New Lincolnshire Physical Activity Taskforce launched

By Louise O'reilly on October 25th, 2018 - comments

On Thursday 18 October a new Taskforce was launched to look at new ways of getting people more active.

Nigel Harrison

Nigel Harrison from Yorkshire Sport Foundation and Dr William Bird with Jayne Mitchell, Chair of L-PAT

The Lincolnshire Physical Activity Taskforce (L-PAT) will be overseen by Active Lincolnshire  and will be made up of organisations from education, business, leisure, health, local government and the voluntary sector.

Dr Jayne Mitchell, former Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Bishop Grotessteste University and an academic with a research background in physical activity and health, is the new Taskforce Chair.

Jayne said: “It is exciting to be launching the Taskforce today. Over the past few months we have been busy recruiting an Executive Group to oversee the Taskforce’s work. This group shares a passion for making physical activity a part of everyday life, but recognise that if we want to see change, we need to think more creatively to a problem that we have been trying to tackle for years.”

“I am delighted that so many of the key organisations that we need to work with are here at the event today and signing up to be part of the of the project.”

The L-PAT has been created to deliver the Physical Activity theme of the new Health and Wellbeing Strategy for Lincolnshire.

Councillor Sue Woolley, Chair of Lincolnshire’s Health and Wellbeing Board, the organisation that produces the Health and Wellbeing Strategy, is a member of the Taskforce’s Executive Group. Cllr Woolley said: “The Taskforce marks the start of a different way of working in Lincolnshire, recognising that being physically active is a vital part of life and is everyone’s business, from school, to work through to retirement age.”

Nigel Harrison CEO from Yorkshire Sport Foundation and Dr William Bird, physical activity expert, were special guests at the event. Nigel was able to bring to life how a Taskforce approach has transformed the way Yorkshire has started to make an impact at the local community level.