The figures from the Active People Survey (APS) have been released by Sport England and the number of people getting active in Cheshire West and Chester has leapt up to 41.4% (that’s approximately 114,000 active people), one of the highest figures in the North West.
Cheshire West and Chester’s participation rates have improved significantly from six months ago, increasing from 38.7% to 41.4%.
Since the previous measure, there have been a number of innovations and initiatives established giving a much-needed boost to those most in need, which will undoubtedly have contributed to this latest increase. Examples include the ‘Smile for a Mile’ initiative now adopted by 17 primary schools, the area playing host to the ‘Cheshire and Warrington Team Games’, which saw more than 4,000 people attend to take part and find out more about getting active, the council’s own active workforce initiative, projects bringing more women into golf, supporting new mums to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle, empowering residents to bring activity into their local areas, removing barriers for deaf people to get active, and many more. In all, more than £100,000 has been invested by Active Cheshire into new and innovative local initiatives leading directly to more opportunities for local residents.
Investment of time, money and effort in the region has had a positive impact, with 2.7% 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.