Everyone at Active Surrey is committed to the belief that moving more can have a transformative effect on people's lives, no matter what their circumstances.
From improving individuals' mental health to boosting community cohesion, sport and activity does far more for us than simply get us physically fit.
On this page you'll find examples of how we collaborate with partners to 'change the system' and help Surrey residents enjoy staying active.
As children transition to secondary school, the expectations and opinions of others become more of an issue and they become more conscious of their appearance. Coupled with more choice in how to spend their leisure time, some young people move away from sport at school and activity in general - something we were keen to address by investing in secondary teacher training.
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Health outcomes are closely correlated to activity levels, which are directly linked to income. Cultural norms can reinforce these inequalities, meaning certain areas can be expected to experience higher rates of disease and lower life expectancy. The Canalside area of Woking is one such area, which is why we chose to work with the community there to offer more opportunitiies to get active.
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Children in care and care leavers (young adults who have previously had a 'looked after' status) often don't get the opportunity to experience the sort of leisure opportunities open to those from wealthy or more stable backgrounds. Everyone agreed that this wasn't fair but there was no consistent system in place across Surrey to address the issue - until we engaged with all the parties to find a solution...
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Thanks to sponsorship from Saputo Dairy UK we ran activity clubs for under 12's over the COVID summers of 2020 and 2021.
Focusing on those from disadvantaged areas, the Fit and Fed camps (PDF, 1.4Mb) ensured that children could be kept engaged and active, while receiving healthy meals to ensure they didn't go hungry.
During periods disrupted by lockdowns, the camps enabled children to mix more safely and played a vital role in helping prepare children for a return to a structured school environment.
For two decades this event has helped a generation of young people find a route into a sport that suits them. And thanks to support from our forward-thinking councils, every bit of training is free.
Coronavirus caused its cancellation but with 2022 marking its return you can read about the 2019 Specsavers Surrey Youth Games (PDF, 4Mb) and the difference it makes to young lives and local communities.
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