More people than ever are getting active and Sport England’s latest APS data shows that Cheshire East has once again played its part in increasing participation.
Growth in participation to 42.8% is the area’s best-ever result in the Active People Survey. The participation rate is not only better than the previous measure, it’s also significantly higher (6.7%) than the national average.
Investments and developments such as Crewe’s new lifestyle centre and various new and exciting projects have no doubt contributed to the increase in participation. Staging The Tour of Britain in Cheshire East is just one high profile demonstration of the commitment within Cheshire East to come together and inspire more residents to get active.
There have also been huge successes in the area with the establishment of innovative new initiatives such as walking football, hula-hooping for fitness, ‘Macclesfield Girls Can’, taking tennis into schools, supporting residents with disabilities to access golf, and many more, which have created opportunities for thousands of local residents. In all, Active Cheshire have invested more than £80,000 into innovative schemes locally that lead to more opportunities. Such examples demonstrate how physical activity can really contribute to improving the health and wellbeing of local residents.
Investment of time, money and effort in the region has had a positive impact, with more people regularly participating in some form of physical activity compared to just six months ago.
Anne Boyd, CEO of Active Cheshire said: “We are thrilled with this result. It is undoubtedly a consequence of the hard work and collaboration that occurs at a local level. Praise should go to those at a grassroots level in clubs, schools, leisure centres, businesses and voluntary groups, who give time every day to helping others to get active”.
For more information or a detailed breakdown of participation figures, please contact Active Cheshire on 01606 330212.