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Oh my zorb! – Kids have a ball getting active in Fulham

Young people from H&F learned the art of “zorbing” as part of an innovative event to help residents keep fit and healthy.

Zorbing - playing football while embedded in a huge inflatable bubble - was one of a host of fun activities suggested as part of Fun, Free, Fitness, the winning idea from this year’s H&F Healthy and Fit Hackathon.

The inaugural Fun, Free, Fitness event, organised and funded by Hammersmith & Fulham Council in partnership with the winning Hackathon team, took place at Normand Park, Fulham last weekend and provided residents with the opportunity to take part in basketball, skipping, weighted hula hoops and table tennis.

“It’s fantastic that our innovative Healthy and Fit Hackathon is being used as a blueprint for helping find ways for families across London to live more healthily,” said Cllr Vivienne Lukey, H&F Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care.

“The first Fun, Free, Fitness event was a great success and it was great to see the children and young people getting involved.”

The Fun, Free, Fitness team is exploring funding opportunities for a new outdoor gym in Normand Park and will be hosting other fun activities in the park between now and Christmas. These include:

  • Free basketball every Saturday from 1pm-3pm, starting 5 November, running for six weeks. There is no need to register beforehand and sessions will be delivered by Reach and Teach. Meet by the basketball court. 
  • Free fitness and boxing classes every Sunday from 2pm-3pm, starting on 6 November, running for six weeks. There is no need to register beforehand and sessions will be delivered by MEM Academy and the Cuban Boxing Academy. Meet by the park pavilion.

The project also links up with existing programmes including Let Me Play and the Community Champions with future partnership activities to be announced shortly.

The H&F Hackathon, in which residents came together to debate and find innovative ways of improving young people’s health, has been cited as a great example of how to encourage healthy lifestyles by the newly launched London-wide childhood obesity awareness campaign, The Great Weight Debate.

Launched last month by the Healthy London Partnership, the campaign includes a survey, which residents are being asked to complete.

“We are also proud to support the Great Weight Debate and hope as many residents as possible take part in the campaign survey to help raise awareness and get a real barometer of how we can continue to tackle the childhood obesity issue in H&F,” Added Cllr Lukey.

View more details on the Great Weight Debate.