Bolton is estimated to be home to over 285,400 people. The latest Active Lives results published by Sport England (November 2019-Nov 2020) shows that 61.5% of adults in Bolton are active for at least 30 minutes a week, this equates to 138,800 adults moving. However this is a decrease of 23,300 from 12 months prior and we need to all keep working together to support active lives for all in Bolton.

Learn more about Bolton's adult activity levels related to key demographic data such as gender, age and disability here.

Active Lives data (academic year 2019-20) also shows that *63.4% of children and young people in Greater Manchester are moving, achieving at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day. There was insufficient data collected for children and young people in Bolton in this academic year. In the previous academic year (2018-19) 64% of children and young people were moving 30 mins + per day.

For more information about children and young people’s physical activity levels see here.

In Bolton a range of partners are working to support people to be more active and to design moving, physical activity and sport back into daily life.

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Partners working together to get Bolton moving

Bolton Council’s Sport and Active Living service

The Sport and Active Living service works with a wide range of partners from the voluntary, public and private and community sector to provide a broad and diverse range of services. The aim is to widen opportunities for people living and working in Bolton to become more active, and by doing so, to improve their health, wellbeing and quality of life.

Learn more about the Sport and Active Living service’s work here

Bolton Community Leisure Trust​

The Trust, working with Serco Leisure, manages five leisure and sports facilities across Bolton; Bolton One, Jason Kenny Centre, Horwich, Farnworth, Westhoughton and Leverhulme.

Learn more about Bolton Community Leisure Trust and their facilities here

Bolton Community Voluntary Services

Bolton CVS: working together to develop a diverse, strong and effective voluntary and community sector in Bolton.

Learn more about Bolton CVS here

Bolton Arena

Bolton Arena offers an array of world-class gyms, tennis, business, football, gymnastics, conference and events facilities. The mission is to inspire people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to follow a lifelong passion for sport and healthy lifestyles through the provision of excellent sport and exercise facilities and sports programmes which are accessible to all.

Learn more about Bolton Arena here

Bolton Wanderers in the Community

‘Bolton Wanderers in the Community’ is the charitable trust of Bolton Wanderers Football Club. Their mission is to use the power of Bolton Wanderers Football Club to inspire, support and deliver positive change. Through intervention, prevention and targeted engagement they create sustainable pathways that transform lives. By working together they connect people, enabling communities to thrive and succeed.

Learn more about Bolton Wanderers in the Community here

Bolton's school games organisers

School Games Organisers (SGOs) have several key roles: to coordinate appropriate competitive opportunities for all young people from Key Stage 2-4, to recruit, train and deploy a suitable workforce, and to support the development of club opportunities for all young people. In Bolton, the SGOs are;

Visit their website here

Transport for Greater Manchester

TfGM have a number of schemes aimed at making active travel the number one choice for travelling to work, to school and to the shops. This includes ‘The Bee Network’ connecting up areas and communities in Greater Manchester, making it easy, safe and attractive for people to travel on foot or by bike for everyday trips.

Find out more about the Bee Network in Bolton

Bolton’s Local Pilot

The Local Pilot is a Sport England funded programme that invests in a behaviour change approach in a place to enable sustainable change and gain valuable learnings that can be shared across the country. From July 2018, Bolton utilised research and insight to create their initial 12-month plan, starting from April 2019; this can be viewed here.

Bolton’ local pilot is focused in three key areas: Brightmet and Little Lever; Central and Great lever and; Farnworth and Kearsley. It is also focused on three key population groups: Children and young people aged 5-18 in out-of-school settings; People aged 40-60 with, or at risk of, long term conditions: specifically, cancer, cardiovascular disease, and respiratory disorders and; People out of work, and people in work but at risk of becoming workless.

One of the projects that the Pilot team in Bolton have been testing is the 'Local Motion' walking project. This project helps residents to become more active and connected through a series of weekly one mile health walks through local communities across Bolton. Local Motion has tested how buddying can impact physical activity levels, particularly working with residents who have caring responsibities and are at risk of social isolation.

Walking in Bolton

Across Greater Manchester, there is a clear recognition of the importance of walking to population scale change in physical activity and there is widespread understanding of the critical role of walking - for leisure, for travel and for everyday activity.

Dementia friendly walks   Walking routes   Walking groups

*Borough Level Data: Please note that this data should be interpreted with caution, Covid-19 had a significant impact on data collection and the caveats for the data can be found here.

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