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Get ready for the Waltham Forest Feel Good Festival

The Olympics may have come to an end but this year’s summer of sport is far from over, as Waltham Forest gears up for a month-long Feel Good Festival shining a spotlight on the vast array of ways residents can get active, stay healthy and be happy.

The Waltham Forest Feel Good Festival runs throughout September, featuring 55 events over 30 days, from Tai Chi to trampolining and walking football to fun runs.

There will be a huge range of activities on offer including health workshops and family-friendly activity sessions. Each one will be badged under one or more of five festival themes – Active, Enjoy, Health, Leisure and Sport.

A festival guide will be available in the Council’s leisure centres and public buildings, listing everything taking place and pinpointing where on a map of the borough. Alternatively, you can download a copy of the guide by visiting the Feel Good Festival website

Council Leader Chris Robbins said: “Once again, the Olympics and Team GB’s incredible success has created a feel-good factor in communities up and down the country. We want to provide our residents with outlets for their inspiration by making September a month filled with sport, activity and healthcare activities.”

The festival will culminate in the opening of the borough’s brand new leisure facility, Waltham Forest Feel Good Centre, on 3 October. It will be more than just a leisure centre – going beyond sport and fitness opportunities and offering activities designed to improve other aspects of health and wellbeing, such as an individuals’ psychological state, increasing self-esteem, self-confidence and general wellbeing.

Set to be one of London’s biggest and best leisure hubs, it will boast a range of facilities including a 25m, eight-lane competition pool, teaching pool, four-court sports hall, an activity room/studio and a soft play area for children.

In addition, visitors will have access to an extreme sports zone with a climbing wall, dance studios, a new gym and changing facilities and both wet and dry health and wellbeing spa areas. The centre will also have 1m and 3m diving boards and an outdoor floodlit artificial sports pitch.

Cllr Ahsan Khan, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “Our Feel Good Festival is going to be jam-packed with events and activities to help residents look after every aspect of their health and wellbeing.

“Data from 2011–13 shows us that on average 299 people died each year in Waltham Forest from causes that were considered to be preventable. The Feel Good Festival and new centre are all about keeping people healthy and removing barriers to activity for those who don’t like exercise.

“Through our ongoing campaign, we want Waltham Forest to become the Feel Good borough.”

Plans for the Feel Good Festival were on display yesterday (23 August) in Walthamstow town centre, where trainers from Our Parks – free sport and exercise sessions in parks and open spaces – held mini activity sessions for passers-by to try out, including boxing, hula hooping and skipping.

They were joined by officers from the Council’s sport and leisure team and public health team, who gave out leaflets and talked to residents about issues such as stopping smoking and sexual health advice.

A group of Waltham Forest’s Young Advisors – trained consultants who work with the Council and its partner’s services to ensure they are youth-friendly and advise on how to make services better for young people locally – also helped promote the festival by handing out guides to residents.

Find out the latest updates about the Waltham Forest Feel Good Festival by visiting the dedicated website or by following @wfcouncil on Twitter.

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