Doncaster Active Partnership has today launched a public consultation on a strategy for physical activity and sport in Doncaster.
The consultation follows the launch of the ‘Doncaster Growing Together’ strategy by the Mayor Ros Jones, which includes a commitment to ‘Get Doncaster Moving’.
Physical activity and sport is one of the transformation programmes included within the Doncaster Growing Together strategy; helping to make physical activity an easy choice for Doncaster’s residents improve the health, wellbeing and overall quality of residents lives.
Despite Doncaster’s proud sporting heritage and large areas of countryside, some of Doncaster’s residents are among the least active in the country, with roughly 70,000 inactive people in Doncaster. The high levels of inactivity are having a significant impact on the health, wellbeing and prosperity of Doncaster’s communities.
Rupert Suckling, Chair of the Doncaster Active Partnership said: “Doncaster Active Partnership’s ambition is to help our communities become healthier and more vibrant by increasing participation in physical activity and sport. The Get Doncaster Moving strategy is designed to help public, private and voluntary sectors to work together, so that taking part in physical activity and sport becomes an easy choice for all.
“Significant commitment by senior leaders will place physical activity at the heart of decision making, which offers a huge opportunity over the next few years. Along with funding and resources, the profile and accountability for the number of people active in the Borough will be at the highest level”.
Councillor Nigel Ball, Doncaster Council Cabinet Member for Public Health, Leisure and Culture said: “Good health and active lifestyles go hand-in-hand with physical activity and sport. I welcome this consultation on the draft strategy and would encourage people to take part and make their opinion heard”.
Organisations and the public are invited to respond between 25 September 2017 and 23 October 2017. Responses can be sent by completing the online form or by downloading a version in Microsoft Word and returning via email or post. The forms are available at www.yorkshiresport.org/getdoncastermoving.
Go to the consultation page: yorkshiresport.org/getdoncastermoving/
Doncaster Active Partnership is a group of major organisations within Doncaster who are committed to working together to take leadership, plan and deliver opportunities to take part in physical activity and sport. These partners include; Club Doncaster Foundation, Flying Futures CIC, Doncaster Council, Doncaster College, Active Fusion, Doncaster Culture and Leisure Trust, EXPECT Youth, Yorkshire Sport Foundation and Sport England.
Doncaster Growing Together is the Borough Strategy and delivery programme for the next four years to 2021. The strategy sets out how the council and partners from a wide range of public services, voluntary and community organisations and the business community will work together over the next four years. The joint aim is to continue to grow the local economy and place and to develop public services in a way that ensures all of Doncaster’s people and communities benefit.
Inactive people do not meet the Chief Medical Officer’s guidelines for physical activity, because they take part in less than 30 minutes per week of moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity. The latest physical activity levels for Doncaster can be found here https://www.sportengland.org/media/11495/tables-1-5_levels-of-activity.xls.