Southall Wins Share of Sports Funding
New project aimed at tackling inactivity throughout the country
Southall will benefit from a share of £100million National Lottery funding to help tackle inactivity.
It’s one of 12 places selected by Sport England to be part of a a pilot scheme which will run over 4 years.
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.
Southall was put forward because it has a number of challenges which could contribute to residents being less physically active. There are significant levels of deprivation, with higher levels of unemployment and lower incomes than surrounding areas, plus bigger households and more homes with dependent children. A sixth of Southall residents has a disability and many people act as unpaid carers for relatives or friends.
Councillor Julian Bell, Leader of Ealing Council, said:
Minister for Sport Tracey Crouch welcomed the news at the Local Government Associations’ Sport and Physical Activity conference in London today, Tuesday 5 December.
She 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 Ealing Council 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 Southall 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 Southall has emerged from a very strong field. I am really delighted to be working with them.’
The 12 places and how they were chosen
5th December 2017