During the Covid-19 lockdown, the Herts Sports and Physical Activity Partnership (HSP) teamed up with Saracens Sport Foundation to deliver an innovative online exercise programme – targeting older adults and disabled young people from across Hertfordshire.
The #TogetherActive project enabled participants to feel less isolated while keeping fit and healthy –and got off to a flying start with 155 older adults (average age 72) attending the first three sessions.
The scale and reach of the project has been very impressive:
- Over 100 video sessions created since 1st April
- Over 30 hours of physical activity sessions for isolated and vulnerable groups
- 60,000 people reached on social media
- 6,000 sessions completed during lockdown
Moreover, feedback from programme participants and beneficiaries of the #TogetherActive project have been overwhelmingly positive.
In welcoming the programme’s evaluation report, HSP Partnership Director John O’Callaghan said:
“We have a long standing relationship with the Saracens Sport Foundation – who undertake such outstanding work on behalf of our communities. Our recent collaboration on the #TogetherActive online programme was another example of just what can be achieved when like-minded bodies come together behind a common cause.
The feedback from participants has been hugely encouraging and the innovative, creative and professional approach taken by Saracens in the design and delivery of this programme, has been most commendable. Not only have they managed to keep participants fit and active during such unprecedented and difficult times, but in doing so have improved mental wellbeing, reduced isolation and helped establish friendship groups, which will prevail as and when all the current restrictions are fully lifted.”
Head of the Saracens Sport Foundation, Kieran Crombie said:
“The Herts Sports and Physical Activity Partnership (HSP) is a much valued partner organisation and I know first-hand of the outstanding work that they undertake, in using sport to help make our communities safer and better places to live and work.
We were delighted to partner HSP on this project and look forward to further collaboration in improving the lives of our residents and supporters, as part of the new normal.”