Couch potatoes in Bexhill, Sidley, and Rye will have no excuses not to get fit and healthy thanks to a cash boost of almost £120,000 from Sport England’s Community Activation Fund.
Rother District Council’s (RDC) three year project, aimed at encouraging people to be more active, was awarded £119,149 and is one of 88 across the country to receive a share of the £15million set aside to support grassroots sport activity.
It will enable the council, working with partners from Active Rother, to provide suitable activities in central Bexhill, Sidley and Rye to encourage residents in those areas to improve their health and fitness.
Activities are likely to include walking, running, table tennis and outdoor fitness sessions, as well as the chance to try other sports.
The project is part of a wider campaign by Active Rother to get residents to be more active and take advantage of a range of events and activities held regularly around the district.
Cllr Jonathan Johnson’s portfolio holder for sport and equalities, said: “We are grateful that Sport England has supported our application and recognised the need to encourage local people to be active.
“This project builds on the work of RDC and the Active Rother partnership with local clubs and organisations. It is a great chance in the next three years for residents to take steps in becoming more active and have a go at playing sport.”
Rother currently has one of the highest rates of inactivity in the South East. Just over 53 per cent of Rother residents do no physical activity, while 80 per cent do less that the three 30 minutes sessions a week recommended.
As well as specific sport coaching, the Sport England cash will enable RDC to train community activators to ensure as many residents as possible have the opportunity to get involved.
Mike Diaper, Sport England Director of Community Sport, said: “It’s great to be working with innovative projects, like RDC’s to offer people the chance to get into sport in a way that best suits them.
“I’m pleased that more than half the funding is going into projects in deprived areas, helping more people develop a lifelong sporting habit.”
Further details at: www.activerother.org.uk