Let's get Rotherham more active

Published Tuesday, 17th May 2016
Women's exercise class
Getting active in Rotherham

Over 70 people from a range of organisations have pledged their support for getting Rotherham more active.

They all took part in an event to explore additional opportunities for sport and physical activity across the borough.

The event, which was supported by the Council and Rotherham United Community Sports Trust, brought people together to look at how a joined up approach could increase participation in exercise. Some of the suggestions put forward on the day include utilising green space more creatively, changing the way activities are promoted and working closer with communities to develop opportunities.

Rotherham Council's Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health, Cllr David Roche said: "Rotherham's population is less active than the national average so we are keen to address this. Getting more people active on a regular basis will not only improve the lives of local people, but also help achieve savings across the health and social care sector. It was encouraging to see such enthusiasm from partners and we look forward to exploring the suggestions made and reporting this back to the Health and Wellbeing Board."

Attendees at the event heard from a range of speakers including Sport England, the local Director of Public Health, Rotherham United Community Sports Trust, the local sport development team and leisure centres, as well as a guest speaker from Birmingham City Council.