Challenges designed to introduce local youngsters to some of the throwing and jumping events associated with Track and Field. It is hoped that many will subsequently take up an offer to visit Northwood Athletics Staduim on a ‘Try The Track’ day to help them further develop their athletics skills.

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