Fermanagh and Omagh District Council’s new free Tape Ball Cricket programme (similar to street cricket) for men has recently commenced at Omagh Leisure Complex. There are still some places available for those who would like to take part.
The 12-week programme, funded by the Public Health Agency (PHA) as part of its Healthy Towns West Programme, is aimed at men aged 18 years and over who take little or no exercise and would like to try out a new sport or get back into Cricket. Tape Ball Cricket is indoor with similar rules to ‘Street Cricket’, providing a great opportunity to get active in a relatively new sport.
The programme commenced on Tuesday 4 September 2018 for and will run every Tuesday with the exception of Tuesday 30 October for a 12 week period.
Speaking about the programme, the Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Howard Thornton, said:
“Fermanagh and Omagh District Council is, once again, delighted to be working in partnership with the PHA to deliver this innovative programme for men. Leading an active lifestyle is vital for physical and mental health and wellbeing. It is important that we find time in our increasingly busy lives to factor in the opportunity to exercise and I would ask prospective participants to encourage a friend, neighbour or family member to sign up to this opportunity to reconnect with the game of cricket or indeed try something new.”
Collette Brolly, the PHA lead on physical activity, said:
“A great way to get active is to do something you like and that’s why this programme is so fantastic as you have the opportunity to take part in an activity that you enjoy but might not have done in a number of years, or to try something new. It’s important to stay active right throughout our lives, as being physically active can have the positive benefits of; helping maintain your weight, reducing the risk of developing chronic conditions including some cancers and Type 2 diabetes, as well as reducing anxiety and stress.”
All participants must complete a pre-exercise questionnaire. Participation on the programme is free of charge.
For further information and to download a registration form, please visit the Council website. Alternatively contact Billie-Jo Irwin, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council on 0300 303 1777 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For tips on getting active, making healthier food choices and advice on setting yourself targets, visit www.choosetolivebetter.com