Data shows that over 31% of the Greater Manchester adult population are physically active for less than 30 minutes a week (view the data here). The data points to clear patterns in terms of who is less likely to be active, which mirror wider inequality gaps along demographic, socio-economic and geographical fractures formed by deeply rooted structural and systemic inequalities.
These patterns are long-standing and entrenched. Learning and insight shows that these gaps will not be closed unless we take an intentional and targeted approach to address the inequalities which stand in the way of some people participating in physical activity, sport and an active life.
Recognising these patterns and addressing the inequalities behind them, needs to run through the core of everything we do. Removing the multiple and intersecting barriers to activity, widening opportunities to move and designing moving into everyday life for people and communities that have traditionally been excluded, underserved, left out or left behind. This is vital to our GM Moving mission.
The Access to Activity forum will work together with partners to co-produce and co-design services that address inequalities and increase opportunities and access for SEND children and young people to be active.
To celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee this year, Sport England have launched a new £5 million funding pot that supports new projects aimed at bringing communities together and tackling inequalities through sport and physical activity.
New toolkit launched to explore the vital role that sports and physical activity programmes can play in supporting better social cohesion and integration in local communities and local places.