Latest figures from the Active People Survey have been released by Sport England and Warrington are officially the most active area in the region!
A bumper 3.8% rise in participation - the highest growth in the sub-region – moves Warrington into 1st place in the North West. By comparison with the national average Warrington have 7% more people regularly getting active. This is the second successive period that performance exceeded the national average.
Innovative projects such as the Phase Academy - supporting women from the Islamic community to be more active, a number of new gyms opening with specific target audiences, opening up new activities such as shooting, programmes to improve health through social activity sessions, inclusive horse-riding, and sessions run by and for residents with disabilities. In all, investment by Active Cheshire of over £50,000 into innovative local schemes has created more opportunities for local residents to be active. All of which combine to support Warrington in becoming more and more active.
Warrington’s packed calendar also features hugely successful celebrations of activity such as VPX, Disability Awareness Day led by Warrington Disability Partnership, and the Warrington Walking Day, steeped in local tradition!
Warrington’s result of 43.1% is not only the highest figure in Cheshire and Warrington – it’s also the highest in the North West. 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.
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.