09 April 2019 - A free nine-week initiative to get people active in Basildon is being launched culminating in a family fun day at Basildon Sporting Village.

Image promoting the Backside to Trackside fitness programmeEveryone Active is working in partnership with Basildon Council to launch the 'Backside to Trackside' programme designed to get inactive people active in nine weeks.

The programme is being run in line with Basildon town's 70th anniversary celebrations when 70 participants will walk, jog or run 5km on the outdoor running track as part of the family fun day on 13 July.

Registration for the programme starts from today (9 April) with the first training session starting on 13 May. Over 70 participants will be guided through a learn-to-run programme by Everyone Active's personal trainer Andy Stead as they build their fitness. Throughout the programme there will opportunities for participants to take part in other fun themed sessions including boxing-based classes and dance.

"Backside to Trackside is a fantastic initiative that will get more people active while improving their physical and mental wellbeing," Andy said. "A lot of people may be contemplating signing up, and I would encourage anyone thinking that way to give it a go.

"Week one will give me an opportunity to understand the participants' motivations for being there and how they like to be coached. We will start with a mix of walking and running and hopefully nine weeks later people will be able to push themselves further than they expected.

"The programme has been designed to not just get people moving, but to give them an opportunity to learn sustainable lifelong changes that can improve their lives. I look forward to seeing you all at Basildon Sporting Village on 13 May."

Shaun Beagle, Everyone Active contract manager, said: "We're really pleased to be working alongside the council to run this exciting scheme.

"I would encourage anyone looking to get active to sign up and give 'Backside to Trackside' a go. Andy [Stead] is a fantastic trainer and I think people will find a new love for fitness after taking part in this programme."

Mandie Skeat, Service Director at Basildon Council, said:

"This initiative is a fun way to take the first step on the journey to a more active lifestyle.

"We are committed to working with our partners to remove the barriers to physical activity and wellbeing amongst those who are most inactive in our communities.

"I am delighted that Everyone Active are offering free gym passes and access to the track for participants for the duration of Backside to Trackside."

To register and take part visit www.basildon.gov.uk/backsidetotrackside