Redditch residents looking to get more active can now join in with free weekly walks around the Abbey Stadium Track.

The sessions will start on June 16 at 11am and are part of the national ‘Walks for Health Scheme’.

Participants can turn up at any time during the session, which are led by three trained volunteers, and just need to register with the volunteers at the track before beginning.

Leisure services portfolio holder at Redditch Borough Council, Cllr Mike Rouse, said: “We started offering these sessions before COVID and they were starting to take off, so I’m delighted to see them coming back.

“With more people working from home these days, they’re now an ideal opportunity to get out of the house and get moving in a nice and easy way.

“Speaking personally, I’ve found them beneficial myself. Lockdown has been tough both physically and mentally so I’m looking forward to getting a bit of exercise in the sun, round the track. My goal is to graduate from these sessions once fit enough into a local running club, but whatever your goals are this is a good way to get started.

“It’s so simple. Just turn up. Talk or don’t talk, run or walk, stay for coffee or don’t, it’s entirely up to you.”

Free training, support and guidance is also available for anyone that would like to help at Walking for Health sessions.