Community Sport Activation
Almost 60% of Surrey adults do not meet the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) recommended guidelines of 150 minutes per week moderate intensity physical activity. Active Surrey with the Borough and District Councils and Surrey County Council Public Health Team will be launching a 50+ Activity Project in January 2016. Active Surrey will coordinate a programme of sports and physical activities for older adults across the County. Activities have been selected that have significant latent demand and appeal to the target audience with good reach to both male and female markets. These include Walking Football, Swimming, Movement & Dance, Golf, Boccia, Bowls, Badminton and Running.
Sport England support
This project is one of over 40 projects to secure a share in £8.2 million of National Lottery funding from Sport England. Encouraging people to give sport a go, the fund empowers local communities to reach out to people who for one reason or another don’t exercise.
Announcing the funding, Sport England Director of Community Sport, Mike Diaper, said, “It’s great to be working with innovative projects in Surrey like this which offer more people the chance to get active in a way that suits them best. Given the overwhelming benefits of being active, it’s important that age, gender, or income never prevent anyone from taking part.”