Your District Council's popular Active Everyone project is to be extended thanks to Sport England funding.
The project, which kicked off back in 2014, has engaged with 1,500 people in some of the Dales' most deprived communities, with more than 13,000 attendances at Active Everyone events.
The original £125,000 Sport England grant funding was due to come to an end in June this year, but now a one-year extension has been approved, prompted by the District Council's sports development team over-achieving on its targets.
Sport and health development officer Becky Bryan said:
"We were one of a small number of projects across the region invited to apply for the extension funding, which is a competitive process, and we're absolutely delighted to have received confirmation from Sport England of the extension sum of £40,748 to continue our work.
“This is great news as it’s a priority area for focus in our Wellbeing Strategy and our thanks go to Sport England and the National Lottery."
Work in the coming year will focus mainly in the Ashbourne area, but will include continuing work in Matlock on the Hurst Farm Estate.
Active Everyone connects with organisations such as disability and 50+ groups to get inactive residents focusing on a healthy lifestyle.
Other initiatives have included launching a Parent & Baby Membership at the District Council's four leisure centres in Ashbourne, Bakewell, Matlock and Wirksworth– giving new families a discounted rate, together with specific sessions designed for new mums, such as buggy walks and a buggy bootcamp.
"These sessions have been a great success to get mums back into fitness - and great fun too! Any Derbyshire Dales community group that would like to work in partnership with us to get its members more active should get in touch as soon as possible by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01629 761385."
Sport England’s Director of Community Sport, Mike Diaper said:
“We’re proud to support the Active Everyone project with more National Lottery funding so that people in the Derbyshire Dales can lead more active lives. We’re particularly proud to focus our investments where the need for sporting opportunities is greatest. We invest in projects that know what people need to get more active, understand the barriers they might face, and offer solutions for how to overcome them. In short, these projects put people first.”
- Sport England's Community Sport Activation Fund was designed to meet much-needed demand from local authorities, charities and other local organisations to fund innovative projects that will get more people active and playing sport.
- Sport England is a public body and invests more than £300 million National Lottery and government money each year in projects and programmes that help people get active and play sport. It wants everyone in England, regardless of age, background, or level of ability, to feel able to engage in sport and physical activity. That’s why a lot of its work is specifically focused on helping people who do no, or very little, physical activity and groups who are typically less active - like women, disabled people and people on lower incomes.