Organising Activities in your Community

Doorstep Outdoors

Outdoor Activities on your "doorstep" Walking & Cycling Routes

Getting out and getting active in your local…

park…heath land…green areas…foot and cycle paths…community woodland…outdoor activity centre…open space…coastal area…

You don’t have to jog to the top of Snowdon to make the most of Wales’ natural environment. Wherever you live, you won’t be far from the perfect outdoor playground.

Your local amenities offer unlimited scope for recreation and fitness. And as you get out and get fit on your doorstep, Sport Wales can help you develop activities:

Community groups – you could be working with park wardens, as "Friends of the park". As you regenerate the area, why not develop a full activities programme, like themed walks or family fun orienteering?

Park owners - does your park need a makeover? Like signage, bicycle racks, or a step-counted walking route?

Ramblers & walking groups – why not develop walk & talk programmes or tie in with your community newspaper to sponsor a membership drive?

Cycling clubs – how about cycling skills courses in parks, woodland or forestry? Or setting up cycle hire or a bike doctor maintenance programme?

Environmental groups – you could run a cycle loan scheme or develop trim trails for healthy living.

Countryside wardens & woodland owners – try developing short link sections to join cycle tracks and footpaths, or short circular routes for beginners.

Local authorities – develop an outdoor physical activity programme. Coordinate the efforts of Leisure, Sports Development and Countryside Services to make full use of parks and open spaces.

Walking and Orienteering GroupsLeisure centres – try setting up walking or orienteering groups starting and finishing at the centre.

Outdoor centres - can you reach out to your local community? Get whole families involved with a varied range of challenges that complement your main activities.

Whatever your organisation, Sport Wales can help you get out in the open and get more people more active more often. You’ll just need to know a few simple things about your doorstep amenity:

  • Do you have permission to use it?
  • Is it safe and in good condition for physical activity?
  • Is it easily accessible?
  • Is it close to other amenities?
  • Is it suitable for all ages and abilities?
  • Will your activity impact on other users?

Put simply, is it suitable for your group and activity? If the answer is yes, Sport Wales can help.