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A new dynamic exercise session is being launched at Bradford Council’s swimming pools across the District.

Aqua Combat is an innovative sport session that combines a mix of martial arts and kick-boxing  in water with uplifting music.

untitled (4)The sessions are taking place at Shipley and Eccleshill pools on Thursdays and Richard Dunn on Fridays.

Phil Barker, Bradford Council’s Assistant Director for Sport and Leisure, said: “This is a great workout that targets all the muscle groups, but without impact on the joints. It’s an excellent way to get fit whatever your age.”

This new class offers a cardio-vascular workout that improves core strength and stability. Whatever your age or physical condition you will be welcomed and coached

Shipley Pool
Shipley Pool

through the exercise themes by a qualified instructor who can also advise on how to improve your lifestyle through exercise.

Bradford Council Clubcard holders can take advantage as the sessions are included in the price. Alternatively there is an option to drop in to one of our sessions at any of the three venues. Times and days are given for each of the venues below. Places must be booked in advance.

Eccleshill Pool    –   Thursday 16:00-16:30

Shipley Pool      –    Thursday 18:45-19-15

Richard Dunn’s  –     Friday     16:30-17:15
The contact numbers for these pools are Eccleshill (01274 612329), Shipley (01274 437162) and Richard Dunn’s (01274 307822).

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An innovative new centre to tackle youth crime is set to open in Bradford.

Bradford Centre of Excellence: Positive Pathways for Young People is a new initiative that delivers targeted interventions about the consequences of crime.

The programmes that the centre puts on are designed and presented by ex-offenders and prisoners to young people from across the Bradford District who are “at risk”.

“At risk” young people include those who are vulnerable or excluded, and those who are already offending or who have fallen into problematic lifestyles. The centre’s role is to provide vital support that helps young people resolve problems and chose a positive future.

The centre, which is located in Girlington Community Centre in the Toller area of Bradford, uses a series of theatrical sets, such as a courtroom, a prison cell, as well as a shop and park where crime might happen. Mentors can use these sets to get over to young people what crime can involve.

Cllr Imran Hussain
Cllr Imran Hussain

Experience from similar projects elsewhere in the country shows that these kinds of interventions deliver great improvement in the numbers of young people who return to mainstream education and refrain from further crime.

The initiative has been funded by Bradford Council and has been developed in partnership with West Yorkshire Police and other partners in the youth justice system.

The centre will be officially opened by the Lord Mayor of Bradford, Coun Mike Gibbons, on Wednesday, 18 February 2015.

Cllr Imran Hussain, Deputy Leader of Bradford Council, said: “We know that crime can blight communities and young people’s lives. It also comes at a huge financial cost. This is a very exciting initiative. It demonstrates the Council’s commitment to making young people of the district a priority and will help them make the right choices and avoid getting involved in crime.”

Mark Burns Williamson
Mark Burns Williamson

Mark Burns-Williamson, Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire, said: “This is a great initiative for Bradford and for Yorkshire. Many young people aren’t aware of the consequences of crime. Raising awareness amongst young people of the impact crime can have on your life and the lives’ of other people is an important step in preventing crime and building a safer community.”

Mick Chandsoor, Project Lead for the centre, said: “All the programmes the centre will deliver for young people will be done with the help of mentors who have served time in prison. We believe this is vital to success, as our mentors are able to tackle the misconceptions many young people have about prison and prison life.”

Kallum Robert Inman, aged 19 on the Princes Trust Programme, said: “The centre will be really useful for young people. People can do stupid things and get themselves into trouble without realising the consequences.  The centre will help people realise where crime can lead to.”

Organisations can arrange to visit the centre by contacting Mick Chandsoor, Project Lead, Bradford Centre of Excellence – Positive Pathways for Young People, on 07582109733.

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A five point plan to achieve a decade of regeneration and economic growth in Bradford city centre will go before a meeting of the Council’s Executive on Tuesday February 10.

The Bradford City Plan sets out the outcomes the Council will pursue with its partners to create a vibrant, distinctive and attractive place where people are proud to live, set up business, study or visit.

The Plan has been drafted after consultation with stakeholders including Bradford University, Bradford College, West Yorkshire METRO, Bradford Property Forum, Bradford Chamber of Commerce, Bradford Breakthrough and Bradford Matters.

The five points are for Bradford city centre to become

* a place of dynamic business and entrepreneurship
* a centre of excellence for learning
* an exemplar of 21st century urban living
* a major transport hub
* a distinctive and attractive destination and experience

Cllr David Green
Cllr David Green

The City Plan will concentration on five key locations – Top of Town; Forster Square; Thornton Road; City Park Business/Culture Cluster and City Park Retail/Leisure Connection.

City Plan comprises a detailed technical report which sets out the issues and challenges facing the city centre and a rationale and action plan to address those challenges.
It also includes a prospectus which identifies the priority actions that the Council and its partners will be focussing on delivering and is aimed at potential investors, developers and partners.
City Plan is ambitious in its scope and includes a wide range of interventions and projects that will require significant co-ordination over the next ten years. The Plan not only includes physical projects but also actions around education, skills, improving links with the manufacturing and business sectors and effective management of the city centre.
It highlights the need to find new uses for vacant buildings, including bringing back into use older buildings as well as the revitalisation of the high street and the construction of new homes.

Bradford Council leader Coun David Green said: “We need a City Plan as whilst the Council will continue to have an important leadership and regulatory role in many of the projects, it is likely that an increasing number will be delivered through partners and the private sector as public sector funding reduces. It is a ten year plan and it will be adapted as progress is made.”

Colin Philpott
Colin Philpott

Colin Philpott, Chief Executive of Bradford Breakthrough, said: “The City Plan is a bold plan for the medium to long term further regeneration of the centre of Bradford as a place for people to do business, to learn, to visit and to live. It offers an ambitious but realistic vision for taking the city centre forward and includes some exciting ideas. The challenge now is for all of us to work with the Council to make it happen.”

Dr Mohammed Iqbal, Founder and Vice Chair of Bradford Matters, said:”The development of the City Centre has been one of the top priorities for Bradford Matters and so we welcome the City Plan as a professional and visionary document that will lead to tangible and visible results. It is crucial that Bradford Council has on-going engagement with all the Key

Dr Mohammed Iqbal
Dr Mohammed Iqbal

Stakeholders throughout the lifetime of the plan and progress is monitored regularly. In this regard Bradford Matters and Bradford Breakthrough have agreed to work in partnership to provide full support in the implementation of the City Plan and we look forward to some great developments over the next few years”

It is recommended that the Council’s executive approve the City Plan and that it be taken forward for endorsement by the Producer City Place Board and Producer City Board.

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