Over 200 people attend the first ever Go Foleshill Community Mile - The Coventry Observer

16th Aug, 2022

Over 200 people attend the first ever Go Foleshill Community Mile

Ryan Smith 22nd May, 2022

OVER 200 people attended Positive Youth Foundation’s first-ever Go Foleshill Community Mile on Saturday, May 14 at Edgwick Park.

Each person on the route ran, jogged, or walked around the parks walking trail three times.

The Community Mile is set to happen every Saturday from 11am and is part of a new Sport England funded programme in collaboration with Coventry City Council to help Foleshill to get more active.

It also aims to support families who are most vulnerable to health inequalities such as childhood obesity.

The inaugural run was marked with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by Positive Youth Foundation CEO Rashid Bhayat.

Local Primary Schools showed their support including children from Broad Heath who attended with their PE lead Mark Rawlings.

Rising Stars, a local youth and community group also attended to support and steward the walk.

Go Foleshill project lead Nikki Miles said: “This is a fantastic new opportunity for people of all abilities and ages to attend their local green space.

“It’s a great excuse to start the weekend with fresh air, some light exercise and meet local friendly faces”.

Haroon Mota, also project lead for Go Foleshill added: “I’ve been a resident of Foleshill my entire life and it’s clear that there is a distinct lack of opportunity here, especially when it comes to physical activity and engagement in green spaces.

“We can’t cure health inequalities in an instant but by better understanding the needs of people and the barriers that hinder people from getting outside we can find ways to improve family health.”

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