Active Essex has welcomed plans for a £250 million investment to address inactivity as outlined in Sport England’s Towards an Active Nation strategy, published last week (19 May).
The strategy supports recent discussions held at an Active Essex political member’s event where Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Rt Hon John Whittingdale MP, spoke of the need for collaborative working across all levels of local Government in order to address inactivity in Greater Essex.
These latest plans come in response to the Government’s strategy – Sporting Future: A New Strategy for an Active Nation - which was published back in December.
Gary Sullivan OBE, Chair of Active Essex, said: “The new investment by Sport England means we can continue our work to raise participation in sport and physical activity across the county, as well as build on and strengthen local partnerships in order to do so.
“Towards an Active Nation supports views shared by Active Essex around the importance of sport beyond simply its physical benefits, but also the impact it can have on a person’s mental wellbeing and social and community development.”
“It’s very exciting we have the opportunity to develop further sporting opportunities that meet the needs of our diverse communities.”
The County Sports Partnership (CSP) for Greater Essex will play a leading role in delivering the new strategy locally and future plans will focus on the role sport and physical activity can play in addressing some of the inequalities that exist within areas of the county.
Cllr Ray Gooding, Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for Sport and Physical Activity, said: “We welcome news of Sport England’s plans to address inactivity as well as the emphasis the strategy places on creating new and wider partnerships in order to achieve this.
“It’s clear that working collaboratively with partners is vital, now more than ever, and I look forward to continuing our progress in the county.”