In partnership with the Watford Community Housing Trust, we’re hoping to create a ‘Sports Legacy Zone’ in Meriden Park. In a nutshell, it’s a super modern adventure playground for all ages, that focuses on fitness and sport. There’ll be a drop-in session tomorrow (14th December) at Meriden Community Centre between 4pm and 7pm for the public to come, find out more and give their views.
The Sports Legacy Zone will have 28 different sporting activities in zoned areas and you get a virtual coach and a Personal Development Programme (PDP). The ‘techy’ explanation (given to me as I’m not techy at all!) is that each bit of equipment will have a “QR” code which can be scanned using a smartphone or appropriate QR reader app. Once scanned it takes you directly to “virtual coaches”: Olympians Steve Backley and Roger Black (who are the behind the project).
The PDP is a series of programmes devised by Backley and Black as an extension to the Virtual Coach, which provide semi-structured activities based on teamwork, agility, co-operation and technical knowledge. It’s been developed with schools, youth services, health agencies and families in mind.
This is all new stuff and so exciting for Watford. If we do go ahead we’ll be the first council in the country to be putting one in – and the aim would be for it to be ready for use before the 2012 Olympics commence, thus helping to fulfil the Olympic legacy in Watford! More info at http://www.proludic.co.uk/socialfitness