Funding secured to support a more active Doncaster
Doncaster Council have been awarded funding from The National Lottery and Sport England to help residents to start and maintain their levels of physical activity.
Over the course of four years, the town is set to recieve nearly £7m towards the ‘Get Doncaster Moving’ scheme.
The project aims to tackle inequalities by supporting people to be more active.
Doncaster was one of just 12 areas awarded Local Delivery Pilot (LDP) status by Sport England in 2017.
Since then, work undertaken has included furthering in-depth insight in to Doncaster’s communities, understanding the barriers to leading active lifestyles that people face and putting more resources in to areas within the borough where people find staying active is difficult.
The Get Doncaster Moving scheme has been designed to help to improve the health and wellbeing of local residents.
It will also support community driven projects which encourage physical activity, such as the Doncaster Summer Staycation initiative.
As part of Doncaster’s Summer Staycation, lots of kids and young people have been trying out new sports or building on their existing sports skills for free!
We popped out to see a group trying out a bit of basketball with Danum Eagles 🏀⛹🏽♀️ pic.twitter.com/KtPEu9BkWz
— Doncaster Council (@MyDoncaster) August 10, 2020
The funding secured will further this work by supporting residents and communities to design and develop their own solutions to the barriers that get in the way of being active.
These include providing greater access to dance opportunities, use of bikes or walking as methods of active travel and helping enhance Doncaster’s 15 major parks.
Central to all of this, ongoing community engagement is allowing residents to input on the ways in which they can be physically active close to where they live.
Director of Public Health, Dr Rupert Suckling, said:
“We know that a third of Doncaster residents currently do less than 30 minutes exercise a week. That number unfortunately rises to two thirds of “inactive” people in some of our most deprived communities and is something we want to help combat.
“The impacts of low participation in physical activity and sport are far reaching – of course we all know the health benefits exercise brings – but low participation in exercise also has negative effects on overall quality of life, economies and the environment.
“Working with Sport England will allow us to continue and increase our ability to address this imbalance by working closely with Doncaster residents from various backgrounds.
“We want to resolve the very real barriers that people have to being physically active which can make it very hard for more people to lead an active lifestyle.”