Published Friday, 23 July 2021
Wellbeing for Life is back this week as the annual Sports Fest event kicks off the summer holidays, with a full schedule of free wellbeing and physical activities.
Broadgate in the city centre will once again be buzzing with a variety of FREE sport and wellbeing activities suitable for all ages and abilities from Tuesday 27 July – Sunday 1 August, from 10am – 4pm each day.
The week-long event will be led by a range of community organisations and sports clubs. Activities will include basketball, dance, cycling, cheerleading, laser run, squash courts, wrestling and more from local clubs and organisations including Coventry Dynamite Cheer, CV Life, Midland Mencap, British Cycling and Positive Youth Foundation.
Residents can visit the Wellbeing for Life stall at this year’s Sports Fest from Tuesday 27 – Friday 30 July and can make a wellbeing pledge, find out how to get your health and wellbeing in check, as well as find out more about the 5 Ways to Wellbeing.
The good news is people don’t have to do much to feel the benefits because the five ways are easy steps to follow to improve mental health and build wellbeing and kindness into daily life to help people feel good and function well. They are connect, be active, keep learning, give and take notice.
Having evolved from the success of the Year of Wellbeing in 2019 across Coventry and Warwickshire, Wellbeing for Life is here to ensure residents can take steps to protect themselves physically and mentally. This follows surveys that were conducted by Coventry City Council (CCC) and Warwickshire County Council (WCC) following the last period of lockdown and school closures revealed some negative effects on people’s wellbeing including low mood, increased loneliness, higher alcohol intake and patterns of unhealthy eating amongst residents.
There will also be stalls offering free health and wellbeing information including Family Health and Lifestyles (FHLS), Healthy Lifestyles Coventry (HLS), Change Grow Live (CGL) drug and alcohol service, Coventry Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre (CRASAC) , and Public Health Service, along with Go CV services each day from 11am-3pm.
Sports Fest 2019 attracted a huge 14,000 people over 10 days, seeing Coventry residents of all ages and abilities get involved in everything from tennis and boccia with Coventry’s Young Ambassadors, to cricket with Positive Youth Foundation and parkour with Ascension Dance Company.
Councillor Kamran Caan, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Sport, said: “As we did during the Year of Wellbeing in 2019 we will once again be encouraging our residents to get involved in Sports Fest activities and think about little things they can do to improve their health and wellbeing as part of Wellbeing for Life.
“The ongoing pandemic has made life very tough for many of us, but we now have some big opportunities like taking control of our health and lifestyle choices. Maximising these opportunities will not only help residents enjoy a healthier, longer life but the Wellbeing for Life campaign will be here to advise residents.
“Sports Fest is always such a brilliant week and is perfect for the whole family to get active in a safe environment. The event is free and aims to promote healthy lifestyles to all residents. Boosting your and your family’s wellbeing has never been easier more fun, and accessible for all. Don’t forget you don’t have to be sporty to get active and there is so much on offer to get involved in as ways to bring your wellbeing into check.
“The relaunch of Wellbeing for Life is very exciting for our city and it is more important than ever that we pay close attention to our own wellbeing, and the wellbeing of those around us.”