Ten million moves! 1610 challenges South West communities to get moving to beat obesity

Posted: 7th Mar 2017

Category: 1610 Trust

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Communities in the South West are being urged to get moving and take part in a global health campaign to beat obesity.

19 1610 leisure centres in Somerset, Devon and Dorset will be taking part in the Technogym Lets Move for a better world campaign from March 13-31.

The aim of the campaign is to encourage as many people as possible to get moving in 18 countries around the world. Communities in the South West are proving that they enjoy a fitness challenge, out of 500 sports centres and clubs across the UK who are taking part in the Technogym Lets Move campaign, 1610 has the top 3 centres with the most people signed up to get moving. Dorchester has the most people signed up for the challenge followed by Trinity Sports & Leisure in Bridgwater and then in third place was King Alfred Sports Centre at Burnham-on-Sea.

1610 is hoping to register 10 million moves across its centres in the campaign which will mean it will be able to donate free Technogym gym equipment to some local schools and for teachers to receive free fitness training.  The following six centres will be taking part in the challenge to gain the Technogym gym equipment and have been given designated targets of moves to achieve:

  • 1610 Chard (Target 2 million moves)
  • Caryford Fitness and Leisure Castle Cary (500,000 moves)
  • Dorchester Sports Centre 3 million moves
  • King Alfred Sports Centre Burnham-on Sea 1 million moves
  • Trinity Sports & Leisure Bridgwater Sports & Leisure 3 million moves
  • Torridge Pool Devon 1million moves

1610 will also be donating free spot prizes such as gym membership, t–shirts, towels and water bottles.

1610 is also taking the campaign across the South West to local schools, businesses and residential homes to ensure that everyone from a toddler to a 90 year old can take up an active lifestyle.

1610 Marketing Executive Paul Stimpson says that with this health campaign moves really do matter: “ This campaign is all about encouraging everyone to embrace an active life, to get up off the sofa and come and join us to register those moves. You won’t just benefit but selected local school could also win free gym equipment, for instance if one of our centres achieve a total of 3, million moves then 1610 will receive a core and bodyweight Technogym Arke functional kit which we will donate to a local school, and if a centre achieves 1 million moves than teachers or parents can be given free fitness training.”

The 1610 Lets Move video has received nearly 10,000 views on Facebook where a prize draw for a years free membership is available.

It is not just at 1610 centres where the Lets Move campaign will be taking place but a wide variety of South West based venues to get local communities moving;

Monday March 13

  • East Over Primary pupils join 1610 Trinity Sports & Leisure Bridgwater for superhero workout
  • 1610 Torridge Pool team will be organising obstacle course and circuits for pupils at Lampard Community School Barnstaple

Tuesday 14 March

  • Huish Episcopi School pupils to join 1610 Chard for Move Train and Play workshop
  • Burnham Rugby club joins King Alfred Sports Centre to get moving!

Wednesday 15 March

  • 1610 Preston Sports Centre team gives Preston Primary pupils a taste of the superhero work out
  • 1610 Trinity Sports & Leisure team visit at Jean Rees School (SEN) to inspire pupils to get moving!

Thursday 16 March

  • Pupils from Huish Primary School & Oaklands Primary school take on superhero work at Preston Sports Centre
  • Pupils from the Prince of Wales Primary will take on the superhero work out at Dorchester Sports Centre (10-15am- 11.15am)

Friday 17th March

  • Torridge Pool team inspire pupils at Lampard Community School Barnstaple to get moving with obstacle course and circuits

Tuesday 21 March

  • Preston Sports Centre team at School Industry Day with Preston School Pupils

Wednesday 22 March

  • Dorchester Sports Centre challenges Kingston Mauward College students to get moving 2pm-3pm

Friday 24 March

  • Pupils from North Cadbury School at Caryford Sport and Leisure Centre at Castle Cary for superhero work out

Monday March 27

  • 1610 Torridge Pool staff at Marlborough Court Sheltered Housing at Bideford for chair based exercises
  • Burnham Hockey Club gets moving at King Alfred Sports Centre Burnham-on-Sea.