Residents and visitors to Gloucester will soon be able to access a database of every kind of physical activity available in the city. The comprehensive database, the first of its kind in the country will everything from high performance sports training down to a tea dance being hosted by a local social club.
The ground-breaking initiative comes from the University of Gloucestershire, the sports development team at Gloucester City council, and University Masters student Corey Harris.
Corey is compiling the database for his Masters research thesis.
He said: “To tell you the truth when I started I didn’t realise how much work would be involved but as I have progressed it has become fascinating.
“My database will be a real lasting practical achievement which will help thousands of Gloucester residents to lead healthier and longer lives.
“Research of all types of physical activity undertaken on a ward by ward basis has never been done before and is taking a lot of work finding out what is exactly available in Gloucester.
“When the database is finished it should really shine a light on the physical activity habits of the people of Gloucester and it might throw up where there are gaps in provision for people who want to exercise.”
However, Corey needs the help of people in the city to complete the database which Gloucester City Council has commissioned to help them improve the leisure services they provide.
“I need people to complete my questionnaire about physical activities in Gloucester, whether it is the person who runs a local ballroom dancing class or the administrator of a local community centre.”
He added: “This project includes every age group above 16-years-old so I need to know where the UFC inspired Mixed Martial Arts clubs are as much as I need to know what provision there is for pensioners who want to take part in physical exercise.
“The obvious advantage for anyone who runs a physical activity is that it will be free publicity and they will always be a point of reference for people wanting to exercise in Gloucester city.”
The database will be available on the Gloucester City website later this year.
If you are involved in providing physical activities in Gloucester please contact Corey on [email protected] or ring 07878 836896.
Source: University of Gloucestershire