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  • About Us

    At Active Newcastle we want to get more people active and having fun. We offer over 100 activities across the city delivered by fully qualified coaches who will support you throughout your journey.

    Our aim is to decrease inactivity levels within the city and get people moving. You’ll be amazed at what’s available within our city. Active Newcastle strive to make it easier for you to give new activities a go. Find out what we have to offer Find an activity

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  • Make it easier to get involved

    We work together with the community and partners to provide active opportunities for people in Newcastle. We put a strong emphasis on understanding what would motivate you, and making your experience better and reducing barriers to taking part.

    To do this we design, run and promote a variety of programmes. There are options to learn the basic skills of a sport or activity, to help you fit active time into your day e.g. workplace activities, to be active with your family, PING! table tennis tables across the city so you can just rock up and play as you like, to enjoy the outdoors and natural spaces. Many of these activities are free or at low cost. See if you can find something for you using our activity finder.

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  • Real Reasons people do the activity they do

    Most of the time messages about exercise promotion are focused entirely on health. We get told exercise is something we “should” do and that we “must” move more to prevent chronic diseases. The health benefits of being active are impressive, but that’s not the main reason most people take part, there is so much more to being active.

    You can take part in activities that you enjoy, give you time to yourself, help you relax and destress, have good banter, have a strong community feel, give you energy, are in scenic outdoor venues and help you progress and develop skills. You don’t have to take part in anything that makes activity into a chore. That’s the thinking behind our new campaign What Moves You

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  • Our Mission

    Many of us feel activity is something we “should” do rather something we can enjoy. A lot of us are excluded because we don’t count the activity we already do and imagine only other people are active, not ourselves. At Active Newcastle (part of Newcastle City Council), we want to change this.

    We want:

    • to change the way we think about “active” and highlight choices that are often underestimated.
    • to discuss the real motivations that get people into an activity and keep them there, not just for health.
    • to make it easy and appealing for everyone in Newcastle to take part.

    We don’t want you to just move for the sake of it, we want to help find what moves you

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  • Every move you do counts as Active

    We promote all forms of physical activity, not just sport and exercise classes. Most things we do daily involve us moving and being active. We underestimate gardening, taking breaks from sitting, playing games with family, taking part in hobbies, travelling by foot or bike (or scooter) but all of these count as active.

    For example, taking the stairs burns more energy per minute than jogging, some gardening activities are more intense than a general gym workout, taking breaks from sitting helps boost your metabolism, and walking counts as moderate exercise.

    There are a lot of ways you are already active and a lot of ways you can choose to add more. See our guide about being active at home, work, play and travel.

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our team

Donna Charlton-O’Malley
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Donna Charlton-O’Malley

Community Development Officer

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Shane O'Leary

Insight Officer

Swee Goodison
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Swee Goodison

Activity Officer

Owen Jordan
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Owen Jordan

Activity Officer

Marguerite Fisher
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Marguerite Fisher

Assistant Sport Development Officer

David Luke
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David Luke

Walking Officer

Kate Montague
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Kate Montague

Business Development Coordinator

Duncan O’Farrell
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Duncan O’Farrell

Assistant Sport Development Officer

Jodi Kean
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Jodi Kean

Women and Girls Development Officer

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