Helping to keep Hertfordshire's residents active and healthy
1. Coach Ai at Home – Virtual Exercise Companion
In partnership with colleagues at the University of Hertfordshire we have adopted Coach Ai – a virtual companion that interacts with individuals via smart phones – to help them make exercise a regular part of their weekly routine.
Leisure centres, fitness clubs and gyms may be closed, and community sport clubs may have been forced to pull down the shutters on their programmes, but HSP is committed to helping Hertfordshire’s residents stay active and healthy through the Covid-19 pandemic.
The programme uses proven behavioural science to accompany people throughout their journey offering much needed support to become and stay active within the confines of their own home.
Using Facebook Messenger, Coach Ai chats with you via smartphone in the same way you do with friends, sendingreminders for your planned activity sessions, helping to keep you, and your family on track.
It takes less than a minute to get started and the programme will give your contacts the extra motivation and guidance they may need to stay active, during such challenging times.
The programme is being offered FREE to Hertfordshire residents and can be accessed at
2. Free Mental Health Awareness training for Sport and Physical Activity
The Partnership is offering 260 FREE places on Mind’s online Mental Health Awareness in Sport and Physical Activity course, as we firmly believe that those involved in organising and delivering our community sports programmes, will come across a range of mental health issues being experienced by participants, club members, players, coaches, volunteers and officials, as and when we come through the current crisis, and community sporting programmes return to near normal.
In preparation for this, we are seeking to embed greater awareness of mental health issues across the sport and physical activity sector, amongst both the paid and volunteer workforce and we believe that this course goes some way to achieving that.
This programme is also supporting the #2.6Challenge whereby for every Hertfordshire based person who completes the course, the Partnership will donate £10 to our sister charity – the Herts Disability Sports Foundation which is currently delivering some fantastic virtual programmes for some of the county’s most vulnerable residents.
To find out more about the course or to join go to
Herts Sports Partnership, Hertfordshire Sports Village, University of Hertfordshire, de Havilland Campus, Hatfield, Herts. AL10 9EU
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