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Cricket Foundation

Active Families Bradford

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

After receiving funding from Sport England, we are focusing on getting families in Holme Wood, Bradford active through inclusive and accessible means to increase physical activity, family time and community cohesion, whilst reducing sedentary lifestyles and obesity.

Holme Wood is within one of the 10% most deprived wards in Bradford with significant health and wellbeing inequalities in comparison to the area and district, alongside high childhood obesity rates.

Cook and Move

Cook and Move is a 6-week programme that aims to educate on healthier food choices, whilst also providing time for families to be physically active together. We work alongside our delivery partners, e:merge to engage with families at primary school’s in the area and educate on the key principles of nutrition and leading an active lifestyle.

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.

The Swim Hub

The Swim Hub is a community swimming group open to anyone and everyone. There are two sessions, both held every Friday:
6-7pm Family Fun Session
7-8pm Adult All Abilities
These sessions take place at Tong Leadership Academy’s swimming pool with lifeguard supervision as well as passionate and friendly, qualified instructors there to chat to and ask for swimming advice from also!
The Swim Hub was started within the Get Out Get Active Bradford project, in 2017 and has provided a core community session giving swimming opportunities that are fully accessible, affordable, without judgement, in a good pool facility but most importantly FOR ALL.

Community Family Saturdays

We support Holme Wood Connect’s family session over the summer, to allow them to increase variety of the sessions and open-up physical activity for the families already engaged with the centre, providing increased access to, and opportunity for, physical activity.

Family Fun: Move, Eat, Play!

Family Fun: Move, Eat, Play is a transferrable event applicable to many organisations in the Holme Wood area. The first ever Family Fun: Move, Eat Play event was run with St Christopher’s Family Centre, based at St Christopher’s Church, in the heart of the Holme Wood Community.

It invites all families to participate in slightly different and unique types of exercise, including: archery, dance, judo, tai chi and active play, showcasing another side of physical activity. The activity sessions are short and of low intensity to ensure anyone and everyone within the family can participate.

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, 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, and other community organisations situated in Holme Wood, to increase their family physical activity provision in the future.

If you or your organisation is interested in working with us to run an event such as this, please get in touch with Matt via matthew.dine@yorkshirecricketfoundation.com