Sports organisations and governing bodies are being urged to get involved in a national weekend of events and opportunities aimed at getting people active and feeling positive.
During ‘A Good Weekend’ (March 17-20) anyone can book from thousands of activities, events and experiences FREE or at special low prices via hundreds of organisations who are supporting the project.
Founder Chris Ward, who has spent the last few years working as Creative Director at Comic Relief and on the United Nations’ Global Goals, describes the weekend as “the good version of Black Friday”.
“It’s about people spending more time, and less money, doing the things which improve our health and well-being,” he said.
“‘A Good Weekend’ coincides with, and celebrates International Day of Happiness (March 20) and supports the United Nations’ endeavours, through Global Goal 3, to achieve universal Good Health And Wellbeing.
Chris said: “Being active and feeling happy is a key part of health and wellbeing. Mental wellbeing means feeling good, both about yourself and about the world around you. It means being able to get on with life in the way you want.
“With an epidemic of stress, anxiety, depression and loneliness, many people are struggling. It is awareness and easy access to the activities and communities of ‘A Good Weekend’ that can provide anyone with much-needed positive experiences.”
Governing bodies such as British Cycling have already signed up. They are using the weekend to promote beginners group rides, while other providers are promoting offers from discounted ski holidays to free fitness programmes.
“Our mission is to play a part in making the world a happier place,” said Chris. “Experiences are at a reduced cost or free but more importantly all welcome beginners and anyone of any standard to enjoy them alongside likeminded people.”