Bracknell residents are encouraged to get fit with free sports sessions

Published: 15 Apr 2014 17:300 comments

READERS are being urged to take up exercising during the May half term as part of Get Berkshire Active Week.

The campaign aims to offer a variety of free sport and physical activity opportunities across the county between Saturday, May 24, and Sunday, June 1.

It is backed by former Paralympic rower Helene Raynsford who said: “Get Berkshire Active Week provides the perfect opportunity to get

more people physically active and enjoying all the benefits sport has to offer.

“The partnership works tirelessly to improve the sporting experience in Berkshire and ensuring quality and accessible opportunities for people to adopt a lifelong involvement in sport and activity.”

Among the sporting venues taking part in the initiative is Downshire Golf Complex, in Easthampstead Park, Bracknell.

There are a range of special offers throughout the week including one free small bucket of practice balls from Monday to Friday, May 26-30, between 2pm and 4pm, and free use of the driving range and pitch and putt on Saturday, May 31, until 1pm.

There will also be free 15-minute golf lessons on Tuesday, May 27, between 5pm and 7pm and on Saturday, May 31, between 9am and noon. Visitors can borrow golf clubs.

Cllr Dale Birch, executive member for adult social care, health and housing at Bracknell Forest Council, which owns Downshire Golf Complex, said: “This is a perfect opportunity for residents of all ages to come along and try something new.

“Golf is a great way to get some exercise, enjoy the open air and meet new people.

“We have a fantastic community facility at Downshire Golf Complex and its great to see the team down there playing a part in Get Berkshire Active Week.”

For information about events in Get Berkshire Active Week, visit

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