06 August 2012

Get fit this summer

RESIDENTS inspired by the Olympics are being encouraged to get involved in a programme of free weekly fitness events.

The Council-run Parks for Life series of summertime activities are proving to be a real hit. People of all ages went to Hackney Downs to take part in Hackney Bloco and learn this exciting fusion of samba drumming and modern music on 1 August.

Gabin Sinclair, from youth arts charity Rising Tide, which is helping to run the dance music events, said: “We are really excited about bringing the Bloco to Hackney and launching it as part of the Parks for Life programme. It’s aimed at all ages and if more people get involved we can create a very diverse Bloco band.”

The free sessions run from 5-8pm until 15 September.

The Parks for Life programme takes place in six parks across the borough: Clissold, Hackney Downs, London Fields, Millfields, Shoreditch, and Springfield. Sessions are open to all ages and abilities. Activities include tai chi, roller skating, ballet, yoga bugs and rugby tots.

Events Programme

Clissold park

Buggy fitness walks
Wed 15, 22 & 29 August and 5, 12 & 19 September, 10-11am
Meet near Greenway Close, off Green Lanes, N16

Rugby tots
Every Thurs, until 13 September, 2-3pm
Meet near the pavillion

Under fives’ dance fun
Every Thurs, until 13 September, 11am-12noon
Meet near the pavillion

Yoga bugs
Every Wed, until 12 September, 11.15am-12.15pm
Meet in the dog free area next to Clissold House

Hackney Downs


Roller skating
Saturday 1 & 15 September, 2-5pm
Meet at the multi-games court

Basketball
Every Fri, until 4 September 5pm-8pm
Meet at the basketball courts

London Fields


Ballet class
Every Mon, until 27 August, 12noon-1pm
Meet next to the London Fields Lido

Roller skating
Tues, 21 August, 12noon-3pm
Meet at the multi-games court

Street dance
Every Sat, until 1 September, 2-3pm
Meet next to the London Fields Lido

Shoreditch Park

Tai chi
Every Thurs, until 13 September 10-11am
Meet near the tennis courts

Springfield Park

Rugby Bulls
Every Wed, until 12 September, 4-5.30pm
Meet near the bandstand

Buggy fitness walks
Tues 14, 21, 28 August and 4, 11 & 18 September, 10-11am

Disco loco
Monday, 27 August, 12noon-6pm
Meet near the bandstand

 

For more information, pick up a copy of the full programme from Council buildings, call: 020 8356 4309; or visit: www.hackney.gov.uk/parksforlife; or follow: www.facebook.com/hackneyarts; or www.twitter.com/hackneyartsleis

Parks for Life participants show off their I Love Hackney badges

Parks for Life participants show off their I Love Hackney badges

Parks for Life participants show off their I Love Hackney badges Building a beat with Bloco drummers Children try out a yoga class

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