A pioneering project by our Sports Development Unit to help local people on a low income become more active has won backing from Sport England.
The Active Together family groups have been awarded £8,488 funding as part of Sport England’s strategy to improve people’s health and mental wellbeing through sport and activity.
Sport England is funding a wide range of projects around the country, using varying approaches to help people to feel healthier and happier.
Sport England research shows that a third of people on low incomes do less than 30 minutes of exercise each week, and inactivity in people on a low income is twice that of people on a high income.
This funding will support family-based activities in Astor Park, Victoria Park and Devonport Park. Parents, carers and children can take part in an eight-week program of free and fun activities and receive healthy lifestyle advice. Families will be able to access follow on activities and supported to continue keeping healthy. The programme is due to begin in the late spring.
Councillor Glenn Jordan, Cabinet Member for Culture, said: “I am delighted we have been awarded this funding, this project will show families that a healthy lifestyle can be fun and easy. Helping lower income families stay active is very important for the city, and the follow-on support as part of this project will ensure parents and carers can maintain a healthier lifestyle from them and their children.”
Sport England Executive Director, Mike Diaper, said: “Plymouth City Council Sports Development Unit has a strong track record of working with their local community and we’re very excited by how their project could make such a positive difference to people’s lives.
“We know that people on a low income can face many pressures that make it difficult for them to be as active as they would like to be. So we’re working with community-focused organisations across the country to find ways to help people fit physical activity into their lives in ways that work for them.
“The lessons we learn from this local project will really help to shape our work with similar groups across the country.”
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