Cornwall Gets Active - Record Numbers Playing Sport
More people in Cornwall are playing sport than ever before. Four out of ten people in Cornwall aged over 16 now participate in sport once per week according to the latest Sport England Active People survey results.
Cornwall now ranks 4th nationally and has seen the greatest increase in participation since results were first collected in 2005/6.
"This is good news for Cornwall and recognition for the hard work, innovation and inspiration that many people and organisations put into creating easily accessible opportunities to get involved in sport. If these results can be maintained in the longer term, then they will start to have real health benefit as well. This summer really is a great time to get involved in sport" said Mike Thomas, Director of Cornwall Sports Partnership.
The results, which cover April 2013-April 2014, also show that across England the number of over-16s playing sport once a week, every week has risen to a record 15.6 million, an increase of 180,000 in the last six months and 1.7million more than 2005 when London won the bid to host the Games. Most of the growth has come from young people with the increase in participation by girls (85,000) outstripping boys (65,000).
Athletics, cycling and football are among the sports driving this increase in participation. A number of specific activities are also helping to drive this increase, for example:
- On Friday 27th June 3,000 young people will gather in Truro for the Cornwall School Games;
- All secondary schools in Cornwall are being offered a Satellite Club to link the school to a community sports club;
- In May workplaces across Cornwall turned out for the Cornwall Beach Games in Newquay
- The Get Active Challenge is encouraging over 400 adults to get active through its 6 week workplace challenge
- Around £2 million a year is being invested in helping primary schools to offer improved PE and sport programmes
- Ping! Cornwall, an informal table tennis programme which encourages more people to get involved. Over 18,500 people took part in 2013 with the 2014 campaign starting in August.
- Run Cornwall now has over 1000 new beginner runners taking part every week.
- Sport Makers have been employed to increase sports participation at all 7 further education sites in Cornwall.
Cornwall Sports Partnership is leading on the Olympic legacy for Cornwall and working with its many partners to increase participation in sport and physical activity. For further information please contact Miss Sarah Mageean on T: 01872 323346 or E: email@example.com