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Colchester Council welcomes Sport England funding

Date issued: 5 December 2017

Today's announcement by Sport England of a major new funding stream to promote physical activity and wellbeing in Colchester, has been welcomed by Colchester Borough Council. The Essex bid is one of 12 pilot schemes nationwide set to benefit from the £130m fund.

The award follows a successful joint-bid with Essex County Council, Basildon Council, Tendring Council and Active Essex to explore ways for communities to become more active. Programmes developed within the pilot will focus, in particular, on increasing levels of activity among vulnerable young families and older people living in circumstances of deprivation.

The pilot will extend one of the key themes of the 'Livewell Colchester' campaign, 'Bewell', which promotes a wide range of health messages to encourage residents to improve their lifestyle and focus on their physical and mental wellbeing.

Cllr Tina Bourne, Portfolio Holder for Housing and Communities, said: "We know that being active is the foundation for a healthier lifestyle but for some families and older people living in deprived areas, more support is needed to help them grasp opportunities to participate.

"This new funding from Sport England will provide a significant boost to our efforts to ensure priority groups, who experience health inequalities the most, have the same opportunities and life chances as everyone else in the Borough."

Cllr Paul Smith, Leader of Colchester Borough Council, said: "I'm thrilled that Sport England wants to work with us to help overcome the barriers that prevent some of our most vulnerable and marginalised residents from enjoying a much healthier and more fulfilling life.

"Getting more people to embrace healthy active lifestyles doesn't just help to improve their mental and physical wellbeing, it is also an excellent way to bring communities together."