Coca-Cola Great Britain’s programme of free and fun activity sessions delivered in parks and open spaces, is now underway for the second year with more cities and sessions than ever before.
Building on the success of the first year, ParkLives has extended to Glasgow, Manchester and Nottingham and will join Newcastle, Birmingham and Newham in offering a range of timetabled activity sessions in their local green spaces.
The programme is designed to appeal to a broad cross-section of the local community, and offer a wide range of fun, informal activity sessions aimed at encouraging people to enjoy being active in a sociable, inclusive atmosphere.
Crucially, activities are free to participants and thousands of structured sessions are on offer, from Hula-Hooping to Table Tennis, Tai Chi to Zumba. The activities on offer in each city have been informed by local research and insight and are led and delivered by trained coaches from the local area.
This year more than 120 parks, green spaces and even golf courses will be offering free sessions as part of the programme.
Liz Lowe, ParkLives lead at Coca-Cola Great Britain said: “We’re delighted that following the success of ParkLives last year we’ve been able to double the size of the programme to give even more people the opportunity to try out free and fun activities in their local green spaces. ParkLives is all about bringing people together to try something new while having fun being active in the great outdoors.”
ParkLives is part of Coca-Cola Great Britain’s commitment to invest £20m between now and 2020 in programmes to encourage and support one million people to be more physically active.
Supporting quotes from the new cities:
Dave Trimble, Nottingham City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture: “We’ve invested more than £28 million into our city’s parks and open spaces in the last ten years, and the ParkLives initiative is going to make more use of them than ever.
“We’re always looking for ways to help more people keep active and this series of activities is designed to be fun, accessible and open to all abilities. I’d encourage everyone to sign up and find out what’s happening in their local area.”
Councillor Rosa Battle, Manchester City Council executive member for culture and leisure said: “We’re always looking for ways to help more people keep active and this series of activities is designed to be fun, accessible and open to all abilities. I’d encourage everyone to give it a go.
“Manchester’s parks are at the heart of our local communities and these new free sessions are not only a way for residents to get more exercise but also a great excuse to socialise and enjoy some of our wonderful open-spaces.”
Deputy Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of Glasgow Life, Councillor Archie Graham, said: “Sports participation levels in Glasgow are at an all-time high as more and more people see the benefit of living a healthier lifestyle.
“We know from experience that sport can change lives and we are determined to do all we can to encourage as many people as possible to take up sport and to keep fit. ParkLives will help us to do just that with hundreds of free sessions planned over the coming months.
“There is something for all ages, from families and young people to senior citizens, with a particular focus on those who may not have taken part in any fitness related activity for some time. And with all activities completely free there is no reason for people not to get involved.”