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, such as:
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 the success of GM Moving in Action.
To tackle such entrenched inequalities, we must work together. That's why GM Moving brings people and partners from across Greater Manchester together to work on addressing inequalities (see right).
Greater Manchester is committed to developing an inclusive, whole systems approach to active lives and tackling inequalities. To support this, commitments have been co-created by a network of sector representatives and people with lived experience to drive this agenda forward.
Anyone is welcome to join and get involved in this work if it feels as though it might be of interest and relevant to you. You can join our meetings as often as you like or are able, with no pressure or judgement.
The Education Policy Institute report looks at the correlation between #BeeWell data and neighbourhood characteristics in relation to the wellbeing of young people.
Activity Alliance is the leading voice for disabled people in sport and activity and aim to close the gap between disabled people's level of inactivity and that of non-disabled people.