Guildford Got Up and Got Active!
On Saturday 5th August; Get Up and Get Active Day organised by Guildford Spectrum together with Guildford Borough Council was a huge success, as thousands of people flocked to the centre and indeed got very active!
Well over 5000 people were believed to have visited the centre throughout the day, taking advantage of a host of free sporting activities and heavily discounted leisure activities, including swimming, ice skating, tenpin bowling and soft play.
The centre saw round 2500 swimmers, 1000 ice skaters, 1300 bowlers and 75 youngsters hit the soft play centre, with many more taking advantage of the free sporting activities.
Local sports clubs from Guildford Spectrum and across the borough attended to showcase their activity and offer free sessions. Many reported huge interest and participation in activities such as; gymnastics, trampolining, lacrosse, football, fencing, triathlon skills sessions, dance sessions, rugby, jogging, athletics, karate and Tai Chi to name just a few! A huge thank you to all the community clubs who attended and helped create such a diverse offer for visitors!
Guildford Borough Council’s Leisure Team were also on-hand offering free healthy smoothies plus a selection of sports and play equipment for families to enjoy.
At lunchtime families enjoyed picnics in the sunshine and watching the outdoor demos.
Deputy Mayor Cllr Parsons and Cllr Iseult Roche, Lead Councillor for Community, Health & Sport both attended the event, talking to visitors and having a try of the lacrosse and rugby target activities.
Steve May, Freedom Leisure Area Manager, says: “We are over the moon with the success of the event. The aim was to encourage locals to be active and it certainly achieved that! The centre was buzzing and everyone seemed to really enjoy trying out new activities, while many took advantage of the reduced rate leisure activities in the school holidays – the leisure pool was particularly popular.
“We hope that the event has inspired people to continue with their newly found sporting interest. We will definitely look at repeating the event in the future.”
Iseult Roche, Lead Councillor for Project Aspire, Health, Safeguarding and Sport at Guildford Borough Council says: “It was fantastic to see so many people, with different sports backgrounds and different abilities, at Spectrum trying out the vast range of activities on offer. This really brought the community together. We hope that now everyone has had a chance to see what’s available, many will go on to sign up for a new sport, go for a swim or even learn to skate on our ice rink! Keeping active needn’t mean a session in the gym, there’s plenty for everyone to enjoy in Guildford.”