Chance to enjoy more leisure activities in Pendle

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People will have more chance to enjoy active leisure activities in Pendle if a new strategy is approved by Pendle Council’s Executive on Thursday.

Called “On The Move And Active In Pendle”, the strategy aims to get more people of all ages involved in sport and physical leisure activities.

A team of people including volunteers from local sports clubs and staff from Pendle Council and Pendle Leisure Trust have worked together on the new plan.

It’s designed to tackle the problem of Pendle having a low percentage (only 25%) of people who are active in our borough.

However, research has also shown almost half of those surveyed (48%) would like to do more physical activity.

Coun. Mike Blomeley, Leader of Pendle Council, said: “This strategy has been devised to find more ways to encourage people to enjoy their leisure time more actively.

“Research shows over half the population (57%) in Pendle leads a life involving little or no exercise or physical activity.

“We are working with other organisations to improve the quality of life for Pendle’s residents.

“It’s vital for health as well as being a good way to meet people and enjoy life more.

The strategy which the Executive is being asked to approve includes:

• Actions to increase the number of volunteers who help out at community sessions at local sports clubs.

• Helping more local clubs get Club Mark – the national seal of approval.

• Increasing the number of schools achieving Healthy Schools status.