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Districts to meet on the pitch after Couch to Goal programme

  • Couch to Goal

Adults looking to improve their health and fitness have the opportunity to join a football-based Couch to Goal programme in either Charnwood or North West Leicestershire.

The aim is for people to get more active by taking up football in a relaxed environment with fellow players of a similar fitness level.

Organised by Charnwood Borough Council and North West Leicestershire District Council, two 10-week courses will run at the same time. When the programme is complete the two teams will meet each other in a friendly game, testing their new-found fitness and skills on the pitch!

The initial sessions take place weekly at:

  • Hood Park Leisure Centre, Ashby, on Tuesdays from 23 July between 6.30pm and 8pm.
  • Soar Valley Leisure Centre, Mountsorrel, on Thursdays from 25 July between 6.30pm and 8pm.

Cllr Deborah Taylor, lead member for communities for Charnwood Borough Council said: “We are committed to providing a wide range of events and activities to help residents in Charnwood become more active.

“The new Couch to Goal sessions offer people a great opportunity to get fitter while having fun, learning new skills and meeting new people. I’d encourage anyone who may be interested to book onto the sessions and give it a go.”

Zara Barnes, the course leader from the NWLDC Health and Wellbeing team, said: “We know there are lots of people in our district that would love to get fitter, healthier and lose some weight, but perhaps lack a little bit of the confidence required to get started.

“Couch to Goal is great opportunity to get active playing football in a friendly environment with people in similar shape also looking to get fitter.

“Sessions are relaxed and fun but we’ve kept a competitive element for the end with a match against members from the Charnwood Couch to Goal course, which will be great fun.”

The subsidised sessions cost just £2 a week. To book onto the Charnwood programme call 01509 632534 or email

To book onto the North West Leicestershire programme call 01530 454606 or email