Villagers in Starcross have been getting a taster of new activities which have been set-up as part of a new scheme to help provide sports and activities for villages around Teignbridge.
Devon Active Villages will be launching fully in January 2011, but Starcross is acting as a pilot for the scheme, which will help bring new sports opportunities to people’s doorsteps and build the foundations for long-term community led activities.
The Devon Active Villages project is delivered in Teignbridge by Teignbridge District Council, while the countywide scheme is co-ordinated by Active Devon and funded by Sport England and Devon County Council. It aims to increase sports participation in rural communities by supporting village-based activities.
On Saturday, October 4 a Get Active Taster Day helped get raise local interest in new schemes being delivered by the Devon Active Villages scheme in Starcross.
The day included breakdancing demonstrations and taster sessions by Just For Funk Crew and cycle demonstrations by pro cycler Andrei Burton, along with Tag Rugby and running on the local sports field. The scheme will go on to include six weeks of Tag Rugby at Starcross sports field, every Sunday, 2pm-4pm from October 17, led by a qualified coach from Newton Abbot Rugby Club assisted by local PCSO Debbie Sleeman.
Consultation is currently underway to help develop new activities in Moretonhampstead throughout the remainder of 2010, and from January 2011 the project will start work in Hennock, Shaldon, Abbotskerswell, Tedburn St Mary and Kenton.
People in these areas are invited to give their ideas for activities by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01626 215606.
(image: left to right: Katherine Nietrzebka, Devon Active Villages Co-ordinator for Teignbridge District Council; Debbie Sleeman, PCSO; Claire Johns, Starcross Sport and Community Association; Andrei Burton, Pro-Cycler)