Pilot study launched to boost fitness in Nailsea

PUBLISHED: 07:00 10 October 2019

Mass Tai Chi event organised by Tyntesfield Medical Practice and Public Health NCS, and led by instructor Tom Sapsed.     Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Mass Tai Chi event organised by Tyntesfield Medical Practice and Public Health NCS, and led by instructor Tom Sapsed. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

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Nailsea has become the first Active Town in North Somerset, following a mass tai chi session.

Mass Tai Chi event organised by Tyntesfield Medical Practice and Public Health NCS, and led by instructor Tom Sapsed.     Picture: MARK ATHERTONMass Tai Chi event organised by Tyntesfield Medical Practice and Public Health NCS, and led by instructor Tom Sapsed. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

The North Somerset Council-led initiative has been launched in Nailsea to encourage people to take part in more physical activity.

To mark the event, Tom Sapsed led a tai chi session in Millennium Park with more than 50 people taking part.

More: Health scheme to launch in Nailsea.

Mass Tai Chi event organised by Tyntesfield Medical Practice and Public Health NCS, and led by instructor Tom Sapsed.     Picture: MARK ATHERTONMass Tai Chi event organised by Tyntesfield Medical Practice and Public Health NCS, and led by instructor Tom Sapsed. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

North Somerset Council is working with the West of England Sports Trust (Wesport) to promote the scheme, with plans to roll it out to other town in the future.

A council spokesman said: "The event was really successful with around 50 individuals attending of all abilities and ages.

"We worked with Helen Todd, the wellbeing advisor from Tyntesfield Medical Group, to promote local services and activities.

"No other specific events are planned currently, but we are focusing on Nailsea with our new Active Towns project, in the hope to encourage individuals to move more.

"We will be working with existing groups, promoting what is already available and looking for any gaps in provision."

After the success of the mass tai chi session, a new class has started running on Friday afternoons at Scotch Horn leisure centre, led by trained Age UK volunteers.

More exercise groups and outdoor events are also planned for Nailsea as project leaders are keen to complement and enhance existing provision.

New groups could include walking netball, junior park run, couch to 5k, seated exercise classes for the older population and satellite clubs for teenagers.

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