Scheme launches consultation ahead of fitness project

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Residents of Newton Green are being asked for their suggestions for an exercise project.

Fit Villages is a scheme run by Suffolk Sport which aims to get local communities more active.

The survey asks residents what activity they would like to do and when, with examples including yoga, tai chi and keep fit.

Physical activity development officer Maddy Knox said the project helps to set up and fund activities in rural communities.

She said: “It is a good way of bringing people together.”

The project uses money from Suffolk County Council and Sport England to fund an activity for an initial eight-week trial period.

During this time, Suffolk Sport organises the venue and instructor as well as subsidising participation costs.

The scheme aims to set up and promote interest for activities that will keep running after the eight-week trial period is up.

Miss Knox said the scheme has a good sustainability rate with 80 per cent continuing to run after the initial start up.

She said: “We don’t fund something if we don’t think that it will keep going.”

But she said the difficulty was in reaching those in rural villages to find out what kind of activity they would participate in, which is why the survey is so important.

“It needs to be driven by what people want to do,” said the 24-year-old.

Results from the survey will be collected until January 9.

The consultation is online and paper copies are available via Maddy Knox or next month’s Newton Green village newsletter.

After a similar consultation in Lavenham, a Nordic walking course was set up by the Fit Villages scheme.

It is now in its sixth week and, after much interest from residents, it looks set to continue.