Cornwall is officially more active!
A national survey has revealed that more and more Cornish residents are getting physically active and playing more sport.
The latest results of the nationally conducted Active People Survey (APS) were published last month by Sport England, and the news in Cornwall is very positive; showing a significant increase in the number of people taking part in sport and physical activity at least three times a week.
Highlighting Cornwall as the second most physically active county in the South West, the results reveal that there are now 10,000 more Cornish people doing more exercise compared to 2006.
The Cornwall Sports Partnership, funded by Sport England to deliver its programmes and initiatives locally, supports these findings. Tim Marrion, Partnership Services Manager at the Cornwall Sports Partnership, comments: “Working so closely with sports clubs and providers, we know that memberships are up which is obviously great news.
“Last year we launched Get Active Cornwall, a new website that enables people to search for the right activity for them and have so far seen a brilliant response to it. Interestingly, in January, we saw a significant number of hits to the site – presumably as people added ‘getting more active’ to their list of New Year’s Resolutions; suggesting that Cornish people are taking a fantastically proactive view to their health”.
Although a number of higher cost sports, such as golf and sailing have seen a small drop in participation, money hasn’t stopped the county getting more active. The national statistics suggest that we have instead taken to our feet and wheels, enjoying running and cycling.
In April this year we will be able to see the extent to which people in Cornwall are mirroring this national trend but with Cornwall enjoying such a wonderful natural environment there are opportunities to be more physically active without being too costly.
The Survey was first started in 2005 and, at that time, Cornwall’s levels of participation in physical activity and sport were marginally behind the national average but has risen year on year (2.5% overall) and has since overtaken it.
If you would like to find a sports club or try something new, visit: www.getactivecornwall.co.uk