Somerset sports initiative receives praise from Sport England

22 April 2016

“Creating Active Communities”, a Somerset-wide programme of sports activities and community engagement, received praise this week from Sport England for its performance

18 months into the three year programme, Creating Active Communities has engaged over 1,100 local people in sports activities and events across the region, reaching 62% of its overall target.

Creating Active Communities is led by us, in partnership with Somerset Activities & Sports Partnership (SASP), Tone Leisure, Age UK Somerset, the Somerset Community Foundation and 1610. The initiative receives £167,450 of National Lottery funding from Sport England’s Community Sport Activation Fund.  

A key aim of the initiative is to help more young people access sports and fitness activities. So far, more than a third of those participating in sport through the programme are aged 14 years and under.

In the last 18 months, Creating Active Communities sessions have been running in Minehead, Yeovil, Taunton, the Mendips and Street. This month the programme also launched a series of activities in Frome.

Sports on offer have included everything from walking football and climbing, to tennis and fencing.

Jane Edmonds, our Assistant Director of Individual and Community Empowerment,  said “We’re delighted that our Creating Activities Communities programme has helped so many people in Somerset to take up sport.

Along with our partners, we’re striving to make a real difference to sports participation levels in the area, and to improve the health and wellbeing of our communities. A key part of this has been making sure that we offer something for everyone, whatever their age and level of ability.”

Mike Diaper, Executive Director, Community Sport at Sport England, said ‘Thanks to this programme, 1,100 people in the area have been able to access more sports and other activities, which is very encouraging. It is great to see that so many of these are young people.

We are looking forward to seeing what more Creating Active Communities can achieve going forward, and I’d like to say well done to the Knightstone team and their partners for all their work to increase sports participation across Somerset.’