Somerset Physical Activity & Sports Strategy
Somerset Moves – Our Draft Strategy
Somerset Moves is our system wide, multi-agency draft strategy for the development of physical activity and sport across Somerset.
Everyone has a role to play in Somerset Moves; people, communities, and organisations, from every sector and place across the county, pulling together with a shared goal to help move more and improve their lives in the process.
The draft strategy has been shaped by people's ideas from online conversations, virtual workshops, and evidence of what helps people to be active.
It sets out what we believe we need to do in Somerset to get people moving more, by building activity and more movement into daily life. Helping people move a little more, making it easier to be active, to take part in sport, and a natural part of how we all live, travel, work and play in Somerset.
In consulting further, we want to test the proposals, gauge support and receive suggestions for how it could be refined and improved.
How to respond
We have set up a dedicated form to capture comments and responses to this consultation. Please click below to add your views on the draft strategy using the Consultation Response Form. The consultation will run until Monday 6th December 2021.
If you would like to submit a hard copy response, please contact us on 01823 653990 so that we can send you a consultation form, and then please return and send this to:
c/o Somerset Physical Activity and Sports Strategy, Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership, 1st Floor Offices, Castle Business Centre, Castle Road, Chelston Business Park, Wellington, Somerset, TA21 9JQ.
Being active is so important for our physical and mental fitness, never more so than during a pandemic. In Somerset we still have nearly a quarter of our adult population who are inactive and activity levels for children and young people have also dropped significantly over the past year. Lack of confidence, time pressures, ill health plus a thousand other things can make the decision to be active harder for some than others.
We have spent the last 6 months developing a system wide, multi-agency strategy for physical activity and sport in Somerset. As we look to respond to new emerging national and local contexts to ensure that together we keep creating the conditions for activity levels to grow and particularly to address the barriers that prevent people from living active lives. The new strategy will provide the opportunity to respond to these changes, particularly those occurring in health and social care, in local government, and the new 10-year vision for sport and physical activity set out recently by Sport England.
Consultation on the draft strategy will take place until 6th December to gauge support, test and refine it. The final strategy will be launched and published in early 2022.