December Live and Move news

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December 2023


Welcome to December's Live and Move update. We’ll always aim to keep these brief but if you’d like to know more, take a look at our website or get in touch with us


But first, an end of year message from Cllr. Duncan Wood, Lead Councillor for Leisure Services and Physical Activity:


"Live and Move has had an incredibly busy 2023. From the team’s work with schools in Exeter, to free exercise classes for all ages in Merrivale and an entire summer festival of sport in Wonford, not to mention the Cranbrook Christmas Cracker, they are absolutely committed to making it as easy as possible for people across the city and in Cranbrook to enjoy the benefits of becoming more active.


"We welcome more opportunities to work together in 2024 but until then, I’d like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and an active new year!" 🎅


Cranbrook Christmas Cracker 2

We had such a great time at the Cranbrook Christmas Cracker running event recently, organised by Move More Cranbrook and the Cranbrook Running Club.


This 2km family fun run and 5km race took place on Saturday 2 December, and was the perfect start to the festive season. What better sight than lots of Santa’s sprinting across Cranbrook Country Park on a frosty Saturday morning?!


Read more about this fantastic event on our website here.



Pickleball in Exeter

Pickleball is the latest sport to sweep the nation (in fact, the world) and having recently got involved, we can see why. This fun, very inclusive sport is open to everybody and thanks to some enthusiastic players and a bit of Live and Move support, is now available to even more people in Exeter at both Wonford and Riverside Leisure Centres, with more sessions being added to the timetable in the new year.


There are plenty of chances to play pickleball in Exeter. Find out how to get involved on our website.

Sport England COP

Sport England visitors to St Sidwell's Point

Live and Move is one of 12 pilot programmes across England funded by Sport England - each looking to support people in their areas to lead more active lives, every day.


We love meeting our colleagues from across the country, and it was especially exciting for us to show off some of the work that we do with our partner organisations here in Exeter and Cranbrook.


Whilst the event itself was only 24 hours, many of our colleagues arrived a day early to find out more about some of our projects, including a visit to Wonford Community Centre, St Sidwell’s Community Centre, a walk along a section of the Green Circle, and a tour of St Sidwell’s Point.


Feedback was very positive and our colleagues all said that they really enjoyed the visit and the chance to find out more about the projects that we work on here.


Many of our partners were involved in this visit. If that was you, we’d like to say thank you very much for helping to make it a success. Find out more about Sport England's place partnership programme here.

Exciting news for Inclusive Communities

Inclusive Communities

An organisation that we’ve been working with for some time now, Inclusive Exeter, is celebrating this week, having been awarded three year’s worth of funding from the National Lottery Community Fund.


The work will continue to support Inclusive Exeter’s work with grass roots, ethnically diverse communities in Exeter.


Congratulations to everybody involved!


Read more about this exciting news on our website.

Evaluating Live and Move


Evaluation is important to us at Live and Move. We work with a research team at the University of Plymouth, SERIO, who undertake regular monitoring of all our activities, as well as the annual Local Active Lives Survey which is a detailed snapshot of whether our initiatives are working in Exeter and Cranbrook, and which tells us whether people really are leading more active lives.


We are in the process of updating our website to show some of the results of the research that we undertake. In the meantime though, take a look at our Local Active Lives Survey dashboard and let us know what you think. Any questions, please get in touch.


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