[7 July update: Event postponed until the Autumn]
Pop Up Sport is a low key informal programme aimed at village hall and community hall type spaces. The programme can be aimed at inter-generational projects but has been mainly used in the daytime for retired, older, local people as a social and active local opportunity organised.
Pop Up Sport consists of 4 sports; archery (with non-pointy arrows), mini tennis, badminton, table tennis and boccia (a seated game which is a mix between bowls and petanque). Different indoor spaces will use the equipment differently but during the summer non-windy months then some can go outside if available.
It has proved very popular in rural places where access to sport and recreational opportunities is more challenging due to transport. Usually a village would charge a small amount to cover a cup of tea and biscuit (often 50p or £1).
Pop Up Sport is organised by community volunteers either on a rota basis or a focused on a couple of people who have happily taken charge and driven the programme.
The training on 10th July is an informal look at how to set up the hall, some risk assessment and health and safety plus a play on each piece of equipment to look at its flexibility. Training is no longer than 3 hours and very informal, more of an induction.
The equipment is worth about £400 and Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership (SASP) provide insurance for the trained facilitators whose job is to really chat to people and encourage them to play.
Stogursey will be the first community to use the equipment for a period of six weeks at the Victory Hall. After the six weeks in Stogursey the equipment will be passed on to the next parish for them to trial. If the trial is successful we will be able to apply for a grant for our own equipment.
West Somerset Council have managed to secure funding to provide training for volunteers in your community to deliver ‘pop-up sports sessions’ in Stogursey. We hope that two people will volunteer to take part in the training morning.
If you would like to register for training or need more information, please contact: Colin Johnson -CJohnson@sasp.co.uk or 01823 653 990.