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Northamptonshire More Active, More Often

Posted: Wed, 13 Jun 2018 15:58

Northamptonshire More Active, More Often

"Nearly a Saints Rugby Stadium's worth of people….12,000 individuals" was how Chris Holmes, Director of Northamptonshire Sport, described the challenge facing the county at the Health and Wellbeing Board development session on 7th June 2018. He went on to describe it would take "ambition and real changes at all levels across the county" if the objective of getting 12,000 inactive people to become active was to be achieved.

Those present were there to consider how the recently adopted Framework for physical activity and sport, 'Northamptonshire More Active, More Often' could act as the driver in reaching that objective. The attendees included Chief Executives, Political Leaders, Board Chairs of various charities, Senior Police Officers and health officials. Discussion during the morning centred around the overall Objective, Strategies and Tactics - in particular how tactics like 'improving the built environment' could be delivered through the planning system. Also discussed was how important a 'placed-based approach' was in making sure that communities themselves are involved in figuring out what it is that would encourage them to be more active in their everyday lives.

The session also marked the official 'launch' of the Framework and Chris Holmes went on to describe that whilst Northamptonshire Sport will play a critical part in catalysing and coordinating the framework it was important that everyone sees the Framework as theirs and that every sector – public, voluntary and private – will have a vital role to play.

Copies of the Framework can be find on the Northamptonshire Sport website here : https://www.northamptonshiresport.org/framework-documents

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