Doncaster chosen to trail-blaze new ways of transforming the way sport and activity is offered in England

It’s one of 12 places selected to work on a ground-breaking new approach to tackle inactivity in communities 

  • Around £100 million of National Lottery funding will be allocated to the 12 over four years 
  • Encouraging better collaboration between a wider range of local organisations including voluntary groups, social enterprises, local authorities, faith organisations, schools, GPs and parenting groups
Doncaster has been chosen by Sport England as a pilot area to work with on a bold new approach to build healthier, more active communities across England. 
Around £100million of National Lottery funding will be invested in 12 pilot schemes over four years, to create innovative partnerships that make it easier for people in these communities to access sport and physical activity. 
Latest research  shows that a quarter of the general population (11.5 million people) are inactive, meaning they do less than 30 minutes of exercise that gets them slightly out of breath each week, with certain groups such as those in lower paid jobs, women and the disabled disproportionately affected. 
By focusing intensely in 12 areas, Sport England and the local partners want to identify better ways to address these stubborn inequalities and break down the barriers that stop people getting active, such as poor transport, safety, cost and confidence. 
It wants to encourage wider, collaborative partnerships which look at how all parts of a community can better work together to help the most inactive – from the transport links and street lighting to the quality of parks and open spaces, to how sport and activity is promoted by GPs.
Through this pilot we want to design, develop and provide the right approaches, environments and motivation to reduce inactivity for our residents. We will work with our communities to design programmes and interventions which will address our stubbornly high levels of inactivity.  
Cllr Nigel Ball, Cabinet Member for Public Health, Leisure and Culture, said:  
“Becoming part of the local delivery pilot will enable us to take a long-term approach and develop, through targeted learning, measures which will ensure we have the greatest impact possible helping all our communities to become healthier, resilient and more physically active.”
Minster for Sport Tracey Crouch welcomed the news at the Local Government Associations’ Sport and Physical Activity conference in London on Tuesday 5 December. 
Minister for Sport Tracey Crouch said: 
"Sport is a powerful tool that helps strengthen communities and improves physical and mental health. So it is right that we look to do all we can to encourage people to take part. Sport England will invest up to £100 million of funding, thanks to National Lottery players, to pilot innovative projects in 12 places to get more people from all backgrounds involved in sport and physical activity. We will look to replicate and scale up learning from the pilots across the country. I look forward to seeing these projects in action."
Jennie Price, Sport England Chief Executive said:
“We are delighted that Doncaster will be working with us on this ground-breaking investment. We want to get to the heart of the issues that stop people being as active as they might like to be, and work alongside every part of the community and the groups and institutions in Doncaster that support them.
 “This is not all about sport - we’re prepared to look at wider issues like transport, childcare, how easy it is to walk or cycle - whatever that community feels is most relevant to them. The process to be appointed as a pilot area for this work was incredibly competitive, and Doncaster has emerged from a very strong field. I am really delighted to be working with them.
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Last updated: 08 December 2017 13:21:06