What is Active Local in Jackmans?

Active Local is an initiative from the Partnership focuses on a target area within each of Hertfordshire’s ten local authorities. Through discussions with North Herts District Council, the Jackmans area has been identified and we are currently working alongside community groups and organisations to better understand the area; focussing on the people and places within Jackmans to design and deliver opportunities that are accessible, affordable and appropriate for all members of the local community.

Our aim is to respond to local need to improve physical activity levels and get more people more active. We are currently undertaking extensive consultation, one element of which is a survey open to all those working and living in Jackmans, Letchworth. If you are a local resident, please feel free to complete the survey by clicking here.


Jackmans Cycling Festival

Local families and young people got into gear at a recent cycling festival that offered free cycling activities and workshops in Letchworth Garden City, which took place on Saturday 14 August.

The free cycling festival was organised through a partnership between Herts Sports Partnership, British Cycling and housing association settle and took place at Garden City Academy School on the Jackmans Estate in Letchworth.

The event was aimed at young people to encourage their interest and confidence in cycling and all the benefits this offers. Activities included learning to ride sessions for complete beginners, an introduction to BMX racing and an introduction to accessible bikes to suit a wide range of disabilities.

Trained cycling coaches were also on hand throughout the day and bike owners were also invited to bring their bikes long for down for a free service.

Tom Horey from the Herts Sports Partnership said: “We were really excited to be involved in bringing this festival to the Jackmans estate as part of our Active Local project. The event went really well and we hope was a fun introduction to cycling for many families, equipping them with the skills to take up cycling more frequently. Ultimately, we want to continue to support the community to be more physically active and this festival was a great opportunity to take steps towards this.”

Rachel McFarlane, Director of Housing at settle, said: “We were delighted to work in partnership with Herts Sports Partnership and British Cycling to bring this cycling festival to the Jackmans estate. Our commitment at settle is to invest in our communities, and this cycling festival was a great example of that, taking place in one of our biggest neighbourhoods on the Jackmans estate. We hope the local residents thoroughly enjoyed all the cycling activities that took place.”


Tackling Inequalities Fund Case Studies

Growing Resilience in Teens (GRIT) works with teenagers exhibiting symptoms of mild/moderate anxiety and mood disorders manifesting in self-destructive behaviour. The GRIT programme has been running for three years. The current GRIT programme, ‘The Rumble’, is a unique doctor led programme that combines non-contact boxing with coaching and mentoring. This format has proved to be highly successful in helping teenagers to manage anxiety and self-harm. Due to the negative effects of COVID-19 on mental health in young people, GRIT wanted to expand the programme to support a larger group of teenagers.

‘In order to reach a wider group of people and open up the much-needed discussion regarding emotional well-being, we wanted to be able to offer a modified version of the GRIT programme to the Jackman’s Estate in Letchworth’. The Rumble ran over a six-week period during the summer and was delivered to two groups of young people aged 11-18.

There were lots of positive individual experiences as a result of The Rumble. One parent, whose son attended said: ‘My son has really enjoyed The Rumble and keeps asking to carry on.’ Quotes from young people include: ‘I love coming to this’, ‘It’s helped me to feel safer’ and ‘I’ve learnt that boxing calms me down.’

GRIT is already looking ahead to future projects and collaboration with the Jackman’s area. and are happy that the fund supported the expansion of their offer to more young people in the area.


For more information about Active Local Jackmans please contact:

Tom Horey
E: t.horey2@herts.ac.uk