Bradford & Calderdale To Get Slice Of £100M Sport England Fund

120 local authorities bid for the money, of which 12 were chosen.

Bradford and Calderdale have been chosen to benefit from an innovative £100m Sport England fund aimed at tackling the problem of physical inactivity.

A share of the National Lottery funding will arrive over four years to transform physical activity levels. In Bradford there is a particular emphasis on 5 to 14-year-olds.

120 local authorities bid for the money, of which 12 were chosen.

The Bradford pilot will work with communities to understand what children and young people want and need to become more active, and feel like physical activity and sport is for them.  Projects will include new and innovative programmes and adaptations to community design along with more out-of-school-hours activity programmes, better lighting in parks, and safer spaces.  

The Bradford pilot will test out new projects across the north of the city in Allerton, Fairweather Green, Toller, Heaton, Manningham, City, Bolton/Undercliffe, Windhill, Eccleshill, and replicate successful projects across the district.

In Calderdale, 32% of residents are classed as being rarely active and the focus of the work will be reduce this percentage, to both support and promote individual health and reduce demand on health and social care services in the future. 

Chief Executive of Bradford Council, Kersten England added: "It's difficult to over-state the importance of this investment for the youngest city in the UK, where one in four residents are under 16. 

"Whilst many of our young residents get a great start in life and we produce outstanding sportswomen and men, too many of our children are physically inactive, impairing their health and prospects for their future lives. This programme will enable us to trial new and innovative approaches to increased participation in physical activity. We can't wait to get started!"

The Leader of Calderdale Council, Cllr Tim Swift, added: "It's fantastic news that following a rigorous selection process, Calderdale has been chosen by Sport England as a one of the pilot areas to receive significant funding to build healthier, more active communities.

"The funding will be used to help us achieve our Active Calderdale ambition. This is not about a quick fix, but instead is a long-term project to change the way people think about physical activity and tackle the barriers that prevent people from being more active."

Jennie Price, Sport England Chief Executive, said: "This is not all about sport - we're prepared to look at wider issues like transport, childcare, how easy it is to walk or cycle - whatever that community feels is most relevant to them. The process to be appointed as a pilot area for this work was incredibly competitive, and Bradford has emerged from a very strong field. I am really delighted to be working with them.'

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