Three years of Getting Rother Active
Hollie Farley, East Sussex County Council
07 August 2017
After three years, the Getting Rother Active project has come to an end, but the legacy is set to continue.
Over the last three years The Getting Rother Active (GRA) partnership project, funded by Sport England, has worked with many local providers including running groups, fitness centres and a number of local sports teams.
With the support of these local providers the project has helped over 1,500 residents adopt more active lifestyles by participating in community-based sports.
We have also recruited and trained Community Sport Activators from local communities who have worked tirelessly to engage with and encourage others in the community to participate in the sessions on offer.
Over 400 people have taken part in our walking to running sessions held in Bexhill, Sidley and Rye.
Many of our runners have gone on to complete 5 and 10k runs with some even taking on a half marathon.
The walk to run sessions will continue into the future hosted by local running organisations and helped by the run leaders who have been trained as part of the GRA project.
Table tennis tables have been installed at The Pelham in Sidley and Bexhill Senior Citizens club to encourage both older and younger people to play.
We were also able to provide table tennis sets to allow ad hoc games on any sort of table, we have a number of these left; if your organisation is interested please contact
Each summer we have also held a Be Active day where local sports clubs and organisations showcased what sports and fitness activities they have to offer, and put on demonstrations. Each year over 1000 people have attended these events.
We hope that a legacy of providing training to coaches to allow them to safely run sessions, helping support existing organisations to attract new participants and showcasing what activities are available in our local area will continue to get Rother active for many years to come.