New Figures from Sport England’s revealed an extra 340,000 people in England getting active. 75 % of this increase was largely because more women are getting active.
The CSP Network is delighted that CSPs have played an active part in inspiring so many women over the last 12 months to become more active. A range of different projects across the whole country has seen an increase in women becoming involved in physical activity for the first time.
One such project ‘Moving Mums’ led by Hertsport has encouraged over 400 women to become active by providing easy to access activity sessions at the school gates. Working with over 30 different primary schools and 6 children centres across the county. In welcoming that success, Jane Parker, Women & Girls Project Officer at the Herts Sports & Physical Activity Partnership said:
“I am absolutely delighted with the success of the project, and the enthusiasm and commitment of our Moving Mums groups. Quite a number of these ladies were inactive before they joined the programme, and now they report greatly increased activity levels, a more positive mind-set, and have forged friendships with other mums who are in similar situations. Some of these sessions are attracting upwards of 30 mums on a school day morning or afternoon.
One of our local leaders, Sarah, from Hertingfordbury Primary School discovered that she had breast cancer in the winter of 2015 so had to stop leading the sessions at the school. Nevertheless she encouraged the mums to keep going without her and just get out and about walking to keep the momentum of the group going. The mums did this and now that Sarah is well on the road to recovery, she has got back involved with the session and took part in the recent Relay Run. Such an outstanding achievement for somebody still receiving treatment typifies the wonderful spirit, determination and camaraderie within our Moving Mums groups.”
The success of the Moving Mums project has been such that it is now growing from the school gates into the wider community with some groups now meeting in local community centres, parks and open spaces, children centres and generally anywhere that there are a group of mums that want to get active.
To ensure the programme is sustainable over 45 females have been supported to achieved nationally accredited qualifications sothey can lead groups in sports such as running and cyling.
Numerous other projects encouraging women to become active are going on across the country. If you would like to find out more information on how to get active or become a leader / coach please contact you local CSP. All details can be found by visiting the CSP Network website
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About the CSP Network
The CSP Network is a nationwide network of 45 County Sports Partnerships employing circa 670 staff with a total turnover of £57 million. Our mission is ‘To improve lives by growing grassroots sport and physical activity’. By 2020, our headline goals are:
- To get 500,000 more adults participating regularly in sport.
- To reduce the number of adults that are inactive by 250,000.
- To get 1 million young people more active.
We do this via:
- National Reach - Local Impact: Getting the nation active by delivering or commissioning high impact customer-led solutions.
- Clubs, Coaches & Volunteers: Developing a high quality, diverse workforce and supporting them to deliver inspiring activities that are accessible to all.
- Local Leadership: Co-ordinating the effective delivery of local sport and physical activity by brokering relationships and influencing stakeholders.
- Insight and Influence: Understanding the needs of the local area to influence and guide decisions to maximise investment into sport and physical activity.
- Awareness and Advocacy: Raising the profile of sport and physical activity through innovative local and national promotional campaigns.
- Based on feedback from over 2,000 partners, our Net Promoter Score was 38 in 2015, improving from from 28 in 2012.
- 91% of partners were either very satisfied or satisfied with the ‘added value’ that CSPs provided in 2015.
- CSPs levered in £40 million of funding to support partners in 2014-15.
- 519,000 young people have completed a Sportivate project since 2011.
- 8,000 coaches have been supported to progress from level 1 to level 2 since 2009.