INACTIVE youngsters are being encouraged to get up and get moving as part of a new initiative.
Hyndburn Council’s “active people project” aims to improve health and fitness by making facilities more accessible.
Free swimming for children over the school holidays and free pitch hire for junior football clubs will continue from last year.
And half-price court hire for members of the netball league is also on the agenda.
Budding thespians can get excited, too, as the Sparks youth drama group will be holding summer workshops and giving performances in the autumn.
Gayle Knight, co-ordinator of the theatre project, said: “This is very exciting for Hyndburn and will allow more young people in the area to take part in creative dramatic activities. We are very grateful for Hyndburn Council’s support.”
Leader of the council, Peter Britcliffe, said: “We want to make it as easy as possible for people to be fit and healthy and that means making sport and exercise accessible to as many people as possible.
“We will also be giving local swimming clubs a development grant to get as many of the borough’s children swimming as quickly as possible and we’ll be putting money in to buy extra lane lines for the pools for swimming lessons.”
He added: “We think it’s important that we support our troops so we are also looking at free use of the borough’'s leisure facilities for servicemen on leave.”
Older residents have not been forgotten. A funding bid has been made to the Sports Lottery which, if successful, will result in free annual bowls passes for use at the council’s greens.
Other plans in the pipeline if the funding is granted include free school holiday swimming up to the age of 21, half-price football pitch hire for adult clubs and reduced prices at sports centres for concessionary groups via the Leisure Passport scheme.