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Funding offers increased sports availability to adults in Allerdale

Tuesday 7 March 2017

Allerdale Borough Council has pledged to get more adults to discover new sports as part of a Sport England-funded programme of activities.

The Council was first awarded the grant from the Community Sport Activation Fund in 2014 which has contributed towards ‘Make a Move’; a three year project to help local people get active.

Now in its third and final year, a series of new activities are being added to the programme taking place across the borough for those aged 14 and above who do not take part in regular exercise. Some lower impact sessions such as ‘back to’ football and rugby, walking football, family circuits, boccia and a multi sports social club are being held at different venues  in Cockermouth, Wigton and Workington, to add to those already taking place in Silloth, Aspatria and Maryport, with more being planned throughout the year. 

The funding helps to increase participation through reducing costs, with most sessions costing just £1, putting activities in areas where there was previously little provision and offering them at different times of the day.

Councillor Mark Fryer, Executive Member with responsibility for sports development, said: “I am passionate about sport myself, so I’m delighted that the funding from Sport England has had such a positive influence on the local community so far, and we will continue to encourage local people to participate in more physical activities. It is one of the Council’s priorities to create healthier communities and provide access to quality leisure activities. We want to break down barriers to help people in the borough to engage in more sports, and this project is a fantastic contribution towards achieving this.”

Ian Thurlbeck, Relationship Manager at Sport England, added: “Sport England are pleased to have invested in the ‘Make a Move’ project which gives local people the chance to try a range of sport and physical activity opportunities.

“We know that being active makes a significant contribution to the health and well-being of residents and in their local communities. It’s great to see the project continue its positive impact into a third year.”

More activities will be made available throughout the year. For details of what is happening in your area, visit www.allerdale.gov.uk/sportsdevelopment. Alternatively, if you would like to develop some sport or exercise activity within your community then please contact the Council’s Sports Development Officer on 0303 123 1702.  

Since the funding was awarded to the Council, over 3,500 people have been introduced to new activities. The first Festival of Running in Workington was organised as part of the project with the aim of getting local people interested in running, with approximately 300 individuals taking part. The second one is due to take place on 2 July 2017.

It has also previously targeted women and girls to encourage them to get more physically active, and over 2,000 have been involved in projects including back to netball, PiYo and circuits.

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