Sporting activities across the city
Parks across Swansea are set to play host to hundreds of fun, free activity sessions as ParkLives returns to the city for a second year.
Taking place daily in more than 15 parks and green spaces across Swansea including Swansea Bay Foreshore Park and Victoria Park, activities will range such as mountain boarding, beach bootcamp and health walks, and are designed to appeal to everyone, regardless of ability or experience.
The programme has been devised following consultation with local communities within the city, and will see new activities such as Nordic walking, bubble football and yoga feature on the timetable this spring and summer.
Wendy Anderson, Active Young People Co-ordinator, City & County of Swansea said: "Thousands of local residents will benefit from ParkLives again this year. It's a great opportunity for people to enjoy their local parks, meet new people or spend quality time together as a family. Whether that's learning Tai Chi or trying your hand at bubble football - there's truly something for everyone.
"ParkLives is great fun, we see a lot of friendship groups forming and plenty of smiling faces after each session, but it also plays a serious role in helping to improve the wellbeing of people in our city. In 2016, we had over 9,000 attendances in ParkLives sessions, with many of those taking part living in some of the city's most deprived areas."
Sessions last for around one hour and are hosted by trained, friendly and passionate leaders and volunteers from the local area. Activities are group-based, and everyone can go at their own pace.
Jenna Thomas, 27 from Swansea will be leading circuits and beach bootcamp sessions over the summer. She said: "ParkLives gives us all the chance to enjoy the amazing outdoor spaces and views that Swansea has to offer. I absolutely love our beach boot camp sessions that take place at 7:30am as we get to see the beautiful sunrise. As well as enjoying the outdoors nothing pleases me more than seeing people grow in confidence and develop a passion for a new activity. It's such a rewarding job."
Now in its fourth year, ParkLives runs in 10 cities nationwide as well as reaching many more locations through a partnership with StreetGames, the long-standing charity partner of Coca-Cola Great Britain that brings sports and activities to the doorsteps of disadvantaged communities across the UK.
Liz Lowe, ParkLives lead at Coca-Cola Great Britain said: "It's brilliant to see ParkLives going from strength to strength in Swansea as more and more people get involved. This is really testament to the fantastic team of local session leaders and volunteers helping people to try new activities, make new friends and discover the wonderful green spaces they have on their doorstep. With even more activities on offer this year, and all still completely free of charge, we hope that even more people will join in and spread the word."
To save a space at a free activity, and check out a postcode-led local activity finder go to http://www.parklives.com
ParkLives activities will take place in the following parks in Swansea:
- Swansea Bay Foreshore Park
- Victoria Park
- Coed Bach Park
- Brynmill Park
- Hafod Park
- Gendros Community Centre Playing Fields
- Elba Playing Fields
- Brynmelyn Park
- Paradise Park
- North Penlan Community Centre
- Cwmdonkin Park
- Parc Williams
- Clyne Country Park
- Penyrheol LC Playing Fields
- Parc Llewelyn
LINK TO PARKS MAP https://www.parklives.com/activities?Postcode=swansea)