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Active Flintshire podcast to act as a ‘first step’ in helping residents find a new hobby

Manager of Mold Golf Club Debbie Barton, Tudor Golf owner and golfing professional Craig Tudor, and head greenkeeper at Mold Golf Club Colin Jones celebrate the release of the Active Flintshire podcast, which highlights all things golfing in Flintshire with the series’ first episode.

A new podcast series has been launched to inspire Flintshire residents to take part in new pastimes and outdoor activities.

Flintshire County Council has launched a podcast series which aims to encourage people to get out and about and experience the wide variety of pastimes on offer in the county.

The podcast, titled Active Flintshire, will run for six half-hour episodes and will detail a range of activities and experiences which can be enjoyed within the county, with each episode focusing on a specific interest.

Hosted by former Daily Post, Wales Business Insider, and NWN Media journalist Josh Morris, the podcast will feature recreational activities such as horse riding, golfing, cycling and walking, as well as an episode centred on Flintshire’s coast.

Each episode will interview a local expert on the topic to gain their insights on ideal locations within Flintshire as well as provide an overview of how residents at any level of experience can participate in a new activity.

The series teed off on July 6, with the first two episodes talking all things golf in Flintshire as well as wider sporting opportunities in the area.

Manager of Mold Golf Club Debbie Barton, who features in the episode, said: “We are very fortunate in Flintshire to have a great selection of golf courses, as well as driving range facilities and Golf Clubs offering New2Golf and Back2Golf schemes to help people get involved.

“There are lots of opportunities for people of all ages to try golf for the first time and the podcasts will hopefully encourage local residents to have a go at whatever activity they fancy. There are many proven health and wellbeing benefits to playing golf and it’s such a sociable and enjoyable sport too.

“Simplifying the information you need and having it available in an easy to listen to format is a welcome benefit and the more people we can get into the swing the better.”

Sport development manager at Aura Wales Matt Hayes, who is interviewed in the episode on sports in the county, said: “With the weather warming up, now is the perfect time to get out and enjoy many of the sporting activities found within the area and the Active Flintshire podcast provides a great insight into how to get involved.

“From all the sporting activities offered at our leisure centres at Aura Wales to the many local sporting clubs dotted across Flintshire, we want to encourage everyone no matter their skill level to get out and try something new.”

Councillor Ian Roberts, Leader of Flintshire County Council, said: “From riding down the many bridleways found in the county or having a kickabout at football grounds and leisure centres, there is a huge range of interesting activities and exciting new pastimes which can be found right on our doorstep.

“The Active Flintshire podcast represents a fantastic way to introduce someone to a new hobby which can be enjoyed within Flintshire and provide them with all the information which is needed to take that crucial first step.

“I encourage anyone who is looking for something new to take on this summer or wants to expand their horizons to give the episodes a listen and hear from people who know all about the excellent facilities and activities which can be found in the county.”

Active Flintshire launched on podcasting services with a double episode on July 6, with one episode due to be released every Tuesday for four weeks from July 13.

Links to each episode will be posted onto the Explore Flintshire Instagram (@explore_flintshire) and Facebook (@exploreflintshire) accounts, with the episode release schedule as follows:

  • July 6 – Golf
  • July 6 – Sport
  • July 13 – Walking
  • July 20 – Horse Riding
  • July 27 – Flintshire’s Coast
  • August 3 – Cycling