by Rebecca Hannant
The Team GB Family Activity Trails have come to Withernsea – and people who take part are in with a chance to win merchandise.
A total of 21 signposts have been placed around Withernsea as part of the initiative to help encourage more people and families to get moving. The town is one of two selected locations to pilot the trails, with the second in Victoria Dock, Hull.
The trails were created with help from primary and secondary school students.
Each signpost contains a challenge to try out, such as activities based on Olympic sports, physical activity games, fitness challenges, nature activities and brain games.
Every signpost also has its own QR code which when scanned will unlock a new activity and an online Olympic badge.
There are four activity routes to complete, ranging from the short Lion Route (named after the Team GB mascot, Pride the Lion, who can be found on every signpost) up to the Gold Medal Route, which goes around the whole of Withernsea.
For more information about the trails, visit the website at activelearning.hull.ac.uk/team- gb/withernsea-trails, or collect a free paper copy map of the trail from the Active Withernsea shop, leisure centre, or town council office.
Researcher Esther Carter, PhD student at the University of Hull, said: “At the end of September, I undertook a guided walk of the Gold Medal route for Darrin Stevens, who very kindly offered to photograph the signposts. We had perfect Withernsea weather for the walk, and discussed the sign activities, how to get more people involved in the walks, and the impact that activities can have on local people.
“Many thoughts, questions and future plans were bounced back and forth. Not only this, but we also bumped into lots of people on our walks who are active in the local community, whether that’s running exercise sessions, church groups or coffee mornings.
“The day was extremely useful for me to get outsider feedback, take some great photographs, and talk to more local Withernsea people about the trails.”
Anyone who runs an exercise group or community group and would like to have a free guided walk of the trails can contact Esther at [email protected].
Opportunities are also available to win Team GB Merchandise.
Firstly, all those who fill out a short survey will be added into a prize draw. To enter, visit hull.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/team-gb.
There are more chances to win by signing up for a study to try the trails three times. There will be different surveys to fill out. Everyone completing the study will receive a free Team GB backpack bundle. To sign up, contact Esther Carter.