Get Active with Sport England’s New Strategy

By Zoe Conville on May 23rd, 2016 - comments

Sport England shifted their strategy to focus on getting more people, more active, more often – something that reflects Active Lincolnshire’s mission of getting our county moving.

Janet Inman, CEO of Active Lincolnshire, said: “The new strategy fits perfectly with the new business plan that Active Lincolnshire have been developing over the last 18 months. As a business we are developing a delivery strategy that will focus on hard to reach groups that are inactive such as the older population, disabled individuals and those from the lower socioeconomic groups.”

58 per cent of people in Lincolnshire do less than 30 minutes of activity every week and we need this to change.

Being active doesn’t have to include any previous experience or sports gear. Something as simple as walking counts as exercise. There are plenty of opportunities across our great county to be more active, and have fun.

This weekend marks the start of Lincolnshire Wolds Walking Festival where families and friends get together and walk a variety of stunning routes in our very own Area of Outstanding National Beauty.

One group meets in Welton once a week to play walking football before a catch up at the pub.

Get Back to Netball sessions are run in Lincoln and Grantham – they’re a non-competitive way to rekindle a sporting love from your youth (or for the first time).

Look out for Sportivate programmes to look out for including Fit Golf and Parkour that have been funded all around the county.

There are so many ways you can become more active and Active Lincolnshire and Sport England can help you do it.

Janet Inman added: “The new strategy will be developed with all our partners and stakeholders and will be real strategy for all sport and physical activity in Lincolnshire. We already work with and alongside a wide range of partners delivering thousands of different opportunities every week, these can be found on the Activity Finder on our website. At Active Lincolnshire we’re working to get more people more active more often.”

Key features of Sport England’s new strategy include:

– Dedicated funding to get children and young people active from the age of five, including a new fund for family based activities and offering training to at least two teachers in every secondary school in England to help them better meet the needs of all children, irrespective of their level of sporting ability

– Working with the sport sector to put customers at the heart of everything they do, and using the principles of behaviour change to inform their work

– Piloting new ways of working locally by investing in up to 10 places in England – a mix of urban and rural areas

– Investing up to £30m in a new volunteering strategy, enabling more people to get the benefits of volunteering and attracting a new, more diverse range of volunteers

– Helping sport keep pace with the digital expectations of customers – making it as easy to book a badminton court as a hotel room

– Working closely with governing bodies of sport and others who support people who already play regularly, to help them become more efficient, sustainable and diversify their sources of funding.

For more information on the new strategy visit the Sport England website. To get involved with a club, or find something that interests you, visit our activity finder.