SASP launches Multi-Agency Strategy to lead step change in physical activity in Somerset
Posted: Tue, 13 Feb 2018 09:27
One in five adults in Somerset do less than 30 minutes of activity per week, and one third of adults in Somerset do less than 150 minutes of activity each week. The link between physical activity and good health is proven, and national statistics now show that 4 in 5 young people are not active enough to maintain good health.*
Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership (SASP) is launching its Physical Activity and Sport Strategy to achieve a step change in physical activity in Somerset. This Multi-Agency Strategy is the first time that key organisations within Somerset have worked together to help local residents increase their physical activity and improve their health and quality of life.
The launch takes place on Tuesday 20th February in Bridgwater. Attendees include representatives from education, NHS and public health bodies, local authorities, businesses, clubs, sports facility operators and voluntary organisations.
Jane Knowles, CEO of SASP says; "Move, Play, Achieve is one of the only countywide, multi-agency strategies that have been developed to tackle the issue of physical inactivity in the country, with SASP leading the way with this initiative. The link between lack of activity and poor health have been proven, and by getting our county's residents more active we aim to support the transformation of health inequalities in Somerset, helping make our population healthier and happier."
The launch will focus on how to change behaviour in those groups who are least active which are mainly those aged 65+, those in lower socio-economic groups as well as women and disabled people. These are sectors of the community which have been identified as being 'stubbornly inactive'.
Jane Knowles explains, "Somerset has an increasingly growing aging population, and by 2023 at least 25% of the population will be aged over 65. The county also has some areas of social deprivation; Halcon ward in Taunton is in the bottom 10% in the National Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) and West Somerset is the worst performing area in England for social mobility for children and adults."
The launch will demonstrate how SASP and its partners can help increase sport and physical activity, through finding funds, influencing change and providing clear strategic direction. SASP, which has been operating as an independent charity since 2012, has already established its reputation as being a key agency for change through providing expertise, training and support across statutory, charitable and other third-party organisations. This role has become increasingly significant with the reduction in local authority input into sport and physical activity.
SASP's objective is to inform, enable and support people to live as active and independent lives as possible at every life stage. "Bringing together key partners with a focussed and measurable approach will ensure the best use of all resources to create a healthier, more active Somerset, and we look forward to demonstrating how this will work at the launch," concludes Jane Knowles.
For further information please contact Laura Phelps (SASP Sports Development Officer) on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01823 653990.
*Data Sources - Sport England, Active Lives Survey (2017), Public Health England, Public Health Outcomes Framework (July 2017) and Somerset Intelligence Network.