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East Northants is on the move, Sport England survey reveals

Published Tuesday, 05 May 2020

Residents across East Northamptonshire are improving their physical activity levels.

More than 70% are doing the recommended 150 minutes of activity a week, the second highest increase of any local authority area in the country up 12% from last year’s figures.

Sport England has published the latest version of its Active Lives Adult report which provides a comprehensive overview of adult (age 16+) engagement in sport and physical activity in England. The latest round of data is from November 2018 – November 2019.

The data highlights that 80% of residents across East Northamptonshire achieve more than 30 minutes of activity every week, with over 70% achieving 150 minutes or more of physical activity each week.

Leader of East Northamptonshire Council, Cllr Steven North, said: “We are proud to be one of only 19 local authorities in England to see a significant increase in levels of residents classed as active. Thank you and well done to everyone across the district for getting out and getting active. These results are a testament to the hard-work of residents, and our officers and partners, Freedom Leisure, who deliver a wide-range of activities and initiatives to support residents in their journey to leading more active lifestyles.”

The Council has delivered a number of initiatives over the last year to encourage residents to get outside and explore the district including Beat the Street, which saw 8,200 people tap beat boxes in their area over six weeks last March. The Beat the Street 12 month survey showed that 100% of participants who were inactive when they registered are now active twelve months later and 85% of players felt they had continued the changes they had made during Beat the Street. There was also a decrease in the proportion of children reporting being ‘less active’.

To continue on the success of Beat the Street ENC in partnership with Freedom Leisure, continues to deliver a wide-range of events including fun runs attended by more than 150 residents, turn up ‘n’ play sessions with 204 children attending over three weeks. As well as five health walks happening every week and in partnership with Northamptonshire Sport the delivery of Thrapston Tri-Kids Event which was the first junior triathlon at Nene Centre, Thrapston for many years and was attended by 498 children.

Cllr Steven North continued: “Healthy and Lifestyles is a key objective for the Council and we will continue to work with our partners and community groups to encourage people of all ages and abilities to become more active more often.”

To find out more about the opportunities to get active in East Northamptonshire keep an eye on our website.