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New leisure strategy aims to increase fitness across Allerdale

13 March 2015

Allerdale Borough Council has finalised a strategy which aims to boost the amount of people taking part in sport and leisure activities.

The plan is part of the authority’s ongoing campaign to improve health, fitness and wellbeing in the borough and has a strong emphasis on partnerships with the public, private and volunteer sector.

The Council is working hard to encourage increased participation in physical activity, however, currently in Allerdale, the amount of people who don’t do any physical activity each week is higher than the national average – 44.8% of men and 52.1% of women say they don’t take any exercise. A third of adults say they exercise once a week, while 16.6% achieve the recommended levels of five 30-minute periods of activity each week.

The Council’s new leisure strategy has been created following extensive community consultation, including sports clubs, town and parish councils, private leisure providers and elected members. Members of the public also took part in an online survey.

The Council’s overarching objective is to provide high quality sport and leisure facilities, vibrant programmes of activity, and enjoyment of the natural environment. The new strategy focuses on four main areas:

·         Playing pitches

·         Indoor facilities

·         Open spaces

·         ‘Active Allerdale’

The emphasis is on protecting, enhancing and increasing the facilities on offer – both those that are and those that are not in the Council’s ownership. ‘Active Allerdale’ will identify key partners to develop and deliver a range of activities, ensuring activities are aligned throughout the borough, develop the roles of sport clubs and create new opportunities to reduce inequalities in sports provision, particularly where there are areas of low participation, in rural areas, for those with low incomes, and for teenage girls and those with disabilities.

Councillor Mark Fryer, the Council’s portfolio holder with responsibility for sports development, said: “This is perhaps one of the most important documents we have produced these past four years as it focuses on improving the health and wellbeing of our residents. We know that sports clubs are finding it hard to maintain their facilities and enjoy their activities, therefore it is great that Allerdale is now committed to helping where it can.”

Councillor Michael Heaslip, portfolio holder for locality services, added: “This strategy reflects a key priority for us and our Council Plan – the health and wellbeing of our community. We’ve worked closely with those in our community who provide sporting facilities and run sports clubs, as well as Sports England, and I’d like to thank all who responded to our consultation. This is a now a key strategy for improving access to sport and activity in our borough for the next four years.”

The Council is already taking steps toward improving the provision of high quality sport and leisure facilities with the construction of the new Leisure Centre in Workington now underway. Other Council-owned leisure facilities that are proving hugely popular are the Clip ‘n Climb and Cave at the Wave, while there have also been major refurbishments at the borough’s sports centres and initiatives like 20p swims for children.

The ‘Make a Move’ project has also seen more than £200,000 of investment in new sporting activities across the borough since its launch last summer. ‘Make a Move’ is aimed at encouraging more women, teenage girls and young people with disabilities to get involved in sports and is run in conjunction with local sporting partners.

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