Come and have some larks in the parks

25 July 2017

Ready for some summer fun while keeping fit this summer?

Newark and Sherwood District Council's arts team has teamed up with its leisure company Active4Today for some Larks in the Parks.

Hula hoop teacher Emma Petkovic will be running hula hoop fitness workshops, Active4Today sports coach Dave Long some sporting challenges and Lynn and Max Preece sessions on circus skills at three of the district's parks over three days this August.

Emma, who has been hula hooping for seven years and has taught hundreds of people on how to master the skill, said "Hula fit is a fun fitness activity suitable for everyone. It is cardio-vascular fitness that can burn up to 100 calories in 10 minutes while generating smiles and giggles."

With bigger "adult sized" hoops and a few tricks and tips from Emma you'll be spinning away in no time. She will also host hula hoop games for children and for those wanting to learn a bit more about the activity she teaches circus-style tricks.

Dave, from Active4Today, will be leading a sports challenge organised in three age categories with prizes for the winners. The challenge will test your balance, coordination and fitness in a variety of sports including football, athletic, hockey, rugby and tennis.

Lynn and Max's circus sessions will teach you to hoop, spin poi, juggle, spin flower sticks, spin diablo or try out toy balancing. They also do skipping challenges, stilt walking, uni cycle, balloon modelling and create bubbles for the little ones to chase.

The sessions, which are all free and weather permitting, are open to all ages and abilities and not just children.

The dates are:

  • Friday, August 4: Sconce and Devon Park, Newark (outside Rumbles cafe) 1-3pm
  • Saturday, August 5, Southwell Memorial Park, 1-3pm
  • Sunday, August 6: Vicar Water Country Park, Clipstone (outside Rumbles cafe) 1-3pm

Andy Hardy, council community projects manager, said "We have tried to put together a fun-packed programme of outside activities that everyone can enjoy, It's about encouraging anyone and everyone to get active while enjoying some park life. We hope lots of people will decide to join us to help celebrate our local parks."

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