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Cricket Foundation

Active Families Bradford

Using the brand of Yorkshire Cricket to get more families active in Bradford

Active Families Bradford is a Sport England funded project, in partnership with the Asian Sports Foundation, which aims to engage with families living within Bradford, more specifically, Holme Wood.

Holme Wood is within one of the 10% most deprived wards in Bradford and has significantly higher crime rates than area and district levels. As well as this, there are significant health and wellbeing inequalities in comparison to the area and district, alongside high childhood obesity rates.

We are focusing on getting families, within Holme Wood, active through inclusive and accessible means to increase physical activity, family time and community cohesion, whilst reducing sedentary lifestyles.

We are working to develop current and existing sessions that are already embedded and established within the community. Using the resources we have, we hope to increase engagement with these existing projects, as well as develop new projects in partnership with local organisations.

Cook and Move

Cook and Move is a 6-week programme based around encouraging families to learn about and thus lead, healthier, more active lifestyles.

In partnership with e:merge, a charity who work with young people, the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation are contributing to the first ever Cook and Move programme, at Ryecroft Primary Academy; a primary school based within Holme Wood. The programme is open to ALL families residing in and around the Holme Wood area, not just those of Ryecroft Primary Academy.

Sessions include half an hour of multi-activities to get families moving, followed by half an hour of healthy snack making and eating to encourage principles of healthy eating and nutrition.

The first ever Cook and Move programme began on 6th June and will continue every Thursday afterschool until 11th July.

We hope we can inspire families to think more about their lifestyle choices and influence some positive changes in line with activity levels and health eating.

So that the project is sustainable, we funded training for e:merge, so that their staff can continue delivering Cook and Move sessions.

Family Fun

Family Fun is a series of events or one-off event run with St Christopher’s Family Centre, based at St Christopher’s Church, in the heart of the Holme Wood Community.

All families are invited to participate in slightly divergent types of exercise, including: archery, dance, judo, tai chi and active play, showcasing another side to physical activity. The activity sessions are short and of low intensity to ensure anyone and everyone within the family could participate.

In addition, local organisations with current physical activity provision are encouraged to display leaflets and information so that families could be signposted to existing activity sessions and engage with what is already being provided for the community. As well as putting on a tasty spread of food for lunch too!

Overall, it aims to open up people’s eyes to alternative forms of physical activity which they may be able to engage with to increase their health. And, alongside this, Family Fun aims to inspire people to think about their physical activity levels and potentially change some habits by looking into what’s already going on in Holme Wood and get involved!

Our first ever ‘Move, Eat, Play’ session ran in April 2019 and we had 45 individuals come along which comprised 14 different families. It was a great success and we hope to continue to work with St Christopher’s Family Centre to increase their family physical activity provision in the future.