Wokingham Sports development team

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NWUK and Wokingham Borough Council have worked in partnership for several years. The Sports Development team have delivered Nordic walking with an in house team who predominantly involved in either fitness or sports coaching.

Over the years we have returned to help the team continue with delivery following the inevitable staff turnover and to also update them on new techniques.

In December 2021 we trained a whole new cohort of Instructors and provided a refresher for the existing team which included the latest techniques and and understanding of the rationale behind strapless poles too

Liv Archibald Sports Development office explains

We at Wokingham Borough Council’s Sport and Leisure team, run an over 60’s physical activity programme called shine (some health improvements need exercise). We offer over 40 classes a week, including daytime, evening and weekend classes. Classes range from yoga and Pilates, to circuits, aquafit, more recently Nordic walking and many more. Before the Covid-19 pandemic, we used to run Nordic Walking twice a week at our local country park, Dinton Pastures. Due to covid all classes were put on hold, and since reopening again earlier this year, we hadn’t had Nordic walking on our programme. Due to a lot of demand from our shiners, we decided to get back in touch with Nordic walking UK and we got Martin Christie to run a training course for our team so we could deliver Nordic walking again.

The course was interesting and fun, and Martin is most definitely a fantastic instructor! We now deliver a Nordic walking class every Thursday morning and we currently have 4-6 people attend each week. We have only been running for a few weeks now, however when Nordic walking was running before the pandemic, we had numbers of 20+! We hope that in the new year, our attendance for Nordic walking continues to climb, and if so, we can look into putting on two sessions a week for our shiners. Nordic walking is important for our demographic, because it’s accessible, approachable and most importantly social, it’s a place for those that may have been isolated during the pandemic, to keep fit and healthy physically, but also mentally.

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