Project to help residents live healthier through sport launched

Project to help residents live healthier through sport launched

Hannah Crouch

Project to help residents live healthier through sport launched

A three-year fitness project to help residents live healthier lifestyles through sport was launched on Tuesday.

FITNESS FIRST: Parents and pupils from Dedworth First School take part in one of the sports sessions.

A taster of the programmes which will be rolled out across the Royal Borough as part of Fit for Life was given at Dedworth First School in Smiths Lane.

It included coaches doing sports sessions and an instructor conducting walks to and from the school.

The council plans to spend £233,424 on the project after gaining a top-up grant of £146,888 from Sport England's community sport fund.

Cllr Eileen Quick, cabinet member for leisure and libraries, said: "Our sports development team has done a great job in securing this significant amount of funding to help us increase the number of residents taking part in physical activity and living healthier lifestyles.

"We are now looking at reducing the barriers for adults and families who are not already taking part in any weekly sports activity."

Projects are in their early stages but Dedworth will be one of the schools offering 'school mums sessions' where mums can arrive 45 minutes before the end of the school day and train with a coach.

The Royal Borough put forward its application in June and is one of 36 local authorities, charities and organisations to receive a share of £5.9m funding to help support sport activity across England.

The programme will use innovative ways to engage people in sport through walking, running and cycling.

Mike Diaper, Sport England director of community sport, said: "It's great to be working with innovative projects like Fit for Life to offer people the chance to get into sport in a way that best suits them."

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