Somerset sports initiative beats target
Our three year community sports initiative in Somerset, has beaten its target for participation in its first year.
“Creating Active Communities”, a programme which has received National Lottery funding from Sport England, saw 572 individuals taking part in sports activities across the region, with total participation for those individuals at 1,929 sessions. Both figures beat the target set by Sport England.
The programme, which aims to help people of all ages take part in fun and healthy activities, has been running sports sessions in Taunton and Yeovil since the initiative began in September 2014.
Activities have ranged from table tennis, walking football and yoga to kayaking, boxercise and Para Olympic sports. Sessions have been run by experienced sports providers, Tone Leisure, Age UK Somerset, 1610 and SASP (Somerset Activities & Sports Partnership).
The importance of regular participation in sporting activities has been highlighted by the Government in a report released this year, prompting a public consultation on the issue.
The report shows that the number of people doing regular exercise has fallen since the increase following the 2012 Olympics.
Jane Edmonds, our Assistant Director, said, “The Government’s report indicated the considerable need for affordable, varied activities in our communities, to encourage individuals to live healthy and active lifestyles.
Along with our partners, we’re striving to make a real difference to sports participation in Somerset, and we’re very pleased to have seen so many people taking up the opportunities we’ve established so far.”
Sport England’s Director of Community Sport, Mike Diaper, said, “I am delighted that thanks to National Lottery funding, now, even more people across Somerset are getting active. Knightstone Housing and its local partners are delivering a fantastic activity programme engaging young and old alike. It’s great news that people are responding so well to it.”
“Creating Active Communities” has now started its second year of activities, which are focused in Minehead.