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The Active Westminster partnership invites the local community to join them for a weekend of FREE activities.

The partnership made up of Everyone Active and Westminster City Council amongst others is hosting a Community Open Weekend on Saturday 27th April and Sunday 28th April 2019.

Everyone Active, operator of City of Westminster leisure centres are opening their doors for everyone to come along, to get active for free. The Active Westminster Community Open Weekend is open to all ages and abilities. A chance for friends and families to get together, be active and try something new.

A wide range of activities will be taking place in and around all leisure centres and facilities with Westminster:

Saturday 27th April:

Paddington Recreation Ground, W9 1PD
To celebrate the official opening of the BRAND NEW Adventure Playground, the team will be hosting a children’s party with the ‘Be Active Bee’ mascot from 10am to 3pm.
The new Adventure Playground is open to ALL, there is NO age restrictions however all adults must be accompanied by a child!
Face painting will be available throughout the day and all will be able to enjoy a bouncy castle from 1pm to 5pm.
For the whole family there will be multi-sport games from 10am to 3pm and Unity in the Community Football Tournament will be running from 10am to 6pm.
Something for everyone to take part in and try!

Moberly Sports Centre, NW10 3NB
Family Boccia sessions, with Sports for Confidence will be on offer from 2pm to 4pm. Boccia is a Paralympic sport that can be played by anyone, it is a co-ed sport of control and accuracy.
Those looking to breakout in a sweat can take part in 3 Virtual Spin sessions that are happening throughout the day at 10am, 12pm and 2pm.

Queen Mother Sports Centre, SW1V 1EL
10am 12pm & 2pm Virtual Spin Sessions
For those wanting to have splash, at 4pm to 5pm a fun filled flume Wet and Wild session is on offer.1

Porchester Centre, W2 5HS
Chelsea and Westminster swim club will be holding an open swimming session from 12.30pm for anyone wishing to have a splash around.
Open Age will be running gym sessions from 2.30pm to 3.30pm for anyone who wishes to become more confident in the gym.
Those looking to try a new way of keeping active a fun circuit session will be running from 5pm to 6pm.
A Ladies ONLY swim session is on offer from 6pm to 7pm. Providing a comfortable, relaxed environment for ladies to do an activity they love or are new too.

Little Venice Sports Centre, W2 1ND
The gym will be open ALL DAY so get yourself down there to try out all the equipment that is on offer.

Seymour Leisure Centre, W1H 5TJ
From 10am to 4pm there is free access to the Jungle Gym (please ensure under 8’s are supervised).

Marshall Street Leisure Centre, W1F 7EL
FREE Adult Swimming lessons will be provided from 1pm to 3pm, head down if it something you have always wanted to try.
There will also be Ladies ONLY swim session taking place from 3pm to 4.30pm.

Fisherton and Luton Street
As part of our Active Streets a Playstreet will be happening 11am to 2pm.

Sunday 28th April:

Paddington Recreation Ground, W9 1PD
The Junior Parkrun will be continuing without fail this weekend as usual from 9am, it is a 2k run for 4 to 14-year olds.
For those who wish to try cycling instead an Outdoor Spin Class will taking place from 11.30am to 12.30pm get yourselves down to make the most of the outdoor weather.
From 1pm to 5pm this is the time when the whole family can do an activity together no matter how old you are! Multi sports games will be running throughout the afternoon.
For the younger members of the community the bouncy castle will be staying for the Sunday 1pm to 5pm.

Moberly Sports Centre, NW10 3NB
For the Under 5’s the softplay area will be open from 10am to 4pm.
The virtual spin sessions are back this time taking place at 11am, 1pm, 3pm and 6pm.
Family swim sessions will be running from 12pm to 3pm, a space where everyone can get confident in the water.
If you are needing a bit of music in your life a ZUMBA class is running from 12.15pm to 1pm where you can break into a semi-coordinated sweat.
Finally, a big bouncy castle will also be available from 2pm to 4pm if your children still haven’t run out of energy.

Porchester Centre, W2 5HS
The Chelsea and Westminster swim club will be holding an open swim session from 12.30pm.
Returning for a 2nd day Open Age are running gym sessions from 2.30pm to 3.30pm providing support for anyone who wants to try going to the gym but doesn’t think it is for them.
From 6pm to 7pm those who fancy trying multiple different exercises, a circuit session will be running.
The ladies only session will also be returning on Sunday from 6pm to 7pm.

Queen Mother Sports Centre, SW1V 1EL
10am 12pm & 2pm Virtual Spin Sessions
Family Badminton sessions will be on offer from 12pm to 2pm.
The big friendly fun filled flume Wet and Wild sessions are back for a second day from 3.30pm to 4.30pm.

Little Venice Sports Centre, W2 1ND
The gym will be OPEN again for a second day, ALL DAY!

Marshall Street Leisure Centre, W1F 7EL
The gym will be OPEN to everyone especially families from 10am to 4pm, get yourselves there if you’ve always wondered whether the gym is for YOU!
Ladies only swim sessions are back for a 2nd day they will be from 3pm to 4.30pm.

Seymour Leisure Centre W1H 5TJ
There will be 3 one-hour Climbing Wall sessions running throughout the day at 10am, 11.15am and 12.30pm, unfortunately there are ONLY 4 spaces per hour so get yourselves to reception to book!
FREE swimming is on offer ALL DAY if you fancy a different form of activity.

Fisherton and Luton Street
As part of our Active Streets, the Playstreet will be returning for a second day at the same time of 11am to 2pm.

“The ActiveWestminster Community Open Weekend is a fantastic opportunity for the whole family to get together and try out a new sport or activity. We have some fantastic facilities right across the borough and hope to see lots of faces both old and new come through our doors,”

Everyone Active Contract Manager Andy Davison.

For more information about Everyone Active and the facilities across Westminster please visit www.everyoneactive.com

Wilberforce Primary School Pitch Consultation – Share your thoughts!

Earlier this year, the council proposed to develop a new astroturf pitch at Wilberforce Primary School, following discussions with the local community. The pitch will offer the local community a new outdoor space to be and stay active, and play games including football. We chose the site at Wilberforce Primary School to address the need for an outdoor space in the local area.

We are currently seeking your opinions on our proposal. Please visit our Open Forum page to take part.

 

Key Consultation Events 

Community Fun Day

23rd March, 10:00am-4:00pm

Wilberforce Primary School, Beethoven Street, W10 4LB

Join us for a community football match, refreshments and a
a free-to-enter raffle with some fantastic prizes! There will also be an opportunity to see our proposals for the new pitch, have your questions answered and to share your feedback.

The day will be hosted in partnership with QPG Hub and Everyone Active.

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Drop-in sessions

We have scheduled three face-to-face drop-in sessions where you can come and share your thoughts with us:

  • Monday 25th March – 4:30pm-6:30pm. Beethoven Centre, Room 10c, Third Avenue, W10 4JL
  • Tuesday 2nd April – 3:30pm-6:00pm. Wilberforce Primary School, Beethoven Street, W10 4LB
  • Saturday 6th April – 3:00pm-5:00pm. Queen’s Park Community and Sports Hub, 254 Kilburn Lane, Queen’s Park, W10 4BA

Junior Park Run Update

Happy New Year! Unfortunately we have been informed that Junior Park Run will not launch this Sunday. This is mainly due to changes in personnel at Park Run which meant we are unable to hold a pre-launch training event in good time.

We have received all equipment and volunteers are in place. The new launch date for Junior Park Run is Sunday 27th January 2019 at 9am.

Proposal for new outdoor games pitch in Queen’s Park

Westminster City Council are considering a planning proposal to add a new community use sports pitch to Wilberforce Primary School.Developing this pitch at Wilberforce Primary School will create a new locals pace for activity, to help tackle the rising levels of obesity and inactivity which we have identified as a concern in this part of Queen’s Park. We expect the pitch to be a place for people of all ages to participate in sport and games. It will increase the number of community facilities available in Queen’s Park, and will also provide more opportunities for our residents and community members to be physically active and social.

The council has developed this proposal in accordance with Sport England’s Design Guidelines, to provide a much-needed outdoor facility for this area. The pitch will be exclusively for the use of Wilberforce pupils and staff during school opening hours, but the proposal recommends that the pitch should be available for local community groups, clubs, and organisations in Queen’s Park to use outside of school hours. Use of the pitch during these hours would be scheduled via an online booking system to avoid disappointment and unscheduled usage on the day, and the proposed timings for community use will be between 5pm-9pm on weekdays, and 10am-6pm at weekends.

The local community will have the opportunity to review and comment on this proposal during the formal planning process, via the council’s planning portal.

Paddington Rec junior parkrun – weekly free 2k timed run for juniors

It is only for juniors – if you’re not a junior, how about trying one of the weekly Saturday parkrun events?

What is Paddington Rec junior parkrun?

It is a 2k run for juniors only (4-14 year olds). If you are not a junior please try one of our weekly Saturday parkrun events instead.

When is it?

It is held every Sunday at 9:00am.

Where is it?

The event takes place at Paddington Recreation Ground, Randolph Avenue, London, W9 1PD. See Course page for more details.

What does it cost to join in?

Nothing – it’s free! but please register before your first run. Only ever register with parkrun once. Don’t forget to bring a printed copy of your barcode (request a reminder).

How fast do I have to be?

The aim is to have fun. Please come along and join in whatever your pace!

We’re friendly!

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in a local café – please come and join us!

Active Westminster Award winners bowled over at Lord’s

People who change lives through dedication and contribution to physical activity, leisure and sport were recognised at the 2018 Active Westminster Awards on Friday (7 December).

Athletics coach Simon Lloyd, who suffered serious injuries in a car crash in 1997, is a volunteer who works with children – some of whom have disabilities – and provides PE sessions in schools. He claimed the Active Volunteer award.

Another to be recognised with an award was Rashmi Becker, who established Step Change Studios – London’s first dedicated inclusive ballroom dance company – which gives opportunities for disabled and non-disabled children and adults to dance, including blind ballroom dance and wheelchair dance. Rashmi won the Active Inclusive Finalists award.

Rashmi said: “I am guardian to my disabled older brother and have seen the positive impact of physical activity on his life, and am passionate about the power of dance to improve lives.

“The response has been fantastic – in just one year, we have supported over 1,000 disabled children and adults to dance.”

Active Westminster’s strategy aims to encourage residents to lead active lives by making use of all the city has to offer.

Westminster City Council’s Deputy Leader Cllr David Harvey, Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Education and Community, said:

“The Active Westminster Awards celebrate the people and organisations whose inspiring work makes a huge difference to our communities as we help residents to maintain healthier lives.

“It is important to recognise their outstanding contribution, as the services they provide and their remarkable dedication has a significant impact on the quality of life of people in our city.”

Some other winners were Mohamed Elnaiem, who has run voluntary organisations throughout the last 25 years in Westminster and took the Outstanding Contribution award, while 12-year-old synchronised swimmer Alexia Drositis was named Champion of the Future.

The event was held at Lord’s Cricket Ground and is now in its ninth year.

Commonwealth Games table tennis silver medallist and England women’s no.1 Tin-Tin Ho, a Westminster resident, was a special guest along with six-time Olympian Tessa Sanderson, who won gold for Great Britain in the javelin in the 1984 Games. Sky Sports’ David Garrido again presented the event.

Congratulations to all of the winners, and also to everyone nominated for the 10 awards given out on the night.

Full list of winners:

Champion of the Future Award Winner: Alexia Drositis. Alexia, aged 12, has been doing synchronized swimming for two-and-a-half years and trains at Seymour club. Alexia has passed all grades for her age group.

Highly Commended:

Lucas Roehrig

Lily Halasi

London Youth Games Award Winner: Lucas Mandilas. Lucas has, in all but one of the seven years of the LYG in which he has competed, won a medal in the canoe-slalom or sprint kayaking at the Paddlesport Regatta.

Highly Commended:

Westminster Boating Base LYG Sailing Squad

London Youth Games 2018 Fencing Team

Active Club Award Winner: Westminster Boating Base. WBB is a children’s charity focused on providing life skills for disadvantaged young people in Westminster through water sports. Providing water and land activities, it is a community facility for all ages and also has an active over-60s club.

Highly Commended:

Central London Lacrosse

Beethoven Centre

Active Coach Award Winner: Julie McNamara. Instructor Julie has taught a wide range of fitness classes from aqua aerobics to group cycling and Pilates for more than 20 years. She has helped people with physical and mental health, even supporting some of them through bereavement and loss, and enabling them to achieve their fitness goals.

Highly Commended:

Leandro Afonso

Neil Lockyer

Tom Hooker

Active Volunteer Award Winner: Simon Lloyd. A children’s athletics coach, Simon works on Everyone Active’s disability programme, as well as teaching PE sessions at schools. After suffering serious injuries in a car crash in 1997, Simon has dedicated his time to helping young autistic athletes and their families, and by visiting prisons and referral units to talk about his experiences.

Highly Commended:

Cyril Asomani

Sofia Marcel Whittles

Outstanding Contribution Award Winner: Mohamed Elnaiem. Mohamed has spent much of the last 25 years doing voluntary work, running several organisations – four in Westminster – to promote health, wellbeing and physical activity among residents.

Highly Commended:

Geoff Biggs

Natalie Bourne-Moses

Health, Wellbeing and Community Project Award Winner: Paddington Development Trust – Mozart Community Project. Mozart community champions work in the community, helping to improve mental health and promote positive lifestyle changes through physical activity and wellbeing sessions.

Highly Commended:

Churchill Gardens & Tachbrook Estate Community Champions Project

GoodGym

Active Inclusive Finalists Award Winner: Rashmi Becker & Step Change Studios. Westminster resident Rashmi is passionate about the benefits of dance to health and wellbeing. She established London’s first dedicated inclusive ballroom dance company in 2017, providing opportunities for disabled and non-disabled children and adults to dance, including blind ballroom dance and wheelchair dance.

Highly Commended:

Safe Haven Basketball Club

Disability Sports Coach & Community Club Westminster

Active Place or Space Award Winner: Sayers Croft Forest School. The school’s Wildlife Garden has been running outdoor learning sessions at Paddington Recreation Ground for five years. These sessions are for local schoolchildren and for other specialist groups. Sessions include tree-climbing and den-building, with more than 5,500 individual sessions last year.

Highly Commended:

Porchester Centre and Hall

Floating Pocket Park

Active Schools Award Winner: St Saviours C of E Primary School. The school offers many activities for children, including horse-riding, hockey, tennis, judo and athletics. It was also a pilot school for the Daily Mile, an initiative encouraging primary schools and nurseries to take children outside running for 15 minutes each day. The school also achieved the School Games Mark Gold award for 2017/18.

Highly Commended:

St Marylebone CE Bridge School

Hallfield Primary School