Survey results show south Norfolk the most active district in the county

Sports day at Diss High School. ANL-150915-105359005
Sports day at Diss High School. ANL-150915-105359005
  • South Norfolk the most active district in Norfolk, Sport England figures show
  • Mid Suffolk ranked third in county
  • “Work to be done but results encouraging” says councillor
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South Norfolk is more the most active district in the county, a survey has shown.

Sport England published results from their latest Active People Survey, which measures the number of people who take part in sport at least once a week for 30 minutes.

These figures show what a good job we are doing and really give us something to build on moving forward

Martin Wilby, Deputy Leader of South Norfolk Council

It shows that 40 per cent of south Norfolk residents 14-years-old and above are reaching the target, seven per cent above the county average.

The result for those who are 16 and above is just below 40 per cent — but this is still the highest in the county, and also beats the county average of people participating in sport by 7 per cent.

Martin Wilby, Deputy Leader of South Norfolk Council said: “This is fantastic news and a great achievement for our district. The health and well-being of our residents is a priority for South Norfolk Council and it is great to see that the work we are doing is having such an impact on our young people.

“South Norfolk Council is investing nearly £5 million in our leisure centres and we are looking at ways that we can provide our communities across the district with leisure facilities that they can use on a regular basis.

“These figures show what a good job we are doing and really give us something to build on moving forward.”

Across the border, the survey showed 36.5 per cent of those 14-years-old and above were reaching the target in the Mid Suffolk district, above the county average of 35.2 per cent, and an increase on the 35.7 per cent from last year’s results.

In the 16-years and above category, 36 per cent were hitting target, again beating the county average of 34.6 per cent. The district was ranked third in the county for both age sections.

Cllr Diana Kearsley, Mid Suffolk’s Portfolio Holder for Communities, said: “We are very pleased that the recent Active People Survey from Sport England indicates that participation levels in Mid Suffolk are improving.

“The figures reflect the collective efforts of many individuals and organisations at all levels right across the district who provide countless opportunities for people to be active and participate in sport.

“Our aim is to help to make Mid Suffolk a more physically active and successful sporting district through the provision of high-quality opportunities for everyone. There is still work to be done to increase activity levels further, but the latest results are encouraging.”

The full results of the survey can be viewed from the Sport England website at www.sportengland.org/research/who-plays-sport.