Sport England Local Delivery Pilot
Redcar & Cleveland and Middlesbrough have been chosen by Sport England as a pilot area to work with on a bold new approach to build healthier, more active communities across England. Middlesbrough Environment City is a partner in the project, and was closely involved in the development and submission of the proposal.
Around £100million of National Lottery funding will be invested in 12 pilot schemes over four years, to create innovative partnerships that make it easier for people in these communities to access sport and physical activity.
A quarter of the general population (11.5 million people) is 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.
By focusing intensely in 12 areas, Sport England and the local partners want to identify better ways to address these stubborn inequalities and break down the barriers that stop people getting active, such as poor transport, safety, cost and confidence.
It wants to encourage wider, collaborative partnerships which look at how all parts of a community can better work together to help the most inactive – from the transport links and street lighting to the quality of parks and open spaces, to how sport and activity is promoted by GPs.
For Redcar & Cleveland and Middlesbrough, the aim is to get more people active to tackle inequality and poverty, and ultimately improve people’s quality of life. To help deliver this, key partners on the project include; Middlesbrough and Redcar & Cleveland Borough Councils, Middlesbrough Environment City; NHS South Tees CCG, South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; Everyone Active; North York Moors National Park Authority; Teesside University; Coast & Country and Thirteen Housing Associations; local School Sport Partnerships; Middlesbrough Football Club Foundation; Groundwork North East; Tees Valley Sport; Redcar and Cleveland Voluntary Development Agency; Middlesbrough and Redcar & Cleveland Colleges; Middlesbrough Voluntary Development Agency; and The Princes Trust.
Cllr Julia Rostron, Chair of MEC, said: “The project aims to tackle health inequalities in a number of ways through partnership working. We have been working for some time with Sport England to make a case for inclusion in this project so we are absolutely delighted to be named as one of the pilot areas.”