07:02AM, Tuesday 15 January 2013
A national survey has ranked Royal Borough residents as the most active in the South-east.
The latest Active People Survey from Sport England determines how often people take part in sport or active recreation sessions for at least 30 minutes.
Cllr Eileen Quick, council cabinet member for leisure and libraries, said: "This is excellent news and a wonderful reflection on the levels of activity and fitness in our area.
"While taking good care of health and body is first and foremost the responsibility of each one of us, the Royal Borough actively supports and promotes the health and wellbeing of residents through our programmes."
The borough’s county sports partnership, Get Berkshire Active, was rated the sixth highest in the country, and The Sports Makers initiative has also been successful.
Volunteers have put in more than 2,500 hours of their spare time into this scheme learning how to set up activities, put together a sports team or even just get active again.
The survey also showed 46.6 per cent of people living in the Royal Borough have taken part in sports at least once a week, which is the highest number in the South-east and fourth in the country.
That is five per cent more than last year, and more than 20 per cent higher than Slough, which has the lowest number in the region at just 25.8 per cent.
Ruth Chappell, the Royal Borough's sport and PE manager, said: "We are happy with the improvements, but there is still room for improvement to get more people active.
"We are still committed to getting children participating in sports from a young age, getting adults back into sport and bringing in more funding for our sports clubs and schools."
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